Monthly Archives: December 2016


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Greg Foxsmith COURT AVAILABILITY   I won my robbery trial at Snaresbrook this week (thanks Kevin Williams at GTS for the brief!) My regulatory hearing next week has been cancelled, so I have good availabilty for remainder of this month  – see  here.  

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Truss gone! New Lord Chancellor! Read My review of the rise and fall of Liz Truss here, and a blog which will chart progress of the new LC here

Queens Speech Among resurrected planned changes to the legal system is the proposal to allow people charged with some low-level offences to plead guilty and pay a fine online….Rakesh Bhasin explains :-

1Add to basket    2 Checkout or continue admitting

3. Collect reward points and cash them in for some legal advice.

Flexible Court Hours Pilot – update here

Cycling I cycled London-Brighton (for British Heart Foundation) in the blazing heat last Sunday! Thank you for the support and sponsorship!

New case CPR Rules outlaws “technical” points -new CA case of Hassani

The criminal law is not a game to be played in the hope of a lucky outcome, a game to be played as long and in as involved a fashion as the paying client is able or prepared to afford. District Judge Snow practised firm case management in this case. He was absolutely right to do so. Other courts faced with this kind of approach must do the same, whether the court is constituted by a professional district judge or by lay magistrates. Courts must consider the Criminal Procedure Rules, which are there to be employed actively so as to preclude game-playing and ensure that the courts only have to address real issues with some substance.”   (upholds/expands Cipriani)

Legal aid practitioners may refuse work if it threatens the viability of their firm, the Law Society has said. The advice appears in a practice note published this month reminding solicitors that only duty work is obligatory.

McKenzie friends Court of appeal judgement, with commentary in Gazette

LCCSA Summer Party July 7th at the Rotunda, Kings Place, York Way, N1

Tickets cost £25 for members /£35 for non-members and includes plentiful drink, food & music. See you there? To book tickets,  click on  link here:
The LCCSA European Conference will take place this year in Seville from Friday 6th October until Sunday 8th October 2017.

The price includes 2 night’s bed and breakfast at the HOTEL MELIÁ LOS LEBREROS, SEVILLE, pre- dinner drinks on Friday evening, plus a 3 course dinner on the Friday evening, at Restaurant La Lonja del Barranco (at El balcón), which has been kindly sponsored by FORENSIC EQUITY LTD.

It also includes a drinks party on Saturday Evening and a 2 day conference with Guest Speaker Professor David Ormerod, which has been kindly sponsored by GARDEN COURT CHAMBERS

Lawyer of the Month June –  Melanie Cooke

Mel is the leading expert on all football related law. her firm Football Law Associates is the go to place for Public order offences, Football Banning Orders, and more.

Send me nominations for July NOW!

A list of lawyers of the Year for 2016 is here, and here is a 2015 list,

Music A playlist Of SUNSHINE music here