Vanessa Marshall QC and James Macdonald have successfully prosecuted two men for modern slavery offences. Both men were jailed for crimes which included conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another with a view to exploitation, conspiracy to control prostitution for gain and removing criminal property from England and Wales.

Mo Quan Zhou, 45 and Meyrick Bramhill-Purchase, 64 have been sentenced to five and half years and four and half years respectively.

Suspicions were raised in May 2015 after a letting agent reported that a property in Lincoln was being used as a brothel. The police investigated and between May 2015 and May 2017 the pair were found to be operating brothels in Chesterfield, Derby and Lincoln. Vulnerable Chinese and Malaysian women who had been trafficked into the UK were found at the brothels by police.

After the trial, Inspector Harry Rai said the men were “controlling” women and the brothels were “bringing misery” to communities.

He added: “These women were very vulnerable. Many of them had overstayed their visas and were desperate to remain in the UK in order to avoid an even worse existence in their home countries.”

Related practice areas

For help or advice please call +44 (0)20 7242 3555 or complete 
the form below

A member of the Clerking team will help you resolve your request.

  • This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, please call Chambers mainline number +44 (0)20 7242 3555 and you will be directed to the out of hours phone lines.

As a direct access client, please visit our direct access page and complete the initial form, a member of the clerking team will then be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Choosing the right barrister for your case can be difficult, with so many to choose from. Our clerks will be happy to guide you with your choice. Their wealth of knowledge and experience will help you decide the right barrister not just for the case but someone who will work with you.

Some barristers have the ability to “conduct litigation” for direct access clients. Our clerks will be able to assist you as to which of our members are trained and accredited to do so.

Please visit our direct access page for the initial steps on instructing a barrister, or contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7242 3555.

Search

Shortlist Builder

Close

Select the legal expertise that you would like to download or add to the shortlist

Download Add to shortlist
Shortlist close
Title CV Email

Remove All

Download


Click here to email this list.