Criminal Case Law Update 2021

An an up-to-date overview of what can be learnt from recent criminal case law from 2020 through to 2021.

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Course Overview

This course will be of relevance for anyone involved with criminal law – you may be acting for the defendant – you may be acting for the prosecution – you may be an adviser to the Magistrates'. We all have good intentions to keep up-to-date with important case-law handed down by the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court but we are so busy that we just never seem to be able to set aside the time for reading these important judgement's.

Fortunately, Colin Beaumont has both the time and the inclination, to read through these lengthy judgement's and to give you the 'distilled essence' of the following cases in this 1-hour webinar on behalf of Datalaw.

12 important cases will be considered:

Plaku/Plaku/Bourdon/Smith (2021) – the issue of credit following a guilty plea
Regina v Umerji (2021) – sending defendants to the Crown Court in their absence
Chipunza and Regina (2021) – burglary of a hotel room – domestic or commercial?
Regina and Jason Lawrance (2021) – an examination of 'consent' in sexual activity
A and Regina (2020) – the sentencing of 'offenders of particular concern'
R (on the application of BB) (2020) – the sending of youths to the Crown Court
Regina and Wangige (2020) – abuse of process and 'autrefois convict'
Barton/Booth (2020) – the Lord Chief Justice on the issue of 'dishonesty'
Regina and Spencer (2020) – the refusal to disclose the PIN
Regina and Harvey (2020) – theft by way of low-value shoplifting
[2020] EWHC - 452 – anonymous defendant – appearing on a requisition
R v Manning (2020) – the Attorney General and unduly lenient sentences

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides 1 CPD points
  • Watch the recorded webinar to improve or refresh your legal knowledge

Learning Outcomes

  • Keep up-to-date with important case-law handed down by the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court
  • Have considered and covered the 12 important cases included

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable any practitioner involved with criminal law


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


  • Webinar


  • Slides
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