Instructed privately to defend a businessman who had been extradited from the Netherlands to face multiple historic rape charges. Following Sarah Forshaw QC’s cross-examination of the complainant and a second prosecution witness, the prosecution offered no evidence, and the defendant was formally acquitted on all counts.
Sarah Forshaw QC was instructed to defend the young son of a lawyer in an 8 week murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. It was agreed that Miss Forshaw’s client had delivered the fatal blow. The incident was captured on CCTV. Her client was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.
County Lines Drug Related Murder
Representing the first of four defendants in a County lines drugs-related murder trial. Miss Forshaw’s lay client was said to be the ringleader but was the only defendant to be acquitted on all counts; the other three defendants were unanimously convicted of murder. Instructed by Imran Khan & Partners.
Sarah Forshaw QC leading for the defence in a two-defendant murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. The deceased was shot dead close to the Houses of Parliament. The jury acquitted of murder and convicted only of manslaughter by a majority. Instructed by Lloyds PR solicitors.
Inquest touching upon the death of LW
Instructed to represent a Doctor by Max Anwar, McCormacks. Dr absolved of any wrongdoing and no criminal proceedings institiuted.
Gang Related Murder
Sarah Forshaw QC was instructed for the defence in this four week gang-related murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. There were two defendants. The jury unanimously acquitted her lay client of all charges, including the murder of one victim and the attempted murder of a second. Instructed by Waterfords Law.
Multiple Allegations of BDSM Rape
Sarah Forshaw QC successfully overturned the appellant’s convictions in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in a case involving allegations of BDSM rape. The original trial attracted considerable media attention and involved multiple complainants. Instructed by Nigel Richardson of Hodge Jones Allen.
Murder of Essex Schoolgirl Jodie Chesney
Allegations of Historic rape & sexual assaults
Sarah Forshaw QC was privately instructed to represent a music producer who faced 8 counts alleging historic child cruelty, indecent assault and rape. Following a 3 week trial the jury unanimously acquitted on all counts. Instructed by Zahir Ahmed of Gentle Mathias Solicitors.
Sexually Motivated Misconduct
The defendant doctor, having been acquitted of sexual assaults on a patient at the Crown Court (also represented by Sarah Forshaw QC), was to face similar allegations brought by the GMC. Miss Forshaw, assisted by Olivia Haggar, was asked to represent him again at the full contested hearing which lasted 3 weeks. Once again, the complainant and other witnesses were cross-examined. The allegations were all found ‘not proved’ by the Tribunal. The Doctor has returned to full-time work. Instructed by BCL.
£Multi-Million Charity Fraud
Sarah Forshaw QC acted in this Multi-million pound charity fraud. Our client, a Rabbi, was said to have facilitated the laundering of millions of pounds using Chabad UK Charities as a front for his illegal activities, the accounts it is alleged, were used to process the proceeds of sales of counterfeit, prescription or unlicensed medication sold online. The money was thereafter withdrawn through currency exchanges, payments to Money Service Bureaus, cheques, withdrawn in cash. 234 transfers totalling £8.4 million were sent to 51 different entities based overseas, predominantly in Hong Kong and Cyprus to remove the money from the UK. Instructed by ABV Solicitors.
Allegation of Sexual Assault in University Halls of Residence
Sarah Forshaw QC successfully persuaded the prosecution to offer no evidence on second day of this sexual assault trial following ongoing evidential and disclosure issues. The defendant had been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student in the Halls of Residence. Instructed by Andy Malik of DJMS Solicitors.
Alleged Rape of woman met on "Ashley Madison" dating site
Sarah Forshaw QC represented this professional man whom was alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted a young woman he had met using the 'Ashley Madison' dating site for married people. RB was cleared of all charges following a successful half time submission. Instructed by Paul Morris of BCL Solicitors LLP.
Contested Fitness to Practice Hearing before the MPTS
Sarah Forshaw QC successfully represented this Doctor on his full hearing at the MPTS re: fitness to practice. Following a four day contested hearing the tribunal found no 'adverse findings'. Instructed by Zahir Ahmed of ABV Solicitors.
Allegations of Marital Rapes and Sexual Assault
Sarah Forshaw QC acted for this defendant who was charged with and cleared of 7 allegations of marital rape and sexual assault over a thirteen year period. Following an aborted trial in February 2018 due to disclosure problems the Crown eventually offered no evidence in September 2018, days before the second trial listing was due to commence. Instructed by Paul Morris of BCL Solicitors LLP.
Alleged Historic Sexual Assaults on young male
Alleged anal rape of 4 year old by Father
Multiple rape case
Alleged historic sexual offending in prestigious boarding school
Sarah Forshaw QC acted for the defence in this case of alleged historic sexual offending committed whilst our client was a Gap Year Student in 2002 at a prestigious all boys boarding school in the North of England. The defendant was acquitted of all charges by a jury in 14 minutes. Instructed by Ellen Peart of BCL LLP.
