Breach of s33 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Section 33 is one of the most prosecuted offences under the of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it covers all manner of depositing of waste from small scale ‘fly tipping’ to industrial scale waste disposal.
POSTED: Friday, March 2, 2018
Dramatic rise in recorded rape cases explained
As the black cab rapist John Worboys case continues to navigate the legal system, Quentin takes a look at the way in which significant changes in police and Crown Prosecution Service guidance have had a dramatic impact on the number of recorded cases.
POSTED: Monday, February 26, 2018
Success in Shotgun Licence Appeal
As a result of the strong arguments put forward by Quentin at an appeal hearing at Birmingham Crown Court the Police indicated that they were not going to resist the appeal. The appeal was therefore successful.
POSTED: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Court of Appeal reduces sentence by half in Fraud case success
Following oral submissions by Quentin the appeal was allowed by the Court. The sentence of 24 months imprisonment was reduced by half to one of 12 months. This meant that VP was eligible for release on a home detention curfew tag the week after the hearing in the Court of Appeal.
POSTED: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Quentin sets legal precedent at the High Court in Planning Enforcement Guilty Plea hearing
Quentin analysed their case and discovered that there was a material problem with the procedure that had been followed at the guilty plea hearing in the Magistrates Court. As a result of Quentin’s representation the matter was therefore remitted to the City of Westminster Magistrates Court where the defendants indicated Not Guilty pleas and elected for the matter to be sent to the Southwark Crown Court for trial.
POSTED: Monday, July 10, 2017
A Guide to Boiler Room Fraud
Quentin looks at common characteristics between 'boiler room' fraud cases and provides some important insights about the operation of the law in this area
POSTED: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Am I guilty of fraud?
what can I do if I am accused of fraud and what are the defences to fraud charges?
POSTED: Friday, March 17, 2017
Quentin gains success for client in Nightclub assault case
Quentin represented AC, a student at Newcastle University who was accused of two counts of assault. Following under 10 minutes of deliberation the Court returned a Not Guilty verdict, AC was acquitted and was awarded costs
POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Motor trader keeps his driving licence after successful appeal
Quentin represented Mr RC, a successful trader of prestige and high performance cars in respect of an appeal against a conviction for failure to provide driver’s details contrary to s172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Guilty verdict in successful Private Prosecution
Due to instructing Quentin Hunt and instituting a private prosecution Mr B secured justice in respect of an important breach of his privacy and the compromise of his divorce proceedings.
POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2016
No Further Action taken in Voyeurism case
Following a lengthy investigation, the police made a decision to take No Further Action against WS. This meant that he was released from bail and would face no charges and would have no criminal record, caution or adverse record against his name.
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
A guide to the law on Rape
This article examines the elements of the offence of Rape, possible rape defences and the current state of the law; it cannot hope to be definitive but should serve as a good layman’s guide to the law.
POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2016
This article will consider the legal definition of sexual assault, what must be proven for there to be a conviction, and what you should do if you have been accused of sexual assault.
POSTED: Monday, June 27, 2016
Taking children out of school during term time? A Criminal Barrister's view.
The question of the legality of taking children out of school without permission has been a hot topic in the news and on the internet recently. As a result, I have been both amused and dismayed to see quite a lot of misinformation and dubious ‘facts’ being portrayed as the state of the law.
POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2016
This article will consider the offence of unlawful eviction set out in section 1 of the Protection From Eviction Act 1977.
POSTED: Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Real Cost of Legal Aid
Should you find yourself facing a criminal matter it is vital that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Quentin answers many questions about Legal Aid for when a person is charged with a criminal offence.
POSTED: Monday, January 18, 2016
How couples can protect their assets in confiscation proceedings
How can couples protect their assets in confiscation proceedings, how can a partner protect their interests in confiscation proceedings and when should a partner assert interest in Confiscation proceedings? Confiscation or enforcement?
POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
How to avoid a prison sentence
This article explores the sentencing regime and the ways in which the risk of immediate custody can be reduced therefore answering the question of ‘How can I avoid a custodial sentence?’
POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2015
Personal liability of directors for criminal offences
This article will explore the general principles of personal liability of directors for criminal offences and examine what I have found to be the most common examples of such liability coming before the criminal courts
POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Social Media Crime - prosecutions for use
There is an increasing trend towards prosecuting individuals for their online activity from Internet ‘trolls’ to the increasing reports of ‘revenge porn’
POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Direct Access Litigation Qualified Barrister
Although there are many direct access qualified barristers only a very small minority of those at the Bar are qualified to conduct litigation. This can have an enormous effect upon the conduct of your case.
POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2015
New health and safety rules for the self-employed
Quentin Hunt, barrister at 2 Bedford Row and a member of the Attorney General's 'A List' of approved advocates for health and safety and regulatory work, explains what changes will mean in practice.
POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Not guilty verdict in harassment case
A Not Guilty verdict was essential to TL as she works within the legal industry and could not have a conviction recorded against her name. She described the result as ‘Amazing… fantastic’.
POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Not guilty verdict in knifing case
Quentin represented a Miss SM who was accused of cutting her partner’s neck with a kitchen knife during a domestic incident in Chichester
POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2015
Changes to the Drink Driving Law
Recently the government has introduced new legislation that fundamentally changes the requirements under drink driving law.
POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015
Quentin ensures acquittal in offensive weapon trial
Quentin represented Miss RM, a commodities trader who stood accused of possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of assault. RM attended a meeting of Haringey Justice for Palestinians where a protest took place.
POSTED: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Driving case victory
Quentin represented Mr FS, a man of good character who was charged with careless driving. He was accused of striking a man with his car on a pavement in Soho on a Saturday night.
POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Guilty plea vacation success
Quentin represented AB before the Snaresbrook Crown Court in respect of an application to vacate a guilty plea.
POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Changing a guilty plea - a case study
Changing a Guilty plea is not an easy exercise. The Court of Appeal has stated on a number of occasions that ‘the cases must be comparatively rare where it would be proper to allow a change of plea’. This case study discusses the issues.
POSTED: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Obtaining Bail in Criminal Proceedings
One of the most frequent concerns of defendants in criminal proceedings are: Will I get bail? or How do I get bail? With trial waiting lists in many Courts stretching to absurd lengths many defendants are rightly concerned that they do not await their trial in Custody. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015
Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 introduced an offence of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving; this came into force on 3rd December 2012. As always it has taken a long time for the Police and CPS to start using the offence on a regular basis but we are now seeing the offence being prosecuted with some vigour. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
According to Home Office Statistics the offence of Criminal Damage is one of the top ten most prosecuted crimes in the United Kingdom. It is also one of the most frequently abused by way of prosecutions being brought against individuals in circumstances where no offence has been committed. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2015
Sentencing success in Dangerous Driving case
Quentin represented KS who pleaded guilty to a count of Dangerous Driving. Mr S was driving his sports car at speed on a singe carriageway A road in Hertfordshire when he overtook a car on a blind corner on a stretch of road with double white lines. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
How Can I keep my driving licence? Special reasons arguments
In many driving cases people commit offences in circumstances that are really not their fault. This stems from the fact that the vast majority of driving offences are what lawyers call ‘strict liability’ offences. This means that you are guilty whether or not you actually meant to commit the offence. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
What is Unlawful Eviction and Harassment?
Local authorities are becoming increasingly trigger-happy in respect of landlord and tenant prosecutions. Such prosecutions can occur when there is a dispute with a tenant over the circumstances of their leaving a property. Often such disputes can be the word of one party against the word of another. As such it is essential that a landlord or other party accused of such an offence gain specialist legal advice if being either investigated or prosecuted. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015
Not Guilty Verdicts in Large Scale Investment Fraud case
Quentin appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on behalf of KA a company director who was due to stand trial on an indictment containing five counts of Fraud. The case revolved around the trade in financial instruments and Commercial Mortgage Obligations to the value of over €57,000,000 in Northern Europe and South America. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Blackmail is an offence under section 21 Theft Act 1968. It is a serious offence and is tried only in the Crown Court before a judge and a jury. The maximum penalty on conviction is 14 years’ imprisonment. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications
Quentin recently appeared in the Birmingham Crown Court on behalf of RK, a man convicted of producing high quality forgeries of Bank of England £10 notes. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015
Serious Crime Prevention Orders
The Courts have recently seen a marked increase in prosecution applications for Serious Crime Prevention Orders especially in cases prosecuted by HMRC and the NCA. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015
Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution
Quentin Hunt acting on behalf of Transport For London has concluded the successful prosecution of the controversial App based Private Hire Vehicle Operator Uber for road traffic offences. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Special Procedure Production Orders - How practice has not caught up with the law
Applications for special procedure production orders are some of the most common applications before the Crown Court. Many Crown Courts will hear a few applications in a 9:30am list before trials or case management hearings and each numbered application can contain any number of substantive sub-applications against different institutions. Most applications for special production orders are not opposed as they are made as against financial or other institutions who will not produce material without such an order and will not oppose the order being sought.
POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Fraud Trial Success
Quentin appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on behalf of SP, a University student accused of perpetuating a large scale eBay Fraud involving the cloning of credit cards and the misuse of Transport For London Oyster Cards. Following the close of the prosecution case Quentin argued that the case on the first and most serious count on the indictment should be withdrawn from the jury. The judge agreed and the count was withdrawn from the jury and a Not Guilty verdict was entered on her behalf.
POSTED: Monday, December 1, 2014
Health and Safety Sentencing Success
Quentin appeared on behalf of FA who had been the Principal Contractor on a large scale commercial building project in South East London. Following the collapse of a structure at the site a 92 year old woman suffered near fatal injuries. The defendant pleaded guilty to an offence under regulation 28(2) of the Construction (Design and Management ) Regulations 2007.
POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Court of Appeal Victory
Quentin appeared in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, instructed by Stokoe Partnership Solicitors on behalf of FI who had been convicted of a s47 ABH offence. Quentin successfully submitted that the judge had misapplied the relevant sentencing guidelines and the sentence was reduced in length by six months.
POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014
VAT Fraud and Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud, MTIC Fraud
VAT fraud is big business. How big? Well it is very difficult to estimate the exact amount of money that is defrauded but the case of Federation of Technological Industries estimated that in 2002-03 the cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer was between £1.65 and £2.64 billion. By 2005-6 an EU think tank estimated that this figure had increased to some £10 billion. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014
An Example of a Typical Driving Case Study
Mr N was arrested on a Friday evening just outside Manchester. Two police officers on foot stopped him in his work van in a car park outside a fish and chip shop; the police had received a tip off. He was taken to the police station where he was subject to the breath test procedure and was found to be considerably over the drink drive limit. He was arrested and charged with drink driving. Mr N travelled all over the UK with his work and needed his licence for his work; he knew that if he lost his licence he would lose his job and his livelihood. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014
Can I change a plea of guilty?
Changes to the criminal justice system of late have been very much focussed on encouraging defendants to plead guilty. ‘Early guilty plea’ schemes have been rolled out across the country and a full discount for pleading guilty is only available if the plea is entered at the first opportunity, often before the evidence has been served by the prosecution in proper and full form. Read further to find out more ..
POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Fraud by failing to disclose information
Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 relates to the offence of failing to disclose information. The offence is wide ranging and can cover a number of circumstances.
An example would be where a person makes an insurance claim for a ring that they believed had been stolen. They report this to their insurance company and make a claim. They subsequently receive an insurance payout of £15,000 for the ring. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014
What to do if I am accused of VAT fraud?
If you are being investigated or have been charged with an offence of VAT fraud it is essential that you seek specialist legal representation at an early stage. How the matter is conducted from the outset will shape the course of the case against you. Read further to find out more ..
POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014
Example of a VAT Fraud in Action
If you are being investigated or have been charged with an offence of VAT fraud it is essential that you seek specialist legal representation at an early stage. How the matter is conducted from the outset will shape the course of the case against you. Careful consideration of the evidence is essential as well as an excellent working knowledge of this sort of case and experience in dealing with HMRC and the CPS. Read further to find out more ..
