Yearly Archives:2015

A practising barrister who failed to declare his old criminal convictions has been disbarred

Omissions come back to haunt forgery barrister 16 years later

A barrister has been disbarred for failing to reveal a string of convictions including one for forgery back in 2001.

Martin Christie, who was an in-house barrister at Stockport high street practice Henry’s Solicitors, applied to become a student member of Gray’s Inn in 1999.
In doing so, Christie revealed two previous criminal convictions, but kept quiet about a further seven run-ins with the law, dating back a Read More

Police release CCTV footage of man staging Asda fall.

A Brighton man has been jailed for nine months after staging a fall in a supermarket in an attempt to claim compensation.

Louis Dempsey claimed £11,000 after saying he had fallen on a wet surface in an Asda store in June 2012.

But CCTV footage - released by Sussex Police - showed he had previously walked over the same area without any problems.

Dempsey, 35, was convicted and jailed at Lewes Crown Court on 9 October after a trial on a charge of fraud by making a false repres Read More

Lawyers back magistrate suspended for paying asylum seeker’s court charge

Members of the legal profession have rushed to the support of a senior magistrate who was suspended for paying £40 towards a destitute asylum seeker’s £180 court charge — and his since quit his role on the bench.

Former Leicestershire magistrate Nigel Allcoat was subjected to a judicial investigation after trying to assist the asylum seeker, who was unable to work legally in Britain.

He attempted to intervene when he discovered that the unnamed man — who is in his 20s and Read More

Lawyers’ ethics: who would you save first in a fire — your mum or girlfriend?

Chinese judicial ethics exam asks wannabe lawyers to decide

Aspiring lawyers in China are being forced to choose between their mothers and girlfriends in order to be admitted to practise law.

According to the BBC’s China Blog, the following question appears in this year’s national judicial examination, the test administered to China’s lawyers-to-be:

"If forced to choose, would you save your mother or your girlfriend from a burning building?"

With the ex Read More

Laws against ‘extremism’ risk criminalising us all

A bit late in the day, I finally caught up with Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III at the weekend. Now on a national tour, this piece of theatrical lèse majesté looks beyond the death of the Queen to the accession of the Prince of Wales and the fate of the monarchy. Some may find the caricatured portrayal of members of the Royal Family disconcerting, but it is not really about them. Written in blank verse, much like a Shakespearean history play, it is a vehicle for exploring bigger q Read More