Harsher sentences for riot and non-riot cases in after mouth of disturbances a worrying sign for legal system

CRIMINAL lawyer Oliver Gardner is voicing his concern after a recent report found that rioters faced significantly harsher sentences if convicted within two weeks of the riots. The report by the Manchester Evening News discovered that those convicted within a fortnight of the riots received sentences on average 30% longer than those sentenced after two…


Latest case of footballer attacking opponent on the pitch highlights issue of severe consequences of violence in amateur sport

CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITOR Oliver Gardner is warning hot headed amateur sportsmen that a rush of blood can land them in jail after the latest case of a footballer striking out in the heat of play. The case of Royal Marine Corporal William Patten, who assaulted an opponent during a match in February 2010, highlights the…