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Uncategorized / 04.12.2020

  There are typically less than 100 prosecutions each year for this offence but given that the defendants are public servants such as police officers, prison officers and the like, the consequences of a conviction on careers, pensions and even liberty can be very severe.   This week...

Uncategorized / 03.12.2020

    Whenever a person is remanded in custody in criminal proceedings, a time limit is set within which the trial must be concluded. The Covid lockdown meant that trials were temporarily suspended leading to issues with custody time limits, if a trial cannot take place within...

Uncategorized / 27.11.2020

  Did you know that e-scooters fall within the definition of a motor vehicle? You would not be alone if you said no. Due to the growing popularity of e-scooters and general ignorance in respect of the laws governing them, the Metropolitan Police have issued an...

Uncategorized / 20.11.2020

  It is an offence to "ply for hire" without a licence. The offence comes from the Town and Police Clauses Act 1847, section 45 states it is an offence for a person to allow a vehicle (referred to as a carriage) to be used as...

Uncategorized / 19.11.2020

  If the Attorney General believes that a sentence is "unduly lenient", or too soft as the newspapers may say, she can ask for the case to be referred back to court to be reconsidered.   This is what happened to Taha Amin. He pleaded guilty to several...

Uncategorized / 13.11.2020

  It is often the case that a defendant does not dispute that a crime has been committed but denies any participation.   In such cases, it will be not only essential to challenge any evidence that points to the defendant as being guilty but also look for...

Uncategorized / 29.10.2020

    Human trafficking as a defence    In a recent case an appellant, referred to only as “V” pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and was sentenced to 26 months' detention. He appealed against his conviction.   The first issue you may think of is that he pleaded guilty, so how...

Uncategorized / 14.10.2020

Encrypted electronic communications   'Encrochat' provided an encrypted telephone network that was said to be popular with criminals for its encrypted messaging.   Recent joint police operations in Europe allowed officers to hack into the software resulting in the arrest of 746 suspected criminals in the UK. Across Europe,...