Quentin Hunt acts in Uber Prosecution

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..

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETYSUCCESS STORIESPRESS
Triple Success in Counterfeit case applications

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..

Categories:  SUCCESS STORIESPRESS
Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Conspiracy to Counterfeit £10 Notes

Categories:  FRAUDSUCCESS STORIESPRESS

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When do the lifestyle provisions apply in confiscation cases?

When do the lifestyle provisions apply in confiscation cases?

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been increasingly used to penalise defendants in all manner of cases in which many people would be surprised to find that POCA orders can be made

POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
A guide to the law on Rape

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
New health and safety rules for the self-employed

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

Categories:  HEALTH / SAFETY,   FAQs
Changing a guilty plea - a case study

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence. Part 2: Examining the tests

Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence. Part 2: Examining the tests

In this second article, we examine the tests to be applied by the police in more detail. Read further to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence Part 1: What is the law and what can I do?

Appeal against the revocation of a Shotgun Licence/ Refusal of a shotgun licence Part 1: What is the law and what can I do?

For many, a shotgun licence is very important to both their livelihood and their leisure. However, given the fact that the decision in respect of shotgun and firearms licences rests entirely in hands of the various chief constables around the country, read further to find out more..

POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
How Can I keep my driving licence? Special reasons arguments

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Unlawful Eviction and Harassment?

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Blackmail

Blackmail

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

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
Can I change a plea of guilty?

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

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
What do I do if I receive a Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 disclosure notice?

What do I do if I receive a Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 disclosure notice?

The Police and HMRC are increasingly using their powers under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to require information from innocent parties who are not accused of a criminal offence but who can be compelled by law to provide information whether they like it or not. Read further to find out more ..

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Categories:  CRIME,   FAQs
What to do if I am accused of VAT fraud?

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

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
Example of a VAT Fraud in Action

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

Categories:  FRAUD,   FAQs
What to do if I am summoned for driving without insurance?

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

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Death by Dangerous Driving

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

Categories:  CRIME,   ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is exceptional hardship?

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

Categories:  FAQs
When can a Court extend Custody Time Limits?

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

Categories:  FAQs
What is ‘totting’ penalty points?

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Driving while using a mobile Telephone. What are my options?

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Driving Without Due Care and Attention? What is Careless Driving?

What is Driving Without Due Care and Attention? What is Careless Driving?

Careless driving is defined as driving which falls below that of a prudent motorist. This is a relatively wide and woolly definition and allows for a large interpretation of what a prudent motorist would do.. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What is Dangerous driving?

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What sentence would I get for speeding?

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What are special reasons in drink driving cases? How can I apply for special reasons?

What are special reasons in drink driving cases? How can I apply for special reasons?

Special reasons allow you either reduce the level of your driving ban or to keep driving avoiding a ban altogether even after you have admitted or been convicted of an offence of drink driving. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What sentence would I receive for an offence of drink driving?

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

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Can I get someone else to take my penalty points?

Can I get someone else to take my penalty points?

NO!! This is a serious criminal offence- perverting the course of justice. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
What should I do if I receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

What should I do if I receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

If you receive a NIP you are legally obliged to disclose the identity of the driver of your vehicle at the time specified within 28 days. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Categories:  ROAD / TRAFFIC,   FAQs
Can I appeal from the Magistrates Court to the Crown Court?

Can I appeal from the Magistrates Court to the Crown Court?

Yes. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
How do I get a legal second opinion?

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

Categories:  FAQs
How can I change my Lawyers? How can I change my solicitors? How can I change my Barrister?

How can I change my Lawyers? How can I change my solicitors? How can I change my Barrister?

Many people are under the mistaken view that once they have chosen their lawyers then they are tied to them for the rest of their case or until their case finishes. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
How do I make a claim against the Police? What can I do if I have been wrongfully arrested?

How do I make a claim against the Police? What can I do if I have been wrongfully arrested?

You are entitled to make a claim against the police or any other detaining body if their actions are oppressive arbitrary or unconstitutional. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
What should I do if the Police are looking for me?

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

Categories:  FAQs
What are Custody Time Limits?

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

Categories:  FAQs
What is a Caution? What happens if I am not cautioned by the police?

What is a Caution? What happens if I am not cautioned by the police?

Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act the police must caution anyone they reasonably suspect of having committed a criminal offence before questioning them. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
What should I do if the police want to interview me?

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

Categories:  FAQs
Should I plead guilty or not guilty to a criminal offence?

Should I plead guilty or not guilty to a criminal offence?

Should I plead guilty or not guilty to a criminal offence? The question of guilt is not always as straightforward as it first seems. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, March 3, 2014

Categories:  FAQs
What is Abuse of Process?

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

Categories:  FAQs
What are offences that are triable either way? What is plea before venue?

What are offences that are triable either way? What is plea before venue?

What are offences that are triable either way? What is plea before venue? Either way offences are offences that can be heard in either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. Read this FAQ to find out more..

POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014

Categories:  FAQs