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October 2016 London Criminal Defence Conference

John Cooper QC and Paul Keleher QC of 25 Bedford Row Crime Team held the day with 500 Solicitors and Barristers attending a state-of-the-art London conference facility presenting a very strong programme jam packed with criminal defence action. This event received outstanding feedback from the community and was an exceptional conference

Also on the day we heard from a really exceptional spread of very prominent personnel granstanding the arena with their very high calibre talks .

We covered all new law  and the full spectrum of case progression updates with five information stalls and a packed venue

SRA compliant for 7CPD/CCC hours and 6CPD Hours accredited by the BSB

59 delegates from our last conferences rated us with a 100 percent feedback score
144 delegates from our last conferences rated us with an above 80 percent feedback score


With information stalls from Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group, Howard League for Penal Reform, Justice Gap/Justice Alliance Proof Magazine and ClicConnect, the following groups were involved in this conference

Alastair Gordon of Howard League for Penal Reform with an introductory presentation on this organisation, now in its 150th year

Richard Brigden Barrister at Garden Court North presented his effervescent seminars on Early case preparation, Police Station
Interviews and Magistrates Court advocacy skills and updates

Leslie Cuthbert HCA Immediate Past Chair SAHCA covered case theory as the foundation of trial advocacy in the Magistrates and Crown Court followed by a rapid fire advocacy session named “20 top advocacy tips in 20 minutes”.  SAHCA hosted a very successful post lunch advocacy breakout session which received phenomenal feedback.

Kate Aubrey-Johnson, Director of the Youth Justice Legal Centre, project of Just for Kids Law, is a Barrister at this ground breaking organisation revolutionising the approach to youth justice and she covered essential Youth Court advocacy

Paul Keleher QC of 25 Bedford Row.  Leading Criminal Barrister presented essential sentencing updates in this session.

John Cooper QC of 25 Bedford Row.  Leading Criminal and Civil Liberties barrister with over 30 years experience provided a comprehensive criminal law review and legislation update.

Anne Franc of Forensic Equity.  Drugs legislation, detection, analysis and valuation

Philip Boyce of Forensic Equity.  Gunshot Blood Pattern Analysis, Ballistics and Firearms legislation 5(a) and 5(b)

Rhona Friedman (Bindmans), Justice Alliance and Justice Gap committee member spoke on legal aid and the launch of PROOF Magazine.

Greg Foxsmith President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association closed the conference with a humorous and upbeat look at our industry from a President’s perspective.

28 October 2016