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Will Paynter and Catherine Mescall secure acquittal in £22m drug importation trial

Will Paynter and Catherine Mescall secure acquittal in 285kg – £22m importation of cocaine trial This prosecution resulted from a significant cross-border National Crime Agency investigation. YV was accused of being part of a plot to...

Successful Modern Slavery Act defence for an autistic youth

Our Mr Matthew Humphreys scored a notable victory in the Youth Court recently, successfully mounting a Modern Slavery Act defence for an autistic youth charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs. Introduced in 2015, section 45 of the Modern...

It won't be easy this Christmas

It hasn't been easy for anyone this year but it's been noticeable that problems for some have got worse. We can't do much but this year we've tried to help a bit by making donations to four charities who deal with issues that we come across...

R v H

We have dealt with many murder cases over the years but this one was particularly unusual. Two people who knew each other well, who had partied and drank together over the years, and had fought before, fought in the privacy of their own home.  Not...

Making Representations to the DBS

Jo a health support worker had been accepted onto a University Course to train as a nurse. She had a conviction that was disclosed by her to the University before being accepted onto the course. DBS checks had been carried out at the time and the University...

Local Authority Prosecutions

The local authority has the power to prosecute in respect of a number of types of crime. This could be certain types of benefit fraud, fly-tipping, fraudulent use of a blue badge, health and safety offences, noise nuisance, irregular school attendance,...

Will Coronavirus Be a 'Get out of Jail' Card?

Before a prosecution is commenced, the Crown Prosecution Service must apply two distinct tests. The first is whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction; If not, the case does not proceed further. If there is sufficient...

Unlawful advertising - prosecution avoided

Are you having trouble marketing your business? From A-boards to shop-fronts and Hoardings, failing to comply with Planning Laws on advertising could end in a prosecution and a criminal record. It is best to have a dialogue with the local authority but...

Criminal Law in 2020 - What Can We Expect

In legislative terms 2019 was a pretty quiet year with parliament being so heavily occupied with Brexit, there was little time for anything else. 2020 promises to be somewhat different, the government has a substantial parliamentary majority, and being...

Divided Loyalty Can Exact a High Price

A strange case at the Old Bailey resulted in a Metropolitan Police Officer, Robyn Williams, being sentenced to a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, concerning the possession of an indecent video of a child. On the face of it, the sentence...
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