Jae Carwardine, partner and head of the fraud and criminal litigation team, successfully represented Tom Savage, deputy news editor for the Daily Star Sunday, who was acquitted at the Central Criminal Court regarding allegations of making corrupt payments to a public official; prison officer, Scott Chapman, and his then wife, Lynn Gaffney, in exchange for information about John Venables.
John Venables was 10 years old when he was jailed in 1993 with Robert Thompson for murdering two year old James Bulger. He was released on licence in 2001 but returned to jail for possessing indecent images of children, serving time in an isolation wing.
Jae Carwardine commented "This is a great victory for Tom. He has been awaiting his fate since July 2012; a long time for anyone's life to be on hold. I am truly delighted for him. I enjoyed being part of Tom's defence team on so many levels both: by in defending an allegation investigated under Operation Elveden and also to discover fascinating insights into the world of journalism".
Tom Savage added, "I wouldn't wish an Old Bailey trial on anyone - but if it has to happen, you want Jae Carwardine and her unbeatable Russell-Cooke team at your side. From minute one they have been the calming voices of reason and professionalism amidst all the craziness. Jae is first-rate, dedicated, determined and always contactable - I honestly wouldn't change a single thing about how it was handled. Throughout the whole process I didn't feel overwhelmed - Jae led me through the whole process expertly, pressing me when needed. She secured me the perfect team to fight my case; I will be grateful to Jae and her colleagues forever."
The case has been covered extensively by the press, including The Guardian and the BBC.