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Ryan Donoghue successful in first appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice


Despite being in practice for less that 6 months, Ryan Donoghue, instructed by Carr & Co. Solicitors, has successfully appealed against a sentence in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

Having considered written and oral submissions from Counsel, Bean L.J., Cheema-Grubb J. and HHJ Aubrey QC allowed the appeal on two grounds:

  1. The Learned Sentencing Judge, in activating the full 19-month suspended sentence, failed to take account of the Appellant’s progress made under the suspended sentence order, particularly his completion of 85 of the 150 hours of unpaid work required.
  2. The total sentence of 13 months for the offences of Breach of a Restraining Order and Assault by Beating x 2 failed to adequately reflect the totality of that offending, particularly considering that all three offences arose out of the same incident.

Commenting on Mr Donoghue’s success, Practice Director, Teresa Pugh said; ‘Ryan is one of an outstanding cadre of junior talent in Chambers. I am delighted for him and the successful outcome for our client.’

Ryan accepted tenancy in Chambers in September 2018, after successfully completing pupillage.


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