General & Serious Crime
Anyone who is the subject of a criminal investigation is entitled to proper advice and representation. Whatever the allegation, simple theft to armed robbery to large scale fraud, corruption to conspiracy, assault to murder, whether it be heard in the Youth, Magistrates or Crown Courts or even the Appeal Court or the House of Lords, we offer support, advice and positive, professional representation.
Having acted in a number of nationally reported cases we have developed a pre-eminence in cases involving allegations of shaken baby syndrome, sudden infant death and other specialist areas of expertise including Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOS).
We are accredited by the Legal Aid Agency to conduct Very High Cost Cases.
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The controversial issue over the amount of force permitted by law for householders to apply when defending their own homes or property from Intruders is back in the media spotlight. Following the Justice Secretary’s proposal to allow householders to deploy “disproportionate” force when defending their homes or property. They must have believed the force was reasonable at the time but, with hindsight, was actually disproportionate. This would require a substantial review of the established law of self defence which permits “reasonable and proportionate” force to be used, depending on the circumstances of each situation. The proposal remains in its infancy and any future consultation will inevitably present conflicting viewpoints
Following recent unsafe convictions, re-trails and concerns raised in the Court of Appeal in relation to flawed forensic evidence, Burton Copeland have established a dedicated unit with the necessary expertise to deal with any potential appeals, re-trials and challenges against forensic evidence, commissioned by the Crown.
Partner Mike Rainford considers there are real concerns about the reliability of so-called expert evidence in serious criminal trials which has and could lead to further miscarriages of justice.
A large fine of £385,000 has been imposed on a small company found guilty of corporate manslaughter and is the first conviction under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which came in to force in April 2008. Our track record in similar cases means that we are able to provide guidance and effective representation to companies and individuals affected by any investigation or prosecution. For an initial free consultation firstname.lastname@example.org
There is ever increasing debate and uncertainty surrounding the emotive subject of assisted suicides. Expert guidance can be provided on the guidelines of the Director of Public Prosecutions.