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Strange Keyphrases

June 15th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

At various times throughout the year I take a look at the statistics for the firm's website to see what keywords or phrases are used by people who subsequently visit the site. Whilst most of them make total sense, such as "section 215 notice", there ... continue reading...


The Importance of Timely Legal Advice

April 20th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

We often have prospective clients approach us for advice after commencing legal proceedings or where they have received decisions adverse to them and they wish to challenge those decisions further, such as planning and enforcement appeals. Invariabl ... continue reading...


The Importance of Time

April 19th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Once again the importance of getting your dates right when dealing with court cases (or indeed any statutory appeal) is brought to the fore with the press reporting of the Government's latest attempts to deport Abu Qatada. You've probably read the r ... continue reading...


New Sentencing Council Guidelines - Allocation of Cases

March 6th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The Sentencing Council has published definitive guidelines on the allocation of cases. The guidelines will come into effect on 11 June 2012. Allocation concerns the decision of a Magistrates' Court as to whether it is appropriate that an offence whi ... continue reading...


Novel approach to sentencing?

November 5th, 2010 by Louise Humphreys

On 3 November, Reading Magistrates' Court ordered a man who had admitted stealing a bottle of wine to spend the rest of the day sat at the back of the Court. A novel approach to sentencing, although whether this was punative must surely have depended ... continue reading...


Bizarre calls to local authorities

August 27th, 2010 by Louise Humphreys

The Local Government Association has released a list of odd, strange and downright bizarre calls made to councils. From their top ten, here's my top five: "Can I register the death of a person even though they aren't dead yet?" "I've heard there ... continue reading...