The case of R v. Rooney was tried for five months in 2017, and is one of the most complex modern slavery cases ever brought in this country. Five defendants appealed on multiple grounds, the most significant of which was the correct legal definition of the offence of ‘forced or compulsory labour’. Riel and Alex’s skeleton argument, which comprehensively outlined the past and present law in respect of FCL, including the European instruments and authorities, was praised by the Court of Appeal and all the appeals against conviction were dismissed. A link to the judgment will be published when available.
[Alex Young and Chris Canning (both of 7 Bedford Row)]