In this issue
Is abuse of process in historic sex abuse dead?
Sally Challen appeal
Appeal against wasted costs order
Paul Taylor QC
Paul Taylor QC

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly Criminal Appeals Bulletin.


The Bulletin aims to highlight recent changes in case law and procedure in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, the Caribbean and Hong Kong (with an occasional series on appeal cases from Scotland) and to provide practical guidance to those advising on appellate matters. Our monthly case summaries illustrate when an appellate court is likely to interfere with conviction or sentence, as well as looking at the courts’ approach to procedural matters. 


The featured article focuses on a current appeal topic. In this edition James Wood QC considers whether abuse of process in historic sex cases is dead?


Also in this edition:

  • Katy Thorne QC looks at coercive control and the Sally Challen appeal;
  • Farrhat Arshad considers the latest CACD decision in an appeal against a wasted costs order


Doughty Street has some of the most experienced appellate practitioners at the Bar, including the contributors to the leading works on appellate procedure - The Criminal Appeals Handbook, Taylor on Criminal Appeals, Blackstones Criminal Practice (appeals section), Halsbury’s Laws (Appeals).


Please feel free to e-mail us or to call our crime team on 020 7400 9088. We also offer our instructing solicitors a free Advice Line, where they can discuss initial ideas about possible appeals, at no cost to them or their client. More information on our services can be found on our website.


We hope that the bulletin is of interest to you.


With best wishes,


Paul Taylor QC

Head of the DSC Criminal Appeals Unit