James Hay represents Sapper acquitted of ‘violent’ rape in Court Martial

After a four day Court Martial at Bulford Military Court, the Sapper was found Not Guilty of two counts of rape against a fellow soldier.

The case received national and international press coverage.

The teenage Sapper was accused of carrying the unconscious soldier back to his room before locking the door behind him and proceeding to violently rape her whilst she remained unconscious and bound. He had always maintained that she was fully conscious, and a willing and active participant in the sexual behaviour.

After over a day’s deliberation, the 5-person Board found the Sapper Not Guilty of the two counts of rape.

James was instructed by Alphie Doran of Levales Solicitors.

Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey and Yasmin Omotosho Elected to the Bar Council

Lamb Building barristers, Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey of the Family Team and Yasmin Omotosho of the Civil and Public and Regulatory Team, have been elected to the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales (‘the Bar Council’).

Yaa Dankwa and Yasmin will serve three-year terms representing all barristers in England and Wales, commencing January 2022.

 

Chambers congratulates Yaa Dankwa and Yasmin on their election success.

Lamb Building ranked as Leading Set in Chambers UK Bar 2022

Chambers are delighted to announce that once again Lamb Building has been ranked as a Leading Set in Chambers UK Bar 2022, with five of Chambers’ members being ranked individually:

 

On client service:

Lamb Building houses a well-respected criminal team who are frequently instructed as the defence and the prosecution in serious criminal cases. Recent work handled by the set’s tenants includes cases involving allegations of GBH, homicide, rape, conspiracy to supply drugs and modern slavery. One interviewee notes: “I can phone them up and I don’t even have to ask who is available because I know whoever we get will be good.”

“The clerking service is outstanding, and David Corne in particular is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble for him; he responds quickly and efficiently and will always juggle work to make sure cases are covered by those of appropriate seniority.” Max Goodger is the clerk at the Brighton annexe.

 

In the Crime team:

Bernard Richmond QC: “A proper brief. He has presence, he knows what he is doing, he makes the right noises and he does the work.”

Amy Packham:  Amy Packham is a respected junior with notable expertise in a wide range of criminal cases. She regularly handles matters relating to sexual offences, including those involving historic allegations. “She is kind, compassionate and fierce in court.” “She is highly experienced in all manner of cases, responds quickly to enquiries and manages her caseload extremely efficiently. She always rises to the challenges she faces.”

James Hay: James Hay is a well-regarded junior noted for his expert handling of a range of serious violence, firearms and sexual assault cases. He demonstrates particular strength in defending cases involving allegations of dangerous driving.  “He is a wonderful junior who does a lot of research and prepares detailed advices for his cases. He gets unexpected brilliant results and has a great rapport with his clients.”
Recent work: Defended charges under the Modern Slavery Act (trafficking with a view to exploitation) in the West Country’s first county lines and modern slavery trial.

Ross Talbott: Ross Talbott is a well-regarded junior who prosecutes and defends serious sexual offences and organised crime cases. He is regularly instructed in complex criminal matters such as current and historic sexual assault allegations. “He has a calm and thoughtful manner about him which the juries like, and an effective approach. He will always find a sensible solution to the problem.” “He is approachable, thorough, prompt in dealing with advice work and very strong on the law.”
Recent work: Defended a church organist charged with the extensive historical sexual abuse of a female child to whom he was a mentor and teacher and also her brother whom he also taught.

 

In the Civil Team:

Matthew Lee: Matthew Lee is a strong junior with significant market recognition for his recent appearances in notable reported cases. He acts in possession cases and anti-social behaviour claims, among other disputes, including those relating to the Equality Act 2010. “He is very approachable and he cares about the clients. He looks outside the box and has excellent legal knowledge; he’s not afraid to push the boundaries but is realistic when he does.” “He’s incredibly hard-working and able to build an instant rapport with the client. Matthew is approachable and has amazing attention to detail.”
Recent work: Acted in an appeal to dismiss a claim that an asylum seeker who had been accommodated by a local authority under the ‘Everyone In’ scheme did not have an arguable case that he had been granted a secure tenancy.

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.

You can view Anne Faul’s profile here

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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