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The Morning After the Night Before

When people think about drink/drug driving, it is often based on a narrative that involves a man, leaving a pub late at night, driving erratically and being stopped by the police. This scenario is sometimes the backdrop to an arrest for drink or drug driving, but more often, the story is quite different. The morning […]

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Divided Loyalty Can Exact a High Price

A strange case at the Old Bailey drew to a close this week, resulting in a Metropolitan Police Officer, Robyn Williams, being sentenced to a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, concerning the possession of an indecent video of a child. On the face of it, the sentence is not at all surprising, […]

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Innocent and Angry – A Measured Response Required

It is a common occurrence to come across suspects and defendants who fee extreme anger at being caught up in the criminal justice process. That anger sometimes spills over into the public domain, and the free availability of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can allow for an all too easy way to […]

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Playing Politics with Crime?

We are in the midst of a general election, so it is perhaps not surprising that ‘law and order’ are featuring in the news as the main political parties fight for the popular vote. While as a firm, we do not offer any party-political opinion, it is worthwhile taking a brief look at some of […]

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The Pizza Alibi

On 10th March 2001, HRH Prince Andrew is alleged to have met and been photographed with a lady who has accused the Prince of sexual misconduct. In a BBC interview, Prince Andrew throws ridicule on that suggestion and throws up two interesting observations in an attempt to establish an alibi: “On that particular day that […]

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Lies and Easy Money

In a case this week involving Jet2 Holidays, Karl and Laura Hughes claimed that they had suffered sickness while on a package holiday. They said they had food poisoning as a result of eating contaminated food or drink or swimming in the hotel’s unsanitary pool. In witness statements, Mr & Mrs Hughes said that they […]

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Tracking violent offenders

A pilot is being carried out into electronic monitoring global positioning system. The aim of the pilot is to gain information to look at how existing and new electronic monitoring technologies could be used more effectively. A specific pilot is also taking place in London for offenders who have served a custodial sentence for knife […]

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General Election 2019 – Don’t Get Caught Out

The parliamentary session has come to an end, and we will go to the polls on 12th December 2019 to decide the political makeup of the next parliament. The Representation of the People Act 1983 creates a number of offences concerned with political elections and those engaged in political party management should receive detailed training […]

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Investigating Death

Cases involving the death of a person can have a devastating impact on all concerned. From our perspective, we often deal with people facing the gravest charges after an incident causing loss of life. The gravity of the proceedings can have a devastating emotional impact on our client and their family. At the same time, […]

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Unduly Lenient Sentences – Scheme to Be Extended

The government has announced changes to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (‘ULS’) Scheme. There are certain offences where the prosecution (via the Attorney General) can ask the Court of Appeal to review a sentence if it is thought to be unduly lenient. Any person can ask the Attorney General to consider a sentence and decide whether […]

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