Two murder convictions quashed for Joel Bennathan QC’s clients

Today the Court of Appeal quashed the murder convictions of Jamie Dunn and Garry Higgins on the basis of “a regrettable and serious failure” of disclosure at trial. Both men were convicted of a gangland shooting in Coventry in 2005. Evidence suggesting the key prosecution witness was unreliable was, in the Court’s view, wrongly withheld by the Prosecution at trial.


No retrial was ordered so the 2 men have been released after almost a decade in custody. This is Jamie Dunn’s second appeal by way of a CCRC referral after the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal in 2009.


Joel Bennathan QC represented both men, with his junior Danielle Cooper, instructed by Maslen Merchant of Hadgkiss Hughes and Beale. A copy of the judgment can be found by clicking here.    



Joel Bennathan QC is one of the leading members of the Doughty Street Appeals Unit. For several years he has been cited by the industry directories in the highest tier of their crime and appeals rankings.  Recent editorial comments quote market commentators as saying, “It is a joy to watch the court listen to him with avid interest” (Legal 500 2016) and “Joel is a first-class lawyer and advocate, who commands immense respect from the senior judiciary.”


To discuss how Joel or our criminal appeals team may be able to assist you, please e-mail us or call our criminal clerks on 020 7404 1313.  

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