Monthly Archives: July 2017


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Greg Foxsmith COURT AVAILABILITY   I am back from France, having cycled to Paris ( see below) This week I am in Birmingham-for future availability see

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BAME suspects face hostile justice – The report by David Lammy MP on race and the criminal justice system concludes the CJS discriminates against black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

The report makes some recommendations on how to fix this. Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white peers.  Lammy, writing in the Guardian, calls for urgent action to implement his recommendations.  As lawyers, we need to stand up and directly challenge discrimination. To stay silent is no longer good enough- as I argue in this new blog   See also this commentary in the Gazette.

There is an event for Lawyers to discuss Lammy and his report on the evening of Monday 2 October 2017 at Middle Temple Hall: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. It should last about an hour and will be followed by a short drinks reception afterwards. Details here

SEX In the offices of HJA on 20th September -details here

Preventing the criminalisation of children in care

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 6.30pm–8pm
at Garden Court Chambers, (57–60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields,)
Judy Khan QC, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Greg Foxsmith, defence solicitor and LCCSA Committee member
Dr Laura Janes, legal director, Howard League for Penal Reform
Claire Sands, youth justice researcher
Heather Thomas, family law solicitor, Creighton and Partners Solicitors
It is well established that children in care are more likely to be in or on the edge of the criminal justice system. Whilst criminal and family law processes can determine what happens to them, the two disciplines are fundamentally different in nature.
This session will explore how family, community care and crime practitioners can work together to help keep children out of the criminal justice system and to achieve better outcomes for them.
The Howard League will present its research and legal work as part of its two-year programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential children’s homes.
Reserve a place online at

The LCCSA European Conference takes place this year in Seville from Friday 6th October.  Ive booked-have you?!

Bike I cycled from London to Paris to raise money for Great Ormond St. Please sponsor me here!   Cycling playlist here

Flexible Working Hours -the pilot forced on us without consultation continues to attract criticism and opposition  Please ensure that if attending a “pilot” court (eg HCMC or Blackfriars) you are not pressured into attending an out of hours hearing. All defence lawyers are entitled to object if not convenient to your practice, your advocate or your client. Please feedback your experiences as the pilot progresses.

Lawyer of the Month (September) -Samira Noor-khan

Samira has left HJA after many years defending to join the CPS. She is a great lawyer and her departure is a loss to the defence community and a win for the CPS. Well done Samira- and good luck!

August’s lawyer of the month was Joy Merriam who has left London for Sheffield after 40 years of defence work here in the Capital. Good luck!

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