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Our criminal appeals solicitors regularly write about related legal topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

Free Peter Barlow!

Alison Marriott
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This week fans of Coronation Street saw the culmination of the dramatic storyline involving Peter Barlow and the death of his girlfriend, Tina McIntyre. The allegation of murder, vigorously denied by Peter, was made after Tina was pushed from a balcony and...

The science of crime

Alison Marriott
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The case of Colin Norris, the nurse jailed for at least 30 years in 2008 for the murder of four elderly patients, was highlighted in a BBC Panorama investigation last month. The key evidence advanced by the Prosecution surrounded the insulin levels recorded...

Be involved!

Correna Platt
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By Correna Platt, partner and head of the  Appeals team at Stephensons. This blog was first featured on the Inside Justice UK website - Be involved   I can not stress how important it is that a client is involved in their own case. Many...

Supreme Court rules on post conviction duty of disclosure

Correna Platt
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The case of Nunn raised the question of the extent of any continuing duty of the police and the Crown prosecution service to assist him in gathering and examining evidence with a view to a further challenge to his conviction. The ruling has wide...

The Court of Appeal has upheld 'whole-life' sentences

Correna Platt
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Judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled that the most serious offenders in England and Wales can be jailed for their whole life. This was despite the fact that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said last year that whole life terms breached a...

Guilty verdict in the trial of Shahidul Ahmed

Correna Platt
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On the 4th September 2013 Shahidul Ahmed was found guilty of the murder of Rachel Manning which occurred in 2002. This case highlights how important it is to pursue and fight for miscarriages of justice because in 2002, Mr White, the boyfriend of Miss...

1985 Robbery conviction quashed

Alison Marriott
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On 17th April 2013 the Court of Appeal quashed the 1985 robbery conviction of Martin Foran. The case had been referred back to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), after two earlier appeals were unsuccessful.  Foran was...

SAS Sniper Danny Nightingale's conviction overturned

Correna Platt
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A defendant can plead guilty and then seek to challenge that conviction as being unsafe as evidenced in the case of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale. The lawyers for Mr Nightingale argued that he had been placed under ‘improper pressure’ to plead...

Unsafe conviction - concerns about police investigation

Alison Marriott
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The Court of Appeal is to consider again the case of Kevin Lane, after instructing the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to review ‘particular points’ relating to the conviction. Kevin Lane was convicted of the murder of a local business...

Will Court of Appeal judgment change face of disclosure?

Correna Platt
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The following article was first published on Lexis®PSL Crime on 8 February 2013. Click here for a free 24 trial of Lexis®PSL. 08/02/2013 Crime analysis: What next for disclosure of convictions, cautions and warnings? Mike Pemberton, partner...

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