Police Station Update 2021

An invaluable 2021 update for all criminal law practitioners who advise suspects at the police station.

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Course Overview

This 1-hour webinar will be of relevance to anyone advising suspects at the police station stage. Much advice during the pandemic has been given remotely and the security aspects of this will be covered. The presenter will be Colin Stephen McKeown-Beaumont who was for many years a solicitor heavily involved in advising at this early stage of the investigation. He is the author of 'Advising suspects at the police station'
Mistakes made at this early stage in the case may have important ramifications if the matter eventually goes to trial. Client expectations are huge and they can be very unforgiving if mistakes adversely affect their case.

The following 10 issues will be covered:

Advising the client about the difficulties inherent in 'remote' consultations
What to do where you just feel uneasy about not being physically present
Disclosure – the legal test – the precise amount of information that needs to be given to you prior to the interview in order for adverse inferences to be drawn at trial
Adverse inferences generally – Sections 34, 36 and 37 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Written statements – your judgement call – circumstances in which you may care to deal with the interview by means of a prepared statement rather than talking
Difficult client scenarios – your position if the client, having made full admissions to you, and having agreed to go 'no comment', starts answering the questions in interview
Full admissions made to you and you advise the client to have a 'no comment' interview – the further advice that must be given in these circumstances
The significance (or non significance) of what other suspects are saying against your client in their interviews
Conflict – you must know your legal position on conflict in order to protect yourself
Pre-charge bail and bail conditions imposed – the complete legal position in this area including time limits

The purpose of this 1-hour webinar is to massively increase your knowledge, thereby increasing your confidence in advising suspects at the police station stage – the police station can be a very lonely place for the adviser and the more serious the matter in hand, the lonelier it can feel.

What are the requirements?

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

Learning Outcomes

  • To massively increase your knowledge
  • To increase your confidence in advising suspects at the police station stage

What is the target audience?

  • Those who advise suspects at the police station stage


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
    21 Page