Criminal

A new non-fatal strangulation offence has come into force

From the 7th of June 2022 anyone who strangles their partners in a bid to control or intimidate them will face up to 5 years behind bars for committing the UK’s new non-fatal strangulation offence. The new non-fatal strangulation offence will also apply to British nationals abroad so there is no escape for abusers even if […]

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New legislation will put victims firmly at heart of the justice system

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has announced he is publishing draft legislation that will put the “needs and voices” of victims “firmly at heart of the justice system”.  The Bill has been designed to provide  better support for victims, increase conviction rates and, many expect, pave the way for the first victims’ law. The reforms to the support for victims […]

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Jo Sidhu QC’s statement on the CBA No Returns action

In an official statement Jo Sidhu QC, Chair of The Criminal Bar Association provides more detail and more context on the CBA No Returns action planned for Monday 11th April 2022. The statement begins: On Monday 11th April 2022, criminal barristers across England & Wales will commence action to shine a spotlight on the severity of the ongoing […]

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Westgate Chambers’ Philip Meredith helps a father avoid prison

Philip Meredith, instructed by Stephen Langdell of Bishop and Light Solicitors, has helped a father avoid prison after he was arrested for going out armed with a taser and a knife.  As the Judge, Mr Recorder Collins, noted, the client had 12 previous convictions for 29 offences, and he could easily have faced up to 10 […]

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