Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution

Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution

Quentin Hunt acting on behalf of Transport For London has concluded the successful prosecution of the controversial App based Private Hire Vehicle Operator Uber for road traffic offences. Read further to find out more..

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETYSUCCESS STORIESPRESS
Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications

Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications

Quentin recently appeared in the Birmingham Crown Court on behalf of RK, a man convicted of producing high quality forgeries of Bank of England £10 notes. Read further to find out more..

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIESPRESS
Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Categories:  FRAUDSUCCESS STORIESPRESS

CRIMINAL DEFENCE BARRISTER BLOG

Breach of Planning Enforcement notice Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Breach of Planning Enforcement notice Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Many Defendants are unaware that an order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 may be made if they are convicted of ‘regulatory’ offences such as those under s179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 2002

POSTED: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Categories:  FRAUD
Success in Shotgun Licence Appeal

Success in Shotgun Licence Appeal

As a result of the strong arguments put forward by Quentin at an appeal hearing at Birmingham Crown Court the Police indicated that they were not going to resist the appeal. The appeal was therefore successful.

POSTED: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin achieves variation in Serious Crime Prevention Order

Quentin achieves variation in Serious Crime Prevention Order

Persons who are the subject of a SCPO often find the terms of the order too onerous or they may wish to have the terms varied to enable them to fulfil a business or life ambition

POSTED: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Unanimous acquittal in Fraud and Perverting the Course of Justice trial

Unanimous acquittal in Fraud and Perverting the Course of Justice trial

Quentin Hunt is an experienced jury advocate who specialises in effective cross examination of witnesses and the tactical deployment of defence evidence at trial.

POSTED: Monday, July 24, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES
Court of Appeal reduces sentence by half in Fraud case success

Court of Appeal reduces sentence by half in Fraud case success

Following oral submissions by Quentin the appeal was allowed by the Court. The sentence of 24 months imprisonment was reduced by half to one of 12 months. This meant that VP was eligible for release on a home detention curfew tag the week after the hearing in the Court of Appeal.

POSTED: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD
Quentin sets legal precedent at the High Court in Planning Enforcement Guilty Plea hearing

Quentin sets legal precedent at the High Court in Planning Enforcement Guilty Plea hearing

Quentin analysed their case and discovered that there was a material problem with the procedure that had been followed at the guilty plea hearing in the Magistrates Court. As a result of Quentin’s representation the matter was therefore remitted to the City of Westminster Magistrates Court where the defendants indicated Not Guilty pleas and elected for the matter to be sent to the Southwark Crown Court for trial.

POSTED: Monday, July 10, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin achieves non custodial sentence in Dangerous Driving case

Quentin achieves non custodial sentence in Dangerous Driving case

DL had previously been advised that he could expect an immediate custodial sentence of around 15 months. DL and his family were delighted that he managed to avoid an immediate custodial sentence.

POSTED: Monday, July 3, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
A Guide to Boiler Room Fraud

A Guide to Boiler Room Fraud

Quentin looks at common characteristics between 'boiler room' fraud cases and provides some important insights about the operation of the law in this area

POSTED: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Categories:  FRAUD
Quentin secures dramatic reduction in Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation Order

Quentin secures dramatic reduction in Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation Order

Quentin Hunt uses his many years of experience in dealing with complicated confiscation proceedings to save his client over saving of over £750,000

POSTED: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Am I guilty of fraud?

Am I guilty of fraud?

what can I do if I am accused of fraud and what are the defences to fraud charges?

POSTED: Friday, March 17, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD
Quentin Hunt gains acquittal in Drink driving appeal

Quentin Hunt gains acquittal in Drink driving appeal

Quentin was able to make legal submissions at the end of presentation of prosecution evidence that the case should not be allowed to continue

POSTED: Monday, March 13, 2017

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
Success in Appeal Against Conviction in GBH case

Success in Appeal Against Conviction in GBH case

Quentin specialises in the analysis of criminal cases following conviction and the lodging of persuasive and effective grounds of appeal.

