Can you be convicted of an offence without your knowledge?

Sadly, the answer to the above question is yes and this article explains why it is becoming more common. In a move by the government to speed up high volume cases, such as minor motoring and TV licence offences, the Single Justice Procedure (SJP) was brought into effect in 2015. The SJP consists of a single magistrate who will typically impose a fine, and in motoring offences they can in addition impose penalty points on your driving licence and periods of disqualification from driving. If you receive a SJP Notice, you must respond with your guilty or not guilty plea within the 21 days of the notice. If you do…

Debt Recovery Specialist joins the firm’s Commercial Law Team

The Commercial Litigation Team at Sills & Betteridge LLP has recently been strengthened by the appointment of Debt Recovery Chartered Legal Executive Madeline Broddley. Madeline joins the firm with over 30 years of experience in national and international debt recovery and insolvency, representing national and international banks, local government, builders merchants and energy and utility providers. She specialises in the enforcement of charging orders by way of applying for orders for sale and the realisation of legal, equitable and statutory charges along with other possession actions, such as mortgage repossession. She also deals with the recovery of overpaid benefits, benefit fraud, bankruptcy and foreign process, which may involve the recovery…