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Chambers welcomes New Tenant (2)

Chambers is pleased to welcome Islam Khan, formerly of 1 Inner Temple Lane, to Chambers. Islam will join the civil and criminal teams in Chambers. His criminal work includes both prosecuting and defending. He practises in all areas of civil law, with a particular expertise in immigration matters.

Chambers also welcomes Anthony Chapman as our new criminal clerk. Anthony, formerly of Kings Bench Godolphin, will start in the clerks' room on 16 May 2016.

 

CBA Conference on Serious Sexual Offences

Jason Beal, Julia Cox and Sally Daulton attended the Criminal Bar Association Conference on Serious Sexual Offences on 7th May 2016 demonstrating Devon Chambers' continued commitment to ensuring the highest standards when prosecuting and defending in these cases. The conference focused upon substantive sexual offences, current prosecution initiatives, ground rule hearings and vulnerable witnesses, updates on bad character and hearsay in cases involving sexual offences, forensic and medical evidence and a review of the sentencing regimes.

Read more: CBA Conference on Serious Sexual Offences

Recorder Appointment (2)

 Devon Chambers is delighted to announce that Jo Martin has been appointed as a Crown Court Recorder with effect from 11 January 2016.

Many congratulations to Jo on her appointment.

 

 

Recorder Appointment

 Devon Chambers is delighted to announce that Jo Martin has been appointed as a Crown Court Recorder with effect from 11 January 2016.

Many congratulations to Jo on her appointment.

 

 

Supreme Court Gives Judgement in local case

The Supreme Court have today (15 December 2015) given their long awaited judgment in the local case of Jack Harvey from Truro. 

 Jo Martin from Devon Chambers, led by William Boyce QC from QEB Hollis Whiteman successfully overturned the Court of Appeal ruling in this case.

The question for their Lordships was whether, when assessing the benefit figure for confiscation proceedings, any amount accounted for, or paid to HMRC in relation to VAT should be subtracted from the turnover of the company.

By a majority of 3 (Lords Neuberger, Reed and Mance) to 2 (Lords Hughes and Toulson) the Court allowed the appeal.

The majority ruled that it would be disporportionate for a defendant who had paid moneys to one arm of the State (either directly or set off against VAT paid on supplies) to have to pay the same moneys again (by way of confiscation) to another arm of the State.

The case itself will now be sent back to Truro Crown Court to assess what the ruling means in monetary terms for Jack Harvey. It is of note that the judgement (in particular the dissenting judgements) considered the accounting exercise now required of the Crown Court to be a difficult one. The judgement makes it clear that the defendant needs to prove, on the balance of probabilities, how much VAT was properly (legally) paid and accounted for by calling evidence and that the Crown Court is entitled to be sceptical when dealing with dishonest defendants.

The judgement can be found on the Supreme Court Website:

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2013-0249.html