Ludicrous Grad Fee Appeal

Part I of a (sadly all too) occasional series. What nonsense can the LAA come up with to refuse paying you? This is the worse one I had. I took a photo, but can’t find it sadly… It was a four day trial, followed by a five day re-trial after the jury couldn’t agree. I…

Police Officers and juries – an update

      Introduction  Just call my Mystic Meg – back in November 2012 I confidently predicted that the ECHR would hold that police officers would not be permitted to sit on juries. Since then we’ve waited for a decision. And waited some more, and then finally on 9th December 2014 the case of Armstrong…

A conversation with the Lord Chief Justice

Introduction Not me, of course. I’ve been in Court in front of him once, but that couldn’t really have been described as a dialogue, let alone a conversation. The LSE have greater clout than I however and managed to persuade Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd to come and have a chat with Cranston J in front of a…

Full ruling in the NCA Fraud fiasco

Introduction Last week, 2nd December 2014, HHJ Joseph QC stayed an NCA prosecution at the Old Bailey, getting quite a lot of media attention. The case was shocking, quite frankly, and almost beggars belief. If you are a Tory with access to the high command, your christmas present to me could be to staple a…

One Rule for You…..

Originally posted on A view from the North:
A busy PCMH list. The case of Regina v Neerdowell is called on before Her Honour Judge Potts-Puntahs. Mr Harry Charles Andrews prosecutes and Miss Fi Owen defends. The Court Clerk: Are you Richard Neerdowell? Def: Yes, miss. The Court Clerk: Thank you, sit down. Miss Owen:…