University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Friday 8th February 2013, 17:00

St Catharine's Law Society: 'Recent Statutory and Common Law Developments Relating to Criminal Culpability for Murder'

Nina Grahame, criminal barrister, will be speaking about recent statutory and common law developments relating to criminal culpability for murder. This would begin with the Supreme Court decision in Gnango, and also look at the new "loss of control" and diminished responsibility defences in The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and some recent manslaughter legislation.

Nina Grahame is a leading criminal defence practitioner of considerable experience. She has been instructed in numerous murder cases, 2 of which featured in the 2005 BBC television documentary series "Murder Blue".

She is frequently instructed as leading and sole counsel in cases of manslaughter, fraud, serious drug offences, allegations of serious violence and serious sexual offences. She has substantial Court of Appeal experience and has been instructed to appear in CCRC referred cases. She recently appeared before the Court of Appeal and subsequently in the Supreme Court, in the case of R v Gnango (2010 and 2011).

This talk will cover areas of key significance in the criminal law tripos and give a perspective of Gnango from counsel involved in the case.

Location: G24, 5:00pm

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