Michael Duck QC defends in Huddersfield “top of the scale “ grooming trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Michael Duck QC represented Amere Singh Dhaliwal, described as the ringleader by the prosecution. The investigation involved 20 defendants and culminated in three trials running from January 2018 until October 2018. Michael Duck QC was responsible for the cross examination as to credit of all the vulnerable witnesses on behalf of all 8 defendants during the initial trial of those alleged to have been most seriously involved

There were approximately 13 vulnerable witnesses, a number of whom required an initial Ground Rules Hearing and/or the services of an intermediary. The disclosure process conducted on behalf of the defence took place over many months.

Reporting restrictions were imposed throughout the trial and lifted on 19th October 2018.

Michael Duck QC is Leader of the Midland Circuit and a member of No5 Barristers’ Chambers Crime Group.