Ten years old! Covid laws prevented us from running our conferences for a couple of rounds but coming out of lockdown allowed us to present a full spectrum of Criminal Law updates for our 10-year birthday. Pulling out all the stops, our delegates referred to this event as “The best one ever!”
With sinister new restrictions on civil liberties and advancing police powers on the way, we started with leading protest firm Hodge Jones & Allen and lead Solicitor Laura O’Brien to run us through recent protests such as XR, HS2 and game-changing case law (Ziegler).
Caroline Liggins, LALY finalist, specialist youth lawyer and chair of the YPA, also of HJA, gave us a thorough update on youth courts.
Great James Street Chamber’s Antony Bartholomeusz gave an essential update on police stations, magistrates and crown courts over the last 24 months, bringing us right up to the minute with all the latest developments.
33 Bedford Row Barrister and District Judge Nermine Abdul Sayeed gave an exemplary presentation on Knife Crime Prevention Orders and accompanying her Jennifer Brenton spoke on Admisssibility of Single Competent Authority Decisions in Modern Slavery Cases Section 45 and thereafter Social Media Offences.
Many asked for a session on billing, so old favourite Colin Wells at 25 Bedford Row stepped up and presented on Legal Aid Billing and Appeal Costs followed by Greg Foxsmith of Kingsley Napley on regulatory crime, a viable income stream for any firm.
Rahman Ravelli Solicitors Josie Welland (Female Fraud Forum) gave a superb fraud and financial crime update before we finished with the world’s number one extradition lawyer Karen Todner of Karen Todner Limited who hosted her Extradition World Tour with Supreme Court impressario Alun Jones QC of Great James Street Chambers. We have the King and Queen of Extradition Law to finish off a truly brilliant day and Karen carried the celebratory balloons to the bar for us to wind down afterwards with drinks sponsored very kindly by Great James Street Chambers and 33 Bedford Row.