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Blog 1st April 2022

Jurisdiction & Divorce: Timing and Staying to secure a UK Divorce

So if there was any doubt, a stayed application is still alive, and for the purposes of jurisdiction, such an application can be deemed the 1st in time, if so issued before a competing foreign application, or can become 1st in time and so obtain priority status, if the 1st in time (non-UK) application later […]

Blog 7th February 2022

Greater Sentencing Power for Magistrates – A Solution to the Backlog?

It was confirmed on 18 January 2020 that Magistrates are to have their sentencing powers increased in the coming months, granting them broader power than ever before. The most significant change is that Magistrates’ will be able to impose a sentence of up to 12 months in custody which is double the previous maximum sentence. […]

Blog 10th January 2022

Decoding EncroChat: Admissibility

In the midst of the pandemic last year, unbeknownst to its users at the time, the EncroChat service was infiltrated by malware which installed an identical application on their EncroChat devices. This application, as well as functioning as it normally would, now also sent all message data to intelligence teams across Europe. The National Crime […]

Blog 7th January 2022
Sarah Jones QC

Manslaughter: Having your Cake and Eating It

In June 2021 Salisbury Crown Court heard an interesting case of manslaughter (in which I acted for the Defendant along with Tessa Shroff) that came about by reason of the family of the victim’s right to review. It gave rise to considerations of the propriety of the Crown trying to run a prosecution on two […]

Blog 27th August 2021

Covid-19 Inquiry – Devolved Administrations and Article 2 Considerations

From very early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been calls for a public inquiry into the UK Government’s response to it. These calls have come from a wide range of individuals and bodies and the questions they put forward for an inquiry’s consideration are manifold.  Whilst there has already been considerable scrutiny into […]

Blog 6th August 2021

Breakingbury v Croad “Why be a professional – be a footballer”

The adoration bestowed upon footballers far outweighs the gratitude bestowed upon members of the professions for the work they undertake. The consequences for an unsuccessful professional are far greater than for an unsuccessful footballer. Take for example the case of the former dentist Dr Croad (Breakingbury v Croad judgment 19th April 2021).   The legal […]

Blog 18th June 2021
Laura Tilt

Law Commission Consultation Paper on Taking, Making and Sharing Intimate Images without Consent

In February of this year, the Law Commission of England and Wales published its Consultation Paper on taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent. I was fortunate to be part of the team who produced this Paper prior to the commencement of my pupillage in October 2020.   The project originated from the Law […]

Blog 17th June 2021

Modern Slavery

A young man [YM] from London smokes shared cannabis socially with his ‘new friend’[NF]. After a little time, discovering that the YM has a job, NF asks for payment for the cannabis, a sum just beyond YM’s financial reach, NF demands carrying and supplying in lieu of the debt. Unusually early one morning YM is […]

Blog 17th June 2021
Siân Beaven

Sentencing Disposals under the Mental Health Act 1983

In criminal practice, it is not uncommon to represent clients with complex and severe mental health issues. The test in R v Pritchard (1836) 7 C&P 303 which sets out the test for a Defendant’s fitness to plead does not always capture the vast array of clients with psychiatric diagnoses, meaning that it is possible […]

News, Blog 27th May 2021

Re H-M [2021] EWCA Civ 748: Inconsistent post-fact finding convictions

Hot off the press this week is the judgment in Re H-M [2021] EWCA Civ 748, in which the Court of Appeal (Peter Jackson LJ, Singh LJ and Stuart-Smith LJ) considered an appeal by a mother from a refusal by the trial judge to reopen findings made at the conclusion of a fact-finding hearing. One […]

Blog 14th April 2021

Without notice applications in Children Act and Family Law Act: tips, pointers and warnings

Without notice applications, both under the Children Act 1989 and Family Law Act 1996, are invaluable tools in the realms of domestic abuse and child protection. Particularly in relation to Family Law Act applications, such work is considered the bread and butter of the junior family barrister. However, those who would treat such applications as […]

Blog 19th March 2021
Helen Brander

Money for Nothing? Crypto-assets and their implications in matrimonial and private client work

Helen Brander, barrister of Pump Court Chambers, considers the current treatment by the courts and taxation authorities of crypto-assets For the matrimonial finance and private client lawyer, crypto-assets can form a major part of a client’s estate and we are seeing them with increasing frequency. It is vital that we can identify, value and understand […]

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