Freelance Advocacy Services: News and Advocacy Availability

COURT AVAILABILITY– I am currently not accepting instructions on legal aid Crown Court cases where Legal aid was granted after 1st April. As a result I have a lot of availability! see http://www.freelanceadvocacyservices.uk/A reminder that I am still accepting work in legal aid crown court case where legal aid pre-dates 1st April, private cases, Mags Court, police stations, and regulatory cases. Book via gregfoxsmith@msn.com  

NEWS

London Legal Walk -tonight! I’m walking with the Howard league -please consider sponsoring the team here

Charter for Justice- what happens next? NEW BLOG

A “day at Highbury Court” as reported in the Gazette. A good account of a typical day, although no reference to the touting activities that Highbury Court is infamous for. Also mentions the lack of lock on the door of advocates room that Defence lawyers have been raising with the Court service without success for over 4 years…

Crack-down on homelessness. Windsor council “moved on” homeless people before the royal wedding, whilst allowing people with homes to pitch tents and camp along the route of the procession. The Courts are increasingly dealing with homeless and vulnerable people more harshly than our Victorian forebears, as reported in the Guardian.

As duty solicitor earlier this year I represented somebody at City of Westminster Magistrates Court for sitting on a pavement. They had a criminal behaviour order that prohibited them from sitting on a pavement. The Met arrested them and CPS prosecuted them for sitting on a pavement.

A return to No Returns? From 25th May (protocol here)

Mental health crisis for stressed-out advocates

Court service job losses https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/may/02/6500-jobs-to-be-lost-in-modernisation-of-uk-courts

Charter for Justice launch film here.

Strike. Almost all counsel’s chambers on the South Eastern continue to decline instructions in new legal aid cases. So do I. Full list here. Law Society guidance for solicitors in cases where Advocates have declined to act in Crown Court matters has been updated-here. Judicial guidance here

100 miles. I will be attempting to cycle the Surrey 100 in July, and attempting to raise money-please consider sponsoring me 🚲 👍 https://www.justgiving.com/CyclingSurrey100

Lawyer of the month (May). Peter Fallen (Edward Fail solicitors)

Peter is a contemporary of mine from Edward Fail where we both trained. He is a great lawyer, calm steadfast and reliable, and someone held in the highest regard by his many clients, colleagues and friends.

Good luck to Peter and the EFBW team in the new premises!) From 21 May 2018 we will be located at Bank Chambers, 662-664 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E14 7HA)