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Finn’s Law – What It Means

Finn’s Law - What It Means With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019. The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. What was the problem? Section 4 of the Animal [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Driving Bans – Not Just for Traffic Offences

Most people know that a driving ban may follow for serious road traffic offences or a series of lower-level traffic crimes as a result of 'totting up'. Few of our client's know that disqualifications can follow in other cases if a vehicle is used to facilitate the commission of an offence. What is the relevant [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

X-Factor, Coming to a Motorway Near You Soon

The government has passed legislation which permits for the first time a new traffic camera which will assist in catching those motorists using closed lanes on the motorway network. The Secretary of State grants type approval only to devices that have a high degree of accuracy and reliability in performance. This is assessed through rigorous [...]

By |May 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Speeding – How Fast is Too Fast?

The idea of speed limits causes immense confusion, with many people believing that the speed limit is at least the minimum speed you should ordinarily drive at. Most of us have experienced the rage of a motorist behind us if we adhere to the limit, and a step below it to any degree can cause [...]

By |May 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Focus On Forensics

Forensic evidence has dominated some of the news agenda this week, with outrage over the interrogation of complainant's phones in sexual offence and other cases. In reality of course, if a police officer is to investigate a criminal offence fairly, the interrogation of phones, computers and other devices may well be necessary, despite the potential [...]

By |May 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What To Do If You Are Too Unwell To Attend Court

Many people face very lengthy court proceedings, and it is therefore hardly unusual that on occasion a person may not be well enough to attend court. Despite this fact, courts are sceptical of alleged illness and unless the rules are followed in close detail, a non-attendee faces the serious prospect of being arrested by the [...]

By |April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mental Health and Criminal Law

Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all. Those with mental disorders might have a host of specific needs in court on top of those of the typical defendant. [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Government Tightens Terrorism Laws

The Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack, Shamima Begum. These are some examples of terrorism headlines in the past few years. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 is the Government’s latest answer to curbing and punishing terrorist activity. The Act creates new terrorism offences, changes some old ones, and increases the maximum sentence [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Appeals from Beyond the Grave

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of R v Max Clifford, the disgraced celebrity PR guru who was convicted in 2014 of a number of sexual offences and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. Clifford died in 2017, so why did the appeal proceed? Section 44A of The Criminal Appeal Act [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Legionnaires Disease – You Can Pay a Very High Price

Faltec Ltd has been fined £1.18 million for two legionella outbreaks and a machine explosion after failing to comply with their Health and Safety obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Initially the company was given a fine of £1.6 million, it was reduced slightly on their appeal against the sentence (Faltec [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments