Anne Faul secures unanimous acquittal at trial

October 2021

Anne Faul, instructed by Mr Andy Smith of SBS Solicitors, secured a unanimous acquittal for her client following a two-week trial at Cambridge Crown Court. The Defendant faced a single charge of Rape relating to events that allegedly took place a decade ago. The prosecution called eleven witnesses. The Defence served a lengthy schedule of text messages exchanged between the Defendant and the complainant, and called only the Defendant and one further witness to give evidence. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after deliberating for 3 hours.

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Members of Lamb Building ranked in Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

Chambers are delighted to announce that the following members of Lamb Building have been ranked as Leading Juniors in the 2022 edition of the Legal500’s UK Bar directory:

In the Crime Team:

Ross Talbott – ‘A first-rate advocate with a very compelling and persuasive manner in court. He builds excellent rapport with judges and juries. It is clear that he prepares his cases extremely thoroughly and knows his papers inside out. ’

Paramjit Ahluwalia – ‘Paramjit is an outstanding junior. She combines excellent organisational skills with good judgement, hard work and commitment.

Christopher Prior – ‘A truly gifted advocate who is very considered and articulate. Christopher is renowned for his mastery of his briefs and leaving no stone unturned in complex cases.

Amy Packham – ‘She is a consummate trial advocate who consistently delivers results. Her work ethic is extraordinary, and her attention to detail is second to none.

Jonathan Atkinson – ‘A thoughtful and considered advocate who always has a fantastic grasp of his brief. He has a wonderful manner with witnesses and juries love him.

In the Civil Team:

Matthew Lee – ‘Matthew is a star in the making, he thinks out of the box and challenges points of law that others are scared to challenge. Matthew has exceptionally good knowledge of the law and is absolutely determined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.

Article: Pet Peeves

Tim Jones of the Lamb Building Civil Team discusses the new model tenancy introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Introduction

Recently, there have been news reports in various media outlets claiming (at least at first glance) that new “rules” have been introduced permitting tenants to keep pets in their properties. For example, the BBC reports that “Renters in England set to be allowed to keep ‘well behaved pets’”, and the Daily Mirror reports that “New rules mean landlords can no longer automatically ban tenants from having pets”. At the risk of disappointing some animal lovers, this is a development that requires some clarity and context!

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Article: A Gateway Opens – how to terminate a tenancy on the death of the tenant

By Tim Jones

This article considers the recent Court of Appeal case of Gateway Housing Association Limited v the Personal Representatives of Mohammed Nuruj Ali (deceased) and Delara Begum [2020] EWCA Civ 1339 (“Begum”).

The key issue in Begum was what a landlord was required to do in circumstances where the tenant had died intestate and the landlord wished to terminate the tenancy.

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Article: Civil Injunctions under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – a missed opportunity?

By Tim Jones

On 8 July 2020, the Civil Justice Council (“CJC”) completed a report (“the report”) (published on 8 October 2020) reflecting on the effectiveness of the civil injunction regime under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”). The report can be found here. The purpose of this article is to summarise and comment on the key points of the report, which highlighted a number of areas where the new civil injunction regime under the 2014 Act did not appear to be working as intended.

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