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25 Bedford Row Statement: Suspension of Jury Trials

25 Bedford Row wishes to declare its fundamental opposition to the possible suspension of trial by jury for either way offences. Whether to be substituted with trial by judge alone, or trial by judge and two magistrates, we voice our objection in the...

POCA Success: No Criminal Lifestyle Results in £32K Reduction

Leon Lynch was instructed by David Bloom & Eleanor Myers of Sonn Macmillan Walker in this matter. In 2019, our client pleaded guilty to producing cannabis. After a fact-finding hearing, the Court accepted that it could not be sure that he was...

Simon Pentol QC Examines How Football Struggles to Reconcile its Own Laws with On-Field Political Expression.

Legally, it’s a thin line between…… Football and Politics. As part of the universal condemnation of the outrageous killing by police in Minneapolis of George Floyd, there have been wide-ranging displays of protest and solidarity from...

Paul Lazarus Reviews Gradual Reopening of Courts During the Pandemic

During the pandemic, the courts have fallen into three categories, namely suspended (completely closed), staffed (staff and judges working from these buildings but closed to the public) and open (open to the public for essential face to face hearings). In...

What it's like being a Black Lawyer in the UK today

Abimbola Johnson 's article published in Elle magazine today provides an interesting and eye-opening account of what it is like to be a Black criminal defence barrister in 2020. Throughout the article, Abi explains how her experience as a...

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