Category myths and legends

What’s Abu got to do, got to do with it?

I’ve not had much to say for the last few days as I’ve been preoccupied with my response to the MOJ consultation document Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system. While I’ve been beavering away, this blog has been working hard for the cause and getting attention outside beyond the realms of […]

Ministry of Jesters?

50 000 signatures late the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have, at last, deigned to respond to the Save UK Justice e-petition, calling for a debate on their consultation document Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system. The dishonest, error riddled, response sits on the petition page so that everyone who wants to sign […]

Exhibit C – the “paedophile”

This post is one of a series that seeks to dispel the myth that everyone who ends up in court is a scumbag criminal. It is another example of how easy it is for good guys to end up in court. It is another case that illustrates why everyone should be entitled to independent, quality, […]

Jerry Hayes could have said: Grayling’s reforms bode ill for rape victims

Let me be clear, this is not an apology for what have been described elsewhere as Jerry Hayes “rape apologist” comments on BBC Question Time yesterday. Jerry has already had his own right of reply. This is an attempt to: Explain what I think he might have meant when he said what he did. As […]

sex, self promotion and Stobart: a note for lawyers

Just a few words (relatively speaking), mainly to the lawyers amongst you, before I continue my series of criminal scumbags. Non-legal members of the public who support the Save UK Justice campaign and have signed the Save UK Justice petition are of course, very welcome too. I am humbled, and happy, to read all the […]

Myth #2 – the scumbag criminals

There is a widespread misconception amongst the public that criminal defence lawyers’ clients are all, well, criminals. They will happily trot out the old “innocent until proven guilty” but few actually believe that. Most think the opposite: “guilty until proven innocent” because, after all “there is no smoke without fire”. Further, even if a defendant […]

Myth #1 – The fat cat lawyer

The vast majority of criminal defence lawyers do not earn anywhere like the amount of money that the government and media would have you believe that they do. Sure, my husband earns more than the national average, but it is hardly pots and pots. Not as much as a consultant doctor in the NHS, for […]