Alison Gurden, Rebecca Penfold and Harriet Gilchrist successful in application to dismiss a count of football violence

15 April 2019

Drystone Chambers success continues with Alison, Rebecca and Harriet successfully defending their clients on a count of violent disorder. The case concerned football disorder which broke out in London Bridge on 29th December 2017, shortly prior to a match between Millwall v Queens Park Rangers. Whilst socialising in the nominated ‘away’ pub, the defendants (all QPR fans) became involved in mass disorder when a group of Millwall fans attacked. Around 25 people were involved, with glasses and bottles thrown in the melee. Despite one defendant having pleaded guilty at an earlier occasion and the incident being captured on CCTV and Police body worn cameras, the submissions on behalf of the defendants were successful. In dismissing the charge, the Court found that the Crown was unable to disprove that the defendants actions were in defence of themselves and the pub.

If convicted, the defendants faced a custodial sentence and football banning orders. Alison, Rebecca and Harriet were instructed by Football Law Associates.