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

Police Roll Out Portable Identity Checking

The government this week announced that West Yorkshire Police has signed up to a new identity checking service. The new service, already being used in a select number of force areas, with a further 20 going live before the end of this year, will remove the need for suspects to be taken to a police … Continued

Disclosure’s ticking time bomb

Disclosure was a ticking bomb ready to explode. For years lawyers campaigning against legal aid cuts were advised by sympathetic reporters that they needed real examples about real people. Whilst we all had clients who could say that their fates would have been different ‘without legal aid’ only a handful were willing to relive their … Continued

Forensic Testing Scandal – Is Your Conviction Safe?

New details have emerged about forensic testing deficiencies at two of the country’s leading laboratories. Police are currently investigating the circumstances, and a number of people have been arrested. Randox Testing Services (RTS) and Trimega Laboratories handle samples for some of the most high-profile criminal and family law cases, the accuracy of the tests being … Continued

BSBN Partner writes for Legal voice on Lammy Review

Following concerns about the role of duty solicitors , Partner Jonathan Black explains where the real problems lay in the system with commentary by Sir Henry Brook It’s not the lawyers. It’s the system   Brooke https://sirhenrybrooke.me/2017/09/14/some-thoughts-about-the-lammy-report/amp/