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Is this Bust Card worth the paper it’s written on?

Posted on: April 22nd, 2019 | in Criminal law, Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law, Police, Public law
Is this Bust Card worth the paper it's written on?

You’re at the climate change march and the atmosphere’s getting a little fresh. Someone’s shoved a police officer and now the cops are rounding up people in the immediate area. You’ve done nothing wrong, but PC Joe is talking to you. What do you do if PC Joe asks for your name and address? Say… { Read More }

Should I go No Comment at my police interview?

Should I go No Comment at my police interview?

Sometimes people ask me if they should “go no comment” in their police interviews. The big problem with this question is that they’re trying to figure it out for themselves, rather than asking asking the police station rep who has seen the police evidence. And the reason some ask this question is because they just… { Read More }

Should I accept a simple police caution?

Posted on: April 15th, 2019 | in Criminal law, DIY Law, Police, Private client criminal defence
Should I accept a simple police caution?

Most people at the police station want to get the experience over with as soon as possible. They turn down the free legal advice and accept simple police cautions because they’re scared of being charged with a crime. Some people think that a simple caution is just a formal warning that will put whatever’s happened… { Read More }

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
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 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.