Frank Feehan QC and Caroline Harris’ new book Vulnerable Witnesses within Family and Criminal Proceedings can be ordered now.


Are you prepared to protect the vulnerable in court? A guide to the rights of witnesses and the duties of advocates in family and criminal proceedings.

Explaining the legal structure currently in place to assist vulnerable individuals, this brand new title covers every stage of proceedings, including the investigation/pre-proceeding, and postproceedings, whilst also looking at anonymity and protective orders. In addition, it discusses the sanctions available to the court if proper consideration and sufficient protection has not been given to vulnerable people at each stage. Covering legislation, regulation and authorities which govern these situations, it offers best practice regarding the examination of those who have difficulty understanding their case, by reason of age, circumstance or emotional and psychological difficulties.

Practical help is provided through: Step-by-step guidance at each stage; Helpful suggestions as to how to approach the hearing at each stage of proceedings; Links to the useful guidance regularly referred to within proceedings including the Advocates Gateway

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1KBW is pleased to announce that, following a stringent risk-assessment, we will begin the process of reopening chambers from 6th July 2020. A series of measures are now in place to ensure the safety of all staff, members and visitors. We have been successfully working remotely during lockdown period and a number of staff and members will continue to do so to ensure social distancing measures are kept in place, as per government guidance.


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