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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.

I don’t shoot from the hip

I don't shoot from the hip

I got an enquiry from a man the other day. His adult son attended a voluntary interview at the police station, refused a solicitor and awaits hearing whether he’ll be charged or not.

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 & Stop Problems Before They Start

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 | in Advocacy, DIY Law, Landlord & Tenant, Tenants' Rights

Want to know a trade secret? The best way to avoid contract disputes is to have a clear contract. Tip number two is that tenancy agreements can be written to favour a landlord or a tenant. Tenancy agreements are contracts. Did you negotiate yours – or did you just sign whatever the landlord or letting… { Read More }

Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice

When do you need to bring a lawyer in to fight your corner? Tenants generally don’t come to a direct access barrister for advice until the day before they are due to see their landlord in court. Many people think that as their tenancy agreement is written in English, and as they are highly educated… { Read More }

This isn’t my first time

First time Litigants in Person tend to underestimate the time and emotional energy involved in court proceedings. That’s why they say in one breath, “Hopefully, they’ll just pay. I don’t have time for this BS” and in another, “We’re going to court”. Consider that this may not be your opponent’s first time – particularly if you… { Read More }