£Multi-Million HMRC Tax Avoidance Prosecution
Sarah Forshaw QC and Robert Ellison acted in the defence of this defendant charged with 10 others of a multi-million pound conspiracy to cheat HMRC. The fraud centred around multiple tax avoidance schemes. The charges were dismissed against our client following legal argument. The trial on the remaining defendants is listed for 6 months in 2019. Instructed by King and Spalding LLP.
Fatal Stabbing of Teenager in Northolt
Ex Teacher accused of Historic Sexual Assaults
Sarah Forshaw QC acted for this retired ex-teacher who was charged with a series of historic sexual assaults in the 1980's. NC had been extradited from Spain to stand trial but was cleared of all charges. Instructed by Sonn McMillan Walker.
Sexual Assault upon 5 year old niece
Sarah Forshaw QC defended this Merrill Lynch banker whom was charged and cleared following an 8 day Old Bailey trial of Sexually Assaulting his 5 year old niece during a bout of "Parasomnia". Instructed by BCL Solicitors LLP.
Sarah Forshaw QC acted for the defence in this Old Bailey trial concerning the fatal stabbing in the neck and chest of a 20 year old man during a brawl in an East London park in front of picnicking families. The defendant was acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter. Instructed by McCormacks.
Alleged Rape of married woman
Doctor accused of Sexually Assaulting young patient
Sarah Forshaw QC successfully represented this Doctor whom was cleared of an allegation of sexually assaulting a young female patient. Instructed by EBR Attridge. Now instructed by BCL Solicitors LLP in regulatory proceedings before the GMC and NHS Trust.
Murder of a pensioner
Sarah Forshaw QC led Orla Daly for the defence in a case prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel and Treasury Counsel. The case related to the death of a pensioner bludgeoned to death by a defendant with learning difficulties. Issues of diminished responsibility and assisted suicide. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte Solicitors.
£80m Ponzi Scheme
Sarah Forshaw QC, instructed by the SFO, successfully prosecuted this £80m "Ponzi" scheme. The defendants purported to be a successful supplier of electrical goods such as light bulbs, air conditioning units, trouser presses and televisions to major hotel chains such as the Marriott and Hilton. They also falsely claimed to be the preferred supplier of the Olympic village, ahead of the 2012 Games.
Allegation of Rape against a professional footballer
Sarah Forshaw QC was successful in the defence of a professional footballer charged with rape and sexual assault upon teenage victim. Instructed by BCL Solicitors LLP.
Drug related double murder
Importation of £5m of Cocaine
"Battered Woman Syndrome"
Sarah Forshaw QC acted on behalf of this appellant on a case referred to the COA by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The appeal centred around "Battered Women Syndrome" after the appellant was convicted of cocaine smuggling. Instructed by Blackfords LLP.
Historic Sex Abuse
Sarah Forshaw QC leading Dickon Reid successfully represented this defendant who had Aspergers and was charged and cleared of 42 counts of historic sexual assaults. The defendant had similar fact previous convictions which were renewed to the Court of Appeal and subsequently overturned. Instructed by Edward Hayes LLP. Internet report here.
Sarah Forshaw QC was leading counsel for the defence, representing a young man facing five counts of rape. There were three separate complainants. The allegations involved BDSM and one of the complainants was not previously known to the defendant. The jury found the defendant not guilty on 3 of the 5 counts.
Miss Forshaw appealed the two remaining convictions and the Court of Appeal overturned them. The judgment of the Court of Appeal is now a recognised authority, featuring in the Crown Court Compendium and in the leading textbooks on criminal law. Instructed by Hodge Jones & Allen.
Alleged Rape in the Palace of Westminster
Sarah Forshaw QC represented Samuel Armstrong, Chief of Staff to conservative MP Craig Mackinley, whom was accused of raping and sexually assaulting a young woman following a drinking session after work in the bar at the Houses of Parliament. The case attracted considerable media attention. Mr Armstrong was cleared by a jury after an 9 day trial. Instructed by Taylor Haldane Barlex.
Defence of celebrity publicist for historic sexual assault
Trial of the "Fake Sheikh"
Sarah Forshaw QC leading Danny Robinson were instructed by the CPS in the successful prosecution of the 'Fake Sheikh' and his driver for perverting the course of justice surrounding the 2013 failed prosecution of popstar Tulisa Contostavlos.
Post "Jogee" Joint Enterprise Appeal
Sarah Forshaw QC was instructed in the defence of a gay escort accused of killing 53 year old antiques dealer in a ritualistic satanic attack. The murder conviction was overturned on appeal in 2015 and the sentence reduced. It has become an important decision in cases of diminished responsibility and expert psychiatric evidence. Instructed by Bailey Nicholson Grayson.
The judgment of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, is now reported http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2014/2387.html.
Murder of schoolboy at Victoria Station
Sarah Forshaw QC leading Sue Rodham, successfully represented their defendant in the trial in respect of the brutal killing of the schoolboy Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Railway station by a gang of 19 youths in March 2010. The horrific nature of this killing led to widespread publicity of joint enterprise, knife related gang crime. Instructed by Whitelock and Storr.
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