Robert Bryan & Helen Easterbrook act in ‘landmark court case’ concerning the Modern Slavery Act

22 May 2023

In a ‘landmark court case’ Robert Bryan and Helen Easterbrook defended a carer who was prosecuted for keeping his client in slavery or servitude contrary to section 1 of the Modern Slavery Act and Article 4 of the ECHR.  It was the first time that the Act had been used to prosecute where the person being kept in slavery or servitude was not working or providing a service: the victim was wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy, rather it was alleged that the Defendant had benefited by his employment.

The Jury at Portsmouth Crown Court convicted by a majority and also convicted the Defendant for ill-treatment by a care worker for some of the indicted period; the Defendant was acquitted of fraud and theft at the close of the prosecution case.

Robert and Helen were instructed by Louise Rodaway of Wessex Solicitors, Portsmouth.

ITV news report.

22 May 2023


Robert Bryan

Call 1992

Helen Easterbrook

Call 2011

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