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Sentencing Council Guidelines Update

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 presents an update about the Sentencing Council Guidelines, covering various types of crime that have undergone changes in sentencing this year (2023). Towards the end of the presentation, he outlines relevant case law that has shaped sentencing with regards to intentional strangulation and sentencing children.

Key words/topics:

Sale of knives etc by retailers to persons under 18 – Criminal Justice Act 1988, s.141A
Child Cruelty – Children and Young Persons Act 1933, s1(1) and Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, s.5
Motoring Offences Overhaul
Totality
Animal Welfare Act 2006
Animal Cruelty
Witness Intimidation – Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, s.51(1) and s.51(2)
Perverting the Course of Justice – Common law
R v Cook [2023] EWCA Crim 452: Sentencing approach to intentional strangulation
R v Ahmed & Ors [2023] EWCA Crim 281