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New penalties for breaching the rules

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In light of changes in the data regarding the Pandemic further changes have been made to the guidance issued specifically to Restaurants, Pubs bars and takeaway services. Government guidance is under constant review and with pressure now on business owners...

Pubs are opening... Now what?

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This week, the Prime Minister announced that Pubs and Restaurants could reopen from 4th July. The appropriate guidance is still to be published and a further blog will follow. However, one of the issues raised was that the business needed to take...

Furlough Scheme EXTENDED: But The Penalties For Abusing It Are Still Very Real

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Employers will be aware that the government has announced the extension of the furlough scheme for a further four months. This means that it is now extended to October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that its purpose is to continue to pay employees...

Courts - No Going Back To Pre-Covid Ways

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In a virtual appearance before the House of Lords constitution committee last week, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, told peers that the courts system will never again operate as it did before the coronavirus. He told the committee that...

Coronavirus and Police Powers: An Update

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Previously, we wrote about Police Powers when the Country was first put into Lockdown and the legislation that soon followed regarding Police and the Court's powers during Covid 19. The College of Policing issued guidance to the Police Force in...

VE Day 2020

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The Chelmsford City VE Day 75 willow tanks make a striking display and remind us of the sacrifice of the Armed Forces and population of the United Kingdom during World War 2. Unlike today, the Army, Navy and Air Force at the end of the War were...

Chelmsford Tank Display for VE Day 2020

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The trouble with lockdown is that those of us whose roles do not require us to travel in to the centre of Chelmsford are missing a most amazing sight. On the roundabout by the multi-storey car park by Parkway a unique celebration of VE Day 75 is...

Preparing and Creating Chelmsford's 2020 VE Day Tank Display

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Chelmsford City Council's Parks & Green Spaces Manager, Paul Van Damme has been in touch to tell us more about The Multi-Story Roundabout - VE Day 75 display. The tank display is part of the normal bedding displays and consists of two tanks made out...

Coronavirus Regulations are only the tip of the iceberg affecting your everyday life!

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Since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on 23rd March and put our country into effective lockdown, the Coronavirus regulations have become a hot topic. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) [or Scotland, Northern Ireland and...

Will the Hospitality Trade Die because of Covid-19?

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The Media is saturated with Articles about the virus and its impact upon, our jobs, our businesses and the economy. With no future dates to work towards for an end to this Pandemic, life is becoming increasingly bleak for some and maintaining a livelihood...

Motorists Are Still Speeding Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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I blogged over two weeks ago now about concerns that some police forces had about motorists using quieter roads during the coronavirus to flout motoring laws, especially speeding. A BBC report appears to bear this out. It reports of...

Prosecution of Breaches of the Coronavirus Regulations

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The coronavirus epidemic and the Prime Minister's address to the nation on Monday 23rd March caused us all to be placed into a form of lockdown. It also meant that the snappily titled Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations...

Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic We are experiencing extremely difficult times currently with the pandemic showing little sign of leaving these shores any time soon. And those at the sharp...

Priority Court Matters: "What Will Happen To My Police Matter Now Courts Are Restricted?"

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being given advice as to how to keep the Court Service running during the effects of Covid 19. The worry being, that unnecessary Prosecutions at this time may overload a restricted Court. ' Lower Priority '...

Speeding On Quieter Roads: Don't Do It

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The coronavirus epidemic and the consequent lighter traffic is leading to some motorists exploiting quieter roads by driving at “highly excessive speeds” according to a recent report from the RAC. North Yorkshire Police has warned of an emerging...

Business Closure Enforcement

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Social Media has become full of posts about Covid 19. Some show human kindness and make light of a particularly low and strange time for the Economy. Other posts start a social war of opinion. One of the common themes is the implementations of the...

Police Powers During Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

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The College of Policing has issued guidance to the Police Force in order to respond to Covid 19. The guidance splits the regulations into (1)Individuals, affecting movement and gatherings and (2) Premises and Business These powers relate to England and...

MOT's Extended By 6 Months

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Vehicles due an MOT test on or after 30 March will automatically be granted six-month extensions in order to limit visits to testing centres during the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Transport (DfT) has announced. The Government have published...

Pub Takeaway's During Coronavirus: The Legal Side

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Now that Pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs are now closed under Government advice many have faced the dilemma of offering a takeaway service. On 17th March the Government granted authority for pubs and restaurants to operate as a hot food takeaway during...

