Defending False Allegations

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An information hub for those involved in the criminal justice system for the first time who want to know more.

“If you’ve been falsely or wrongly accused of a crime it can have a devastating impact on you, your personal relationships or professional reputation. I decided to set up this website with the aim of providing information to make what can often be a daunting process to navigate more manageable. It’s aimed at answering those initial questions I’m often asked as a solicitor who specialises in criminal law. This site cannot provide information tailored to specific cases, however it can help you start to understand the process so you can find your way through it.”
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Read my latest article as published in the Justice Gap about the murder investigation into Jill Dando and how the pressure to find the killer made the criminal justice system reckless.  ” Twenty years ago, Jill Dando was one of the BBC’s most popular television presenters. She was a trusted journalist and the BBC’s sweetheart, […]


” It’s always easy for lawyers to wade in with opinions – but it’s not just their system.”  The furore over rape victims having to hand over phones and the need for the public to have confidence in the criminal justice system. Read my latest article, published in the Justice Gap, Digital data and the […]


FAQs on disclosure in criminal prosecutions of sexual offences.    How do you make sure you get full disclosure in a sexual offences case? Basic legal position regarding disclosure. In a criminal trial the prosecution are obliged, in advance of a trial, to disclose the evidence which they want to rely on in court i.e. […]