Joint Enterprise: Murder, Appeals and the Aftermath of Jogee

Thursday 10 March 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 10 March 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Criminal Defence

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Last week, the Supreme Court and Privy Council handed down a landmark judgment in the joined appeals of Jogee and Ruddock correcting a 30-year-old “error” in the law of joint enterprise. Jo Cecil and James Mehigan of Garden Court Chambers' Crime Team, winners of  Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015, were instructed in the case.

In a joint event with the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association (CALA), speakers from Garden Court Chambers and Just for Kids Law will consider what this judgment means for pending cases and cases that proceeded under the wrong interpretation of the law. The ramifications of the judgment are already being felt in criminal cases across the country.

This seminar will cover

  • What does Jogee mean?
  • The new test for joint enterprise
  • The impact in murder and serious crime
  • Practical ramifications
  • Historic appeals, challenges and strategy


Henry Blaxland QC, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers and Deputy Chairman of CALA:

Widely recognised as a leading criminal defence silk, Henry Blaxland QC is ranked in Band 1 for Crime in Chambers and Partners and is known for his appellate practice.

Jennifer Twite, Head of Strategic Litigation (Youth Justice Legal Centre), Just for Kids Law:

Jennifer is a Youth Justice specialist. She is extremely experienced in representing children and young people in the Crown Court and the Youth Court and she has been working with Just for Kids Law as a policy advisor since 2010. She sits on the Standing Committee for Youth Justice.

Jo Cecil, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers:

Jo was instructed by the intervener, Just for Kids Law, in Jogee and has acted in every significant recent criminal test case at appellate level concerning children and vulnerable persons. She is an experienced criminal defence practitioner and a member of the Crime and Public Law Teams at Garden Court Chambers.

James Mehigan, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers:

James Mehigan represented the Privy Council Applicant, Shirley Ruddock, in this case. James is a criminal defence barrister with particular expertise in cases involving human rights issues in the UK and abroad.

Garden Court Chambers invites those seeking advice on pending cases or appeals to contact the criminal clerks on 020 7993 7600.

More information about the Supreme Court judgment can be found in this article on the Garden Court website.


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