POSTED: Monday, March 13, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin gains success for client in Nightclub assault case

Quentin gains success for client in Nightclub assault case

Quentin represented AC, a student at Newcastle University who was accused of two counts of assault. Following under 10 minutes of deliberation the Court returned a Not Guilty verdict, AC was acquitted and was awarded costs

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Air rage client avoids immediate custodial sentence

Air rage client avoids immediate custodial sentence

air rage incident on a Flybe flight from Amsterdam to Manchester in 2016. As a result of Quentin’s submissions LW escaped an immediate custodial sentence.

POSTED: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin secures licence of professional driver

Quentin secures licence of professional driver

Quentin ensured GS was reinstated at her place of work with no points on her driving licence. The Court also awarded costs in GS’s favour.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Motor trader keeps his driving licence after successful appeal

Motor trader keeps his driving licence after successful appeal

Quentin represented Mr RC, a successful trader of prestige and high performance cars in respect of an appeal against a conviction for failure to provide driver’s details contrary to s172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin represents “Britain’s most wanted drug baron”

Quentin represents “Britain’s most wanted drug baron”

Quentin was chosen to represent one of Britain’s most high profile drug smugglers.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   PRESS
Quentin secures Not Guilty verdict in ‘overwhelming’ stalking case

Quentin secures Not Guilty verdict in ‘overwhelming’ stalking case

Quentin secures Not Guilty verdict in ‘overwhelming’ stalking case

POSTED: Monday, December 5, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Guilty verdict in successful Private Prosecution

Guilty verdict in successful Private Prosecution

Due to instructing Quentin Hunt and instituting a private prosecution Mr B secured justice in respect of an important breach of his privacy and the compromise of his divorce proceedings.

POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
When do the lifestyle provisions apply in confiscation cases?

When do the lifestyle provisions apply in confiscation cases?

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been increasingly used to penalise defendants in all manner of cases in which many people would be surprised to find that POCA orders can be made

POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
No Further Action taken in Voyeurism case

No Further Action taken in Voyeurism case

Following a lengthy investigation, the police made a decision to take No Further Action against WS. This meant that he was released from bail and would face no charges and would have no criminal record, caution or adverse record against his name.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin Hunt secures annulment of guilty pleas on the basis of procedural error

Quentin Hunt secures annulment of guilty pleas on the basis of procedural error

Two defendants contacted Mr Hunt following committal for sentence to the Crown Court from the Magistrates. They were unhappy in respect of their previous solicitors and advice that led to guilty pleas being entered on their behalf.

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2016

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin acts in successful prosecution resulting in £1M fine

Quentin acts in successful prosecution resulting in £1M fine

Following successful prosecution, the company was fined £1,000,000.00 and ordered to pay the costs of the Health and Safety Executive.

POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2016

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   PRESS
Quentin Represents ringleader of large scale bank fraud conspiracy

Quentin Represents ringleader of large scale bank fraud conspiracy

Quentin represented AM, the “kingpin” leader of an organised criminal group who were responsible for a multi million-pound fraud involving compromising bank accounts of members of the public

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD
A guide to the law on Rape

A guide to the law on Rape

This article examines the elements of the offence of Rape, possible rape defences and the current state of the law; it cannot hope to be definitive but should serve as a good layman’s guide to the law.

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

This article will consider the legal definition of sexual assault, what must be proven for there to be a conviction, and what you should do if you have been accused of sexual assault.

POSTED: Monday, June 27, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Quentin Hunt invited to speak at prestigious Social Media Conference

Quentin Hunt invited to speak at prestigious Social Media Conference

Quentin has been asked to speak on the topic of 'Criminal Law as it relates to Social Media' at the prestigious Legal Aspects of Social Media 2016 Conference hosted by Central Law Training and held at the DeVere London Bars

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD,   HEALTH / SAFETY,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
Taking children out of school during term time? A Criminal Barrister's view.

Taking children out of school during term time? A Criminal Barrister's view.

The question of the legality of taking children out of school without permission has been a hot topic in the news and on the internet recently. As a result, I have been both amused and dismayed to see quite a lot of misinformation and dubious ‘facts’ being portrayed as the state of the law.

POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2016

Categories:  CRIME
Dangerous police chase defendant avoids prison

Dangerous police chase defendant avoids prison

FR was charged with Dangerous Driving and had pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court, the case was transferred to the Crown Court for sentencing.

POSTED: Friday, April 8, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
Harassment of tenants by landlords or their agents - Protection from Eviction Act 1977

Harassment of tenants by landlords or their agents - Protection from Eviction Act 1977

In this article we will look at the offence of unlawful harassment set out in section 1 of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   HEALTH / SAFETY
Unlawful Eviction

Unlawful Eviction

This article will consider the offence of unlawful eviction set out in section 1 of the Protection From Eviction Act 1977.

POSTED: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Categories:  CRIME
Woman escapes with community service in 'Grand Theft Auto' case

Woman escapes with community service in 'Grand Theft Auto' case

Quentin Hunt represented Miss SG who was charged with a multitude of Road Traffic offences following incidents in April 2015.

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2016

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
The Real Cost of Legal Aid

The Real Cost of Legal Aid

Should you find yourself facing a criminal matter it is vital that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Quentin answers many questions about Legal Aid for when a person is charged with a criminal offence.

POSTED: Monday, January 18, 2016

Categories:  CRIME
Not Guilty verdict in Assault allegation

Not Guilty verdict in Assault allegation

The allegation centred on a dispute over the pay of the alleged victim’s daughter who was a previous employee of VW.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Not Guilty Verdict in Conspiracy to Handle Stolen Goods

Not Guilty Verdict in Conspiracy to Handle Stolen Goods

CB could not afford to have a criminal conviction against his name as it would have meant that he would have been unable to work in his industry again.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Acquittal in Nightclub stabbing case

Acquittal in Nightclub stabbing case

Quentin secures acquittal in Nightclub stabbing case

POSTED: Monday, December 21, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
How couples can protect their assets in confiscation proceedings

How couples can protect their assets in confiscation proceedings

How can couples protect their assets in confiscation proceedings, how can a partner protect their interests in confiscation proceedings and when should a partner assert interest in Confiscation proceedings? Confiscation or enforcement?

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD
High profile fraud case at Birmingham Crown Court

High profile fraud case at Birmingham Crown Court

Quentin was instructed to appear at a sentencing hearing to represent an accountant at Birmingham Crown Court

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2015

Categories:  FRAUD,   PRESS
How to avoid a prison sentence

How to avoid a prison sentence

This article explores the sentencing regime and the ways in which the risk of immediate custody can be reduced therefore answering the question of ‘How can I avoid a custodial sentence?’

POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2015

Categories:  CRIME
Quentin secures musician Not Guilty verdict in Harassment allegation

Quentin secures musician Not Guilty verdict in Harassment allegation

Quentin was able to conduct extensive negotiations with the Prosecution in order to make representations that the trial should be discontinued

POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Personal liability of directors for criminal offences

Personal liability of directors for criminal offences

This article will explore the general principles of personal liability of directors for criminal offences and examine what I have found to be the most common examples of such liability coming before the criminal courts

POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD,   HEALTH / SAFETY
Quentin secures acquittal in kidnap case and secures wasted costs against the CPS

Quentin secures acquittal in kidnap case and secures wasted costs against the CPS

Quentin represented Mr BG before Kingston Crown Court

POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Social Media Crime - prosecutions for use

Social Media Crime - prosecutions for use

There is an increasing trend towards prosecuting individuals for their online activity from Internet ‘trolls’ to the increasing reports of ‘revenge porn’

POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Categories:  CRIME
Direct Access Litigation Qualified Barrister

Direct Access Litigation Qualified Barrister

Although there are many direct access qualified barristers only a very small minority of those at the Bar are qualified to conduct litigation. This can have an enormous effect upon the conduct of your case.

