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Criminal Law Update 2023

Speaker: Adam Smith
Chambers: Great James Street Chambers

Adam has an extensive practice focused on criminal, extradition and public law. Adam has a busy criminal practice appearing in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. His regular criminal practice has given him extensive exposure to new legal areas; a proving ground in which he has shown his ability to get to grips with difficult legal matters in a short space of time and communicate clear advice to his clients.

Adam begins this detailed update in this presentation by outlining new criminal offences. He outlines potential defences available to lawyers working with these cases, as well as the range of penalties available to the courts when sentencing those convicted of such offences. This includes new protest offences, firearms offences, national security offences, and sex-based harassment offences.

Key words/topics:

New offences update
Locking on
Protest
Public Order Act
Serious Disruption
Tunnelling
Obstruction of Major Transport Works
Reasonable excuse
Interference with use or operation of key national infrastructure
Interference with access to or provision of abortion services
Firearms Act 2023
Possessing component parts of ammunition with intent to manufacture
National Security Act 2023
Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Act 2023