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NorthPod Law reviews the week's legal stories and news with a particular focus on how they affect the legal profession, the justice system of England & Wales and the public's perceptions of the law. This show runs for six weeks and then takes a six week break throughout the year. It is hosted by barristers Benjamin Knight, Kirstin Beswick and Jonathan Holt. Each week, they are joined by other lawyers and legal experts and, together, they will cast an eye over that week's legal twists and turns.

NorthPod Law reviews the week's legal stories and news with a particular focus on how they affect the legal profession, the justice system of England & Wales and the public's perceptions of the law. This show runs for six weeks and then takes a six week break throughout the year. It is hosted by barristers Benjamin Knight, Kirstin Beswick and Jonathan Holt. Each week, they are joined by other lawyers and legal experts and, together, they will cast an eye over that week's legal twists and turns.
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NorthPod Law reviews the week's legal stories and news with a particular focus on how they affect the legal profession, the justice system of England & Wales and the public's perceptions of the law. This show runs for six weeks and then takes a six week break throughout the year. It is hosted by barristers Benjamin Knight, Kirstin Beswick and Jonathan Holt. Each week, they are joined by other lawyers and legal experts and, together, they will cast an eye over that week's legal twists and turns.

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Episodes

The Growing Prevalence of Prevalence - 25/05/16

5/26/2016
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It's a case law episode for this Bite, which you can listen to right here. First, R v Bondzie. Ever wondered why the Crown has taken to serving a statement that just tells you that drug dealing is bad? Here's why they do it; what effect it could have on sentence; what they need to do to give it an effect and why their efforts to date have been generally pointless and probably damaging to their own aims. Then two quickies: R v Bala, which upholds marriage in all its forms and R v Hussain,...

Duration: 00:24:56


Sexual Communications - 17/05/16

5/17/2016
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Listen to this week's show right here.This week, Kirstin examines the little heard of s.67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 which creates a new offence of sexual communication with a child. What is it? What does it cover? What does the Crown have to prove?What's the maximum sentence?And the perennial Northpod Law favourite, "Couldn't you just use the offences already on the statute books?" Actually, that last one might have a bit of a surprising answer - although no doubt Ben wouldn't...

Duration: 00:23:25


Defending Rob Titchner - 06/05/16

5/9/2016
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This week Kirstin's going through s.76 Serious Crime Act 2015. It deals with coercive control - or domestic violence that's not that physical. We use the scandalous plot of "The Archers" to briefly explain what can make up the background to these new cases.Take a listen right here.Then we go through the section to look at who can and can't be guilty of the offence and where the problems might lie in making it stick where there are no other offences. Is this just a way of getting 5 years...

Duration: 00:36:08


Property is Theft - 25/04/16

4/25/2016
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In this week's show, we take a look at the Sentencing Council's recent Theft Offences guideline. Take a listenright here.Theft is probably the most common criminal offence that appears before the courts. Of course, there are several types of theft and attitudes towards shoplifting will be rather different than attitudes towards theft from the person.Not just that but the courts of England and Wales arguably need to have their sentencing practices standardised so that justice is the same no...

Duration: 00:28:54


Done Over By Do-Overs? - 17/04/16

4/17/2016
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In this week's show, we take a look at what happens when juries cannot reach a verdict. Take a listen right here.Many people, especially defendants, are quite horrified when they find out that the prosecution can decide whether it wants to have not just a second attempt but, sometimes, a third attempt!In this episode, we consider what the "sometimes" above actually means.Let us know if you like the new "Bites" format (shorter and with less wine and cake) or if you are longing for a return...

Duration: 00:22:14


Butting Heads With Beavis - 10/04/15

4/10/2016
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You can listen to this week's showright here.We have been away for an absolute eternity but the wait is over!This week, we are looking at the Supreme Court decision in ParkingEye v Beavis (2015)This is a decision that will impact on most motorists at some point in their life and will have effects in contract law as it amends a fundamental doctrine of English law.So, whether you are listening because you are looking into an unfair parking ticket or whether you are listening because you want...

Series Break - 7th November 2014

11/7/2014
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Dear Listeners of Northpod Law and of UK Criminal Law Blog PodcastFrom time to time, the fates conspire against us all and the absence of our last show of the series and the delay in the start of UKCLBP (as I am now calling it) is testament to this.We don't generally take a series break as you know but we need one at the moment.We have had people moving jobs, I have been beset with Whooping Cough (I know! How very 19th Century of me to get that as an adult)and we think that one of our...

Duration: 00:01:40


S14E03 - Rights and Wrong'uns

10/5/2014
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You can listen to this week's show right here.This week's show is about the Tory plan to abolish the Human Rights Act and to put England and Wales (though not Scotland or NI, of course) outside of the direct constraints of International Human Rights law.It's a good job that Ben is still barely croaking otherwise this would no doubt have been an angry rant full of vitriol about our Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor. Surely Kirstin will be far more calm about it...Of course, you might want...

Duration: 00:44:23


S14E02 - Corruption

9/27/2014
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With Ben still suffering from the Dreaded Lurgy and Jonathan being AWOL, Kirstin is left to man the battlements of Northpod Towers this week. Have a listen right here.With all that is going in at the MoJ (for whom it has not been a good week!), we couldn't let that go by without a mention. But before we get to that, the rather interesting case of Serious Fraud Office vMiltiades Papachristos and Dennis Kerrison. This case concerns a legal question about amending indictments and contains...

