Trial Delays

A defendant has the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time. In exceptional cases, a delay will lead to a stay of proceedings as an abuse of process. A stay of proceedings is an extremely rare outcome, with the Court of Appeal making the following observation in R v PS [2013] EWCA Crim … Continued

Forensic evidence

The Forensic Science Regulator regulates forensic scientists in England and Wales. The Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science evidence across the criminal justice system is subject to appropriate standards. The Regulator has recently said that there are gaps in quality that need to be resolved in order to prevent the use of unreliable … Continued

It’s Christmas Time! But Also, Business As Usual For Us The festive season is a time to kick back and enjoy a little rest and recuperation before 2020 hits us all like a brick and life carries on as usual. While we will be hoping to enjoy some well-earned rest, our team remains on standby … Continued

Criminal Law in 2020 – What Can We Expect

In legislative terms 2019 was a pretty quiet year with parliament being so heavily occupied with Brexit, there was little time for anything else. 2020 promises to be somewhat different, the government has a substantial parliamentary majority, and being ‘tough on crime’ seems once again to be a popular political topic. The recent Queen’s Speech … Continued

Happy 70th Birthday Legal Aid

BSB Partner Jonathan Black writes about why we should be celebrating the 70th anniversary of legal aid  

Government Unveils New Domestic Abuse Legislation

On Monday the government unveiled its new strategy to tackle domestic abuse. This follows a consultation exercise carried out last year which drew over 3,000 responses. The new measures are: Introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse Establishing the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and setting … Continued

Extraditon to UAE halted

A Judge ruled against the extradition of BSB solicitors client to UAE on the basis that there was a real risk of human rights abuses . Westminster Magistrates’ Court accepted arguments submitted by counsel Ben Cooper  that Mr Halliday was unlikely to face a fair trial and was at risk of torture on the basis of nationality and sexuality. … Continued

What’s The Damage?

Law on Criminal Damage Essentially, the crime is made out if you intentionally or recklessly damage property. Most commonly it is damage to cars and windows, very often as an act of revenge. The damage does not need to be permanent. There have been cases where graffiti, water-soluble paints on a pavement and squashing a … Continued

Why Criminal Justice Matters

Partner Jonathan Black is to participate in a panel discussion at The Royal Society of Arts to discuss the Issues arising out of The Secret Barrister’s best selling book “Stories of the law and how it is broken” In an event chaired by broadcaster Joshua Rosenberg QC, The Secret Barrister will be on the panel … Continued

New Domestic Abuse Protections Announced

In a major announcement, the government has signalled a busy year ahead with legislative changes affecting the criminal law. New Domestic Abuse Protections Announced In a major announcement, the government has signalled a busy year ahead with legislative changes affecting the criminal law. Following on from the recent announcement about the sentencing of domestic abuse … Continued

New “Domestic Abuse” Sentencing Guidelines

A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending. New ‘Domestic Abuse’ Sentencing Guidelines A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending. … Continued