The LASPO Act 2012 - An Overview

An overview of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, a key piece of criminal law legislation

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Course Overview

Essential for all criminal practitioners advising clients in the office or whilst an advocate at court, this 20-minute bite size session will focus providing viewers with an overview of important changes and amendments in relation to:

  •  Legal aid
  •  Remands in custody
  •  Suspended sentences
  •  Community orders
  •  Sentencing powers on a breach
  •  Fines and compensation
  •  Dangerous Offenders

Aimed at practitioners who want to seriously increase their knowledge and effectiveness as an advocate, this session will ensure that practitioners are aware of the only circumstances now in which a Crown Court Judge may make a DCO in favour of a defendant for a matter on indictment.

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:
  • • Appreciate the major changes brought about by the Act including the new offences created by the Act and how the Act altered the law on sentencing
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which a knowledge of the Act will assist you in your case generally
  • • Recognise the importance of mandatory minimum sentences in the Magistrates’ Court
  • • Be aware of the changes brought about in the area of bail
  • • Feel more confident generally

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for criminal practitioners of all levels including probationary and accredited police station represenatives


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

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    7 Page


  • Quiz