PDS Solicitors

We are recruiting Higher Courts Advocates

The Public Defender Service are seeking to recruit eight experienced criminal Higher Courts Advocates. As a qualified Barrister or Solicitor-Advocate, you will be passionate about criminal law and have substantial experience in providing advice and representation in the Higher Courts. You will demonstrate advanced advocacy skills in a wide range of complex, serious and sensitive… Read more

Sentencing Guideline – Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea

Sentencing Guideline – Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea Simon Perkins 1. The Definitive Sentencing Guideline on Reduction in Sentence for Guilty Pleas came into effect on 1 June 2017 and is applicable both in Magistrates’ and the Crown Court to cases whose first appearance was on or after that date. The Guideline explicitly… Read more

Pontypridd Office Move

The Public Defender Service Pontypridd has now moved to the following address 1 Penuel Lane, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan CF37 4UF There are no changes to opening hours or contact details

Children First Gloucestershire

Children First is an initiative that has been effective since 1st January 2018 in the Gloucestershire area. The aim is to divert young people from the criminal justice system. The objectives are early intervention, practical and effective partnership working, information sharing and the progressive replacement of criminalising sanctions with restorative practice approaches in child offender… Read more

Terrorism Offences Sentencing Guidelines Change 27th April 2018

On 27th April 2018 sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences came into force. These were published in March and have been introduced to deal with the changing nature of terrorist offending and to ensure that courts have the guidance needed to deal with such cases to punish offenders and disrupt their activities.   As the offending… Read more

New Domestic Abuse Guidelines

The Sentencing Council have released a definitive guideline for dealing with matters involving domestic abuse. A copy of the guideline can be found here:SC_Domestic_Abuse_Paper. Whilst the guideline is not due to come into force until May, it can be expected that Courts will begin to follow the guideline from today. It is therefore essential reading… Read more

Public Defender Service Achieve Lexcel Accreditation

The Public Defender Service are delighted to have been awarded Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark and is only awarded to those in the legal profession who are able to demonstrate the highest standards of practice management and client care. The Lexcel accreditation is an important award for us as… Read more

Modern Slavery Act

It is estimated that approximately 45,800,000 are held in Modern Slavery across the world. In 2015, the Home Office estimated that there was between 10,000 to 13,000 victims of Modern Slavery in the UK. In 2015, the Modern Slavery Act was introduced which gives greater powers to crime enforcement to deal with modern slavery. There… Read more