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Wondering if privately funded criminal defence was worth it?

By Martin Cray ON June 27, 2018

Listen to this BBC investigation before deciding.   Via bbc.co.uk

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The Realities of the crown prosecution services’ current disclosure crisis

By Martin Cray ON May 15, 2018

I hope you found the BBC programme about disclosure helpful. The extraordinary reality of every police and Magistrates’ Court case at the moment is that disclosure issues arise all the time. What that means in practice is that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service do not send you the documents, the evidence, that they are supposed…

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Sussex students demonstrate outstanding ability in criminal advocacy junior final

By Martin Cray ON May 9, 2018

First year law students at Sussex University demonstrated that the future of the legal profession is filled with outstanding talent when they competed in the Junior Criminal Advocacy final last night. Presented with two tricky sets of papers, the students made well considered bail applications confidently and effectively in front of a panel of judges…

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“Systemic Failures” in crown disclosure pose a real threat to your right to a fair trial

By Martin Cray ON May 2, 2018

Twice more this week we have seen criminal trials collapse as a result of woeful breaches of disclosure from the Police, HMRC and the Crown prosecution Service. The defendant in the below article faced 3 – 6 years in prison before his trial for VAT fraud collapsed once evidence that should have been disclosed was…

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What to do if the police want to talk to you

By Martin Cray ON May 17, 2017

When this happens it can be a tremendous shock, whatever the circumstances. The most important thing to realise is that is not an everyday event and your “conversation” with the police will not be ordinary. The reason the police want to talk to you is very formal and very far from an everyday discussion that…

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Where there’s a Will…

By Martin Cray ON November 1, 2016

It must be the most commonly used title for articles and blog posts about wills and probate, but here the cliche is apt. There are all sorts of clever things lawyers can do in relation to estate planning and succession, but often overlooked by clients is one of the simplest: where is the will? Who…

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What is a zombie knife and why were they banned?

By Martin Cray ON August 18, 2016

As of Thursday the 18th of August 2016 “zombie knives” will be banned in the United Kingdom following amendments to the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Zombie knives are ornate blades which are regularly printed with images or words which glamorise violence. The ban prohibits the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of the blades. The Home…

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The Tobacco Products Directive 2016 – Electronic Cigarettes

By Martin Cray ON April 28, 2016

Back in 2001, the first EU Tobacco Products Directive was released as a mechanism to reduce tobacco usage across Europe and ensure accountability within the industry. Until very recently, electronic cigarettes have fallen outside the mischief of the TPD in terms of regulation and restrictions. However, revisions have been made and will manifest themselves in…

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Biological GBH – A Duty to Disclose?



By Martin Cray ON February 25, 2016

The law is a force dictated by social persuasion: a change in society calls for the law to catch up accordingly. With advancements in medicine and an increased awareness of the risks surrounding sexual health, the Law Commission has been prompted to release a consultation paper considering the need to include transmission of infection under…

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R v O’Leary [2015] EWCA Crim 1306: Case comment

By Martin Cray ON January 6, 2016

Hate crime is a sensitive area of the criminal law set up in England and wales. As an elevated category of offences, statute reflects the notion that hate crimes ‘hurt more’. Until recently there has been confusion within procedural law where a criminal charge has been raised, such as unlawful wounding, but not the elevated…

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