Criminal Defence Blog


Variation of a Restraining Order or discharge of a Restraining Order


Variation of a Restraining Order or discharge of a Restraining Order

Specialist Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the variation of a Restraining Order or discharge of a Restraining Order under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Insurance Fraud case.


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Insurance Fraud case.

Quentin Hunt, barrister at law achieves success in Fraud Act 2006 prosecution.


Violent disorder- section 2 Public Order Act 1986


Violent disorder- section 2 Public Order Act 1986

In this article Public Order Offences lawyer Quentin Hunt looks at the offence of Violent Disorder and examines what has to be proven by the prosecution and how such cases can be successfully defended.


4A Public Order Act 1986- Intentional harassment, alarm or distress


4A Public Order Act 1986- Intentional harassment, alarm or distress

Criminal defence Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the offence under s4A Public Order Act 1986


Prosecution offer no evidence against client following representations at the Crown Court.


Prosecution offer no evidence against client following representations at the Crown Court.

Quentin achieves Not Guilty result in case involving failure to comply with notification requirements under s9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003


Threatening words or behaviour- section 4 Public order Act 1986.


Threatening words or behaviour- section 4 Public order Act 1986.

In this article Public Order Offences lawyer Quentin Hunt looks at the s4 Public Order Act offence and examines what has to be proven by the prosecution and how such cases can be successfully defended.


Quentin persuades Police and CPS to take no action in Harassment case.


Quentin persuades Police and CPS to take no action in Harassment case.

Quentin persuades Police and CPS to take no action in Harassment case.


Withdrawing a planning Enforcement Notice


Withdrawing a planning Enforcement Notice

Specialist Planning Enforcement Barrister Quentin Hunt looks at the considerations surrounding applications to withdraw a planning Enforcement Notice.


Road Rage Assault and the law


Road Rage Assault and the law

Specialist Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt examines ‘road rage’ offences, relevant defences and how such cases are best conducted.


Quentin wins Stalking Protection Order case against Metropolitan Police


Quentin wins Stalking Protection Order case against Metropolitan Police

Quentin wins Stalking Protection Order case against Metropolitan Police under the Stalking Protection Act 2019


Misconduct in Public Office


Misconduct in Public Office

Leading Criminal Defence Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the ingredients of the offence of Misconduct in Public office and undertakes an analysis of the law and relevant authorities.


s179 Town and Country Planning Act Enforcement Notices- frequently asked questions.


s179 Town and Country Planning Act Enforcement Notices- frequently asked questions.

Barrister Quentin Hunt examines s179 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and answers questions that are commonly asked in Planning Enforcement Notice cases.


Defending trading standards prosecutions.


Defending trading standards prosecutions.

Quentin Hunt, a criminal defence Barrister who specialises in defending trading standards prosecutions, answers commonly asked questions about Trading Standards prosecutions.


Second opinion advice on Appeal or review of conviction


Second opinion advice on Appeal or review of conviction

Specialist appeals Barrister Quentin Hunt outlines the process and procedure in getting a second opinion advice on appeal.


Driver escapes custody in M4 attack on motorcyclist


Driver escapes custody in M4 attack on motorcyclist

Public access Barrister Quentin Hunt helps a defendant avoid custody in a serious road traffic case relating to a motorcyclist being rammed off his bike on the M4 motorway.


Forced Marriage and the Law


Forced Marriage and the Law

Leading Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt explores the current Criminal law in respect of Forced Marriage and associated offences.


Not guilty verdict in London Underground Sexual Assault allegations.


Not guilty verdict in London Underground Sexual Assault allegations.

A sexual assault allegation can have wide ranging ramifications with a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and mandatory registration on the sex offenders register. With this in mind anyone who finds themselves accused of a sexual offence may wish to secure the best representation possible.


Quentin achieves £144,000 saving for client in Planning Enforcement Proceeds of Crime Act case.


Quentin achieves £144,000 saving for client in Planning Enforcement Proceeds of Crime Act case.

If you have a Planning Enforcement or Proceeds of Crime Act case then you need robust and experienced representation to secure you the best result possible. Quentin Hunt is an expert Barrister specialising in these areas, you may contact Quentin for a free, no obligation conversation about your case.


Fraudster escapes prison after skilfully negotiated plea deal.


Fraudster escapes prison after skilfully negotiated plea deal.

Quentin represented Mr LB, an individual accused of fraud as a director of a green energy company installing solar panels. Mr L was accused of a total of 8 offences relating to financial irregularities within the company and the fraudulent installation of solar panels for the purposes of receiving rebates from the government in respect of the ‘feed in tariff’ system. These included counts under the Fraud Act 2006 alleging fraud by false representation.


Quentin represents Premier League footballer Christian Benteke on Direct Access basis


Quentin represents Premier League footballer Christian Benteke on Direct Access basis

When Premier League footballer Christian Benteke found himself in need of specialist legal representation in respect of a number of driving matters he chose to instruct Quentin Hunt on a direct public access basis.


