It Never Gets Easier.

How Much Can One Take?   It gets harder to drag your duty solicitor body to the Police Station. Police Stations are ugly places. Cold angles and raised edges. Blunt Custody Sergeants. Boy and girl band police officers.   My client had been arrested for attempted sexual offences with a child (person under 16) Ben (not his real names) my …

The Raggedy Man

True. 2 PCSO’s see a raggedy man walking along a Cheshire road. They approach him, he discards a bag and runs away. He is apprehended and the bag contains wraps of heroin. He is charged with Possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. He is remanded in custody He (Paul) is thin, with rotten teeth. His parents died …

Unexplained Wealth Order. All You need to Know.

Spent £16 million in Harrods, bought a £12 million pound house, plus the Yacht. Read on. 1. Introduction This guidance is issued to raise awareness and a basic understanding of the provisions of the “unexplained wealth order” and “interim freezing order”. It is not a statement of law and is not detailed guidance or interpretation of the power. It should not …

The Intolerability of Criminal Law

Criminal Law is Intolerable. A leading Barrister Mukul Chalwa warns in an article on the Secret Barrister blog that life at the criminal bar is becoming intolerable and the legal system is at breaking point. “It is not just that the fat has been cut from the bone, but huge chunks of flesh have been eviscerated,” he says. While the …

Divorce the Final Frontier

Try to be Nice   Hard to believe but the lawyers who have the most stress related illness, suffer from (rather than enjoy) the highest rate of alcoholism, mental health problems and other health issues are (drum roll) the Divorce Lawyers. Pretty obvious really; You are looking after a client (a person with whom you have a professional and confidential …

Some Lives Don’t Matter.

Some Lives Don’t Matter.   Sam is a young man you would trust and instinctively warm to, someone who can handle himself and has a quiet assurance. Those traits suited the gang who recruited him for county lines work. So when Sam left HMP Walton he was offered train tickets and heroin to sell in the Market Town of Macclesfield. …

The Will of Unintended Consequences.

Can You Make a Will? “Can you make a Will for my friend Brian?” Asked his best friend Ally  “Yes” “Can you make it soon?  He’s ill”  “Yes I but will need a letter from his Doctor saying he has ‘capability to make the Will he wishes to make. Meaning he has mental capacity.” “Yes, no problem, we will have …

A Police Service not a Police Force

Case 1. Mum is under arrest for alleged Child Neglect. Her 9 year old daughter Natassa called the police at 3am, because “mummy was drunk” and she was “hungry.” The police arrived to a filthy house. Clothes and possessions strewn throughout. No food in the fridge or cupboard’s. Four children, aged 9, 7, 5 and 2 fully dressed,soiled bed clothes. …

Do you want to practise in these Courts?

“Well not in this one.” I said to myself. “Yes please, if that’s okay with you, your honour?” The problem with the younger Judges, is that they think a good Judge is a hard one. Which means becoming a rude one. It’s tricky, but hey, a bit more finesse and there’s no need for the curmudgeonly theatrics. Where’s your manners …

Thank you Google.

Here is a review of my legal services. Enjoy my shame;   Paul Darnbough is one of the most incompetent solicitors you will ever meet, very volatile and aggressive with clients, several on going complaints with solicitors regulations authority, asks for large sums of money up front then ignores all correspondence, then threatens clients over the phone when asked for …