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Series 7 Episode 2 - Money
January 25, 2013 03:10 AM PST
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This week (in our new home)Kirstin thinks it's mainly about the money whilst Ben's not so sure.

Can your accountant, his assistant, his mate down the road, etc. claim legal professional privilege for the advice they give you?  The Supreme Court thinks not.

Some reminders and slapped wrists in regard to fine defaulters.  

family case that reminds us again that case management and use of the public purse is at the discretion of the judge (is that fair?) and finally Jonathan talks about weighing up the rights of EU citizens against the non-rights of their parents.

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Moving home..
January 21, 2013 11:46 AM PST
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If you are using iTunes or a good quality podcast app on Android, you need to do nothing. The new shows will find you.

If you have subscribed manually to our show, you'll need to use our new feed from this week - see the link below.

Finally, you can still find the show on your internet browser by going to www.northpodlaw.co.uk (from about Friday 25th January 2013).


Series 7 Episode 1 - Catch Up
January 18, 2013 04:32 AM PST
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Or "Through Gritted Teeth". Happy New Year to all our listeners and followers.

Ben and Kirstin look at 3 cases and a planned change to statute that were all determined with great reluctance.

First up is a very depressing costs case - the CPS have everywhere to hide now it seems.

Then our regular contributor, Jonathan Holt, takes through a European case regarding Religious rights.

The final case is an important one regarding the Consumer Regulations Act 2008 and we end, not uncommonly, by suggesting the Dear Home Sec might want to mug up on the laws available to her before making comment. 


British Airways wearing cross case and others

Consumer Regs case

Changes to S5

Murder Tarriffs

Series 6 Episode 6 Responsibilities
November 01, 2012 04:00 PM PDT
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For the last show of the series, we are joined by award-winning blogger, Lexy Ellis, to talk about post-natal depression, post-natal psychosis and child deaths.

In the week when Felicia Boots was given a hospital order for the killing of her two children, we discuss how mental health provisions and the criminal law apply in these tragic cases.

Lexy has written with great insight and dark humour on her blog MammyWoo  about her own fight with mental health after giving birth.  She has a loyal following that even includes Ruby Wax!

Also, on this week’s show, we talk about CRB disclosures and the duty of the Chief Constable to consult the individual before making disclosures of potentially harmful and evidentially untested information to potential employers.

Kirstin talks about the case of Walker and how reading the statute in firearms cases sometimes spells out the bleedin’ obvious!

Jonathan fumbles a donkey metaphor as he explains the case of AM and how challenging the composition of a jury needs to be done at the time and how sitting on the fence will get you nowhere on appeal.

See you next series!

Surprisingly full coverage by the Daily Mail of Felicia Boots’ case:

And for older children case:

and the more interesting review that followed it:

Lexy Ellis’s blog:

R (on the application of J), the CRB case:



Series 6 Episode 5 It's all a bit bizarre
October 26, 2012 03:03 AM PDT
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Information about committals from the Magistrates, including Goodyear indications as promised last week. Then Ben, Kirstin and Jonathan hold their heads in their hands over the goings on in the Halliwell case. We cover the strange decision in R v Simmonds - when is taking drugs into prison not taking drugs onto prison? And finally the ramifications of a decision about CSOD in RvX. Links to follow, I promise.
Series 6 Episode 4 - It's all in the Mind
October 17, 2012 04:00 PM PDT
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It's all a little dark this week. Even where the point is nothing to do with sexual abuse it seems the case is.

Then we turn to more straight forward mental health related points of law.

Ben worries about the DPP having his discretion fettered, Kirstin approves the Court of Appeal judgement over good character directions and Jonathan raises his eyebrows at the actions or lack there of of our beloved Home Sec.

Lots of links this week!

Non forfeiture of computer in sex photos case

When and how to give good character direction

Jury can use previous abuse to assess consent

Victim impact statements go too far for sentencing

Series 6 Episode 3 - Spouses and Houses
October 11, 2012 04:00 PM PDT
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It's all about POCA tonight. Benefit figures, hidden assets, realisable amounts... In other words, spouses and houses. Ex-DCI Fox runs us through the basics of what you need to do to ensure your client doesn't pay more than he should and ensure he wants to recommend you to all his friends.

In the news we cover the proposed defending your home defence and the sentence by victim idea. If you think we're going to rant and pull our hair out you may just have a point.

Should you need the services of the lovely Mr Fox and his team you can find him at http://www.legalreviewservices.co.uk/main.php

Oh and there might be a mystery voice round too.

Series 6 Episode 2 - Immobilisation
October 09, 2012 02:40 PM PDT
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With Jonathan still immobilised in a fantasy world of Ben and Kirstin's making, we discuss other forms (loosely) of immobilisation. First up is the new anti-clamping law - literal immobilisers these. Next it's the immobilisation of solicitors doing their job - the brand new and wholly (by us) foreseen rules on defence costs orders - be annoyed, be very annoyed. We also give you the heads up on a recent ruling as to when you're stopped from introducing the Court Appeal to "fresh" evidence. Squatters' rights or rather the lack of them feature in the form of the first conviction and jail sentence under the new law and Ben raves about his new favourite App that might just become one of your favourites too.
Series 6 Episode 1 Take back the Power
September 27, 2012 04:00 PM PDT
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Well hello again! This week Ben and Kirstin are joined by Ian Owen of I J Owen Solicitors to talk about who should make charging decisions. We catch up with some of the news from the time we've been away and Jonathan's not with us so we make the most of it and roundly abuse him at every opening. This series we're hoping to cover POCA, Hillsborough and a couple of other things - but no promises, you know we won't keep them! If you want to sign Ian's petition click the link here.

Series 5 Episode 6 - New Initiatives
August 09, 2012 04:00 PM PDT
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It's the last of another series here at Podcast Towers and it's all about things new. First Ben and Kirstin discuss the very soon to begin Weekend Court Pilot - This one's at Manchester but watch out wherever you are because there are others and anyway we can't help feeling it'll be "a success" no matter how it goes. Then we talk to Probation's Mark Lee-Kilgariff and Deborah Holmes about a new Sex Offenders' program. If you'd like to get in touch with them, the web-site is www.controlprogramme.co.uk. Jonathan's microphone proves it's done a whole series by giving up the ghost so you'll have to listen extra hard but we do sort it half way through - promise! Let us know what you think about anything we've covered or anything you'd like us to cover. See you 28 September!

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