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No left turns on Mare Street

Posted on: August 21st, 2018 | in DIY Law, Road Traffic law
No left turns on Mare Street

Let’s me start by saying: The following is not legal advice. I have no idea whether any particular person should appeal their PCN or not. The following is offered for information purposes only. I’ve been following the Hackney Gazette’s reporting that 6,596 fines were given to 4,589 drivers for failing to comply with a recently… { Read More }

In the frame for Assault Obstruct PC? Read this.

Posted on: December 17th, 2017 | in Advocacy, Criminal law, Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law
In the frame for Assault Obstruct PC? Read this.

I represented a family who were all charged with Assault / Obstruct PC. After engaging in deep legal research and repeated viewing of the police officers’ body worn camera footage – as well as CCTV from the local council, I was able to effectively cross-examine the officers – taking each of their versions apart, brick… { Read More }

What it’s like to represent yourself in court

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 | in Advocacy, Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law

If you are thinking about representing yourself in court without getting legal advice first, do yourself a big favour and read this article written by Emily Dugan. It’s an excellent insight of what can happen to the wo/man who is her/his own lawyer. Of all the stories Emily Dugan notes, Mohammed’s sums up the risk… { Read More }

Acting as guarantor for a tenant: is it enforceable?

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 | in DIY Law, Landlord & Tenant, Tenants' Rights
guarantor

 Guarantor for a friend’s tenancy rent and now it’s all gone wrong? Is the landlord coming after you because they say the friend you “indemnified”  and “guaranteed” is in arrears – and you’re friend’s disputing the amount, skint, no-where to be found, etc. If you didn’t get legal advice before signing a rent guarantee, now’s… { Read More }

Setting aside a CCJ is easy, right? (Or what Mad Dog Mattis can teach us about supplying legal services)

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 | in Advocacy, Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law
Setting aside a CCJ is easy, right? (Or what Mad Dog Mattis can teach us about supplying legal services)

Despite barristers and solicitors up and down this country posting blogs about the importance of getting legal advice before touching litigation with a barge-pole, I am routinely approached by litigants in person – after their cases have hit the buffers in court.

These finding legal advice tips will amaze you

These finding legal advice tips will amaze you

Lots of people are looking for legal advice but no-one wants to deal with a lawyer to get it. Amirite?

Private Parking fines: Should I pay or fight?

Private Parking fines: Should I pay or fight?

My client was a bit surprised to get this parking fine “Notice” from APCOA in the post.

Freedom of Speech & Celtic FC Palestine Placards

These #Celtic soccer fans broke the rules to show their love for Palestine.https://t.co/o62qnk2ZaE — AJ+ (@ajplus) August 18, 2016 Yes, football fans do have an ECHR right to Freedom of Expression, but fans should bear in mind two things: