April 2012 Leicester Crown Court R v J conspiracy to cultivate cannabis. Industrial production. Issues included admissibility of evidence under s78 PACE, bad character, forensic evidence (finger print, DNA, telephone and computer) and a successful submission of no case to answer.
March 2012 Court of Appeal & Reading Crown Court R v MG double jeopardy historic rape with accompanying issues of DNA analysis.
January 2012 Hove Crown Court R v R Prison mutiny, violent disorder and arson concerning the New Year’s eve prison riots at HMP Ford. Issues of mistaken identity and hostile witnesses.
October 2011 Isleworth Crown Court R v K kidnap involving the father removing his daughter to Pakistan against the wishes of his Wife.
September 2011 Teeside Crown Court R v L leading counsel mortgage fraud conspiracy representing the facilitating broker. Issues including telephone contact, fraudulent documentation and money laundering.
August 2011 Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court R v M Indecent assaults involving military cadets on exercises in Wales.
March 2011 Newcastle Crown Court junior counsel conspiracy to supply class A. Issues of cell site and telephone analysis and observation evidence.
January 2011 Croydon Crown Court R v W & others junior counsel for the prosecution in this major conspiracy to import and supply class A drugs smuggled into the Uk via Turkey. Issues including cell site and telephone analysis, covert observation evidence, disclosure and public interest immunity.
December 2010 Luton Crown court R v J junior counsel murder by strangulation involving the Somali community. Issues DNA and mental health fitness to plead. Appeal involved research into chronological aging of living subjects (potentially useful where the Defendant’s age was disputed and a determinate sentence of 20 years was arguably a de facto life sentence for a male in his late 60’s). research led to forensic odontology, its possibilities, restrictions and ethics.
November 2010 Southwark Crown Court R v J Indecent assaults on two schoolgirls in the West End of London. Issues of mistaken identity, in this matter which attracted judicial comment of “… a superb defence from Mr Leake” and “an example of the Bar at its best.”