Conveyancing Work Now Available

More exciting news for CPC Worldwide today…
Following a successful meeting with Kenneth Barrow Solicitors on Friday our managing director, Mrs Crozier announced that we will be able to take on conveyancing work in partnership with another expert law firm.
If you are buying/selling your home or seeking legal advice in regard to conveyancing, why not contact us straight away??
We’ll put you in the safest hands possible and make sure a legal professional looks after your best interests from day one!!!!

It’s All A Conspiracy!!

The word conspiracy can often be daunting, especially if you are staring down the barrel of a criminal charge and it’s heading in that direction. In this article Dan Potter will look to clear up some of the myths surrounding statutory conspiracy charges and how they can be successfully defended with the correct legal team and preparations.

First we must look at what the law says about conspiracy, a conspiracy charge can be brought on anyone who commits an offence under section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. This is established when a person agrees with another person(s) that a course of conduct shall be taken that involves commission of an offence by one or more of the parties involved.

In simple terms a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to act in an unlawful way however, in some circumstances this can be overlooked, such as if one of the parties involved was under the age of criminal responsibility or the only 2 parties involved where husband and wife.

In court the prosecution must prove an agreement to commit an offence was made between 2 or more people and the offence was indeed carried out in order to successfully convict somebody of conspiracy to commit a crime.

As conspirators won’t sign a written agreement stating the offence they are planning to commit prosecution must convince the jury of someone’s involvement using patterns of contact and evidence gathered form texts, emails and calls around the time of the offences i.e. just before or just after.

More frequently than not there has been some contact from the two or more parties involved in a conspiracy around the time of the offence, this is why it is important to seek advice from an expert legal team that can carefully prepare counter arguments to points presented by the prosecution. Your attorney must carefully explain all meetings and forms of contact between suspected conspirators and convince the jury that there was never any plan to commit an offence.

Although conspiracy to commit a crime does not carry a punishment as severe as committing the crime its self, it could still land the accused with a hefty fine, community service order or custodial sentence if found guilty. If you find yourself facing unfair conspiracy charges and you would like help to build your defence case, email one of our team on info@cpcworldwide.co.uk, include a brief description of what’s happened and your personal contact information, we’ll be sure to get back to you!!!!!

Misusing Motor Trade Insurance – What’s The Consequences??

A motor trade insurance policy can be taken out by anyone who runs a business involving anything to do with cars, motorbikes and vans and involves things such as, buying and selling cars, repairing and servicing, valeting, running a garage etc. When used correctly they are excellent business tools, they allow people working on/with cars and other vehicles to move them around freely without excessive amounts of paper work.

Used incorrectly a trade policy can land you in a whole heap of legal and financial trouble and now police forces across the UK have been instructed to crack down on dealers who are misusing them; in this article Dan Potter looks at the terms of use for trade policies and the penalties imposed on those choosing not to abide by them.

Evidence from various sources suggests police are running national intelligence-led operations, in order to catch those violating the terms of their trade insurance. Drivers often believe that a trade policy is in place to cover a vehicle and therefore, any qualified driver may use it for trade purposes. Unfortunately this is often not the case, if the trader does not hold an open policy and you aren’t a named driver, you are breaking the law and liable for prosecution.

All trade policies have terms of use, they must state very clearly which cars can be driven on the policy and by who. Dealers should keep an up to date record featuring all information about cars they wish to insure and submit it to the Motor Insurance Database, this allows police to check information on exactly which cars are covered.

If you are deemed to be misusing a trade policy the penalty is just as severe as driving with no insurance, not only could you face vehicle seizure and 6 points on your license, you could be issued with a heavy fine.

In order to collect a vehicle that has been seized, you will need proof of insurance. All vehicles that are not claimed within 14 days can be crushed or sold, far from ideal if it happens to be a customer’s car.

If you are facing charges for misusing a motor traders policy and wish to seek legal advice, why not email one of our helpful team on info@cpcworldwide.co.uk? Simply start with a brief description of your case and leave it along with your personal contact information, this may be all our experts require to build the defence case you need.

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Is It Well Out Of Date!?!

In order to celebrate the fact we have teamed up with Kenneth Barrow Solicitors to take on defense cases for those being charged with criminal offences, Dan will be taking a look at the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. In this article we look at what the act is, why it was put into place and how you could be penalized for choosing not to follow it, from there we will go on to look at the cost of policing drugs and find out if it’s truly worth it. Could it be time for the UK to reform and support those with drug problems instead of punishing them?

The reason legal restrictions are placed on the use of controlled drugs is to try and prevent drug misuse and protect public safety, the principal offences relating to the misuse of controlled drugs are contained in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The primary focus of the Act is to control the use and distribution of dangerous and harmful drugs. The Act classifies the drugs according to their perceived degree of overall harm from misuse.

Drugs are “controlled drugs” if they are specified as being of Class A (such as heroin, cocaine & methamphetamine), B (such as cannabis or ketamine) or C (which is things like steroids), as set out in Parts I, II or III of Schedule 2 to the Act.

Each drug that is individually controlled is specified by reference to its proprietary and/or chemical name. Controlled drugs can also be specified as being a drug or the derivative of a drug if they originate from the same chemical base.

From November 2011, the Home Secretary has been able to make a substance or product a temporary class drug by means of a Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO).

A TCDO enables the HS to control any substance(s), which are not already controlled and are likely to be misused, a TDCO lasts for a period of 12 months to protect the public from harmful effects.

The 2 most common drug offences to be charged with are possessing and supplying drugs.

You are most likely to be charged with possession of a controlled substance if you are caught on the spot with a sufficient amount for your own personal use. The penalty will usually depend on things such as where the drugs where found, the possessors criminal record and the class and quantity of the drug. If you are carrying excessive amounts of drugs you are more prone to a supply charge.

The penalty for producing or dealing drugs is likely to be far more severe than any possession charges. The table below shows ways in which offenders can be penalized for breaking drug laws.

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It takes equivalent to 500 full time police officers per year throughout the UK just to take the time to deal with and process cannabis related cases alone. Research carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research shows decriminalizing cannabis could cut the cost of policing, prosecuting and treating drug users by up to £300m a year.

Meanwhile, tax revenue from licensing the drug could raise between £400m and £900m for the exchequer. Amanda Feilding, from who is president of a foundation campaigning for scientifically based reform of the UK’s drugs policy and said: “In these times of economic crisis, it is essential to examine the possibilities of more cost-effective drug policy.”

It seems to me like we are fighting a loosing battle, If we where to license, sell and regulate a number of certain less harmful drugs, we could put police time in to more important things, let the CPS focus on getting justice in more important cases and take in some of the financial gain that we as a nation are so badly crying out for.

If you have been charged with an offence and you know it was unfair or unjust, why not approach one of our team? You can do this by emailing your personal contact information along with a brief description of your case and any supporting documents to info@cpcworldwide.co.uk.

Investment with Stirling Mortimer

Have you invested money with Stirling Mortimer Global Property Fund??

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has started processing claims for a trio of unregulated property funds, finding that advisers are liable for any losses suffered by customers despite an investigation into fraud by the Serious Fraud Office.

If you would like help recovering the money that is rightfully yours, waste no time calling one of our team with your contact information and a brief description of events to on 0191 386 2487. Alternatively you can send over the information by email with any relevant documents to info@cpcworldwide.co.uk!!!

We are here to help you!!

The CPC Worldwide Team

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