"Sentencing young adults - getting it right first time” - 4pm Wednesday 22nd July 2020
David Emanuel QC, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers
Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
Claire Mawer, Barrister at 15 New Bridge Street
Tens of thousands of young adults aged 18 to 25 are sentenced in the criminal courts each year. They are ten times more likely than defendants under 18 to go to prison, despite retaining many of the vulnerabilities of children. The Court of Appeal and the sentencing council have now effectively developed a set of principles to apply to this group which should result in better outcomes for them. This seminar will provide criminal advocates and practitioners representing young adults with an update on the law and practical guidance on applying it at first instance
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About the speakers:
David Emanuel QC
David has developed a specialism in appellate work while still maintaining a busy crown court practice where he is instructed to defend in the most serious and complex cases. He regularly advises on CCRC applications and out of time appeals where there was an initial negative advice. He is a regular in the Court of Appeal. He appeared in the successful appeal of R v Balogun, which is regarded as a ground-breaking case on the subject of the sentencing of young adults.
Dr Laura Janes
Laura Janes was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and has oversight of the Howard League legal service for people under 21 in prison. She has a professional doctorate in Youth Justice. Laura has developed an expertise in advising and representing children and young people in penal detention in relation to prison law, public law and criminal appeal matters. Laura is a committee member of the Association of Prison Lawyers, Criminal Appeal Lawyers’ Association and the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group. She is also a visiting fellow at the London South Bank University and Chair of Legal Action Group. In 2019, Laura was awarded Solicitor of the Year by the First 100 years’ Inspirational Women in Law Awards.
Claire is a criminal defence barrister and the co-author of the Youth Justice Legal Centre’s Turning 18 guide. Alongside a broad general criminal practice including gang crime and violence, Claire specialises in representing children and young adults facing serious criminal allegations in the youth court, crown court and at appellate level. Claire is currently instructed in a number of appeals against sentence before the Court of Appeal, dealing with many of the pertinent issues that young adults face at sentence, including the impact of turning 18 after conviction and offending caused by delayed maturational development.