Duration: 00:42:08


S05E03 - Silly season

8/22/2014
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Listen to the showhere.So, it's silly season. The newspapers are fully of silly stories but nothing much of substance happens...or does it?Lyndon and Dan chat through the week's news including a man swallowing a goldfish (and being prosecuted for it), a man getting into the cargo hold of a plane, and claiming to be the captain (and being prosecuted for it) and a man who, after breaching his licence for manslaughter, committing a burglary, receiving a community order then breaching it, was...

Duration: 00:39:01


S05E02 - Football and nuts

8/17/2014
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Listen to the showhere.Lyndon's flying solo this week as Dan is otherwise engaged.He discusses the *only* two interesting stories of the week - Ched Evans and the man who opened a bag a nuts on a plane, causing a young girl to go intoanaphylactic shock.First off, the Ched Evans case - he is to be released from his 5 year sentence in October and news broke this week that it is likely that hewould return to play professional football for Sheffield Utd. Should he be able to? A 60,000...

Duration: 00:39:04


S05E01 - Victim Impact Statements and "private" conversations

8/8/2014
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Listen to the show here.Hurrah! We are back.This week, Lyndon and Dan recap some of the news that happened in the past six weeks - including Rolf Harris and Ian Watkins appearances in the news (again).Lyndon introduces a story about comments made by a judge (who thought he was speaking in private) about how victim impact statements have no effect, and Dan explains why he doesn't really have a problem with the new Attorney-General not being a "top lawyer".Finally, Lyndon and Dan take a look...

Duration: 00:45:51


S13E06 - Tea and Cake

7/31/2014
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Hear this week's show right here.This is a silly episode to end series 13. We are doing cake, bourbon and tea.Yep, we are covering rulings of the tax tribunal and the Advertising Standards Agency. You might think that this would be a bit dry but no. We go to town on Tunnocks and get passionate about pyramids.Please don't expect the usual cutting analysis of heavy-weight appeal decisions. Instead, expect munching and slurping. And some chortling. Normal service will be resumed next...

S13E05 - The VC Factor

7/24/2014
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Listen to this week's show right here.In a CBA vice-chair election special, we are joined by the two candidates, Mark Fenhalls QC and Paul Keleher QC.There was no bloodshed in this head-to-head but we think you'll want to hear what both candidates have to say on the wide-ranging topics up for discussion. We cover everything from "The Deal" to the future use of direct action; from how to stop the slide back into the Bar being for the white, male, middle-class to what the future holds for...

S13E04 - Immigration and Impertinence

7/23/2014
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Listen to this week's show right here.We have swapped Kirstin for Jonathan this week as we take on what must be the two biggest immigration cases of the year, MM and PLP vs Grayling - not their official titles!These cases may be weighty immigration cases but they are important far more broadly as they involve the relationship between the State, Europe and private individuals. They also demonstrate that politics may be getting in the way of good law-making, not for the first time.Following...

S13E03 - Expert Evidence, Unreliable Evidence and Fresh Evidence

7/14/2014
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Listen to this week's show right here.We have talked about expert witnesses many times over the past 12 series but we have seldom explored exactly what an "expert witness" is, what they do, to whom they are accountable, how they are regulated and how they come to be involved in cases. This week, we fix that by catching-up with Glen Siddall of Aequitas Forensics, Manchester. Glen is an expert in digital forensics and he is instructed by "both sides" in criminal proceedings. We ask him about...

S13E01 - Let's Look At That Again

6/26/2014
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We are back for Series 13 (!) of the podcast and we are raring to go with some law this week. Many thanks to the good folks at UK Criminal Law Blog Podcast and thanks again to Lyndon Harris for having both Kirstin and Ben on this series. As always, you can hear this week's show by clicking here.Also,PLEASE RATE/REVIEW US: wherever you subscribe, please take two seconds as we start this series, to give us some stars and a few kind words. We'd be e'er so obliged. It helps us get up the...

S04E06 - Theft, Proceeds of Crime and Lex Mitior

6/20/2014
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Listen to the show here.This week, Ben (of that there Northpod fame) guest hosts with Lyndon.Ben considers the Supreme Court decision in the Ahmad and Fields confiscation case - don't be daunted, Ben's explanation is admirably clear and concise. Lyndon and Ben then discuss article 7 and the principle of lex mitior. The Court of Appeal considered some Strasbourg case law along with some domestic case law; the case is makes for a fascinating read so give it a go.Finally, Ben and Lyndon...

S04E05 - Expert evidence and making money

6/13/2014
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Listen to the show here.This week, our plans went to ruin. We had intended on interviewing Karl Turner MP, former criminal barrister, about some topical legal issues. Unfortunately he was called back to his contituency ooop north and so that has had to be postponed. We had also intended on all getting together to record the show in one go...as has often happened, diaries conspired against us.Lyndon talks about the latest MoJ ploy to fool the electorate into thinking they are doing something...

S04E04 - The Queen's Speech...and slurry

6/6/2014
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Listen to the show here.This week Lyndon and Kim discuss the contents of the Queens Speech andslurry.Lyndon runs (very quickly) through the proposed offence of assisting a criminal organisation - is it necessary? is it covered by other offences? who is it designed to catch?And then he hands over to Kim who takes us through the proposed amendment to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 in relation to emotional neglect of children. More criminal justice legislation; an improvement? or just...
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