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Assisted dying challenge in High Court

17th July 2017

Noel Conway’s landmark claim attempting to change the law to permit assisted dying is before the High Court this week.

David Lawson has been instructed by David Foster, of Barlow Robbins, on behalf of Care Not Killing, an interested party in the case.

Amy Street was instructed by the prospective claimant in the case, led by Richard Gordon QC and instructed by Yogi Amin & Anne-Marie Irwin of Irwin Mitchell, before starting parental leave. She will return to practice later this year. Amy specialises in cases involving novel or complex points of law and was part of the winning team in the Supreme Court in Cheshire West and Chester Council v P [2014] UKSC 19; [2014] AC 896.

Alex Ruck Keene and Annabel Lee are the current juniors for the claimant in the case.

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Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy – John Beggs QC and Cecily White instructed on behalf of the widow

5th July 2017

John and Cecily have been acting for the widow in the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy. Mr Perepilichnyy was a Russian businessman who died whilst out jogging near his home in Surrey.

The inquest has been adjourned until September when the evidence will conclude and the Coroner, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC (Recorder of London), will deliver his conclusions.

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Chris Daw QC instructed to defend retired Chief Superintendent in the criminal prosecutions arising from the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster

4th July 2017

Chris Daw QC is to defend Retired Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, who oversaw the gathering of evidence within South Yorkshire Police following the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster on 15th April 1989, in criminal proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

Chris acted for Mr. Denton, and a further Chief Superintendent, throughout the fresh inquests into the disaster, which concluded in 2016. The first hearing in the criminal proceedings will take place in August 2017 and any trial is expected to commence in 2018 or 2019.

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Serjeants’ Inn welcomes James Berry back to Chambers

22nd June 2017

James Berry has returned to full time practice at Serjeants’ Inn, after serving between 2015 and 2017 as a Member of Parliament.

Having been ranked as a leading junior by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, James was described in the editorials as “tenacious and fiendishly clever” with a “passionate commitment to the clients he represents”.

As an MP, James was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Heath and was elected as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. He also sat on the Bill Committees for the Policing and Crime Bill and the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill.

James was rated by The Times as one of ten “newcomers of the year” in December 2015.

He will be resuming his busy practice in police law, healthcare law, public law, professional discipline, Court of Protection, inquests and inquiries and looks forward to working with old friends and new clients.

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David Lawson and Anna Tkaczynska speak at Education Law Association 2017 Conference

22nd June 2017

The annual conference was hosted by Bates, Wells and Braithwaite and saw over 60 education law specialists gather for papers on academy governance, the CFA 2014, community care, data protection and higher education.

David Lawson gave the annual legal update on developments in education law and Anna Tkaczynska spoke about higher education including tier 4 sponsorship licences, fitness to practice and student finance.

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