Liam Walker represents Leonard Hawkes of 1960’s pop group The Tremoloes, acquitted of historic sexual offence

22.07.16 | |

Leonard "Chip" Hawkes, a member of 1960s pop group The Tremeloes, was acquitted today at Reading Crown Court of a single charge arising from an allegation of indecent assault dating back 48 years.  Liam Walker was instructed by Rachel Hubbard of BCL Burton Copeland to represent Mr Hawkes.  Richard Westwood, another member of the group, instructed David Janes of Janes Solicitors, and was also acquitted.  


Liam was instructed at an early stage, and as a result of defence applications for disclosure, and clarifications sought on evidence, the Crown decided to offer no evidence after inconsistencies in the prosecution case were challenged.


The case has been widely covered in today’s press by outlets such as The Telegraph, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the New York Times, and others.    


Both Mr Hawkes and Mr Westwood made public statements saying they should have had anonymity during the investigation in to this allegation.  Liam and others from our specialist sexual offences team regularly train solicitors, the media and other clients on topics such as defendant anonymity and managing cases involving historic allegations.  We have extensive experience of appearing successfully in such cases.  You may also be interested in our client bulletins, and we recently published on sexual offences topics – click here to read more.  To subscribe to our newsletters, or for more information on our team and how they may be able to help, please e-mail us.  

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