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Homicide & Corporate Manslaughter

For 50 years our members have regularly appeared for both the prosecution and defence in the most serious and high-profile homicide cases. As can be seen below, cases that have included serial killers, matters of terrorism, gangland executions, multi-defendant murders, baby shaking murders, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. That wealth of experience has earnt Chambers a first-class reputation amongst its peers and in the legal directories, with many members recognised as being leaders in this field.


4 February 2019

5KBW welcomes James Brown

Chambers are delighted to welcome James Brown who joins...

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10 January 2019

Danny Robinson appointed Queen’s Counsel

Chambers are delighted to announce that the Lord...

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26 October 2018

Mark Heywood QC awarded Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards

All at 5KBW congratulate our Joint Head of Chambers Mark...

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Recent Cases

  • R v. NT & ors [Maidstone] 2018

    Drink & Drugs fueled Killing of Kent Man

    Jonathan Higgs QC leading James Martin for Goldkorns Solicitors. Three people were charged with Murder following the discovery of a body left in the stairwell of a block of flats in Chatham. The deceased and the three charged were known drug users and the death had occurred in a nearby flat occupied by one of the accused.

    The previous few days were carefully pieced back together by the investigatory team using a combination of CCTV footage, eye witness accounts and call records as well as some footage from mobile phones.

    There were complex issues of causation due to the post-mortem findings and in particular the neuro-pathology results. Besides the factual complications there were also issues relating to identification and also joint-enterprise.

  • R v. OH [Isleworth] 2018

    Manslaughter of homeless man at Westminster Shelter

    James Brown acted for the Crown in this trial involving the the killing of a homeless man at Westminster Shelter following a drunken argument.

    News report here

  • R v KW [Woolwich] 2018

    "Loss of Control" Murder

    Alistair MacDonald QC led James Martin. This case involved the defence of “loss of control” and raised the very difficult question of how a Jury has to approach the three stage test in a case where the violence used was so extreme. In such circumstances the true complexity of answering the final question was exposed. Where the Jury finds there was a loss of control based on a qualifying trigger: are they sure that a reasonable person in the defendant’s circumstances would not have reacted in the same or a similar way?

    Considering what a reasonable person who has lost his self-control might do in unusual and difficult circumstances is a very hard task indeed when the Court of Appeal have offered so little assistance on the topic. Instructed by EBR Attridge.

  • R v W & ors [C.C.C] 2018

    14 year old cleared of Murder

    Charlotte Newell, together with Mark Cotter QC successfully defended a 14 year old boy accused of Murder, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted GBH. Client was alleged to have been one of a group armed with zombie knives and an axe who attacked two young men on a London street. Found not guilty after trial of all charges.. Instructed by Lisa Towell of Blackfords Solicitors.

    News report here

  • R v. G [Guildford)] 2018

    Alleged hired assassin acquitted of attempted murder

    Paul Jackson acted for the Defence of an alleged hired assassin acquitted of attempted murder. The case involved the crucial cross-examination of the Crown’s medical expert and the detailed analysis of CCTV evidence. Instructed by Imran Khan and Partners.

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