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Posted by edelegal | 23 January 2018| Blog

In criminal law, we talk a lot about character, but mainly in the context of ‘bad character’, or previous convictions that the prosecution will try to put before a jury to persuade them of the defendant’s guilt. After all, if he’s done it before, he is more likely to have committed this crime too, is...

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Posted by edelegal | 17 January 2018| Blog

We are all aware that we live in a surveillance society. CCTV cameras can record our movements around large towns and cities, and many homes now have them installed for protection.   Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras take a snapshot of car number plates and can not only monitor average speed for road traffic enforcement...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 January 2018| Blog

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are never far from the news, mainly when the value is rising considerably. This week the price of a single bitcoin rose to a little over £10,000.   It is an odd ‘currency’, as it is not backed by any government, and certainly not by an underlying gold stock.   It...

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Posted by edelegal | 12 January 2018| Blog

Laws that criminalise unlawful violence date back to 1861 and are used every day in criminal courts to support prosecutions. Despite what might appear to be an obvious legal position, the question is often asked as to whether, despite those laws, it is permissible to ‘smack’ a child. The simple answer is that it is...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 January 2018| Blog

The government has announced that it intends to bring into force a number of provisions contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016. From 6 April 2018 the Act will allow local authorities to apply for a banning order where a landlord has been convicted of a ‘banning order offence.’ What is a banning order?...

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Posted by edelegal | 21 December 2017| Blog

In this article, we consider appeals against sentence from the Crown Court to the Court of Appeal. The appeal process can be complicated depending on the individual case, but here we outline the basics. Early Indications We ensure that all of our clients are given an early indication of the likely sentence range, depending on...

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Posted by edelegal | 21 December 2017| Blog

A great many people are subject to restraining orders made under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997. The orders are designed to protect people from harassment and are commonly made in so-called ‘domestic violence’ cases. However, life moves on, and it is quite common for old relationships to be re-established. If this happens before an...

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Posted by edelegal | 21 December 2017| Blog

If you were able to listen in to a conference between client and solicitor, you might hear an exchange a little like this one: ‘What am I looking at?’ ‘Around 12-15 months, suspended if you are very lucky.’ ‘Oh, I can live with that!’ ‘But there is something else?’ ‘What?’ ‘You are going to lose...

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Posted by edelegal | 21 December 2017| Blog

One of the most serious offences that can come before a court is ‘perverting the course of justice’, this is because it strikes at the very heart of the justice system. Due to its seriousness, immediate custody almost always follows, yet there are a surprising number of people who commit this offence, thinking that they...

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Posted by edelegal | 20 December 2017| Blog

As businesses prepare for Christmas, it is customary to inform clients of seasonal opening hours. For many, it will simply be a case of announcing the days on which the business will be closed, but for us, the position is a little more complicated than that. We close, but we don’t. You see, our offices...

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