Entries by Ross Pinkney

What is Burglary?

Burglary is defined by s9 of the Theft Act 1968 . A person can be guilty of burglary in two ways: They enter a building as a trespasser with the intent to steal, inflicting grievous bodily harm or doing unlawful damage to the building or anything in it; Having entered any building or part of […]


Robbery is an offence under s8 of the Theft Act 1968. It is an aggravated form of theft. S8(1) Theft Act 1968: A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts […]

What are The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

What are The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 and how could they affect us? The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 were introduced by the Secretary of State on the 10th February 2020 to address the global health crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The Regulations give the Government power to keep people under quarantine for […]

The Offence of Theft

What is Theft? We all know what a theft is but the legal definition may surprise you. Theft is defined by the Theft Act 1968 s1 as: Dishonestly Appropriates Property Belonging to another With the intention to permanently deprive. The Crown Prosecution Service must prove each element of the offence in order for a person […]

Client Feedback

Client Feedback We’ve recently received some excellent client feedback from two people who were recently represented by Dean Phillips and Charlotte de Rosnay. From a client we represented in both criminal and family matters: “Thank you so much for everything you all have done to help us. Charlotte and Dean, you are exceptional at what […]

A Great Result for Dean Phillips at Birmingham Magistrates Court

Dean attend Birmingham Magistrates last week to represent a client who had pleaded not guilty to a s4A public order offence of threatening behaviour. The Crown needed to show that the client used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause another person harassment alarm or distress. Our client […]

Public Order Offences

What are Public Order offences? There are many public order offences set out in the Public Order Act 1986. They vary in seriousness and cover a wide range of situations. The offences include: s5 Public Order Act 1986 – Causing harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour. The sentence for this […]

Drugs Offences – Know the Law

In the UK the majority of offences relating to drugs are contained in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 The most common offences we see in Court are possession of a controlled drug, possession with intent to supply, the unlawful supply (give/sell/share) of a controlled drug and allowing premises to be used for the use […]

Driving Whilst Disqualified – Why you should take legal advice

A great result for Charlotte de Rosnay on a Driving Whilst Disqualified case at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court Charlotte’s client was charged with Driving Whilst Disqualified. She was pulled over by the police because her car flagged as not having a valid MOT or Insurance policy in place. The police checked her driving credentials and […]

County Lines – What is it?

‘County Lines’ – What is it? You have no doubt heard in the news the term ‘County Lines’ in respect of UK police and law enforcement agencies. It is a term used by police and law enforcement agencies to refer to the networks of organised crime groups and gangs involved in the exportation of illegal […]