Date rape drugs and the law

Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no recollection of what happened. He denied the offences saying that the acts were all consensual and the men would “act” … 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

BSB solicitors have been happy to help Extinction Rebellion protestors

At the time of writing , reportedly over 1000 participants in The XR peaceful and non violent actions taking place in London this week have been arrested. This is in addition to the 1,300 arrested in April . It is understood that there has been a policy in favour of prosecuting a large number of … Continued

Partner Jonathan Black critical of ministry guidance

In response to Ministry of Justice guides published for members of the public to understand the court process, Jonathan Black, BSB Partner and President of London Criminal Courts Solicitors Courts told The Times that the guide “failed to make any reference to disclosure or to tell unrepresented defendants that they were entitled to see the … Continued

Appeal against Extradition to Poland successful

Our client who served 41 weeks of a 52 week sentence successfully appealed against a order by Westminster Magistrates court for his extradition to Poland to serve the remainder of his sentence. Our Solicitor Chloe Hingley, instructing Danielle Barden of 5 St Andrew’s Hill argued that the warrant was disproportionate and a breach of our client’s Article 8 (right … Continued

Happy 70th Birthday Legal Aid

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

Team BSB raising funds for The London Legal Support Trust

The team at BSB are again looking forward to joining hundreds of other teams in participating  the London Legal Walk on 17th June, in aid of the London Legal Support Trust which every year raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for legal advice charities. We would encourage all of our friends, clients and suppliers to sponsor us … Continued

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. … Continued

GPS Electronic Monitoring, Big Brother Will be Watching

The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There … Continued

Partner Jonathan Black appears on BBC TV to discuss the Criminal Justice IT meltdown

BSB Solicitors Partner Jonathan Black was invited onto BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire to discuss the impact of the IT failure within the criminal justice system that caused disruption across the country.  Appearing at 45mins 35 seconds in he told the program that this should not be happening in light of the massive investment by the government and was … Continued

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