Specialist Counsel Training for the International Criminal Court in The Hague

I am delighted to have been accepted as an invitee on the 'training for counsel’ course for enlisted counsel who may be instructed to appear before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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Admission to the International Criminal Court List of Counsel


I am extremely honoured to have the opportunity to be admitted onto the International Criminal Court List of Counsel. Those entitled to legal assistance can choose counsel from this List, or another counsel who meets the criteria and is willing to be included in the List. The Counsel members can be called upon at any time to provide legal assistance in relation to proceedings before the Court to the persons concerned, whether as duty counsel, ad hoc counsel, defence counsel or as defendant’s legal representatives.

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Inns of Court Advocate's Gateway Conference: Access to Justice for Vulnerable People

I have just spent two days at the Inns of Court Advocate's Gateway Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable People, held at the Law Society headquarters in Chancery Lane, London.  The aims and objectives of the conference was to encourage development of a more profound understanding of national and international innovations in the area and to share and combine ideas with practitioners, intermediaries, researchers, academics; and judges from the UK and abroad.

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Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 - a positive step?

The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 contains special measures designed to allow witnesses to provide pre-recorded evidence in chief (for more detail, please see, Section 28, which is not yet in force, allows for cross and re-examination to also be pre-recorded.

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Criminal Law News Round-Up

April has proven a busy month in terms of criminal law news.  In particular, significant reforms to prisons and courts have been abandoned, the Council of Europe has raised serious concerns over the English prison system, and the Court of Appeal has examined the lawfulness of legal aid cuts.

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21 March 2019

Case of YZ (and A.N.other) 2019 EWCA CRIM 466 judgment handed down on 19 March 2019. Our client sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 6 years after entering guilty pleas for sexual assault of a child and the making and distribution of indecent image.