UK: Garden Court Chambers – Recent Cases of Interest in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division – CALA Webinar – 15 July 2021

Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association’s webinar with David Emanuel QC, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers & Farrhat Arshad, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.


This webinar was hosted by Garden Court Chambers. David and Farrhat take a look back over the last 12 months at some of the most interesting and important recent decisions in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. They cover a variety of areas impacting on criminal procedure and practice including the effect of COVID on sentencing, the importance of accurate legal directions in sexual offences cases, section 66 powers for the Crown Court to sit as a Magistrates’ Court and much much more. A must watch for all criminal practitioners.


About the speakers: David and Farrhat are the Co Vice-Chairs of Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association David Emanuel QC A regular in the Court of Appeal, David has appeared in some of the most high profile and complex appeal cases in recent years and acted for CALA as an intervenor in the Supreme Court in the case of R v Nunn on post-conviction disclosure. He often advises on the merits of out of time appeals where trial counsel has advised there is no appeal and has successfully obtained extensions out of time on a number of occasions. David also specialises in making applications to the CCRC and recently successfully judicially reviewed their refusal to refer a case.

Farrhat Arshad Farrhat defends in serious criminal cases and is an experienced appellate barrister. Farrhat is recommended in Legal 500, 2021 as: “the consummate appeals barrister, with an instinctive feel for the shape of an appeal. She is a leader in this field.” Her appellate practice includes both conviction and sentence appeals to the Court of Appeal, appeals to the Privy Council, applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and appeals by way of case stated. Farrhat authored two of the chapters in the 2nd edition of Taylor on Criminal Appeals, (OUP, March 2012): Appeals to the Divisional Court by way of Case Stated and Appeal to the Supreme Court.