Here at Regan Peggs Solicitors we are fortunate to be regularly joined by interns from Birmingham City University. This instalment of the Intern’s Diary is written by one of them, Hannah Mambu.
Read previous instalments of the Intern’s Diary here.
Monday 29th October
I started my Monday morning by sorting out my emails and organising my tasks for the day ahead.
In the office, I started off the day by working on a Proceeds of Crime case. Over 10 years ago, our client paid a Confiscation Order. Now, the prosecution are asking a court to order him to pay more, because the value of his flat has increased, and so he has built some equity in it. Our client will have to pay something, but the amount the prosecution are seeking is too high. We are therefore assisting him to gather the evidence to support his case in court. In the meantime, he is subject to a Restraint Order, which limits the amount of money he can spend to £250 a week. This is not enough to meet his commitments, and so we have negotiated with the prosecution to have this amount increased. My task today was to collate all of the evidence, ready for use at court.
Next, I had the job of calling Birmingham Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, with the aim of confirming hearing date of our clients and ensuring that appeals we have lodged are being processed.
In the afternoon, I developed my research skills. Gemma asked me to look up the requirements for someone to be guilty of possessing an offensive weapon. We needed some detail on this in order to instruct a psychiatrist to prepare a report about whether our client was capable of forming the mental requirements necessary for the offence to be proven. This is a client whose case is currently heading to judicial review, and which Maria wrote about here.