Emile Schoemaker was found Not Guilty on 26 June 2019 by a jury at Bristol Crown Court following a retrial on a charge of ‘Being Knowingly Concerned in Carrying Class A Drugs on a Ship’. His co-defendant, Maarten Pieterse, had pleaded Guilty at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced in August. The defendants were aboard a sailing yacht, Marcia,...
Published on June 28, 2019 10:16 am
On Monday 10th June, Stephen Thomas was officially sworn in as His Honour Judge Thomas at a ceremony at The Royal Courts of Justice before The Lord Chief Justice, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. Stephen was joined by members of his family and Senior Criminal Clerk, Phil Jones.
Published on June 13, 2019 6:11 pm
Andrew Munday used money from the fraud, totalling at least £3.35m, to buy houses, memorabilia, and an executive lounge membership at Tottenham Hotspur. Prosecutor Simon Davis told Northampton Crown Court he “had been living a lie” to fund a lavish lifestyle. Munday was jailed for five years and eight months. A full press article can be found here.
Published on May 9, 2019 3:05 pm
We are proud to announce that The Queen has appointed Stephen Thomas to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Stephen to the South Eastern Circuit, based...
Published on May 7, 2019 10:57 am
St Philips are delighted to announce that Catharine Ravenscroft has accepted an offer of tenancy following the successful completion of a Criminal & Regulatory pupillage under the supervision of Jennifer Josephs. Senior Clerk, Phil Jones said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Catherine as a tenant. She is a very welcome addition to the Criminal and Regulatory groups, bolstering our...
Published on April 15, 2019 3:12 pm
Left to right: Sandamini, Natalie, Matthew, Anna and Olivia. We are pleased to inform you that our pupils will commence practicing from Monday 1st April. All five of our pupils have undergone extensive training in their chosen disciplines since October of 2018 and are raring “to get on their feet”! Anna Peaston – Anna commenced a specialist family pupillage under the...
Published on March 28, 2019 10:25 am
Private Geoff Gray was found dead with two gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks in 2001. He was the third of four young soldiers to die at the barracks with such wounds between 1995 and 2002. In 2018 the original inquest was quashed and a fresh inquest ordered. His Honour Judge Peter Rook QC has been appointed to hear the inquest...
Published on March 8, 2019 5:11 pm
Renowned International lawyer, Peter Haynes QC successfully acted for a group of thirty-three Cypriots who claimed they were tortured by British forces during armed uprising in the late 1950’s. The group, who are now in the 80’s, were awarded £1m in compensation in an out-of-court settlement. For more on this, please see BBC News and The Guardian.
Published on January 28, 2019 5:02 pm
St Philips are proud to announce that Kevin Hegarty QC and Jonathan Nosworthy have both been shortlisted for awards at the forthcoming Legal 500 UK Awards 2019. The Head of the St Philips Criminal Group, Kevin Hegarty QC has been nominated for Regional Silk of the Year. Senior Criminal Clerk, Phil Jones commented: “This nomination is thoroughly deserved and not...
Published on December 6, 2018 12:10 pm
Thank you to all of our clients for your support during the past year, with a particular thank you to those who participated in the feedback process and gave us such glowing reports. 14 Silk (QC) and 45 Junior rankings were achieved by our members, along with a full house of “Band 1” listings in our ranked disciplines. Chambers &...
Published on November 2, 2018 3:48 pm