Case Studies

House of Lords Case

We were instructed by Miss D who was pregnant with a Baby conceived by IVF treatment using anonymous donor sperm.

When Miss D started the IVF treatment she was in a relationship with Mr. B.

Due to the fact that Mr. B had received treatment for testicular cancer, it was necessary for them to use donor sperm to conceive a baby; the donor of the sperm was and will remain totally anonymous.

The relationship between the parties ended but neither informed the Hospital and Miss D attended for a further IVF treatment.

That treatment proved to be successful and a healthy baby was conceived.

During Miss D''s pregnancy, Mr. B contacted the Mother as he believed that he should be declared to be the Baby's Father; Miss D disagreed with this view.

When the Baby was born, Court proceedings started almost immediately as Mr. B sought to become involved in the Baby's life.

Ultimately the case was ruled upon by the House of Lords and a final decision was made in favour of our Client, that Mr. B should not be the legal Father of the Child.

This case was unique as it dealt with a situation which had never been considered by the Courts before. It is now a formally legally reported case and has legal binding on cases of a similar nature.

This was a challenging case within which we assisted the Client with the media interest which surrounded the matter and at the same time ensuring that the identity of all parties was not revealed.

We secured the services of one of the top Barristers, Mr. Andrew McFarlane QC throughout this case. Shortly following the conclusion of the case Mr. McFarlane was appointed as a High Court Judge.

Notable Criminal Cases

Regina v C
The Defendant appeared before the Liverpool Crown Court listed for Trial charged with possession of a Section 1 Firearm carrying a minimum sentence of 5 years\' imprisonment.

The case involved expert evidence in the field of firearms and DNA being produced by the Crown Prosecution Service to confirm the firearm recovered had been converted to a Section 1 firearm, and DNA belonging to the Defendant was recovered from the said firearm.

We undertook to instruct the leading firearms expert in the country and independent DNA expert to produce reports on behalf of the defence.

The Defence experts were able to argue to the Court that the Crown could not say when the Firearm was converted or infact, when the DNA came to be on the Firearm when recovered.

The Crown Prosecution Service re-considered the evidence in the case and offered no evidence as the DNA found upon the Firearm could have been on the Firearm before it was converted.

The Judge recorded a Not Guilty Verdict.

Regina v O
The defendant appeared before the Liverpool Crown Court for Trial in relation to a serious offence of Robbery.

The Defendant was charged as a result of being identified from CCTV evidence at the scene.

The defendant argued mistaken identity stating he was not the person subject to the CCTV evidence.

We instructed the leading Facial Mapping Expert in the country who was able to prove that the male in the CCTV was not the Defendant. Further to this the Crown Prosecution Service instructed the number two expert in the country who could not challenge our defence expert’s evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service therefore offered no evidence and the Judge recorded a Not Guilty Verdict.
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