The Empire Strikes Back?

*Cue trumpet fanfare and bold yellow text scrolling from bottom of screen to top*

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

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Blankety Blank

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, the time in between being filled with two main matters of substance; firstly getting certified by the Bar Council for Direct Public Access and secondly a seemingly disproportionately large number of briefs arriving for me where I am being instructed extremely late in the day (and sometimes after the dis-instruction of previous Counsel).

In reality, the late delivery of briefs is a quintessential part of Read more of this post

“The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!” – Part 2: Practical Tips

So from last time we have in mind some of the theory of what’s going on when a witness is giving evidence.¬† But knowing the theory is one thing; what about putting some of that into practice? Here are seven¬†practical tips to enhance the process of giving evidence Read more of this post

“The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!” – Part 1: Theory

Giving evidence as a witness is a stressful experience, even for planners and others who are used to giving evidence in hearings or at public inquiries. But there are some things you can do to make your experience of giving evidence much easier. Read more of this post

To Infinity And Beyond!

Or perhaps this post might be titled with another famous line – “Here Be Beasties!” – for nestled within the murky and less-charted depths of the Localism Bill lurks clause 104, which threatens those who approach it unawares and unguarded. Read more of this post

Why Plato Is Wrong

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.” – Plato

We all wait with bated breath for the judgment of the Supreme Court on Read more of this post

Developers and Drug Dealers – Part 4: Leave The Kitchen Sink

So far we’ve seen how people who breach planning controls and make financial gains from those breaches can end up facing a significantly larger bill than they ever might have dreamed of (or have been advised about…).

But the client’s question “How much will this cost me?” doesn’t end with the assessment of Read more of this post

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