Not Guilty verdict in Public Order Act trial.


Not Guilty verdict in Public Order Act trial.

At the conclusion of proceedings the Court agreed with Quentin’s submissions and returned a Not Guilty verdict and an award for costs in his favour. MM was able to return to his life and employment without any criminal record or stain upon his character. If you find yourself accused of a criminal offence and it is vital that you maintain ‘good character’ for your employment, you will need a determined, diligent and hard working lawyer. Quentin Hunt has a reputation as a tenacious Barrister with uncompromising standards who will fight every inch of the way for his clients. If you wish to contact Quentin about an ongoing or potential matter you may do so for a no obligation conversation about your case.


How to appeal a criminal conviction or sentence.


How to appeal a criminal conviction or sentence.

Criminal appeals Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the law and procedure in Criminal case appeals from the Crown Court


False Accounting- Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968


False Accounting- Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968

Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the offence of False Accounting contrary to section 17 of the Theft Act 1968


Quentin saves client £30,000 in landmark Court of Appeal victory.


Quentin saves client £30,000 in landmark Court of Appeal victory.

Quentin appeared on behalf of Mr FO in the Court of Appeal in respect of a sentence of £90,000 imposed upon a client for breach of 3 planning enforcement notices contrary to s179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Upon appearance at the Court of Appeal Quentin was successful and the Court granted the appeal and reduced the financial penalty to £60,000, a saving to the client of £30,000.


Animal Welfare Act 2006 defences and offences


Animal Welfare Act 2006 defences and offences

An examination of the offences and defences to commonly prosecuted offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 by Barrister Quentin Hunt.


The Bribery Act 2010


 The Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 replaced a complex web of outdated legislation and common law with a single regime of Bribery offences. It is undoubtedly a complex piece of legislation which was unveiled to much fanfare. The Act is undoubtedly tough, one of the more draconian Acts of its sort in the world. This post outlines some issues relating to the key offences, under the Act and looks at how the Act in enforced and how it operates in practice.


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.


Sexual Assault defences


Sexual Assault defences

Quentin Hunt, a sexual offences Barrister, examines the elements of the offence of sexual assault and the defences available when a person is charged with such an offence.


Quentin achieves caution for client in data protection breach following representations to the ICO


Quentin achieves caution for client in data protection breach following representations to the ICO

Quentin represented Miss DC, who was subject to an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office in respect of a breach of section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1988.


Criminal liability under Section 31 National Minimum Wage Act 1998


Criminal liability under Section 31 National Minimum Wage Act 1998

Quentin reviews aspects of National Minimum Wage Act 1998 which put into place various sanctions for non compliance with the legislation, the most serious of which is criminal prosecution.


Success in Shotgun Licence revocation appeal


Success in Shotgun Licence revocation appeal

Quentin represented Mr TC, an ex-army officer whose shotgun and firearms licences were revoked by the Metropolitan Police following a series of incidents which gave them concern about the holder’s suitability to continue to hold a licence.


Forgery, Using a False Instrument, Possessing a False Instrument


Forgery, Using a False Instrument, Possessing a False Instrument

Quentin has represented individuals who have ranged from master forgers who have created millions of pounds’ worth of forged currencies through to those who have changed dates on official documents for seemingly pointless motives. Find out more about the law in regards to forgery and false instruments.


GDPR six months on


GDPR six months on

This week marks the six-month anniversary since the General Data Protection Regulations took effect. Quentin takes a look back over this time to see whats changed.


Planning Enforcement notices - Limits lawful use and planning permission


Planning Enforcement notices - Limits lawful use and planning permission

Quentin explains the complex and often confusing interrelationship of planning enforcement law and criminal law and how it can impact upon any criminal prosecution by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs).


What Are The Requirements Of The New HMO Regulations


What Are The Requirements Of The New HMO Regulations

It is an offence to let a HMO without a licence. If you do so, the Local Housing Authority will have two options. The first will be to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 under section 249A of the Housing Act 2004. The other option open to the Local Housing Authority is to pursue a prosecution against you under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.


Success in Vacation of Plea application


Success in Vacation of Plea application

If you have entered a plea of Guilty and feel that you were not truly admitting your guilt or that there was a problem in the procedure leading up to the entering of the plea you may have ground to vacate your guilty plea.


Success in significant financial reduction in Proceeds of Crime Act case


Success in significant financial reduction in Proceeds of Crime Act case

Quentin put forward a good defence to the claim by the prosecution leading to the prosecution entering into negotiation with the defence and eventually brokering a settlement on behalf of his client of £141,000, an enormous reduction from the £1.12M initially claimed.


Not guilty verdict for woman accused of assaulting her police officer husband


Not guilty verdict for woman accused of assaulting her police officer husband

As a professional person, CK could not afford a criminal conviction as it would likely result in her losing her livelihood. As a result of Quentin's intervention, the prosecution took time to review the matter and came to a decision not to continue the prosecution.