Criminal Law

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Reforming Homicide Legislation

Posted: 11 July

What is homicide? A homicide charge can result from an act of murder, manslaughter, infanticide or causing/allowing the death or serious injury of a child or vulnerable adult. Under current legislation, a conviction for an act of homicide by...

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Suspended Sentences

Posted: 07 June

What is a Suspended Sentence? A suspended sentence is a custodial sentence where the offender does not go to prison. On the condition that they do not commit any further offences during the operational period and comply with the...

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Non-Accidental Injury and Care Proceedings

Posted: 22 April

What happens after Children’s Services becomes involved? Following a referral to Children’s Services in respect of a non-accidental injury, you may be asked to consent to your child being placed in the care of a family member or in...

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Seizure and Retention of Property in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings.

Posted: 14 March

Police powers in relation to seizure and retention of property concerning a police investigation is covered under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, section 19. However, all police officers adhere to the regulations outlined in this legislation...

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Balancing Scales: Weighing up the legal issues of Fitness to Plead challenges.

Posted: 29 January

What is fitness to plead? The concept of fitness to plead refers to the ability of a defendant to understand and participate fully in the legal proceedings against them. This can be applicable to those with a mental disorder,...

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Online Safety Act 2023 – New Offences

Posted: 25 January

As the online world grows and evolves, so too do the laws governing how it should be engaged with. Specifically, what a person is prohibited from using the internet to do. On 31st January 2024, Part 10 of the...

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Indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.

Posted: 17 January

Overview A Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) is an Order which can be imposed by the Court following conviction for a Sexual Offence as listed in either Schedule 3 or 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The purpose...

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A person’s rights whilst detained at the Police Station

Posted: 12 January

A person’s rights whilst detained at the Police Station and should a solicitor be present? During a detention at the police station in England and Wales, the police are required to follow a protocol. As outlined in the Police...

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Proceeds of Crime Act 2022

Posted: 11 January

If you’re being investigated by the police or having money/assets seized by authorities, it is important that you are properly advised and represented. Read this recent case of a seizure of monies under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002(“POCA”)...

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Voluntary Interviews

Posted: 23 November

In the last decade, the number of arrests made by the Police have halved. A study produced by the UK Home Office shows that in 2010, 1.3 million arrests were made falling to 632,000 in 2021. Among the many...

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Nobody asks to live with dementia

Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Society Dementia is the UK’s leading cause...

- 18 July 2024

Reforming Homicide Legislation

What is homicide? A homicide charge can result from an act of murder, manslaughter,...

- 11 July 2024

Suspended Sentences

What is a Suspended Sentence? A suspended sentence is a custodial sentence where the...

- 07 June 2024