Advising on Sexual Offences Update

A useful update for criminal practitioners who advise clients regarding sexual offences

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Course Overview

Delivered by Colin Beaumont, this course explains the important provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and offers a practical discussion of the issues in this area.

Essential for all criminal practitioners seeking to refresh their knowledge in this area, this course will offer an easily digestible approach to the law in relation to Dangerous Offenders and will consider some of the issues relating to Guidelines published by the Sentencing Council

To assist practitioners who advise clients at the police station and those who advise at Court on plea, this course will cover the impact upon sentence of those who are co-operative with the police in interview. 

In addition, this course will cover the following:

  •  Offenders of Particular Concern
  •  Voyeurism
  •  The Notification Requirements of sex offenders

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be addressing the Court that the mitigation is that much stronger because of what was said in interview
  • • Know how the law operates in the area of the ‘register’
  • • Have considered the position pre the 1st May 2004 and post the 1st May 2004
  • • Appreciate the differences between the sentencing of ‘dangerous offenders’ and ‘offenders of particular concern’
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when Notification as a sex offender may or may not be required
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you at Court

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for criminal practitioners including trainees, solicitors and accredited police station representatives


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinars

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    7 Page


  • Quiz