Drystone Chambers pupil, Alex Shanks, makes successful submission of no case to answer

17 May 2024

Alex Shanks successfully defended in a case where his lay client was alleged to have attempted to drive whilst unfit through alcohol.

The Prosecution relied on an experienced Police Officer who allegedly witnessed the defendant attempting to drink drive.  Through Alex’s thorough cross-examination of the Police Officer the case against the defendant fell apart.

Following this, Alex made a submission of no case to answer on the basis that his cross-examination uncovered deficiencies within the Prosecution case and it was now so weak and tenuous in nature that there was not a case to answer.

The lay bench agreed with Alex’s robust oral submissions to such an extent that they concluded that there was no longer a case to answer and the defendant was acquitted.

Alex was instructed by Kim Chiswick of Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson Solicitors.

17 May 2024


Alexander Shanks


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