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FRAUD,   HEALTH / SAFETY,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
New health and safety rules for the self-employed

New health and safety rules for the self-employed

Quentin Hunt, barrister at 2 Bedford Row and a member of the Attorney General's 'A List' of approved advocates for health and safety and regulatory work, explains what changes will mean in practice.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   FAQs
Quentin reduces confiscation order by over £1.5 Million

Quentin reduces confiscation order by over £1.5 Million

Quentin reduces confiscation order by over £1.5 Million

POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Categories:  FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES,   PRESS
Having An Offensive Weapon In Public Place

Having An Offensive Weapon In Public Place

The law governing possession of an offensive weapon is somewhat complex.

POSTED: Friday, July 17, 2015

Categories: 
Not guilty verdict in harassment case

Not guilty verdict in harassment case

A Not Guilty verdict was essential to TL as she works within the legal industry and could not have a conviction recorded against her name. She described the result as ‘Amazing… fantastic’.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Not guilty verdict in knifing case

Not guilty verdict in knifing case

Quentin represented a Miss SM who was accused of cutting her partner’s neck with a kitchen knife during a domestic incident in Chichester

POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin acts on behalf of Transport For London in successful prosecutions of unlicenced taxi drivers

Quentin acts on behalf of Transport For London in successful prosecutions of unlicenced taxi drivers

Driving ban and fines for unlicenced taxi drivers as Quentin undertakes successful prosecutions for Transport for London

POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC
Changes to the Drink Driving Law

Changes to the Drink Driving Law

Recently the government has introduced new legislation that fundamentally changes the requirements under drink driving law.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC
Quentin ensures acquittal in offensive weapon trial

Quentin ensures acquittal in offensive weapon trial

Quentin represented Miss RM, a commodities trader who stood accused of possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of assault. RM attended a meeting of Haringey Justice for Palestinians where a protest took place.

POSTED: Sunday, June 21, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Driving case victory

Driving case victory

Quentin represented Mr FS, a man of good character who was charged with careless driving. He was accused of striking a man with his car on a pavement in Soho on a Saturday night.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
Guilty plea vacation success

Guilty plea vacation success

Quentin represented AB before the Snaresbrook Crown Court in respect of an application to vacate a guilty plea.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIES
Quentin Hunt in successful discontinuance of serious fraud case

Quentin Hunt in successful discontinuance of serious fraud case

Quentin represented Mr AH, an accountant who was facing trial at the Warwick Crown Court accused of various counts of conspiracy to defraud.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Categories:  FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES
Changing a guilty plea - a case study

Changing a guilty plea - a case study

Changing a Guilty plea is not an easy exercise. The Court of Appeal has stated on a number of occasions that ‘the cases must be comparatively rare where it would be proper to allow a change of plea’. This case study discusses the issues.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Part 3: Appeals against the granting of a shotgun licence or forearms licence

Part 3: Appeals against the granting of a shotgun licence or forearms licence

Where an application fails the applicant should be provided with reasons as to why, in order for them to assess whether the decision was justified and possibly appealable, there is no statutory requirement that reasons be given.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Categories:  CRIME
Breach of a Planning Enforcement Notice. s179 Town and Country Planning Act 1990- The Law

Breach of a Planning Enforcement Notice. s179 Town and Country Planning Act 1990- The Law

Local councils issue thousands of planning enforcement notices every month. Often these are in respect of matters which are highly contentious between business and homeowners and the council. What is not commonly known is that a breach of compliance with an enforcement notice..

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015

Categories:  CRIME
Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence. Part 2: Examining the tests

Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence. Part 2: Examining the tests

In this second article, we examine the tests to be applied by the police in more detail. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence Part 1: What is the law and what can I do?

Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence Part 1: What is the law and what can I do?

For many, a shotgun licence is very important to both their livelihood and their leisure. However, given the fact that the decision in respect of shotgun and firearms licences rests entirely in hands of the various chief constables around the country, read further to find out more..

POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Obtaining Bail in Criminal Proceedings

Obtaining Bail in Criminal Proceedings

One of the most frequent concerns of defendants in criminal proceedings are: Will I get bail? or How do I get bail? With trial waiting lists in many Courts stretching to absurd lengths many defendants are rightly concerned that they do not await their trial in Custody. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015

Categories: 
Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving

Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 introduced an offence of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving; this came into force on 3rd December 2012. As always it has taken a long time for the Police and CPS to start using the offence on a regular basis but we are now seeing the offence being prosecuted with some vigour. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage

According to Home Office Statistics the offence of Criminal Damage is one of the top ten most prosecuted crimes in the United Kingdom. It is also one of the most frequently abused by way of prosecutions being brought against individuals in circumstances where no offence has been committed. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Sentencing success in Dangerous Driving case

Sentencing success in Dangerous Driving case

Quentin represented KS who pleaded guilty to a count of Dangerous Driving. Mr S was driving his sports car at speed on a singe carriageway A road in Hertfordshire when he overtook a car on a blind corner on a stretch of road with double white lines. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
How Can I keep my driving licence? Special reasons arguments

How Can I keep my driving licence? Special reasons arguments

In many driving cases people commit offences in circumstances that are really not their fault. This stems from the fact that the vast majority of driving offences are what lawyers call ‘strict liability’ offences. This means that you are guilty whether or not you actually meant to commit the offence. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Unlawful Eviction and Harassment?

What is Unlawful Eviction and Harassment?

Local authorities are becoming increasingly trigger-happy in respect of landlord and tenant prosecutions. Such prosecutions can occur when there is a dispute with a tenant over the circumstances of their leaving a property. Often such disputes can be the word of one party against the word of another. As such it is essential that a landlord or other party accused of such an offence gain specialist legal advice if being either investigated or prosecuted. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Not Guilty Verdicts in Large Scale Investment Fraud case

Not Guilty Verdicts in Large Scale Investment Fraud case

Quentin appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on behalf of KA a company director who was due to stand trial on an indictment containing five counts of Fraud. The case revolved around the trade in financial instruments and Commercial Mortgage Obligations to the value of over €57,000,000 in Northern Europe and South America. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Categories:  FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES
Blackmail

Blackmail

Blackmail is an offence under section 21 Theft Act 1968. It is a serious offence and is tried only in the Crown Court before a judge and a jury. The maximum penalty on conviction is 14 years’ imprisonment. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications

Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications

Quentin recently appeared in the Birmingham Crown Court on behalf of RK, a man convicted of producing high quality forgeries of Bank of England £10 notes. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIES,   PRESS
Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Serious Crime Prevention Orders

The Courts have recently seen a marked increase in prosecution applications for Serious Crime Prevention Orders especially in cases prosecuted by HMRC and the NCA. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015

Categories:  CRIME
Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution

Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution

Quentin Hunt acting on behalf of Transport For London has concluded the successful prosecution of the controversial App based Private Hire Vehicle Operator Uber for road traffic offences. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   SUCCESS STORIES,   PRESS
Special Procedure Production Orders - How practice has not caught up with the law

Special Procedure Production Orders - How practice has not caught up with the law

Applications for special procedure production orders are some of the most common applications before the Crown Court. Many Crown Courts will hear a few applications in a 9:30am list before trials or case management hearings and each numbered application can contain any number of substantive sub-applications against different institutions. Most applications for special production orders are not opposed as they are made as against financial or other institutions who will not produce material without such an order and will not oppose the order being sought.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Categories:  CRIME
Fraud Trial Success

Fraud Trial Success

Quentin appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on behalf of SP, a University student accused of perpetuating a large scale eBay Fraud involving the cloning of credit cards and the misuse of Transport For London Oyster Cards. Following the close of the prosecution case Quentin argued that the case on the first and most serious count on the indictment should be withdrawn from the jury. The judge agreed and the count was withdrawn from the jury and a Not Guilty verdict was entered on her behalf.

