Featured Hillman successful in application to dismiss in drug conspiracy Gerard’s client (the brother-in-law of the principle defendant) faced an indictment on which he was accused of 2 counts alleging conspiracies to supply multi-kilos of cocaine and heroin.  There are currently 12 defendants indicted “with others unknown”.  The case has been split into 2 trials taking place in 2022 at the Crown Court at Birmingham. Gerard submitted a detailed written argument and made lengthy oral submissions prior to the court concluding in his client’s favour.  Gerard was instructed by Ifzal Ali of IA Law.
Marc King
Featured Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Law This article contains much of what we discussed in our Libertas Lecture on 22 April 2021 which followed the theme of the A.A. Milne quote: “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you; you have to go to them sometimes”. In criminal proceedings legal professionals have to consider, recognise and respond to a range of issues that regularly confront medical professionals. These include adverse mental health; equality, and inclusion issues; poverty; evidence of bullying; parental substance misuse (alcohol and/or drug use); domestic (inter-partner) violence; and child abuse. Add to this Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) where the display of challenging behaviour, particularly by children and within the criminal justice system means we have a forest of problems with no apparent clearing. This short article particularly considers accused persons in contact with the criminal justice system who may have some or all of these issues along with other disabilities. Download Article now
Felicity Gerry QC