This piece is written specifically to address  what we believe to be  the   concerns of the  Minister of  Justice,  namely  to  go forward  with the most efficient and cost effective  criminal  justice system,  and to  maximise the scope for  “savings” whilst  continuing  to  provide  a suitable quality of  service.   We write under severe constraint […]Continue reading

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A client recently raised  the issue of  hidden consequences of a criminal conviction.   Her son aged 22, had  pleaded  guilty to possession  with  intent to supply.  He received a  2  year suspended sentence. When  she came  to renew  her  home  insurance she discovered that this was a disclosable, material fact. Both her home and car insurance are now  […]Continue reading

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I was one of the juniors who deputised at the South Eastern Circuit Heads of Chambers meeting. I follow the example of our leader, Max Hill QC, by not naming names or making observations about who said what. I simply offer my own point of view. Two fault lines are emerging. They are growing by […]Continue reading

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Mark Troman was able to persuade magistrates at Feltham today they should not disqualify a driver who rushed home to attend to his injured child.   Despite criticism from the prosecution that he could have used an ambulance or a taxi the magistrates were still persuaded to show leniency. Many people are told that a […]Continue reading

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On Monday 2nd March 2015 new laws came into force which will significantly enhance the state’s powers to investigate and prosecute ‘drug driving’. From our experience police have rarely prosecuted for the existing offence of being unfit to drive through drugs. Now police can arrest people on suspicion of this offence and, after taking a […]Continue reading

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders launched a new campaign to manipulate the rules of evidence in rape trials to try and secure a higher rate of conviction. It does not seem to occur to the CPS that people who are not convicted are innocent. The figures are said to be 2,910 trials and ‘only’ 1,070 […]Continue reading

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Prenups have become very popular in recent years, particularly since the landmark case of Radmacher v Granatino (2009) which saw the Courts give significant weight to such Agreements. Whilst strictly speaking they are not legally enforceable, the courts are more likely to uphold them. If you want to protect your personal property, financial investments, items with […]Continue reading

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