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11 January 2022

Experienced Legal Secretary Required - Crime Team

We're looking for an experienced legal secretary to join our growing Crime team - could that be you?

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John Wilkinson

13 February 2020

A Recent Win in a Landmark Court of Appeal Case

A Recent Win in a Landmark Court of Appeal Case

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Narinder Singh Rathour

21 March 2017

The realities of being a Trainee Solicitor at JWP

I write this blog six months into my training contract and what an amazing six months it has been. The reality of being a trainee solicitor working for a successful firm immediately after graduating is yet to sink in.

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Alexzandra Kennedy

11 August 2016

Here at JWP we are serious about Mental Health

Mental health is not a new thing, but it is still seen as a taboo thing - Why? Perhaps because not enough is known about such issues so it is simply brushed under the carpet for someone else to deal with when the times comes. However by then it is often too late.

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3 March 2016

A Criminal Legal Aid system we should all be proud of

Like a lot of people this morning I read with some shock this BBC News article regarding the recent trial of Matthews and Hoare where both were convicted of the brutal murder of Becky Watts. The article makes some suggestion that the cost of such a trial was excessive and indeed an inference that these individuals didn't deserve it. Don’t believe everything you read in the press.

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24 December 2015

10 Things you need to know about Driving over the Christmas period

Our team of qualified road traffic solicitors point out some facts about driving offences in this festive period.

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John Wilkinson

7 December 2015

Government Scraps controversial Criminal Court charges

The government announced last week that it would be scrapping the controversial Criminal Court charges from December 24th.

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15 December 2014

Some Facts about Drink Driving and other Road Traffic Offences

The festive period is a time for celebration and enjoyment. For those that take the enjoyment too far, here are a few facts that our qualified Road Traffic Solicitors think you should know.

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19 September 2014

Its a Dogs Life - Don't fall foul of the Dangerous Dogs Act

Many of us are dog owners. Here are some facts about the pooch and the law that may surprise you!!

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15 August 2014

Protect yourself against Domestic Violence

The Police have recently been given some additional powers to deal with the perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Greg Cross explains how this works to protect those who are victims of domestic violence.

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25 July 2014

Beware - Police Voluntary Interview Ahead

Budget cuts are biting hard across our public services and the Police have not been immune from this. One of the ways they are dealing with falling budgets is the rise of the so-called Voluntary Interview. Emma explains why you need to be careful.

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13 June 2014

Cuts, Cuts and more Cuts…

Back in medieval times, death by a thousand cuts was a common occurrence, and one which was savoured and enjoyed by those in charge. Life as a criminal solicitor is starting to feel very much like this at the moment, and those in charge seem like they are enjoying the show.

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11 April 2014

It's Criminal

The Government is currently undertaking a consultation regarding the funding of Criminal cases. The proposals may result in large numbers of respected high street firms disappearing from our towns and cities. It could also mean that if you find yourself involved in the Criminal Justice System you will have no choice in who represents you.

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20 December 2013

Ten things you may not realise about Road Traffic offences

Our team of qualified road traffic solicitors point out some facts about driving offences in this festive period.

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17 July 2013

Crime doesn't pay...

That old adage that crime pays certainly doesn't lend itself into the world of a firm which conducts criminal legal aid. The recent musings regarding changes to criminal Legal Aid, and the potential for a 17.5% cut in fees following a competitive tender process, would come on top of more recent legal aid reductions which mean crime clearly wouldn't pay. As a layman and with a business to develop and protect the proposed changes being mooted are almost unworkable unless you start paying people minimum wage, and banishing them from the office for all eternity to work at remote locations with only an Ipad, Iphone and the local miscreants for company.

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John Wilkinson