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Noel Conway wins permission to appeal his assisted dying case

18th January 2018

Noel Conway has today been granted permission to appeal the decision of the High Court that he cannot be assisted to die with dignity. Mr Conway, a Humanists UK member, suffers from motor neurone disease and will now have his case heard before the Court of Appeal. Nancy Collins, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen,…

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Rape trial collapses as vital evidence not disclosed

15th January 2018

A rape trial due to be heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court later this month collapsed at the pre-trial hearing today because vital photographs on the defendant’s phone were not disclosed as evidence by the prosecuting solicitor. In a letter to the defendant’s solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen four days before the hearing, the Crown Prosecution…

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First trials for London arms fair protestors end with conviction

12th January 2018

Judgment in the first of two trials in a series of court cases involving demonstrations against the DSEI arms fair was delivered today (12 January 2018) at Stratford Magistrates Court with 5 of the 6 protestors found guilty of Obstruction of a Highway. More than 100 people were arrested in September 2017 outside the Excel…

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Cycle theft police arrest wrong colour suspect, despite clear instructions

11th January 2018

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (recently rebranded as the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)) has upheld a man’s complaint that he was unreasonably arrested by police officers in Leather Lane, London for stealing a bicycle in February 2016. The IOPC report directly criticises the Metropolitan Police officers for apparently ignoring the ethnicity of the…

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Government’s own figures show Stop and Search is ineffective

11th January 2018

London Mayor Sadiq Khan this week announced an increase in the use of the Met Police’s policy of Stop and Search, commenting that more intelligence-led stop and search was a “vital tool” to keep communities safe. Kerry Spence, a criminal defence lawyer at London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, comments that the figures from…

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