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    Thomas Acworth acts for serving Grenadier Guard in serial sweetheart frauds

    3PB’s specialist crime barrister Thomas Acworth (pictured here) acted for Lance Corporal (LCpl) Nathan Walker, a serving soldier in the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. LCpl Walker pleaded guilty to defrauding three vulnerable women he met on dating apps in order to finance his gambling addiction. There was some dispute between the prosecution and the defence about the overall value of the frauds. When passing sentence, HHJ Miller QC valued the fraud on the basis of...

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    3PB supports free cab rides to vaccination centres in Winchester

    3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings) is supporting the ‘Winchester Cabs for Jabs’ initiative which has been organised by a group of local friends to enable eligible people to travel to vaccination centres without incurring fees for taxis, or having to navigate public transport. With the help of local Winchester taxi firms, the scheme is giving old and vulnerable people the option of being picked up from home and returned safely after their vaccination. Organisers are...

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  • Success in A-G’s Reference against sentence imposed on Shane Mays for the murder of Louise Smith

    3PB’s Tom Horder, led by Andrew Langdon QC, defended Shane Mays both at trial and in the Court of Appeal. Mr Mays was convicted of the murder of 15-year-old Louise Smith who went missing from her home in Havant on VE day last year. His sentence of life with a minimum term of 25 years was appealed by the Attorney-General on the grounds that it was ‘unduly lenient’. On 5 February 2021 the Court of Appeal...

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    Thomas Evans and Thomas Acworth secure acquittal in Operation Powerboat

    Two of 3PB’s specialist crime barristers Thomas Evans and Thomas Acworth have secured the acquittal of their client in ‘’Operation Powerboat’’. Their client was charged with assisting an offender in relation to an alleged murder and attempted murder by a then 16 year-old in June 2020. He was said to have helped the murderer to escape from Dorset and secreted bloodstained clothing in a neighbour's bin. The Defendant was unanimously acquitted following a 4-week trial at the Crown...

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  • Sunyana Sharma extols the benefits of secondments for barristers in Counsel magazine

    In July 2013, barrister Sunyana Sharma started a whole new area of regulatory and disciplinary law when she took up a secondment as a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) case presenter. For six months, she presented NMC cases up and down the country. The birth of her daughter in 2016 brought fresh challenges in returning to private practice and doing a three-week trial in Manchester at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service when still breastfeeding and...

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    Regulatory/disciplinary barrister Victoria Sheppard-Jones joins 3PB  

    Victoria Sheppard-Jones, a specialist in financial crime and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and enforcement in the financial services and healthcare sectors, has joined national chambers 3PB Barristers from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She has been working at the FCA on an investigation into the Anti Money Laundering and Compliance framework of a large bank. This follows two years as a complex casework lawyer at the Court of Appeal's Criminal Division. Prior to this, Victoria was...

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    Sunyana Sharma reviews the impact of Maughan in the Coroners Court

    3PB’s specialist regulatory and criminal law barrister Sunyana Sharma (pictured here) has reviewed the case of R (on the application of Maughan) (AP) v. Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46. The case related to James Maughan, who was a prisoner held in HMP Bullingdon. Sadly on 11 July 2016 he was found hanging in his cell from a ligature and he was pronounced dead. The jury, in its narrative had originally concluded...

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    Jonathan Underhill secures acquittal for his client in multi-handed VAT fraud

    3PB’s specialist crime and regulatory law barrister Jonathan Underhill (pictured here) has secured acquittal for his client following a two week trial in a multi-handed VAT fraud matter. Jonathan's client was accused of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT. After two weeks of prosecution evidence, and following detailed written and oral submissions, Jonathan was successful in persuading the judge to withdraw the case from the jury and direct the acquittal of the Defendant....

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    Berenice Mulvanny successfully prosecutes sex offender in undercover operation

    3PB’s specialist criminal law barrister Berenice Mulvanny (pictured here) successfully prosecuted Matthew Millen for attempting to pay for the sexual services of an 11-year-old girl. Former Bank of England employee, Matthew Millen, was found guilty of attempting to pay for the sexual services of a child. Millen had arranged payment with what he believed to be the 11-year old’s father, who he anticipated also being present during the criminal act. The trial involved the undercover operative anonymously...

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    Berenice Mulvanny successfully prosecutes in county lines case

    3PB’s specialist criminal law barrister Berenice Mulvanny successfully prosecuted Stephan Gomes and Gary Black for their involvement in a sophisticated and significant county lines class A drugs network from Croydon dealing in the Portsmouth area. Both defendants faced multiple counts of being concerned in the supply of Heroin and Crack Cocaine and Gomes also faced possession with intent to supply Heroin and Crack Cocaine and possession of criminal property. Gomes ran the county lines “Justin”...

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    Nick Robinson’s client Jack Torpey is found not guilty of wounding with intent

    3PB’s criminal defence specialist Nick Robinson successfully defended Mr Jack Torpey who was charged with an offence of wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. On day three of the Crown Court trial, which had been listed for up to two weeks, the Crown accepted a plea to an Affray. This was following Nick’s carefully crafted cross-examination of the four principal prosecution witnesses, whose evidence in their...

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    3PB sponsor Support Through Court “In Conversation with" Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC

    3PB are pleased to sponsor Support Through Court’s 4th “In Conversation” event due to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18 November 7-8.30pm. The event will be joined by Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC, who will discuss their experiences at the bar and help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Sarah Langford is a barrister from 3PB and Sunday Times Best Seller for ‘In your defense’, a book commended for powerfully communicating the...

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