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7CPD Criminal Defence Heavyweight Essential Update London Conference – Friday 14 October 2022



Venue opens: 9am – Course starts: 9:30am – Course ends: 4:30pm

We are delighted to announce that our annual Criminal Law Friends Essential Update Conference will be held at –

Sadler’s Wells
Lillian Bayliss Theatre
Friday 14th October 2022

Sadlers Wells Theatre

7CPD £75

Last year, one of our delegates described our ten year anniversary crime update as ” The best conference ever!”

We believe our current formula , with the very special individuals and teams on board , provides the best training in the business with a truly buzzing atmosphere for criminal defence lawyers to enjoy in a beautiful setting – Sadlers Wells. Here’s why…

Expect the brilliant Antony Bartholomeusz Great James Street Chambers to start the day on PACE Codes and Police Station Updates with a detailed legal aid and  duty solicitor focussed Magistrate and Crown Court development session to follow. The Great James Street crime team will also cover new offences ,new guidelines , key offences , sentencing updates ,and practice driven new criminal law in full.

In the middle of the courts developments section we are delighted to present Jo Sidhu KC leading silk from 25 Bedford Row and past chair of the Criminal Bar Association who will fully appraise us on “Crisis in the CJS – what price justice?” Delegates will get the up to the minute position on The Strike and all associated industry news.

The national specialist and go to person on Youth Justice right now is the uncopiable and truly marvellous Caroline Liggins who takes our stage once again for Youth Courts Updates. Her fellow and equally describable protest focussed lead solicitor colleague from the leading firm in that area is Laura O’Brien of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors London and we are delighted that she will speak for us again as well.

Kings Counsel (Scotland) extradition Barrister Fred Macintosh KC GJS will appraise us as to what to do at the European Arrest Warrant first hearing, while conference favourite Greg Foxsmith of Kingsley Napley “Independent Law Firm Of The Year” hits the bullseye on Regulatory Law – an increasingly important subject with an inimitable maestro presenter by whom this conference has always been humorously charmed and incisively appraised.

Our titanium plated Rolls Royce fraud set 2 Harcourt Buildings, of multiple high ranking with all the respected publishers , will present a fraud update with expert fraud Barrister Ed Franklin. Then, to finish this amazing day, we are delighted to host, from the Defence Specialists 25 Bedford Row our dear friend Colin Wells who will demonstrate how to maximise legal aid billing on your criminal case load. We have made a video about Colin’s 30 years as a Barrister and his recent diagnosis called Working with Parkinsons which will be distributed soon in our Unity in the Profession collection for you to watch, understand, and share.

We are absolutely thrilled that we can curate this diamond studded cast of criminal defence leaders and truly brilliant lawyers .Thank you for showing your support .We are very much looking forward to seeing you there on the day.

Training SeminarSpeakerOrganisation
PACE Code updateAntony Barthomeusz, Barrister,
Great James Street Chambers
Anthony BartholomeuszGreat James Street
Magistrates Court Solicitor, Duty Solicitor and Crown Court UpdateAntony Bartholomeusz, Barrister,
Great James Street Chambers
Anthony BartholomeuszGreat James Street
Crisis in the CJS: What Price for Justice?Jo Sidhu KC,
Barrister 25 Bedford Row
Past Chair Criminal Bar Association
Jo Sidhu KC25 Bedford Row
25 Criminal Bar Association
Key offences, new offences and sentencing updateGuest speaker, Barrister,
Great James Street Crime Team
BarristerGreat James Street
Youth Courts UpdateCaroline Liggins, Solicitor,
Hodge Jones Allen
Caroline LigginsHodge Jones Allen
Protest Law UpdateLaura O’Brien, Solicitor,
Hodge Jones Allen
Laura O'BrienHodge Jones Allen
Preparing for the Initial Hearing in Part 1 European Extradition CasesFred Mackintosh KC (Scot),
Great James Street
Fred MackintoshGreat James Street
Financial crime and fraudEdward Franklin, Barrister,
2 Harcourt Buildings
Edward Franklin2 Harcourt Buildings
Maximising Legal Aid BillingColin Wells, Barrister,
25 Bedford Row
Colin Wells25 Bedford Row
Regulatory LawGreg Foxsmith, Solicitor,
Kingsley Napley
Greg Foxsmith

Crime Teams

What past attendess say:

“Great range of topics delivered by a number of experts in their fields. Third time I’ve been to a CLFS conference and will attend again in the future” 100% score
Jim Skelsey, Partner, BSB Solicitors

“Excellent content. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to some excellent barristers who I have heard of but never met. Good to see them in person, it helps when I think of instructing them” 100% score
Anuf Ajaib, Whiterose Blackman

“The speakers were excellent and each of the topics covered were very relevant to current affairs and provided the most recent and relevant developments in the field. Very engaging and enjoyable experience” 100% score
Amy Richards, Paralegal, Carter Thomas Solicitors

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