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The members of 9KBW Chambers Crime Team wish to make their position clear with regard to the action currently being taken by 9KBW itself and barristers, solicitors and many others who are involved in the criminal justice system in fighting against the devastating cuts to legal aid, both already enacted and those still proposed, by the Lord Chancellor

9 KBW responded fully to the Criminal Bar Association's recent consultation and our members made it clear that we supported the continuance of the existing action with regard to returns and proposed other measures that we felt could and should be taken.

Left unchecked, the Lord Chancellors current proposals will bring about irreparable damage to the criminal Justice system. Only by acting together with our colleagues at the Bar, within Solicitor firms and in other branches of the Criminal justice System, can we continue to impress upon the Lord Chancellor that these cuts will destroy the very fabric that holds together the justice system in this country. Once it is destroyed it cannot be restored

The 9KBW Chambers Crime Team will be urgently consulting with its colleagues at the Bar and in solicitor practices to discuss how we can continue to protest against the MOJ proposals so that we can go on protecting the rights of our clients to have access to experienced and specialist representation with the funding that is required.

We can, in the meantime, confirm that members will continue to refuse any VHCC cases which are paid at the new rates.











Claire Stevenson successfully represents OFSTED in a six-day tribunal hearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber)
The provider appealed after their registration to provide childcare at two nursery settings was cancelled. The appellant had a poor inspection history. Over eight years, there had been a number of inspections, resulting in numerous breaches of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and notices being issued, which were not complied with.

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Claire Stevenson successfully prosecutes a disqualified childminder, charged with two offences: 1) childminding whilst suspended (section 69 of the Childcare Act 2006); and 2) childminding whilst unre
Concerns were raised following an inspection which obtained an “Inadequate” judgment. Despite numerous visits, phone calls and letters, the Early Year Regulatory Inspector was unable to establish contact with the defendant and conduct monitoring visits.

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Charles Drinnan secures acquittals on all counts in drugs supply trial at Woolwich Crown Court
Charles Drinnan defended a week-long trial concerning the supply of class A and B drugs at Woolwich Crown Court.

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Maria Buckingham successfully defends in knife crime jury trial
Maria Buckingham, a pupil with 9 KBW, was successful in her defence of a man charged with three counts of: threatening with a bladed article, possession of a bladed article

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Chambers congratulates successful applicants for the CPS Advocate Panel and Specialist CPS Advocate Panels
9 KBW is delighted to announce more successful applications by members for both the General and Specialist CPS Panels

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