Britain's first crowdfunded prosecution ended in acquittal after just 17 minutes. The private prosecution was brought by The Cyclist's Defence Fund, a subsidiary of the Cycling UK charity, after crowdfunding over £80,000 to bring the case to court. Defendant Gail Purcell was cleared by the jury who came to the conclusion that she was not guilty of causing the collision which killed Michael Mason in February 2014. 

This case may suggest that a rise in crowdfunded prosecutions will see an increase in the number of trials that are brought to court and quickly dismissed. Might this be the end for crowdfunded legal actions, or will such prosecutions become commonplace?