Blogs & Publications

Fixed Fee Divorce or Fair Priced Divorces

Divorce is at it’s highest in our history. It is becoming more common. Feeling as though the world is limited ...
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Direct access to barristers: “No Surprises”

Will the barrister tell me what the fees are in advance? When I am instructed on your case, I like ...
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Free Initial Consultation – Stuart W Stevens

Well, of course, one of the other benefits is that if you do come to someone and you don’t know ...
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Understanding Inquests, with Stephen Harvey QC – ShenSmith Barristers

What is an inquest? Inquests and public enquiries are unlike ordinary court hearings, because, as their name implies, they are ...
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What Is The Difference Between Litigating And What Barristers Normally Do?

When the Bar’s public direct access scheme first appeared, it was designed to enable lay clients who could manage their ...
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Top Tips when Taking Formal Legal Advice, from barrister Dirk van Heck

Top tips for formal legal include: It is cost-effective to ‘front-load’ your advice, and get a senior barrister at an early ...
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Driving without Headlights – a Barrister’s advice

I recently received a question about driving without headlights. Effectively, a young driver had got in a car, and driven ...
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Caught speeding at an ‘excessive’ speed? Here’s what you can do to avoid or, at least, minimise the length of a ban.

Since specialising in the defence of road traffic prosecutions the enquiries I most commonly receive go something like this: ‘I ...
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Received an NIP? Check whether its valid

How to check your Notice of Intended Prosecution: If you have been given, or have received a Notice of Intended ...
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Evidential Lacuna – a Barrister’s ‘Loophole’ Story.

Transcript: Ok, so I’m asked to tell you about a case I did. One thing that the public have latched ...
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“Midnight Charge” – a barrister’s loophole story

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAITIQK5lg?rel=0] So, I’ve been asked to tell you another “loophole” story. I was asked to defend a man who ...
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I need to save my driving licence. How much regard should I pay to the ‘success rates’ I see advertised by motor offence solicitors?

Introduction You stand accused of having committed a road traffic offence. It is essential that you maximise your chances of ...
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You stand accused of a road traffic offence. Do you need a lawyer?

There is no legal requirement for anyone charged with a road traffic offence to engage the services of a lawyer ...
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