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Legal Aid & the Myth of Doing More with Less

Legal Aid & the Myth of Doing More with Less

Oh look! The Daily Mail have just run another hit piece on the legal profession.

I can’t remember who was driving and s172

I can't remember who was driving and s172

s172s need to be taken seriously. Here’s how I know: Every once in a while, I prosecute road traffic matters for the CPS. The majority of the prosecutions on a typical Magistrates Court Traffic list are s172 Road Traffic Act matters (failure to give information as to the identity of the driver). Most drivers tell… { Read More }

How to instruct a Direct Access Barrister

I’ve been a Direct Access Barrister since 2012 and, before that, I was a practising Solicitor. This experience has helped me develop an effective three-step way of working which saves time and money – and ensures my clients get the best possible result.

Katie Hopkins and the Twitter Pitchforks

Posted on: April 18th, 2015 | in Criminal law, Despicable You, Miscellany, Social Media

Why a little knowledge of the law is, erm, unhelpful and how Alex Andreou’s legal analysis of s18 of the Public Order Act 1986 is flawed: Can @metpoliceuk explain why this by @KTHopkins is not “racial hatred” caught by POA1986, PtIII? @TheSunNewspaper — Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) April 17, 2015 @sturdyAlex I’ve written on this… { 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 }

Drink Drive at the Highbury Magistrates Court

Christmas drink drive drama? Highbury Magistrates Court will re-open for business on Boxing Day to deal with the Christmas fall-out. All first appearances before the Judge or Magistrates are held in the Remand Court. One of the Highbury court rooms will be a dedicated Remand Court – and this is where charges are read, pleas are… { Read More }

Without due care and attention: Lawyers & Magistrates

You’ve never had a car accident before, never been arrested and never even seen a trial – much less be the subject of it. Yet you have to explain your driving decision-making and judgement to Magistrates – and be cross-examined by a Prosecutor. I prosecute as well as defend Road Traffic cases– and where licences… { Read More }

Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice (2)

As an update to Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice, if you are having problems with your landlord and want to try to solve your dispute without a lawyer, you might find the following Legal Action Group books helpful: Repairs Tenants’ Rights by Jan Luba QC, Deirdre Forster & Beatrice Prevatt Quiet Enjoyment (Arden & Partington) Defending… { Read More }