How to appeal a conviction

30th April 2018

Question: “My daughter was recently found guilty following trial at the Crown Court but my family do not agree with the outcome.  We want her to appeal the conviction and sentence.  What can we do?” Answer: The first thing to do is for your daughter to speak with the solicitor that dealt with your case […]

What is the Court of Protection?

25th April 2018

Recently a Judge in the Court of Protection gave permission for blood samples to be taken from Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who are both in a coma in hospital after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, so that tests can be carried out by chemical weapon experts. But what is the Court of Protection?  It […]

Divorce and Finances

23rd April 2018

Question: “My husband and I have been married for 3 years. Over the past year our relationship has gone downhill due to my husband’s alcoholism which has resulted in heated arguments witnessed by our young children. I have ensured that the house is in my sole name, how do I get a divorce and does […]

What happens at the Crown Court?

19th April 2018

Question: “I have recently appeared at the Magistrates’ Court and my case has now gone up to the Crown Court. I intend to plead not guilty. What will happen at the Crown Court?” Answer: Your first appearance at the Crown Court will be at a Plea and Pre-Trial Preparation Hearing when you will be required […]

Reasonable force against a burglar

18th April 2018

Question: “I am totally confused. How much force is a person allowed to use to protect their own home from burglars or other intruders?” Answer: There has been a lot of discussion about the recent case in the media where an intruder died after he appears to have been stabbed by an elderly householder. Some […]

Reform of the Mental Health Act

17th April 2018

The Government has commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. The review is due to be published in autumn 2018 and has been described as ‘welcome’ as the current Act is thought to be ‘outdated and not in line with the principles of modern health care’. The Act has also been described […]

What is a forced marriage?

13th April 2018

A forced marriage is where one or both parties do not consent to the marriage and pressure or duress is used. A forced marriage can also occur when a person lacks the capacity to provide consent due to disability. The pressure placed on victims can be emotional and psychological abuse, as well as physical violence […]

What is Contributory Negligence?

12th April 2018

Question: “I got injured when I tripped over on a defective pavement. I got hurt badly – my arm was broken in more than one place. The council accepted it was responsible to pay me compensation because it had not noticed that the pavement was defective and should have done and should have fixed the […]

TV star Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving

3rd April 2018

Ant McPartlin was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a road traffic accident in Mortlake, London on Sunday 18th March. According to media reports, the collision involved three vehicles and several individuals were reportedly treated for minor injuries. McPartlin was arrested at the scene of the crash having failed a roadside breathalyser test. The […]