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Police Station Law and Practice Update



13:00 - 17:15

Doughty Street Chambers 
53-54 Doughty Street

Ed Cape

Level(s): Updating

3.5 CPD


Commercial rate: £125 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £115 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.


Brought to you by the author and publishers of the best selling guide to advising suspects in police custody, this course is designed to help lawyers keep up to date with legal and practice developments essential to effective advice and assistance at the police station. The course covers new legislation, case-law and policing practice, with an emphasis on the practical implications so that criminal defence lawyers can apply it to their regular police station work.

*Free copy of Defending Suspects at Police Stations, 7th edition (please see below for our terms and conditions and more information on this new edition)

Topics include:
• The provisions of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 concerning street bail, police bail without charge, re-arrest, use of live   link for reviews of detention, and detention under the Mental Health Act 1983

• The revisions to Code A that took effect on 19 March 2015

• Recent revisions of PACE Codes C, D and H

• The police disclosure regime following revision of PACE
  Codes C and H in June 2014 to comply with the EU
  Directive on the right to information

• Recent case-law, including:

• Stop and search (R (Roberts) v CPM)

• Arrest (Mouncher v Chief Constable of South Wales, B and
  others v CC of the Police Service of Northern Ireland)

• Search of the person (Davies v CC of Merseyside Police)

• Legal advice (Re McNamee and McDonnell LLP's
  application for judicial review), Ibrahim and others v UK)

• Interviewing and the right to silence (R (Karia) v Hampshire
  Constabulary, R v Sakyi)

• Identification (R v Lariba and others)

• Alternatives to prosecution (R (Robson) v CPS, R (Manser)
  v CPM)

• Defences in immigration document cases (R v Mulugeta and
  others, R v Zaredar (Arash))

Aims and Objectives

The course is designed to help lawyers keep up-to-date with legal and practice developments relevant to police station work. It covers new legislation and regulations, case law, forthcoming legislation and developments in policing practice in a practical way so that criminal defence lawyers can apply it to their regular police station work.

By the end of the course, delegates should be familiar with:

• Recent developments concerning PACE and the PACE
  Codes of Practice

• Recent legislation affecting police station work

• Developments relating to police investigative powers

• Forthcoming changes to legislation and the Codes of Practice

• Relevant policy initiatives, Home Office circulars and other

• The practical implications of these developments


Area of Specialism

Criminal defence, police station advice


Course Materials/Resources

Lecture format. Case studies and question and answer sessions enable delegates to explore this area of law.  Comprehensive course handouts will be distributed to all delegates.


 *Please note that the free copy of Defending Suspects at Police Stations, 7th edition will be handed out on the day of the course for those delegates who have paid in full only. This offer is only available to delegates booking on the commercial or standard rates. For our full terms and conditions, please click here   

The new edition of Defending Suspects at Police Stations brings fully up to date this essential book for criminal lawyers on police station law and practice. Since the last edition, published in 2011, there have been many important developments, which are fully reflected in the new edition. Key developments covered by the new edition include:

• new rights regarding police disclosure, and interpretation 
  and translation, resulting from incorporation of EU legislation
  into domestic law

• the inclusion of 17-year-olds as juveniles

• revision of law and guidance governing out-of-court disposals
  such as simple cautions

• changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors, and the
  Director's Guidance on Charging

• limits on police bail without charge

• revisions to Code A on stop and search

• revisions to Code D on identification procedures

• revisions to Code G on arrest




Ed Cape is a solicitor and Professor of Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Ed is well known as a regular presenter of courses on police station practice. He is the author of Defending Suspects at Police Stations,the seventh edition of which will be published by LAG in Spring 2017, and of the bi-annual Police Station: Update in Legal Action, and is a contributor to Blackstone's Criminal Practice(Oxford University Press, annual). He recently completed research on pre-trial detention in England and Wales, as part of a 10 country European study (report available at

This course is supported by: 

Doughty Street Chambers