Serious Crime

Sexual Offences and the Issue of Consent

 24th Jul 2020  News

Sexual Offences and the Issue of Consent   A vast number of sexual offence cases revolve around the issue of consent. In everyday terms, the 'consent issue' should be straightforward, either someone did, or did no... Read more

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