Self driving cars and the law - more problems than answers
The UK Government has announced its intention to trial driverless cars on Britain’s roads by the end of 2019. But, says Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt, the question of legislating for the safe use of autonomous vehicles combines legal, philosophical and economic problems in a way that the law has not had to deal with in living memory.
POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Forgery, Using a False Instrument, Possessing a False Instrument
Quentin has represented individuals who have ranged from master forgers who have created millions of pounds’ worth of forged currencies through to those who have changed dates on official documents for seemingly pointless motives. Find out more about the law in regards to forgery and false instruments.
POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
GDPR six months on
This week marks the six-month anniversary since the General Data Protection Regulations took effect. Quentin takes a look back over this time to see whats changed.
POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2018
s172 Planning enforcement notices
What do you do if I have been served with a planning enforcement notice? What are the consequences of non compliance with a planning enforcement notice? Quentin reveals all.
POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2018
What Are The Requirements Of The New HMO Regulations
It is an offence to let a HMO without a licence. If you do so, the Local Housing Authority will have two options. The first will be to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 under section 249A of the Housing Act 2004. The other option open to the Local Housing Authority is to pursue a prosecution against you under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.
POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2018
Success in Vacation of Plea application
If you have entered a plea of Guilty and feel that you were not truly admitting your guilt or that there was a problem in the procedure leading up to the entering of the plea you may have ground to vacate your guilty plea.
POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Success in significant financial reduction in Proceeds of Crime Act case
Quentin put forward a good defence to the claim by the prosecution leading to the prosecution entering into negotiation with the defence and eventually brokering a settlement on behalf of his client of £141,000, an enormous reduction from the £1.12M initially claimed.
POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Quentin achieves Not Guilty result in ‘cut throat’ car crash case
Quentin robustly defended his client and conducted vigorous cross examination of the co-defendant highlighting her excess speed, poor driving and inconsistent accounts. The Court heard all the evidence and delivered a verdict of Not Guilty for Quentin’s client and a Guilty verdict in respect of the other driver.
POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Perverting the course of justice
Defendants who are otherwise law abiding people get caught out telling stupid lies to the Police and Courts without realising the dire consequences of getting caught.
POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2018
New Test of Dishonesty
In the New Test of Dishonesty the defendant can no longer use his own standards or what he understands the standards of society to be as a defence.
POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2018
Unexplained Wealth Orders explained
The Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) is a tool designed to help enforcement agencies tackle the longstanding issue of unexplained wealth in the UK. This has been recently highlighted in the media in recent press articles and fictionalised television series such as McMafia.
POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2018