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Stop and search - are the police really allowed to search you for no reason?

Adeela Khan
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Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows a police officer to stop and search you without suspicion. It is different from general stop and search powers where police officers must have reasonable grounds to suspect that you are...

Bye Bye CPR committee

Paul Harris
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So today I say goodbye to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee after 8 years as one of the 2 solicitor representatives. There are some (even in my office) who are not always that complimentary about this committee and the effect it has had on the Criminal...

Community Protection Notices: should crying be criminal?

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Community Protection Notices (CPN) were introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They enable the police and local authorities to require someone to do (or stop doing) a particular act in order to put an end to conduct which...

Paul Harris to jointly chair An Evening With Sir Brian Leveson QC

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Paul Harris , Managing Partner of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson will jointly chair An Evening With Sir Brian Leveson QC on Monday 6th February 2017. This event is organised by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and will be...

28 Days on Police Bail: Landmark Government pilot or more like a sitcom waiting to happen?

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Over the last few years there has been much coverage in the press about the lengthy periods suspects remain on bail. In particular there have been a number of high profile cases where celebrities have been on bail for many months facing serious allegations...

Shila Keshvari successfully appeals historic sexual offence conviction

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The Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial of Shila Keshvari’s client in a historic sexual offence. The anonymised judgment has been reported and published here, R v VA [2016] EWCA Crim 1434 . Shila Keshvari instructed Mr Joel Bennathan QC of Doughty...

Is social media undermining the case for naming of suspects?

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Almost half the police forces in Britain are refusing to identify suspects for fear of breaching their privacy human rights, it was reported this week. The Daily Mail story prompted outcry — but no less than the recent naming of Lord Bramall...

MOJ admits transcription error wrongly cost leading law firm a legal aid contract

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Ministry of Justice admits transcription error wrongly cost leading criminal law firm a legal aid contract The Legal Aid Agency (LAA), an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), has admitted to a basic transcription error in the marking of a bid...

The Mandatory Criminal Court Charge

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Since April, the Criminal Courts have been told to levy additional charges on convicted offenders for the costs of their court proceedings, with anything from £150 to £1200 being charged. This is in addition to other financial burdens the...

Paul Harris Awarded

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Paul Harris has been awarded with an honorary  life membership to the London Criminal Courts Association (LCCSA) as a reflection of his outstanding work for the profession and to the LCCSA committee....


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EDWARD FAIL, BRADSHAW & WATERSON have been rated a top tier law firm for 2016 Chambers and Partners  have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Law firms and individual...

The Tuesday Truth 3

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Dear Leaders of The Bar I write this letter out of complete and utter despair.  I write this in the hope of stopping the absurd two pronged attack that criminal solicitors (and to some extent the Junior Bar) are faced with from the MoJ and the...

The Tuesday Truth 2

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The Court charge is now becoming somewhat of a comedy as Her Majesty’s judges do not seem to be taking seriously the laws passed by Her Majesty’s government.  One Judge having apologised to the defendant for having to impose it then ordered...

The Tuesday Truth

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Jeremy Corbyn wasn't everyone's choice of leader, but the sheer size of his victory clearly demonstrates the level of support he enjoys.  Whether you voted or not, whether you welcome his election or not, one...