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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Managing yourself and your own work, Technical legal practice, Ethics, professionalism and judgement

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It’s already shaping up to be a significant year for criminal law practitioners, and the many newspaper headlines about failings in disclosure, in particular in relation to digital evidence, have brought this hot topic to the fore.

Central Law Training is pleased to present the Criminal Law Conference 2018, which provides an invaluable opportunity to get up to speed on recent developments and the latest thinking. Supported by comprehensive notes, our expert speakers will take you through all of the important recent developments in criminal practice. The conference agenda includes:

  • Disclosure issues for investigators and prosecutors
  • Dealing with disclosure deficiencies at the coal face
  • The latest developments in law, rules and practice directions
  • Treading carefully with terminology
  • Victimless prosecutions and effective hearsay submissions
  • Significant judgments that will affect your decision making
  • An update on sentencing, ancillary orders and costs

Book now to ensure that your technical competency is fully up-to-date. 


Matthew Hickling

Matthew Hickling, solicitor, is a national speaker and trainer in criminal practice, professional skills and ethics. Now non-practising, Matthew continues to help practitioners to address the disenfranchisement of clients by criminal procedural rules and practice directions. Matthew has also led the assessment regimes for duty solicitors and police station representatives.

Olwen Davies

Olwen Davies was admitted as a solicitor in 1990, obtained Higher Rights (Crime) in 1994, and has prosecuted and defended in the Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Court with occasional Court of Appeal hearings. She has taught police officers from probationer to senior investigating officer level, lectured HSE, legal professionals and others, and is co-author of Jordan’s The CJA 2003 - a Practitioner’s Guide. She is the legally-qualified Chair of the Police Misconduct Panel and a deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court).

Cathy McCulloch

Cathy McCulloch (2002) of St Edmund Chambers started her career as a Police Officer. She is a highly effective and experienced Barrister who is in demand nationally, particularly in cases relating to alleged sex offences. She applies the law with a clarity and passion which is both forceful and highly effective. She has particular skill in acting in cases where defendant, complainant or key witnesses are vulnerable or young. She has an active interest in International Criminal Law, and is admitted to the List of Counsel before the International Criminal Court, the Rule 43 List of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, and the List of Defence Counsel of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon as Lead Counsel.

Simon Spence QC

Simon Spence was called to the Bar in 1985 and took silk in 2009. He prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases and practises from Red Lion Chambers. He is an authority on complex forensic cases and is in demand in homicide cases. Immediately before taking silk, he was the prosecution junior in the case of Steve Wright, who murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006.

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