“Midnight Charge” – a barrister’s loophole story

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAITIQK5lg?rel=0] So, I’ve been asked to tell you another “loophole” story. I was asked to defend a man who had been in a road traffic accident shortly after midnight. The accident had occurred in North London. There were quite …

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How to plead ‘Guilty’ by mobile phone

Over 500,000 people per annum are charged with committing summary only road traffic offences (ie matters triable only in the Magistrates’ Courts). The government’s new ‘Make a Plea’ service, which is being rolled out across the country this month, will …

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Drug Driving and the haulage industry

Drug Driving and the haulage industry The new law comes into force in England and Wales on 2.3.15. Should truckers be concerned? Prohibited Drugs If a driver has any one of a number of proscribed drugs in his bloodstream he …

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How to slash your legal fees (now that the solicitors’ monopoly of initial access to the public has ended)

Throughout the 20th century the public was prohibited from instructing barristers themselves; if they wanted to see a lawyer they were required to see a solicitor who, in turn, would instruct a barrister for the lay client only if he, …

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