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Papers, please (Magistrates Court Style)

Papers, please (Krakow, 1941)

Defendants in court now must declare their nationality. If a Defendant is a citizen of more than one country, s/he must declare all citizenships held. As of 13 November 2017, “A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, that person fails to comply with such a requirement, whether by providing false or incomplete information… { Read More }

Governance & Standards Committee Complaints Basics

Governance & Standards Committee Complaints Basics

Are you a councillor under threat of Governance & Standards committee referral and investigation for an alleged breach of your local Code of Conduct? There are basic procedures your Monitoring Officer should be following. These basics are found in the Localism Act and in your council’s own Governance and Standards Complaints Procedure. In many post-Standards Board… { Read More }

Judicial Review & Brexit

Posted on: July 3rd, 2016 | in Public law

It’s not entirely clear precisely how Mischons propose to stymie a British PM pulling the Article 50 trigger.

Ben Locker, Daphnegate & the Rule of Law

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 | in Private client criminal defence, Public law, Social Media
Ben Locker, Daphnegate & the Rule of Law

I recently had the pleasure of acting for Councillor Ben Locker in his defence of an allegation that he had failed to comply with Colchester Borough Council’s Code of Conduct. I am delighted that the CBC Governance Committee agreed with my submissions that there could be no breach of the Code as Ben had not… { Read More }

Dr Clifford Mann: Apparatchiks & why it’s important to leave the law to the legal professionals

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 | in Criminal law, DIY Law, Get qualified, Public law
Dr Clifford Mann: Apparatchiks & why it’s important to leave the law to the legal professionals

SEP (Somebody else’s problem) Alert: Dr Clifford Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine, has devised a novel approach to relieving pressure on A & E medical staff by blaming police for drunk people at A&E. The BBC reports Dr Mann saying: Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted… { Read More }

The End Of British Policing As We Know It

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 | in Criminal law, Miscellany, Public law
The End Of British Policing As We Know It

I’ve been watching the reaction by serving police constables across the country to Theresa May’s indication that police pensions will be drastically reduced – and they’re not happy. The Police pension scheme was last reviewed in 2006 – and, “due to the harsh economic conditions”, it was re-visited just last year –  along with every… { Read More }

Take Down That Bunting!

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 | in Criminal law, Miscellany, Public law
Take Down That Bunting!

Say hello to my local newsagent, Hamdy Shahein. He’s the guy on the left holding the unauthorised balloons. Those in the know will know that Hamdy is one of the lynch-pins of our community. He likes to get in the spirit of things – and today, being the day the Olympic torch came through Stoke… { Read More }

Fred Wigg Missile Judicial Review Shot Down

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 | in Public law

I’m amazed the case against the Government’s placement of missiles on the roof of the Fred Wigg estate in Leytonstone got off the ground, even on a “Human rights” basis, before it got shot down at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday. While I await the judgment of Haddon-Cave J to be posted up on… { Read More }