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Topic: Serious sexual offences

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

What are the recent changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Historic sex offences, sentenced today

Here’s another interesting case concerning that complicated area of advising clients convicted of historic sex offences and the likely sentence they’ll receive today.

Historic sex offences and the significance of age at the time of offending

The Court of Appeal recently considered the case of R v Limon [2022] EWCA Crim 39 which presented a raft of interesting legal points.

Is ‘advance consent to sexual activity’ a defence?

Can consent to sexual activity be given in advance? Will “advance consent” be a defence for sexual activity with a person who is asleep or unconscious?

Mental incapacity and consent to sexual activity: a case study

Sexual offences against a person with a mental disorder: at what point will a “mental disorder” mean a person lacks capacity to consent to sexual activity? Where do we draw the line? And how will incapacity be proved?

John M Burton QC persuades the Court of Appeal to refuse an Attorney General’s reference

In December 2016 John Burton, Q.C. was instructed by solicitors in private practice to represent the defendant in the case of R v E, where a father was accused of committing serious sexual offences, including rape, against three of his own children.

Emma Nott secures strong results in series of sex trials

Get the latest from sexual offences trials in Gloucester, Worcester and Swansea with Emma Nott as criminal defence lawyer.

Defendant acquitted in historic sex case

John Burton QC and Greg Bull QC secure acquittals in historic sex case.