One ITL, the Chambers of Marion Smullen, are delighted to announce that with effect from 1st January 2017 we will be merging with the Chambers of William Mousley QC at 2 Kings Bench Walk.
Such cases naturally require the highest level of skill and experience as murder carries the ultimate penalty of mandatory life imprisonment. Being able to reduce a murder allegation to that of manslaughter offers a court the considerable lesser option of a determinate or even non custodial sentence.
For example Kerim Fuad QC secured a 3 year rehabilitation order for a man accused of the double murder of his parents, as he had murder reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
1ITL have enjoyed notable success in cases involving self defence, diminished responsibility (including post traumatic stress disorder) and provocation. From 4th October 2010 the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 has reconstructed the law on provocation and has called for a rethink on the instances in which provocation can properly and tactically be advanced.
Murder was once defined in R v Coke (1797) as "the unlawful killing of any reasonable creature under the King's peace." In some respects not much has changed however the need for experienced Queen's Counsel and juniors to advise and conduct such complex cases grows as the length of the minimum terms of imprisonment for murder get longer and longer.
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