Self Defence Update 2021

A practical up-to-date criminal law course regarding self defence in 2021.

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Course Overview

The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, put the defence of self-defence on a semi-statutory footing. It clarified what constitutes reasonable force and introduced the new concept of the “householders” defence.

As well as this, the Court of Appeal has had to consider the concept in relation to dangerous driving. This will be particularly relevant to the new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

What are the requirements?

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

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will cover:
  • • Self-defence generally; when it applies and who bears the burden
  • • The statutory definition of reasonableness
  • • The “householders” defence and guidance from the Divisional Court
  • • Defence of another and pre-emptive self-defence
  • • Self-defence and when this may constitute an attack on character
  • • Self-defence and when this may constitute an attack on character
  • • Self-defence and the prevention of crime
  • • Self-defence in driving cases

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable any practitioner involved with criminal law


About Instructor - Clive Smith

Clive spent 10 years in chambers in London practising criminal law and appeared at all levels from the Magistrates to Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience in the youth court, dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses and is qualified as a lead facilitator undertaking training on the ‘vulnerable witness’ courses run by the Inns of Court, Circuits and the Law Society.

In the Crown Court Clive dealt with serious offences including rape, murder, kidnapping and firearms.

Clive now teaches exclusively on a wide range of topics. He has undertaken training to both prosecutors and defence practitioners on advocacy, criminal evidence, criminal procedure, bad character and hearsay, sentencing, and sexual offences.

Course Curriculum


  • Webinar


  • Slides
    28 Page