BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Past, Present and Future for Abuse of Process (Recording available)

February 22, 2022 18:00

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Past, Present and Future for Abuse of Process

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Past, Present and Future for Abuse of Process

Tuesday 22 February 2022, 18.00-19.00
A webinar presented by Red Lion members Simon Spence QC, Francesca Kirby and Joshua Ellis.

The topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The origins of Abuse of Process – Simon Spence QC
  • When a fair trial is impossible – Joshua Ellis
  • When it is unfair to try a defendant – Francesca Kirby
  • Maintaining the Integrity of the Criminal Justice System – Simon Spence QC
  • Procedure for Abuse of Process – Simon Spence QC
  • What does the future hold for Abuse of Process? – Panel Discussion/Q&A



Simon Spence QC

Simon Spence QC has practised at the Bar for the last 36 years, the last 13 of them in silk. He prosecutes and defends serious and complex crime in the South East, primarily in East Anglia.

The mainstay of Simon’s work is homicide, although he also deals with cases of sexual offending, fraud and regulatory work. He has dealt with a number of cases (on both sides of the court) in which Abuse of Process has been an issue.

Francesca Kirby

Francesca has a busy criminal practice defending and prosecuting a broad range of offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court. This has included appearing in cases involving violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty and confiscation proceedings.

She has experience in representing vulnerable clients, including youths and those with mental health issues.

Joshua Ellis

Joshua Ellis has recently completed his pupillage at Red Lion Chambers. During his second six, Joshua developed a busy criminal practice, regularly appearing in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts. He is instructed in a broad range of criminal cases, including drugs, theft, violence, driving matters and criminal damage.

He recently persuaded the court to stay proceedings following a successful abuse of process argument where his client was not fit to plead or stand trial due to mental health issues.

  • Simon Spence QC
  • Francesca Kirby
  • Joshua Ellis