News

  • 02 Mar 2018

    Is it legal to smack a child

    There has been recent news report of changes to the law in relation to chastisement of children. Burton Copeland explains the current position and what you need to know about the laws which are dependant upon where you are in the UK.
  • 29 Jan 2018

    Attorney General Confirms What We Suspected About Police Failings in Disclosure

    Our Jonathan Wall comments on the recently reported disclosure issues in light of the Attorney General's comments on the failings of the police and CPS.
  • 25 Jan 2018

    TWOC and vehicle theft Burton Copeland explain the difference

    Our Liz Ridgeway explains the difference between taking a vehicle without consent of the owner and theft of a vehicle and dispels some of the common myths.
  • 16 Jan 2018

    Another rape case collapses due to lack of disclosure by police.

    Last month, two high profile rape cases collapsed and another ended in acquittal yesterday after police and prosecutors failed in disclosing evidence undermining the prosecution claims.
  • 16 Jan 2018

    Section 22 proceeds of crime act - is it fair

    Over 15 years have elapsed since the implementation of the Proceeds of Crime Act. Burton Copeland looks in particular at section 22 as we are seeing more an more applications by the prosecution to confiscate monies that you have obtained many years after you thought the POCA proceedings have ended and answering the question, does POCA ever go away.
  • 15 Jan 2018

    BBC's Trust Me - could it really happen

    Last years BBC drama saw Dr Alison Sutton AKA Cath Hardacre assuming her friends identity and masquerading as a senior doctor. Burton Copeland looks at whether this could actually happen in rela life and what measures are in place to try to prevent it.
  • 12 Jan 2018

    Could The Use Of Videolinks In Court Have An Impact On Defendants’ Rights?

    Video-conferencing threatens defendants’ rights and undermines trust in the justice system, says a report on the government’s push for virtual court hearings.
  • 11 Jan 2018

    3 Reasons You Should Never Represent Yourself In Court

    Representing yourself in court can seem like an effective way to save money on legal costs, and if you’re innocent of the crime you’ve been accused of, you may not see the need for legal representation.
  • 10 Jan 2018

    NMC amend English language requirements for overseas qualified nurses and midwives

    As many nurses and midwives practising in the UK are aware, fitness to practise can be found to be impaired due to: Misconduct, Lack of competence, A conviction or caution for a criminal offence, Physical or mental health. A finding by another healthcare regulator or licensing body that fitness to practise is impaired.
  • 10 Jan 2018

    When does a friendly chat with the police turn into something more sinister?

    We’ve all seen police crime dramas on TV where officers invite people to the police station for an informal or friendly chat only to trick them into saying far more than they would have liked. But what happens in reality, can that friendly chat turn into something else and what are your rights. We explain all.