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Course will be presented by Colin Beaumont via Zoom


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Criminal Law 2020 Update




Colin Beaumont ‘returns’ to Coventry on Friday, 4th September 2020 in order to present this 3 hour ‘virtual’ course which will bring you right up to date with the things you need to know.

This will be a live presentation via Zoom between 2pm – 5pm. It could not be simpler. Once we know from Lesley at Warwickshire Law Society that you have booked onto the course (Lesley will let us know that by sending us your email) we will send you an email with a link to the presentation and you simply click on the link and join us.

Although the link will prompt you to download Zoom, there is absolutely no need to download Zoom as a pre-requisite for gaining access to the presentation (Zoom simply want you to download their program – which is quite understandable if you think about it from their perspective!)

Although the presentation starts at 2pm we would appreciate it if you click on the link from 1:30pm onwards in order that we may assist in any way.

It will be FULLY INTERACTIVE and you can either un-mute your microphone and ask a question during the presentation or type your question into the chat box.

Colin has done lots of these and is pleased to say that they work.

A full set of notes running to some 400+ pages have been written to accompany the presentation.

The course is extremely practical and will be of interest to anyone involved in the day-to-day practice of criminal law in England and Wales. It’s impossible to keep up-to-date with all that is happening but to evidence your ongoing commitment to your own professional development you really should complete an annual update course. This course will take you through the current legislation, relevant statutory instruments and case-law.

Colin’s notes are always full and will contain a summary of important case-law for Criminal Practitioners – 2020 – 2015 – more than 160+ cases – an excellent resource!!


This course will cover the following:


Amendments to Prisoner Release Terms – 1st of April 2020

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 – 26th of February 2020

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 – including the Case-law

Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 – including the Notification Requirements

Stalking Protection Act 2019 and the Stalkers Register – brought into force in January 2020

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 and ‘knife Crime Prevention Orders’

An ‘insight’ into the new Sentencing Act which may receive Royal Assent on 1st October 2020 – an insight only because it has 420 Sections and 29 Schedules – have you read it yet??

The bail position of the defendant attending Court on a Requisition – [2020] EWHC 452 (Admin)

Theft by way of low-value shoplifting – R v Harvey [2020] EWCA Crim 354

A Legal Quiz – 25 Q’s covering legislation and 25 Q’s covering case-law with 3 multiple-choice answers (or guesses, should you prefer)

The effect of Covid -19 upon sentencing – R v Manning [2020] EWCA Crim 592

The Victim Surcharge – Amendments made on the 14th April 2020

‘Dishonesty’ defined – Barton and Booth and the Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575

Failing to disclose your PIN – R v Jeffrey Spencer [2019] EWCA Crim 2240


We live in very strange times! Who knows whether face-to-face presentations will ever return. As criminal practitioners we are adept at the art of ‘adapting to survive’ and this is just another manifestation.

Those of you who have been on Colin’s courses in the past will know that they are nothing if not interactive and his virtual courses are no different.

We know that we have to keep up-to-date as professionals and I can think of no better, or enjoyable, way of getting to grips with all the stuff that they throw at you than engaging in this 3-hour presentation from the comfort of your own home or the office

Pyjamas are permissible but do remember not to turn on your WebCams!


04 Sep 2020


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