POSTED: Friday, October 3, 2014
Cautionary tale about having someone else take your penalty points
Taking penalty points is a serious criminal offence and perverting the course of justice. It was all over the news a short while ago. But now the convictions of Chris Huhne and Vicky Price for perverting the course of justice have faded in time and are no longer in the public consciousness the courts are once again seeing the return of people accused of perverting the course of justice due to others ‘taking their points’. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014
Witness intimidation is a serious offence and a conviction for the offence will, unless the offence is fleeting and in the heat of the moment, there is a high likelihood that any convicted defendant will end up with a sentence of imprisonment unless handled with the utmost skill and judgement. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Success in Work at Height Regulations trial
Quentin acted in the case of the Health and Safety Executive v Mark Hayes, a trial at Southwark Crown Court. The case centred around an allegation of a breach of the defendant's duties under Regulation 4 of the Work At Height Regulations 2005 in respect of scaffolding works. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014
What to do if I am summoned for driving without insurance?
What to do if I am summonsed for driving without insurance?
It is a criminal offence for a person to “use” a motor vehicle on a road or “cause” or “permit” any other person to use it on a road while uninsured.
These offences can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court and are typically punishable with a fine and the imposition of between 6 and 8 penalty points on your licence or a disqualification from driving. Despite the fact that these are “summary only” offences that can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court, they are treated seriously..
Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Death by Dangerous Driving
Causing death by dangerous driving is the most serious driving offence that you can be prosecuted for. If you are being investigated for this offence, have been charged or are under suspicion it is essential that you get legal representation. The representation you will require will need to be not just a ‘criminal’ lawyer but a lawyer with specialism in Road Traffic Offences.
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014
Housing Fraud acquittal
G O-M was a lady with no previous convictions accused of a fraud carried out upon the London Borough of Southwark. Mr Hunt's client had maintained her innocence throughout. The matter related to a large investigation into housing fraud where an employee of Southwark Council had already pleaded guilty to various offences. Read more..
POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
What is exceptional hardship?
Disqualification is generally compulsory. However, if you are able to persuade the court that there would be exceptional hardship amounting if you lose your licence they may allow you to keep your licence despite the fact that you have 12 penalty points or more..
POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Success in 'Asian Grooming Ring' trial
SH, an Asian male of good character was accused along with 17 others of being part of ‘Operation Bromelia’ a well publicised investigation into an alleged ‘ring’ of Asian males accused of sexual offences committed against young women in the Coventry area, Read more..
POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014
Update on Financial Penalties for Motorway Offences
Government is currently considering a formal discussion to propose some changes on the legislations for the traffic offenders. According to BBC, drivers who speed on motorways could face a fine up to £10,000 under new proposals for England and Wales. Read this to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Fraud Act 2006
If you have been accused of an Offence of Fraud you will need to consult a specialist lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the options available to you. Fraud is a huge area of the law and a detailed summary if impossible in a short article however below is a basic summary of the law. Read this to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Possession of controlled drugs
What can you do if you are charged with possession of a controlled drug? Although the law is relatively strict in respect of possession of drugs there are many technical aspects of the law that can lead to a Not Guilty disposal. Early specialist legal advice is essential to see how the law applies to your case. Read this to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Drink Driving - You Could go to Prison
Everyone knows it's an offence to drive when you're over the limit, but not everyone knows that you can go to prison for the offence, and not everyone knows just how technical this area of law is. Having a good lawyer on your side who knows the area well can mean the difference between being found guilty and not guilty of the offence of drink driving. Read this to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
When can a Court extend Custody Time Limits?
CTLs shall not be extended unless the Prosecution can show good and sufficient cause and that they have acted with all due expedition. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014
What is ‘totting’ penalty points?
When a driver receives penalty point supon his licence he may continue to drive when the number of points remains below 12..Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, May 12, 2014
Driving while using a mobile Telephone. What are my options?
The offence of using a handheld mobile telephone while driving is punishable with a fine of £60 on a fixed penalty notice or up to £2500 on conviction as well as 3 penalty points endorsed upon your licence. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014
What is Dangerous driving?
Dangerous driving has been defined as driving in a manner which falls far below that of a competent and careful driver in circumstances Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014
What sentence would I get for speeding?
