Lamb Building would like to congratulate Joy Dykers on being appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court).
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.
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, 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
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.’
Chambers are delighted to announce that June Venters QC has been nominated as Family Law QC of the Year at the Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards 2021. This prestigious event will take place at The Bloomsbury Big Top on 24 November 2021.
We are pleased to announce that Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey will be joining Lamb Building Chambers!
Registration is now open for Lamb Building Chambers’ Summer School 2021.
Anne Faul, instructed by Andrew Smith of SBS solicitors, secures acquittals for her client who was charged with sexual assault (by penetration) of a girl under 14 years. The jury acquitted the Defendant unanimously following a seven day trial in Luton Crown Court.
You can view Anne Faul’s profile here
Tim Jones of the Lamb Building Civil Team discusses the impact of the recent case of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and others v Persons Unknown and others  EWHC 1201 (QB).
James Oliveira-Agnew was recently involved in what has been described as a landmark Court of Appeal Judgment. James represented a client in a specially convened Court of Appeal case chaired by LJ Fulford that dealt with the sentencing of sexual offenders. As a result of the case there will now be a consultation by the Sentencing Council who are seeking to regularise sentencing in this complex field.
Tim Jones of the Lamb Building Civil Team discusses the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Faiz and Others v Burnley Borough Council  EWCA Civ 55 and its impact on landlords.
Tim Jones of the Lamb Building Civil Team discusses the new model tenancy introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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!
Lamb Building Chambers are delighted to announce that Andrew Selby has been successful in his application for silk. We offer our warmest congratulations to him on being appointed as Queen’s Counsel.
We are delighted to announce that Ross Talbott has been appointed to Level Four, the highest level, of the CPS Advocate Panel. This appointment is recognition of Ross’ practice focusing on the most serious cases to come before the Courts.
Ross is also a member of the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel and sits as a Recorder.
Chambers are proud to be home to a number of barristers on the CPS Advocate Panels across all levels. For more information please contact us.
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  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.
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.
Lamb Building again had numerous groups and individuals cited in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 across Crime, Immigration, and Social Housing.
In Crime we are described as ‘a strong set…, with a number of strong juniors working in Sussex and the South East’ and it is said that ‘there is enough variety to cover almost every type of case and varying degree of complexity’. Ross Talbott is particularly praised.
In Immigration our group is a ‘formidable immigration team’ and ‘the set “genuinely cares about their clients”‘. Sandra Akinbolu, Bojana Asanovic, Emma Daykin, Eric Fripp and Keelin McCarthy are all included as Leading Juniors.
In Social Housing Matthew Lee is a Leading Junior, with ‘excellent judgment and… a pleasure to work with’.
In comments both Clerks and barristers are praised. Our Clerks are ‘extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. It is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers…’, ‘We have come to know the clerks as our own colleagues… We have reached a wavelength where we understand each others’ needs without much explanation.’ More broadly it is said ‘Lamb Building is respected among firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. They genuinely care about the clients and achieve excellent results acting for the best interests of the clients. We have held a long and friendly relationship with Lamb Building and instruct many of their barristers for the high-class work they produce and the well-respected representation which they provide to our clients.’
Lamb Building again had many citations in the 2021 edition of the Chambers and Partners Directory across Crime, Immigration, and Social Housing.
In Crime Bernard Richmond QC is a Leading Silk, Ross Talbott a Leading Junior and James Hay in the Up and Coming category.
In Immigration four members are named as Leading Juniors, Sandra Akinbolu, Bojana Asanovic, Emma Daykin, and Eric Fripp.
In Social Housing Matthew Lee is a Leading Junior.
Chambers is again proud of the performance of its Clerks and barristers, who provide an excellent service focussed on approachability, problem-solving, and ‘genuine care for the interests of their professional and lay clients’.
Chambers are delighted to announce that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent has approved the recommendation that Bernard Richmond QC be granted the title and status of Honorary Professor at Kent Law School.
The training will be delivered every Thursday in August using Video presentation, group work and discussions.
Paramjit is speaking with Katy Swaine Williams and Dr Jenny Earle from the Prison Reform Trust as well as Harriet Wistrich from Centre for Women’s Justice on exploring a new statutory defence for those whose crimes arise in the context of being subject to coercive and controlling behaviour.
Paramjit Ahluwalia’s article ‘Protecting domestic abuse survivors who offend’ has been published in this week’s Law Society Gazette.
Chambers are delighted to announce that Tim Jones, formerly with Capsticks, has accepted an invitation to join our Civil and Housing Team. Tim, who was called in 2010, has previously been in-house counsel with two large Registered Providers of social housing and more recently at Capsticks Solicitors LLP. We are equally delighted to announce that upon the successful completion of her pupillage Gabrielle Compton has accepted an invitation to join chambers Criminal Team.
Yasmin Omotosho, a member of Lamb Building’s Civil Team, has been published in Issue 10 of the Archbold Review 2019. In her article she comments on the important relationship between the independent Bar and the Rule of Law and reflects on her personal observations of the justice system in Russia. To download the full article please click here:
Brigadier Fernando, a former Sri Lankan diplomat to the UK, was convicted at a re-trial for section 4A Public Order Act Offences on 6 December 2019 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £2000 and ordered to pay compensation to each of the victims. The Judge also upheld her decision of 1 March 2019 that Brigadier Fernando did not enjoy residual diplomatic immunity for the cut throat gestures he made towards Tamil protestors outside the Sri Lankan High Commission on 4 February 2018.
Shanthi Sivakumaran, led by Peter Carter QC, and instructed by Public Interest Law Centre acted for the Private Prosecutor.
In the lead case of Karagul & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3208 (Admin) (27 November 2019) https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2019/3208.html it was concluded that in light of the SSHD not being satisfied that the Claimants held a genuine wish or intention to establish in business, the rejection of their ECAA applications was reached without affording them a fair process at common law.
Gordon Lee and Emma Daykin acted for Claimants, instructed by Ibrahim Aytac of Stuart & Co Solicitors.
The number of members recognised in the 2020 Edition of Chambers and Partners has increased to six. Bernard Richmond QC is in Band 4 Crime in London. Also featured in the Crime category for the South East are Ross Talbott in Band 2 and James Hay for ‘Up and coming’. Within London Immigration Eric Fripp in Band 2 and Bojana Asanovic in Band 4 and in the London Section for Social Housing Matthew Lee has been placed in Band 4.
We are very happy to report that June Venters QC has been nominated for the ‘Woman in Law Award’ at this year’s British Legal Awards.
Chambers are delighted to announce that upon the completion of their respective pupillages, Ani Yeghikian, Yasmin Omotosho, Christopher Bates and Laura Bayles have all accepted invitations to join chambers. Ani and Chris will join our Criminal Team, Yasmin will join the Civil Team and Laura Bayles is joining both the Family and Criminal Team.
Chambers are delighted to announce that Ross Talbott has been appointed as a Recorder by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.
Ross is the fourth member of Chambers to be appointed as a Recorder; joining Bernard Richmond QC, June Venters QC and Nicola Shannon.