Rebecca Austin and Philip Allman involved in modern day slavery judgment

R -v- Brecani [2021] EWCA Crim 731

A young defendant appealed his conviction following the court’s decision to exclude a positive conclusive grounds decision by the Single Competent Authority (SCA).  The Court of Appeal agreed with the prosecution that SCA caseworkers are not experts and a Conclusive Grounds decision is not admissible at trial.

The court concluded that ‘on an objective view of the evidence the section 45 defence was comprehensively demolished by the prosecution.  There is no question that this conviction is safe.

At trial, lead counsel for the prosecution was Rebecca Austin and Philip Allman her junior.


Steven Perian QC prosecutes three teenagers who repeatedly stabbed a rival gang member in his eye on a train leaving him permanently blind in one eye

The 18 year-old victim was sitting with his electric scooter on a train as it left Northumberland Park Station last September when he was attacked.  All three defendants pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Three new tenants join 2KBW

We are delighted to welcome Daniel ShenSmith, Leigh Hart and Efstathios Divaris to Chambers; they will further strengthen our core practice areas and are the latest in a number of successful recruits since the turn of the year.

New Year. New Tenants.

2KBW are delighted to welcome 15 new tenants from 4th January 2021 to further strengthen our Criminal, Civil, Family & Immigrations Teams.  Please see our website for further details.

Michael Cogan
Rona Neathey
Paul Shea
Alexandra Wills
Yasin Din
George Patros
Shaheed Jussab
Cherreem Lindsay
Charlotte Fletcher
Zeeshan Raza
Nozir Uddin
Farhan Asghar
Sima Najma
Kamar Uddin
Zubair Mughal

2KBW’s Richard Witcombe and Richard Hutchings invited to take part in the first ever ‘Law Rocks – Apalooza’ global virtual concert

Richard Witcombe and Richard Hutchings band The Bar Mess is playing the first ever Law Rocks-Apalooza (a global “virtual” concert) on Thursday 10th December 2020 (8pm ET in the USA or 1am GMT), to be re-broadcast this Friday evening – Friday 11th December 2020 – at 8pm (GMT in the UK).  They are playing to benefit Leukaemia UK.

You can “attend” the concert from the comfort of your couch on Friday evening.  Their performance will feature John Thomson (BBC’s The Fast Show & Cold Feet) introducing us as Jazz Club’s Louis Balfour, and the event as a whole features appearances in support of other bands from the likes of Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee, and more.  Tickets are $25 and the proceeds of sales in their name will go to Leukaemia UK.  You can learn more and get tickets at, but just make sure that if you attend you select “The Bar Mess’ at the checkout.

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