POSTED: Monday, December 1, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES
Health and Safety Sentencing Success

Health and Safety Sentencing Success

Quentin appeared on behalf of FA who had been the Principal Contractor on a large scale commercial building project in South East London. Following the collapse of a structure at the site a 92 year old woman suffered near fatal injuries. The defendant pleaded guilty to an offence under regulation 28(2) of the Construction (Design and Management ) Regulations 2007.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   SUCCESS STORIES
Court of Appeal Victory

Court of Appeal Victory

Quentin appeared in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, instructed by Stokoe Partnership Solicitors on behalf of FI who had been convicted of a s47 ABH offence. Quentin successfully submitted that the judge had misapplied the relevant sentencing guidelines and the sentence was reduced in length by six months.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIES
VAT Fraud and Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud, MTIC Fraud

VAT Fraud and Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud, MTIC Fraud

VAT fraud is big business. How big? Well it is very difficult to estimate the exact amount of money that is defrauded but the case of Federation of Technological Industries estimated that in 2002-03 the cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer was between £1.65 and £2.64 billion. By 2005-6 an EU think tank estimated that this figure had increased to some £10 billion. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD
An Example of a Typical Driving Case Study

An Example of a Typical Driving Case Study

Mr N was arrested on a Friday evening just outside Manchester. Two police officers on foot stopped him in his work van in a car park outside a fish and chip shop; the police had received a tip off. He was taken to the police station where he was subject to the breath test procedure and was found to be considerably over the drink drive limit. He was arrested and charged with drink driving. Mr N travelled all over the UK with his work and needed his licence for his work; he knew that if he lost his licence he would lose his job and his livelihood. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   SUCCESS STORIES
Can I change a plea of guilty?

Can I change a plea of guilty?

Changes to the criminal justice system of late have been very much focussed on encouraging defendants to plead guilty. ‘Early guilty plea’ schemes have been rolled out across the country and a full discount for pleading guilty is only available if the plea is entered at the first opportunity, often before the evidence has been served by the prosecution in proper and full form. Read further to find out more ..

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
Fraud by failing to disclose information

Fraud by failing to disclose information

Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 relates to the offence of failing to disclose information. The offence is wide ranging and can cover a number of circumstances. An example would be where a person makes an insurance claim for a ring that they believed had been stolen. They report this to their insurance company and make a claim. They subsequently receive an insurance payout of £15,000 for the ring. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD
What do I do if I receive a Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 disclosure notice?

What do I do if I receive a Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 disclosure notice?

The Police and HMRC are increasingly using their powers under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to require information from innocent parties who are not accused of a criminal offence but who can be compelled by law to provide information whether they like it or not. Read further to find out more ..

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
What to do if I am accused of VAT fraud?

What to do if I am accused of VAT fraud?

If you are being investigated or have been charged with an offence of VAT fraud it is essential that you seek specialist legal representation at an early stage. How the matter is conducted from the outset will shape the course of the case against you. Read further to find out more ..

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
Example of a VAT Fraud in Action

Example of a VAT Fraud in Action

If you are being investigated or have been charged with an offence of VAT fraud it is essential that you seek specialist legal representation at an early stage. How the matter is conducted from the outset will shape the course of the case against you. Careful consideration of the evidence is essential as well as an excellent working knowledge of this sort of case and experience in dealing with HMRC and the CPS. Read further to find out more ..

POSTED: Friday, October 3, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
Cautionary tale about having someone else take your penalty points

Cautionary tale about having someone else take your penalty points

Taking penalty points is a serious criminal offence and perverting the course of justice. It was all over the news a short while ago. But now the convictions of Chris Huhne and Vicky Price for perverting the course of justice have faded in time and are no longer in the public consciousness the courts are once again seeing the return of people accused of perverting the course of justice due to others ‘taking their points’. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
Witness intimidation

Witness intimidation

Witness intimidation is a serious offence and a conviction for the offence will, unless the offence is fleeting and in the heat of the moment, there is a high likelihood that any convicted defendant will end up with a sentence of imprisonment unless handled with the utmost skill and judgement. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Categories:  CRIME
Success in Work at Height Regulations trial

Success in Work at Height Regulations trial

Quentin acted in the case of the Health and Safety Executive v Mark Hayes, a trial at Southwark Crown Court. The case centred around an allegation of a breach of the defendant's duties under Regulation 4 of the Work At Height Regulations 2005 in respect of scaffolding works. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   SUCCESS STORIES
What to do if I am summoned for driving without insurance?

