David Hardstaff

Protecting the protectors: Calls for emergency legislation to prevent the prosecution of healthcare professionals when treating COVID-19 patients 

BCL Solicitors Associate David Hardstaff, a specialist in professional discipline and criminal litigation, discusses recent calls for emergency legislation to protect healthcare professionals from prosecution arising from incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BCL Solicitors LLP recognised as a leading firm in The Legal 500 UK 2020-2021 Guide

BCL Solicitors LLP are pleased to be once again recognised as a top-tier firm with an extensive team of outstanding individuals in the new Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020-2021 Guide with a total of seven leading practice areas identified and 14 lawyers commended for their standout contribution in their respective practices.

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Coronavirus: Adapting jury trials in a time of crisis

On 24 April 2020, the Lord Chief Justice announced the establishment of a judicial working group to consider ways to re-start some jury trials once it is safe to do so. The group includes representatives from across the criminal justice system. The development comes a month after the announcement on 23 March 2020, that all new jury trials would be postponed, effectively putting a brake on almost all contested matters in the Crown Court. Since then, the work of the Crown Court has continued to build up, prompting fears that the system will be unable to cope with the volume of work when trials eventually recommence.

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