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Weekly Round Up 18.05.12

CBA News:

Chairman’s Update:

As we prepare for what I hope will be an enjoyable Annual Dinner this evening, you may like to read this PRESS RELEASE trailing my speech. You may also like to see the article on Page 2 of today’s Guardian newspaper HERE. If we stand firm and articulate our message properly and fully, we can make ourselves heard.

I shall also use the Dinner to announce our plans for new CBA Bursaries for means-tested junior tenants. A useful boost to the vital support provided to pupils through the Kalisher Fund, which in turn receives money from every diner this evening.

I shall circulate the full speech once delivered.

Next weekend, Saturday 26th May, we have another superb CBA Education Conference, with a keynote address from Hughes LJ, see below for full details. To be held at the IET in Savoy Place, this conference is not to be missed. Our Director of Education Jonathan Laidlaw QC and the Education Committee put enormous effort into constructing these events and attracting star speakers. I hope to see you there.

Come and say hello at the Dinner this evening if you have a ticket, and have a good weekend.


Health Support and Advice for the Bar – Law Care:

LawCare provides an independent and confidential service which assists members of the Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man; the Institute of Legal Executives; the Bar Councils of England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland; the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland; the Department of Justice; the Institute of Barristers Clerks; and the National Association of Paralegals. This is a confidential advisory service to help lawyers, their immediate families and their support staff to deal with the health issues and related emotional difficulties that can result from a stressful career as a lawyer, or working with lawyers. LawCare is there to support and assist you, too.

LawCare offers you the opportunity to discuss problems that are interfering with, or have the potential to interfere with, your work performance and / or your family life and to seek to help in resolving these problems.

Through LawCare, help is available to those who are suffering from stress and /or depression, or who have alcohol, drug or other dependency concerns, or eating disorders.

There is a helpline which is open 365 days a year:-

9am – 7.30pm, Monday to Friday
10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and UK Bank Holidays
0800 018 4299

Further details can be found on the website here


Follow the chairman on twitter!/TheCriminalBar


Special offer from Oxford University Press – Save 20% on select Criminal Law Titles

More information and a list of titles can be found here


CBA Events:

CBA Conference

Conviction and Beyond

Saturday 26th May 2012

All day Saturday event (venue to be confirmed) which will include speakers from the Judiciary, Academia and Court of Appeal.

The event will focus on post-conviction matters including (a) recent developments in sentencing (b) confiscation (c) ancillary orders, including Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (d) Sentencing Guidelines (e) A practical guide to the process for Attorney General references and (f) sentencing issues in the Magistrate’s Court

Further details will be circulated and posted to the website next week.

CPD – 6 Expected


2012 Kalisher Scholarship Trust Event

The 2012 Kalisher Scholarship Trust event will be a staged reading of two Agatha Christie plays, ‘Butter in a Lordly Dish’ and ‘Personal Call’. Those hoping to participate include Martin Shaw, Felicity Kendal, Maxine Peake, Ray Fearon, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Farrelly, and will be performed thanks to the generosity of Agatha Christie’s estate and Bill Kenwright Ltd. Set in the world of the 1950s, the plays will be fully miked and promise an evening of laughter, legal intrigue and murder mystery.

The event will be held in Middle Temple Hall, at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th May. Tickets cost £50, and are available now from Middle Temple (0207 427 4800).
All proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for talented students who, without the support provided by the Trust, would be unable to reach the Criminal Bar.
For more information about the Kalisher Scholarship Trust, please go to


Half a Century of Crime: A Valedictory Summing Up

A lecture by the Right Honourable Lord Justice Hooper

Inner Temple Hall
Monday 18 June 2012 – 6.30pm
Followed by a Drinks a Reception
The CBA have been allocated 50 places in total to attend the lecture.
If you wish to take this very kind offer up, please be sure that you are able to make the lecture and then book with me, I will then pass the details to the Inn.

Further information can be found here


Criminal Law Week – updates (issue 19)

Key updates from this week’s issue of Criminal Law Week:


Dangerous dog offences

New sentencing guidelines applying to offenders aged 18 or over sentenced on or after August 20, 2012 (CLW/12/19/20).

Custody time limits

Approach Crown Court should take when deciding whether to extend time limits under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, s.22: R. (McAuley) v. Crown Court at Coventry, D.C. (CLW/12/19/1).


Prosecution must apply to the court before disclosing an informant’s identity without his consent: R. (W.V.) v. C.P.S., D.C. (CLW/12/19/2).

Conspiracy to cheat public revenue – basis on which to assess the size and seriousness of the conspiracy when sentencing participants in a missing-trader carousel fraud: R. v. Randhawa and ors, C.A. (CLW/12/19/6).

Confiscation order

Whether offenders in joint venture jointly and severally liable for the purposes of assessing their “benefit”: R. v. Lambert (Richard) and Walding (Ian Alexander), C.A. (CLW/12/19/8).


New costs reports digested, consisting of cases on classification of offences and special preparation fees (CLW/12/19/11 & 12).


International News & Events

For the latest update and further information from Advocates for International Development click here


Other Events:

The Koestler Trust’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner – celebrating arts by offenders helping ensure our next 50 years

Guest of honour : Antony Gormley
Venue The Waldorf
7pm Thursday 28th June 2012
Black Tie

Being held at the Waldorf as its where Arthur Koestler, David Astor and Hugh Casson devised the Koestler Trust

It’s the very first event of its kind for us and we’re hoping to make it a biennial event for the years to come.
The response from our supporters has be fantastic but we still have a few places left to sell and it would be simply wonderful if we could sell out for the event.

We shall be having an auction which will include a Gormley, a Grayson Perry, a Maggi Hambling and a Mary Feddon as well as the chefs Table at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Claridges and a master class for two with the world renowned chef Jean Christophe Novelli .

All in all a great night guaranteed but we’re grateful for all the support you can muster for us


South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course

(Bank holiday) Monday 27 August until Saturday 1 September

Keble College, Oxford

The aim of the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford course, is to encourage and develop the highest standards of advocacy amongst practitioners. The course is the most demanding and intensive of any advocacy course in the UK, and was described by a former presiding judge of the Circuit as the “Best Advanced Course in the UK”

The application form is now available to download:

The Inns of Court are each offering funding for up to five of their members towards the cost of attending the Keble Advanced Advocacy Course. The deadline for applications for the scholarships has been extended to 25 May 2012 and for further details, please click here.


South Eastern Circuit Florida Criminal Law Advocacy course

The South Eastern Circuit seeks a Silk with a criminal practice to attend the South Eastern Circuit Florida Criminal Law Advocacy course, held at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from Sunday 5 August to Friday 10 August 2012. The successful applicant is expected to take part in advocacy exercises, to provide feedback to participants and, he or she will demonstrate qualities marking him or her out as an appropriate ambassador of our profession. The course fees, accommodation and flights are funded by the Florida Bar Association. Successful candidates will be expected to travel to Gainesville in time to attend the course on 5 August 2012 and if you would like further details, please click here.


An Evening of Sacred Music

Temple Church
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Tickets £25

You can buy tickets by emailing [email protected] or through Temple Church box office:


The Slynn Foundation

The Slynn Foundation are delighted that The Rt Hon The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG, who will retire as President of the UK Supreme Court in September, has agreed to deliver the 10th Slynn Foundation Lecture on Monday 12 November 2012. More details will follow but please note the date.

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