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Chris Johnston secures acquittal of Brighton man accused of arson with intent to endanger life, arson reckless as to whether life was endangered and arson.
Following a suspicious fire in a tool hire shop beneath residential premises, the Fire Service quickly established that the lighting of a box of equipment together with a suspected accelerant was deliberate and that the accused was the only person in the premises at the time who could have done it. Residents above the premises alerted the accused to the smoke and alarm going off and found him acting suspiciously within the locked shop.
In the face of seemingly incontrovertible scientific and phone evidence that showed his sole participation in setting the fire, the defence was forced to submit that accidental cause could not be ruled out. Following a second trial, when a jury was discharged, the accused was cleared within one hour of jury deliberations. Had he been convicted he would have faced a substantial term of imprisonment.
Mr Mather-Lees QC and Colin Witcher have begun an unusual and sensitive murder trial, which concerns the death of a victim four... more
S v Eastleigh Borough Council Mike Fullerton succeeds in overturning revocation of dog-breeding licence before First Tier... more
Following conversation with his wife in the kitchen in May 2016, began George Hepburne-Scott’s involvement in a case that was... more
On 25 August 2020, in the case of Greece v AS, George’s client was discharged on the EAW he faced on Article 3 grounds... more
Michael Mather-Lees QC successfully defends a man charged with multiple attempted murders, severely injuring 3 innocent members... more
Colin Witcher of Chambers Crime and Regulatory Team represented the first defendant NH at a fully contested hearing, over the... more
Church Court Chambers’ Michael Polak has submitted communications to the Independent Expert on Human Rights in Somalia, the... more
The World Uyghur Congress has instructed Church Court Chambers’ international human rights barrister Michael Polak who also... more
On 10th October 2019 at 3.19 pm, a boy boarded the 241 bus on the way to Stratford wearing a balaclava and armed with a very... more
Church Court Chambers’ international human rights and criminal law barrister Michael Polak has been instructed to advise in the... more
Maria Karaiskos appeared at Southwark Crown Court in a multi-million pound money laundering case. Maria’s client was a ‘cash... more
Church Court Chambers are delighted to announce its second webinar of the summer, following on from the hugely successful “Jury... more