AREA OF LAW
Criminal Law | Advice & Advocacy
Most of our barristers have experience in Criminal Law. Our Barristers will undertake criminal matters on a privately funded basis only.
By way of example, a barrister who receive instructions directly from a lay client (public access) in a summary only motoring offence, can provide advice and advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court.
These cases are typically in relation such offences as careless driving, driving whilst disqualified or without appropriate insurance, speeding, failing to stop etc. They usually take varying forms;
- Single hearing – advice and/ or representation;
- Plea of guilty including special reasons and hardship mitigation and any sentencing;
- Not guilty trial and any sentence hearing;
- Legal arguments in respect of admissible evidence and staying proceedings for legal reasons.
Cases can be adjourned for additional information or for evidence to be adduced, for pre-sentence or psychiatric reports or by other orders of the court.