What to do if I am summoned for driving without insurance?

What to do if I am summonsed for driving without insurance? It is a criminal offence for a person to “use” a motor vehicle on a road or “cause” or “permit” any other person to use it on a road while uninsured. These offences can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court and are typically punishable with a fine and the imposition of between 6 and 8 penalty points on your licence or a disqualification from driving. Despite the fact that these are “summary only” offences that can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court, they are treated seriously.. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Death by Dangerous Driving

Death by Dangerous Driving

Causing death by dangerous driving is the most serious driving offence that you can be prosecuted for. If you are being investigated for this offence, have been charged or are under suspicion it is essential that you get legal representation. The representation you will require will need to be not just a ‘criminal’ lawyer but a lawyer with specialism in Road Traffic Offences.

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Housing Fraud acquittal

Housing Fraud acquittal

G O-M was a lady with no previous convictions accused of a fraud carried out upon the London Borough of Southwark. Mr Hunt's client had maintained her innocence throughout. The matter related to a large investigation into housing fraud where an employee of Southwark Council had already pleaded guilty to various offences. Read more..

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD,   SUCCESS STORIES
What is exceptional hardship?

What is exceptional hardship?

Disqualification is generally compulsory. However, if you are able to persuade the court that there would be exceptional hardship amounting if you lose your licence they may allow you to keep your licence despite the fact that you have 12 penalty points or more..

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
Success in 'Asian Grooming Ring' trial

Success in 'Asian Grooming Ring' trial

SH, an Asian male of good character was accused along with 17 others of being part of ‘Operation Bromelia’ a well publicised investigation into an alleged ‘ring’ of Asian males accused of sexual offences committed against young women in the Coventry area, Read more..

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   SUCCESS STORIES
Update on Financial Penalties for Motorway Offences

Update on Financial Penalties for Motorway Offences

Government is currently considering a formal discussion to propose some changes on the legislations for the traffic offenders. According to BBC, drivers who speed on motorways could face a fine up to £10,000 under new proposals for England and Wales. Read this to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
The Fraud Act 2006

The Fraud Act 2006

If you have been accused of an Offence of Fraud you will need to consult a specialist lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the options available to you. Fraud is a huge area of the law and a detailed summary if impossible in a short article however below is a basic summary of the law. Read this to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Categories:  FRAUD
Possession of controlled drugs

Possession of controlled drugs

What can you do if you are charged with possession of a controlled drug? Although the law is relatively strict in respect of possession of drugs there are many technical aspects of the law that can lead to a Not Guilty disposal. Early specialist legal advice is essential to see how the law applies to your case. Read this to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Categories:  CRIME
Drink Driving - You Could go to Prison

Drink Driving - You Could go to Prison

Everyone knows it's an offence to drive when you're over the limit, but not everyone knows that you can go to prison for the offence, and not everyone knows just how technical this area of law is. Having a good lawyer on your side who knows the area well can mean the difference between being found guilty and not guilty of the offence of drink driving. Read this to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC
When can a Court extend Custody Time Limits?

When can a Court extend Custody Time Limits?

CTLs shall not be extended unless the Prosecution can show good and sufficient cause and that they have acted with all due expedition. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
What is ‘totting’ penalty points?

What is ‘totting’ penalty points?

When a driver receives penalty point supon his licence he may continue to drive when the number of points remains below 12..Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, May 12, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Driving while using a mobile Telephone. What are my options?

Driving while using a mobile Telephone. What are my options?

The offence of using a handheld mobile telephone while driving is punishable with a fine of £60 on a fixed penalty notice or up to £2500 on conviction as well as 3 penalty points endorsed upon your licence. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Driving Without Due Care and Attention? What is Careless Driving?

What is Driving Without Due Care and Attention? What is Careless Driving?

Careless driving is defined as driving which falls below that of a prudent motorist. This is a relatively wide and woolly definition and allows for a large interpretation of what a prudent motorist would do.. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Dangerous driving?

What is Dangerous driving?

Dangerous driving has been defined as driving in a manner which falls far below that of a competent and careful driver in circumstances Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs