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Inadmissible confessions

The 2015 documentary series Making a Murderer follows the story of two men from Wisconsin who were convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a woman. One of the convicted was an impressionable teenager called Brendan Dassey. Dassey’s conviction...

Publishing, or having for publication for gain, an obscene article

Prosecuting those who publish obscene articles (an offence under section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) is hardly prudish, despite what certain commentators would argue. The maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment will frequently be...

Can I get a reduced sentence by helping the police?

You may have heard about ‘texts’ or a ‘Brown envelope to the Judge’, some of the names for the old system. If you helped the police a ‘text’ may be handed to the sentencing judge explaining that you had assisted and a...

Matthew Humphries Defends Glasgow Woman On Drugs Charges Before The Old Bailey In London

Matthew Humphries, a solicitor with higher rights of audience based at our Hammersmith office, has defended a Glaswegian woman accused of possessing Class A drugs with the intention to deal (supply). This was a difficult case, but Matthew skilfully and...

Solicitor - A Brand That You Can Trust

A solicitor is there to help advise you on the law, to guide you through difficult times, explain, advise and represent you. But who tells us what to do and ensures that you receive a proper service? The Solicitors Regulation Authority The SRA regulate...

Richard Gowthorpe has Won a Battle at Hastings Magistrates' Court

Richard Gowthorpe has secured an impressive not guilty verdict for a client charged with threatening a neighbour with knife violence. The alleged offence occurred following England's 2-1 defeat to Croatia during the World Cup in the summer....

Companies and Bribery

Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 makes it an offence for a company to bribe another with the intent of obtaining or retaining business or to gain an advantage in business. The first conviction after trial for an offence under this section was that of...

Private Probation Providers Fail Offenders and Society

A few years ago, the National Probation Service was split into two. The existing service maintained its supervision of high-risk offenders, mainly those serving lengthy sentences or with complex rehabilitation needs, the remaining offenders, by far the vast...

Is being sexist or misogynist a crime?

The answer is sometimes, but not always. Two years ago, Nottinghamshire Police decided to label misogyny and offences targeting women as hate crime or hate incidents. Two local universities recently undertook a report entitled “The Misogyny Hate Crime...

Assaults on Emergency Workers

Is there a specific offence? Until now the only specific offence has been that of assaulting a police officer. This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment. There has always been an option to charge an offender with...
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