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If your case was handled by other Chambers and you are not satisfied, members of 5 King’s Bench Walk will always be available to provide written advice and where necessary appear at Appellate Courts. Members are increasingly contacted through the Public Access rules to offer advice and assistance in this area.
All Recent Cases
R v Alexander Blackman [Court Martial Appeal Court] 2017
Murder reduced to manslaughter following CCRC reference and second appeal
Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong led by Jonathan Goldberg QC and instructed under the Bar Direct Access scheme, represented former Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman (also known as “Marine A”) who succeeded after a long campaign for justice in having his conviction for murder reduced to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The campaign was led by the renowned author Frederick Forsyth and the Daily Mail, and supported by thousands of members of the public.
The new legal team submitted a 100-page report to the CCRC in December 2015. A year later the CCRC referred the case back to the Court Martial Appeal Court who swiftly quashed the conviction for murder and imposed a sentence for manslaughter which would allow for the former sergeant’s almost immediate release. Outside Court after the sentencing hearing on 28 March 2017, the wife of Marine A, Mrs Claire Blackman said:
“We are overjoyed at the judges’ decision to significantly reduce Al’s sentence, such that he can be released imminently. This is the moment that we have all been fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here. There are so many people we must thank for getting us here. They include of course our brilliant legal team, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong, thank you all. They also include the fabulous Frederick Forsyth and the wonderful Richard Drax MP, both of whom have fought tirelessly in support of Al.”
Mrs Blackman later added:
“Jeffrey consistently offered us calm, considered and professional advice. His patience knows no limits. His knowledge and observation skills meant that he was always open and honest - never promising anything he couldn't deliver. And he certainly delivered.”
“What Senghin doesn't know about the law and its application isn't worth knowing. His knowledge and attention to detail is incredible and yet his approach was always to help us clearly understand and explore solutions. Everyone needs a Senghin on their team.”
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Appeal of M S [Court of Appeal] 2017
Appeal against conviction for attempted murder and possession of shotgun with intent to endanger life
Natasha Wong QC acted for youth with severe learning difficulties and very limited cognitive function on appeal based on fresh expert evidence of his condition and the fairness of his original trial, with additional “Jogee” joint enterprise ground following his conviction for attempted murder and possession of shotgun with intent to endanger life. Instructed by Paul Martin & Co
Appeal of DS 2016
Gross Negligence Medical Manslaughter
Appeal of Johnson & ors 2016
Post "Jogee" Joint Enterprise Appeal
R v. B [AG Reference] 2016
R v. Smilginis [Snaresbrook & C.O.A.] EWCA Crim 550 2016
Rape & Appeal Re: Inconsistent Verdicts
Sue Rodham defended in this multiple rape allegation trial, which subsequently went to the Appeal Court, and is now a guideline case involving inconsistent verdicts. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte.
R v. Akhtar [Southwark & C.O.A.] 2016
Appeal against a decision to stay proceedings
Charlotte Hole successfully defended a prosecution appeal against a decision to stay proceedings involving a vulnerable defendant where special measures were essential for a fair trial, but had not been put in place by the Court.
R v. Akhtar  EWCA Crim 390
Appeal Re: F 2016
Appeal of Confiscation Order
Senghin Kong represented the Appellant at his successful appeal against a confiscation order and was commended by Davis LJ on the clarity of his written and oral submissions. The Crown had successfully argued below that debts incurred solely by the Appellant but secured on his family home should be paid from the proceeds of sale before division between the Appellant and his wife who shared the beneficial interest in the property equally. On appeal, the Crown conceded that this was wrong and the Court of Appeal held that these debts should be paid out of the Appellant’s share of the proceeds of sale as to hold otherwise would lead to a disproportionate result.
Appeal of J V [Court of Appeal] 2016
Appeal of severely autistic man convicted of fraud
Natasha Wong QC acted for severely autistic man convicted of fraud in appeal based on fresh expert evidence that had never been adduced at his original trial and to demonstrate by reference to extensive transcripts that his trial had not been fair. Instructed by Hodge Jones and Allen
R v. Brennan  1 WLR 2060 2015
Sarah Forshaw QC was instructed in the defence of a gay escort accused of killing 53 year old antiques dealer in a ritualistic satanic attack. The murder conviction was overturned on appeal in 2015 and the sentence reduced. It has become an important decision in cases of diminished responsibility and expert psychiatric evidence. Instructed by Bailey Nicholson Grayson.
The judgment of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, is now reported http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2014/2387.html.
R v. V & T [C.O.A] 2015
Appeal Against Sentence for Money Laundering
Hannah Wyatt instructed in a successful appeal against sentence in relation to fraud and money laundering offences. Sentence reduced from 3 years to 2 years.
R v. Haque [Snaresbrook & C.O.A.] 2013
Paul Jackson defended a male charged with harassment, putting his own brother in fear of violence. The complainant was so discredited during cross-examination that the Crown offered no evidence declaring in explanation to the jury that "the complainant's credibility had been diminished to vanishing point". Not guilty verdict entered. The trial judge then imposed a post-acquittal restraining order under section 5A(1) of teh Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which was subsequently quashed by the Court of Appeal.
R v Mohammed Emanul Haque (2014) EWCA Crim 832 and R v Mohammed Emanul Haque (2015) EWCA Crim 767.
Coats, R. v  EWCA Crim 1472 (24 July 2013) 2013
"Battered Woman Syndrome"
Sarah Forshaw QC acted on behalf of this appellant on a case referred to the COA by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The appeal centred around "Battered Women Syndrome" after the appellant was convicted of cocaine smuggling. Instructed by Blackfords LLP.
R v. Thompson [Aylesbury] 2013
Historic Sex Abuse
Sarah Forshaw QC leading Dickon Reid successfully represented this defendant who had Aspergers and was charged and cleared of 42 counts of historic sexual assaults. The defendant had similar fact previous convictions which were renewed to the Court of Appeal and subsequently overturned. Instructed by Edward Hayes LLP. Internet report here.
R v. Armel Gnango [Supreme Court] 2011 UKSC 59 2011
Appeal re: joint enterprise / transferred malice
Mark Heywood QC along with Brian Altman QC represented the Crown before the Supreme Court on this leading authority regarding joint enterprise / transferred malice. The Supreme Court held, restoring Gnango's conviction for the murder of Magda Pniewska, that he was guilty of murder notwithstanding the fact that he had not fired the shot which killed Pniewska during the shoot out which led to her death, and that the fatal shot had been fired by his opponent in an attempt to kill him.
R v ABCD (Joint Enterprise)  2 Cr.App.R 32 2010
Mark Dacey, led by Ian Glen QC appeared in this reported case on joint enterprise murder - R v ABCD (Joint Enterprise)  2 Cr.App.R 32
R v Ramchurn (Diminished responsibility)  2 Cr.App.R.3 2010
Murder - Diminished Responsibilty
Mark Dacey was led by Ian Glen QC in this reported case regarding Diminished Responsibilty in a murder trial.
R v. Iain Davis [H.O.L.] 2008
Landmark ruling on Anonymous Witnesses
R v. Iain Davis  UKHL 36
Sue Rodham was led by Malcolm Swift QC at the House of Lords on this landmark ruling on the use of anonymous witnesses in Criminal trials. The original case involved a double-murder perpetrated by the use of a handgun. The sole and decisive evidence came by way of witnesses who had had their identities hidden from the defendant and their evidence came from behind screens with their voices distorted to avoid recognition. The House of Lords agreed that the defendant could not have a fair trial in these circumstances and that he was entitled to know who his accusers were.