CALA Officers

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The Officers

Chair​

Deputy Chairs

Secretary

Treasurer

Committee Members

Sophie Walker

 

Henry Blaxland QC

Abigail Bright

Dr Laura Janes

Claire Mawer

Greg Stewart

Paul Taylor QC

Claire Bostock

Paramjit Ahluwalia

Criminal defence solicitor recommended in legal directories running a highly rated company, Birds Solicitors. Co-author of Police Station Advisers Index. Committee member of CALA and LCCSA. The company undertakes criminal work at all levels including high profile and complex criminal cases and serious fraud.

 
Farrhat Arshad

Deputy Chair

Farrhat Arshad is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She specialises in criminal appeal work. She is experienced in both appeals against conviction and sentence and in particular has appeared in numerous appeals against life imprisonment and Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). She also undertakes appeals by way of case stated to the High Court.

Farrhat can take public access instructions in appeal cases.

 
David Emanuel QC
Deputy Chair

David is a specialist criminal appeals lawyer with an extensive practice advising convicted defendants on the merits of out of time appeals against conviction and sentence. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.  He has succeeded on a number of occasions in overturning convictions where trial counsel has advised there are no grounds of appeal. Most recently in November 2019 in a case where the trial judge had failed to give a distress direction.

 

He has also had a number of cases referred to the Court of Appeal after drafting applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, including four murders (most recently in May 2020) and the high-profile rape conviction of the professional footballer Ched Evans who he also represented in the Court of Appeal and at his retrial.  In 2014, he appeared in the Supreme Court in the leading authority on post-conviction disclosure and in 2018 he successfully obtained permission to judicially review the CCRC for not referring a a 2004 murder conviction.

 

David advises on all types of appeal related work regardless of its seriousness and is registered with the Bar Council to undertake public access work, meaning he can be instructed directly by members of the public in appropriate cases.

 

Eidvile is an aspiring barrister, currently working in criminal defence. 

Whilst undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course, she volunteered at APPEAL, a legal charity challenging unsafe convictions, and assisted in preparing cases for referrals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Eidvile is also a volunteer interpreter at Detention Action, an organisation supporting people in immigration detention and campaigning for fundamental reform

 

 
Tom Wainwright

Treasurer

Tom has always been a devoted criminal defence Barrister, dedicated to providing full and fearless representation.

Outside of work, Tom continues his support of those desperately in need of a strong defence in his following of Sheffield Wednesday FC.

Tom has a formidable reputation as a passionate defender and a strong advocate. He is regularly instructed as Leading Junior Counsel in high-profile cases of significant complexity, legal importance and serious violence.

 
Sophie Walker

Committee Member

Sophie is an experienced appeals practitioner, having previously spent five years as a US Attorney representing death row prisoners, and three years as a solicitor, before being called to the Bar in 2016.

 

Sophie has a particular interest in fresh evidence appeals.  In 2014, Sophie became the founding director of the Centre for Criminal appeals, a not-for-profit law firm that sought to overturn miscarriages of justice.  She has experience in taking cases to the Criminal Case Review Commission, drawing on her work in the United States conducting investigation on death penalty cases.  In 2017, she co-authored a chapter on investigation in criminal appeals in the Criminal Appeals Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional)

 
 
 
Henry Blaxland QC

Committee Member

Widely recognised as a leading criminal silk, Henry Blaxland QC’s practice encompasses fraud, terrorism and homicide cases. He is often instructed in appellate matters.

Henry has practised in criminal defence work for his entire career at the Bar. His principal areas of work now comprise fraud, with a specialism in confiscation, and terrorist cases with an international dimension. He is widely known for his appellate practice, acting in cases referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). He also appears for appellants in extradition cases.

 
Abigail Bright

Committee Member

 
Dr Laura Janes

Committee Member

Laura Janes was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and has oversight of the Howard League legal service for people under 21 in prison. She has a professional doctorate in Youth Justice. Laura has developed an expertise in advising and representing children and young people in penal detention in relation to prison law, public law and criminal appeal matters. Laura is a committee member of the Association of Prison Lawyers and the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group. She is also a visiting fellow at the London South Bank University and Chair of Legal Action Group. In 2019, Laura was awarded Solicitor of the Year by the First 100 years’ Inspirational Women in Law Awards.