Should a Car Wash be Licensed?

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Licensing is a vast subject, and one that most only associate with the sale of alcohol or gambling. Most of us pay a visit to the local car wash each week to have our cars cleaned; businesses provide a conveyer belt service of immaculately washed cars...

Weatherspoons Introduce A Two Drink Limit On Those With Children

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Parents were being told that if they visited a JD Wetherspoon pub with children they were restricted to two alcoholic drinks only. JD Wetherspoon who have 683 pubs across the UK said the policy was to limit the amount of time children were on the premises....

Employee Social Media Posts: Are They Really Private?

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A recent decision of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service highlights the need for professionals regulated by a supervisory body to take great care when posting on their private social media accounts. The Tribunal Service is the fitness to...

Christmas Drink Driving: What You Need To Know

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Enjoying a drink of Bailey's with family and friends is a tradition this time of year, but it's easy to get carried away with an extra drink or two, and then drive home. Our criminal defence solicitors will remain on call throughout the Christmas...

The High Court: Non Party Costs

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The High Court has rules that non-party costs orders can be issued under the Licensing Act but rules of natural justice must apply. In the case of Aldemir v Cornwall Council [2019] EWHC 2407 (Admin) Mr Justice Swift considered the question of whether...

U18 Gambling in Pubs: Tougher Action Required

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The Gambling Commission has called for pub industry to take better action to prevent under 18s accessing gaming machines in pubs. This follows a review of pubs in England and Wales that has shown that 84% of them are failing to prevent under...

Oldham Nightclub Loses Licence

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The owner of Vibez 924 in Oldham has lost his appeal to have the premises licence re-instated following a three-day court hearing. Oldham's Licensing Panel originally revoked the licence in February after following a request for review by the police. ...

TFL Ban Uber: What Now?

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London's transport authority told Uber it would not extend its licence to operate in the London. Uber have indicated that they will appeal the decision made by Transport for London. London's Transport Agency first revoked Uber's Private Hire...

ERS Silver Award Goes To.... Gepps!

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Gepp Solicitors Senior Partner Roger Brice and CEO Mike Cubbin we on parade last night in Cambridge to receive the much converted Ministry of Defence Silver Award for our firms support to the armed forces. As previously posted, Gepp...

Effective Representation Of Teachers Before The Professional Conduct Panel Of The Teaching Regulation Agency

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Effective representation of Teachers before the professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency. There have been a number of panel outcomes in respect of teacher misconduct from last month that serve to illustrate important factors when...

Speeding again, Mr Partridge?

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After being caught speeding (not for the first time) TV star Steve Coogan escaped a lengthy driving ban after arguing that his new series featuring his Alan Partridge character could not be filmed on public transport. Having been caught...

Hands-Free Ban?

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Reported by the BBC this morning... Are hands-free devices going to be banned? Using a handheld phone while driving has been banned since 2003, but the Commons Transport Committee have said that using a hands-free device creates the "...

Professional Regulation: Using Social Media

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Using social media... Such regulation involves professional bodies exercising regulatory functions to impose requirements, restrictions and to set standards in respect of a wide variety of professions including doctors, vets, solicitors and social workers...

Using Your Phone While Driving: Is The Law Changing?

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The law relating to using a mobile phone whilst driving is well trodden, but a High Court decision published this week has shed greater light on the topic. People often ask, "What exactly does using a mobile phone while driving mean?" on the basis...

Investigations Into Armed Forces Personnel

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This month, MPs proposed changes to how veterans and armed forces personnel are investigated. The main proposal is for a 10-year “ qualified statute of limitations ” to be introduced. This will protect veterans and serving armed forces...

The Most Expensive Burger You Might Ever Have

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Fancy a burger? We have all, at some point, bought food from a drive-thru. We think nothing of grabbing a cup of coffee whilst in our car but it is worth noting that motorists who use the drive-thru to get their burger, fries and shake might be...

It's Not Just Your Car That Needs Fluids...

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Pop a bottle of water in the side door... Now the weather seems to be hotting up, most drivers take steps to check their cars oil level, coolant and windscreen wash before setting off on a long journey. But what about the driver? Being...

Even Celebrities Face The Law...

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Just last week, David Beckham was banned from driving for six months. The football star is no stranger to penalty points, having already amassed 6 due to speeding offences previously. On Thursday, District Judge Catherine Moore handed him another six...

How Tolerant Are Speed Cameras?

