Friday, 23 September 2016

Murder Convictions of Jamie Dunn and Gary Higgins Quashed

On 23rd September 2016, the Court of Appeal handed down its reserved judgment and formally quashed the convictions of Jamie Dunn and Gary Higgins. No retrial was ordered and Jamie and Gary were, finally, released.

They were convicted of murder at Birmingham Crown Court following a trial in 2006.

Jamie's case was referred back to the Court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, read more here.

Maslen Merchant has represented Jamie for over ten years, dealing with his first appeal in 2009 and the subsequent CCRC referral. He also represented Gary in this appeal and Conrad Jones whose linked conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice was quashed in 2014

Maslen instructed Joel Bennathan QC of Doughty Street Chambers and Danielle Cooper.

Click here  to read the judgment.

To contact the criminal department at Hadgkiss Hughes and Beale telephone 0121 449 5050 or email


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Justice for Danny Major, Finally?

On 11th December 2015, the long awaited report of the Greater Manchester Police review of Danny's case was delivered to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

In a statement, Mr Burns-Williamson said the following:

"What the report does say is that, in the opinion of the investigating team, the evidence supports the premise that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and that there is sufficient 'fresh evidence' to support the case being referred back to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC)."

To read the full statement, click HERE

On 21st December, Danny's case featured on Channel 4 News, to view the video, click HERE

Danny is represented by Maslen Merchant of Hadgkiss Hughes and Beale, who has been working on the case for 8 years.

A request for an urgent review, and referral of Danny's case back to the Court of Appeal, was submitted to the CCRC on 14th December. A substantive response is awaited.

To contact the criminal department at Hadgkiss Hughes and Beale email or telephone 0121 449 5050

No further press statements will be issued at this time.