Laura also practices as a consultant solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff and Associates and GT Stewart Solicitors.

 
 
 
Claire Mawer

Committee Member

Claire defends in all areas of crime and has a developing appellate practice. In the last two years she has appeared in both the CACD and Divisional Court. Prior to being called to the bar Claire worked as a paralegal for firms such as Birnberg Peirce, where she gained experience of prison law, immigration and public law.

 

In 2018 Claire successfully represented the Appellant in the leading case of DPP v Oraki [2018] 1 Cr. App. R. 27. Claire’s work in this case involved successfully resisting an application by the Crown for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. This case is now the leading authority concerning a defendant’s entitlement to advance self-defence or defence of another on a charge of Obstruct / Assault PC, where an officer is acting within their duty.

 

Claire’s interest in appellate crime stems from her long-term membership (since 2009) of Justice for Women (JfW): a high-profile pro-bono group who represent women appealing murder convictions in circumstances where a violent male partner has been killed.  Claire’s work has involved assisting leading counsel in the appeals of Stacey Hyde and Farieissia Marti

Greg Stewart

Committee Member

Since qualifying in the 1990s Greg has specialised in advocacy and appeals involving children and young people and he has been involved with many policy issues including the latest revision to the sentencing code for children and young people. He was called to give evidence to the ‘Carlile Inquiry’ a Parliamentary Cross Party Inquiry into the Youth Justice System and his views were widely quoted in the final report. He is a co-author of the Criminal Appeals Handbook (2nd Ed. Oct.2019).

He has many reported appellate challenges to unfair aspects of youth court practice. In 2019 he received the Youth Champion - Outstanding Achievement Award at the Youth Justice Legal Centre annual Youth Summit.   

‘Practice head Greg Stewart is 'creative and dynamic' ‘Greg Stewart looks after his clients with extraordinary care and commitment, and has an extraordinary legal brain; a man to have on your side‘.[Legal 500 2020].

‘Greg Stewart is an experienced solicitor advocate handling criminal defence and appeals work relating to serious criminal charges including murder and drugs conspiracy. He has a strong specialism in issues surrounding youth justice. One client describes him as "brilliant and very intelligent"’. [Chambers & Partners UK 2020]

Paul Taylor QC

Committee Member

Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He is the head of the Doughty Street Chambers Criminal Appeals Unit, and the editor of Taylor on Criminal Appeals - the leading practitioners’ textbook dealing with procedural aspects of criminal appeals and review. 

Paul regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage). He has appeared before the Privy Council, in capital and other appeals from the Caribbean, and has extensive experience in drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Paul was appointed a Recorder in 2019.

He is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases

Claire Bostock

Committee Member

cbostock@birds.eu.com

Claire is a criminal defence lawyer initially qualifying as a barrister (called to the English Bar in 1999) and then re-qualifying  as a solicitor (admitted to the Roll in 2002).  Claire has practised exclusively in criminal defence  since qualifying as a lawyer and is a criminal appeal specialist.   

 

Claire acts for individuals who seek advice on the merits of an appeal against conviction and/or sentence to the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division. She also advises on the merits of applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).  She undertakes both publicly funded and privately funded work and some pro bono work. 

 

Claire is experienced in dealing with appeal cases where there is a mental health component. She acts for children and in other cases where individuals are particularly vulnerable.

Paramjit Ahluwalia

Committee Member

Paramjit Ahluwalia (BA Oxon, call 2002) is a barrister with a practice predominantly concerning murder, firearms, drugs, County Lines and modern slavery. The Observer (culture) January 2019 named her as a ‘new talent, rising star’ in ‘representing society’s most vulnerable.’  

 

She is a contributing author to the chapter on Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Immigration Offences in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2020. Paramjit has successfully represented as fresh counsel, obtaining overturning of convictions 9 years out of time. She has been involved in a number of appeals concerning victims of domestic abuse and has campaigned for legislative change with Prison Reform Trust.  

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