Serious Crime

Trial Delays

 17th Mar 2020  News

Trial Delays   A defendant has the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time. In exceptional cases, a delay will lead to a stay of proceedings as an abuse of process.   A stay of proceedings is an extr... Read more

Circumstantial Evidence

 11th Mar 2020  News

Circumstantial Evidence   Circumstantial evidence is widely misunderstood, and many people cannot understand how a case can be advanced without primary evidence of wrongdoing.   To illustrate this, we can u... Read more

Stop and Search

 21st Oct 2019  News

Stop and Search   The police, with the support of the Home Office, are making more extensive use of stop and search powers. This new approach is partly due to rising public and political concern about knife crime.... Read more

Firearms - Sentencing Reform

 9th Oct 2019  News

Firearms - Sentencing Reform   The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this... Read more

The Cut-Throat Defence

 9th Sep 2019  News

The Cut-Throat Defence   A cut-throat defence is where one defendant gives evidence that is damaging to a co-defendant's case, sometimes going as far as directly accusing the other person of the crime, while typic... Read more

To Air B and B or not to Air B and B-Subletting

 8th Aug 2019  News

Local Authorities Get Tough on Sub-letting   As Airbnb listings in London soar to 80,000, up 400% from 2015 figures, Westminster Council is cracking down on those who use the site to unlawfully sublet social housi... Read more