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How far over the limit before you get a fine? Speed cameras are usually obvious - but a lot of us still miss them at times, or they end up hidden behind a tree branch or bush. If you go over the speed limit without realising, how far over it can you really...

What Is The Legal Status Of Roadside Tributes?

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Roadside memorials to those who have died in traffic accidents are an increasingly popular way to pay tribute to the deceased. However, those involved in creating tributes, and the authorities responsible for local infrastructure often have differing needs,...

The UK's 'most bashed bridge' is hit for 120th time

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Last week, a HGV crashed into the Stuntney Road railway bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The incident was widely discussed on social media, with one main question in mind: Why does it keep happening? The bridge is, famously, just 2.7...

Alcohol sales in airports

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Alcohol sale is a multi-million pound business. Drinking and socialising is usually associated with having a good time and we tend to drink more when we are celebrating. However, morning drinking in airports, is facing a ban. An early morning drink in UK...

Can you read a number plate from 20m (65ft)?

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In a report published by the BBC three police forces in England (Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands) are planning to test every motorist they stop in a bid to clamp down on drivers with defective eyesight. Officers can request an urgent revocation...

Throwing a Christmas Fair? When do you need a Temporary Licence?

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You’ll be pleased to hear you can host a ton of activities without needing an official licence. However, for your peace of mind, we've broken down exactly what you need to know so even if you are doing a ‘one-off’ event, you won’t...

What happens when you get caught speeding without car insurance?

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Driving without insurance in the UK can be a serious offence, and being caught speeding whilst driving without insurance can lead to detrimental consequences. It is imperative that your vehicle is insured if you use it in roads or in public places. The only...

TV star Ant McPartlin sentenced for drink driving

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TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been sentenced yesterday in relation to an allegation of drink driving for which he pleaded guilty to at Wimbledon Magistrates Court. District Judge Barbra Barnes carefully considered the Television star's sentence and...

Corrosive Liquid Crimes on the rise

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Reports in the media have stated that there is an ongoing investigation into an incident that occurred behind The Three Jays Public House, Clacton On Sea, Essex at approximately 7pm on 26th March 2018. The victim alleged that he suffered injuries to his leg...

Dairy farm ordered to pay £19,000 after bull attacked worker

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In a recent article published by Farmers Weekl y they reported that a young farm worker had been seriously injured having been struck by a dairy bull. The 28 year old entered an enclosure housing cows and a mature dairy bull to carrying out...

Hundreds of new drivers given automatic driving bans

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In a report published by the BBC, hundreds of new drivers have been given automatic driving bans for using their mobile phones whilst at the wheel of their car. The punishment for this offence was doubled in March of this year from three to six points -...

£143,000 goes up in smoke!

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The BBC have reported that a McLaren supercar with a new value of around £143,000 was reduced to a twisted, burned-out wreck after it struck a building and burst into flames. Thankfully both the driver and passenger of the 570S escaped with...

Stricter punishments for speeding offences come into force

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Stricter punishments have become available to magistrates in England and Wales under the sentencing guidelines for drivers caught speeding.

Police Prejudice Exposed In Stop-and-Search Figures

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New stop-and-search figures composed by The Independent have revealed the significant issue of ongoing police prejudice, despite concerted efforts to tackle the problem. The Independent collated data from 39 police forces across the country. The result of...

Is the Ministry of Justice of any use?

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A recent submission to the Justice Select Committee has questioned whether the Ministry of Justice has ever done anything that has had any impact on the commission of any crimes in the UK since its inception in 2007. The company providing the submission,...

New Victim's Code published

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Damian Green, the victims’ minister, announced that judges will take into account victims’ personal statements when determining sentences from December. He believes this will stop the issue of victims feeling as though they are an...

Totting up the points !

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Penalty points were first introduced as a means for the Courts to punish drivers for various driving offences rather than giving them a fine and/or a driving disqualification. Each offence will carry a fixed number or a range of points that can be applied to...

Chris Grayling strongly rejects European proposals

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After pursuing what many believe are unsustainable and damaging cuts to the UK legal aid system many will welcome Grayling’s defence of the UK justice system. Among the measures the UK will opt out of are: The European...

Criminal Legal Aid sustainability

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A leading criminal lawyer, Franklin Sinclair, has recently argued in a speech to the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group that the current legal aid system can only sustain a maximum of 300 criminal solicitors firms rather the 1,600 there are currently in...