This will depend upon a number of factors, chiefly the level that you were above the speed limit. Penalties range from a three point licence endorsement to an immediate disqualification as well as a financial penalty. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
What sentence would I receive for an offence of drink driving?
This will depend upon the level of alcohol in your breath or blood. The minimum is a 12 month driving ban with accompanying fine for a first offence up to a maximum of a sentence of imprisonment starting at 12 weeks and a 3 year ban as a maximum. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
How do I get a legal second opinion?
Getting a legal second opinion is easy and quick and can provide you with the reassurance that you need if you suspect that the advice you have been given is either incomplete or incorrect. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014
Harassment Act 1997
The protection from Harassment Act 1997 was put in place to try to ensure that persons could operate free from serious harassment by others.
POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Drunk and Disorderly – CJA 1967 s. 91(1)
Drunk and Disorderly. If you are convicted of being drunk and disorderly in the magistrates’ court, you can receive a fine up to £1,000
POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
What should I do if the Police are looking for me?
If you are suspected of a criminal offence or suspected of being a witness to a criminal offence and the police are looking to question you there is rarely any benefit in trying to avoid them or going into hiding. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014
What are Custody Time Limits?
What are Custody Time Limits?
Custody time limits are the period of time in which a person may be remanded in custody awaiting trial. If a person is kept in custody their trial must be held within the custody time limit period. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Section 7 - Health and Safety at Work Act
Section 7 of the HSWA puts a duty upon employees to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts and omissions at work.
POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
What should I do if the police want to interview me?
What should I do if the police want to interview me?
Firstly you need to establish whether you are being interviewed as a witness to an offence or as a suspect. This will determine whether a ‘section 9 CJA’ witness statement will be taken from you whether the interview will be under caution and taped under the terms of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014
Drink Driving and Failure to Provide Breath for Analysis. An example of a typical bestcriminaldefencebarrister.com driving case. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014
What is Abuse of Process?
What is Abuse of Process?
The defence may at any stage in proceedings before a court make an application to the Court that the proceedings are an abuse of the process of the court. Read this FAQ to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014
Burglary Success at Woolwich Crown Court
POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sex Case Acquittals
Quentin represented a defendant in a large scale police investigation into sex offences including rape and human trafficking
POSTED: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Defence Case of Nursery Worker
Quentin acted on behalf of of KJ a nursery worker accused of being responsible for the death of a child in her care; the case formed the basis of the Channel 4 Dispatches Documentary ‘How Safe is Your Child’s Nursery’. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Fraud Defence Case of Former Bank Manager
DC who worked as a financial planning manager for HSBC was prosecuted for opening series of fraudulent mortgages, personal loans and secondary bank accounts. The case was covered by the Daily Mail. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012
Frank Lampard's Driving Ban Case
Frank Lampard was originally banned for 90 days for speeding on the A3 in Surrey after he drove at more than 90mph on the A3 in Surrey. Quentin Hunt has represented England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard on his speeding offence. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Defence Case of Former Playboy Model
Louise Glover who is a former Playboy Model of the Year has been accused of assaulting Maxine Hardcastle (the daughter of 1980s musician Paul Hardcastle) in a nightclub toilet cubicle in a jealous row over her husband. Quentin Hunt pursued the defence case on behalf of Glover and the case was covered by the Telegraph. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010
'Britain's Largest Pharmaceutical Fraud' case
Quentin appeared for the defence in R v KM and others, a multi million pound counterfeit pharmaceutical conspiracy described by The Times as 'Britain's largest pharmaceutical fraud.' He successfully acted for Mr KM, a company director who was not convicted of the conspiracy, others including a defendant known as the 'King of Viagra' were convicted and imprisoned. Read more..
POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008
Famous Fraudster's Case
Quentin represented CJ on his fraud case accused of money laundering more than £6m through a complex tax fraud involving the apparent importation and exportation of mobile telephones between several EU states. The case was covered by BBC news and other national newspapers. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Saturday, October 4, 2008
Quentin acted on behalf of Sean Lynch
Quentin acted on behalf of Sean Lynch in respect of his confiscation proceedings, leading a junior Barrister Quentin was able to get the confiscation order lowered by many hundreds of thousands of pounds. Read further to find out more..
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2008