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Adam Bonney LL.B (HONS)

Adam joined Morton’s Solicitors in April 2018 and is an Associate Solicitor. Adam represents clients at the Magistrates’ Courts and Police Stations across the North West on a daily basis.

Adam is a Duty Solicitor and represents clients under the Duty Solicitor Scheme at both the Police Station and Magistrates’ Court.

AREAS OF EXERTISE

Police Stations

Adam represents clients in all types of criminal matters in the police station ranging. He forms part of our 24 hour on call team providing free and independent legal advice to those detained at police station.

Adam’s high level of legal knowledge and tactical awareness has led to him developing a reputation for providing robust legal advice to those detained at the police station.

Adam also represent clients in PACE interviews (interviews under caution) conducted by local authorities and other government agencies.

Magistrates’ Court

Adam is part of our Magistrates’ Court team. He regularly represents clients in the Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court on a wide range of cases. He represents clients at all stages of the Magistrates’ Court; first appearances, bail applications, trials and sentencing.

Crown Court

Adam diligently litigates a wide range of Crown Court cases, instructing counsel or our in-house Higher Courts Advocates. Adam will instruct experts where required in order for his clients to have the best possible defence.

Motoring Law

Adam has a specialist interest in Motoring Law / Road Traffic specialists.

Adam advises on all aspects of this area of law ranging including advice on speeding, special reasons and exceptional hardship applications.

Adam can also assist in the applying for the early return of a driving licence after a disqualification. Adam also defends clients in relation to a wide range of offences from drink driving to causing death by dangerous driving.

 

Regulatory Law

Adam represented two junior doctors (one an executive member of the Junior Doctors Committee), suspended by their Trade Union, the British Medical Association for “leaking” information to the media regarding the government negotiations for new doctors’ contracts.

Taxi / Private Hire Licensing

Adam advises and represents clients in respect of Taxi (hackney carriage) and Private Hire licensing. This includes; the initial application, renewals, disciplinary proceedings, licence restrictions/bans, representation at hearings before committees/licensing officers and appeals to the Courts.

Protest Law

Due to his specialist protest law knowledge, Adam is often requested to represent protestors at the Police Station and the Magistrates’ Court.

Adam has represented numerous anti-fracking protestors including a protestor who scaled a 15m drilling rig in Nottinghamshire and those arrested in relation to the Barton Moss fracking site in Manchester. He also represented the man who climbed the Manchester Big Wheel to protest in May 2014.

Adam represented those arrested for protesting in Manchester City Centre to highlight issues in the Middle East.

Adam represented the ‘Love Activist’, protestors who occupied the Old Bank of England Building in Liverpool.

Adam also represented numerous anti-fracking protestors arrested in respect of various public order offences arising from protests at the Cuadrilla drilling site at Preston New Road, Blackpool.

Adam has extensive knowledge of public order law and represents clients charged with a whole manner of protesting related offences including; failure to comply as directed, failure to disperse, failure to remove disguises, obstruction of the highway, obstruction of police and aggravated trespass.

Gang Injunctions (Gangbos)

Section 34 of the Policing And Crime Act 2009 allows for the police/local authority to apply to the civil courts for an injunction to prevent gang-related violence if they suspect on the balance of probabilities that an individual has engaged in, or has encouraged or assisted, gang-related violence.

Adam represented the first three individuals against whom Greater Manchester Police brought such injunctions.

He also represented two of the four respondents in the first of these injunctions brought by Salford City Council. He has further represented others against whom Salford City Council has issued such proceedings.

Civil Injunctions (ASBIs formerly known as ASBOs)

Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 allows for the police/local authority to apply to the civil courts for an injunction to prevent anti-social behaviour.

Adam has represented individuals against whom Greater Manchester Police has issued such injunction proceedings.

Adam has represented clients against whom such orders have been made in both the County Court and the High Court.

Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs or Crimbos)

Part 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 allows the Court to make a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) if a person is convicted of an offence and two conditions are satisfied.

These Orders can prohibit the person from doing something or require them to do something. The Police are increasingly seeking to obtain such Orders especially against youths.

Adam represents clients against whom such Orders are sought. Adam can assist in either opposing the Order in its entirety or securing much favourable terms.

Notable Cases

 

R -v- S (Liverpool Crown Court) [2015] – Successful Appeal

This was a successful appeal against sentence at the Crown Court following a ‘Love Activist’ being given an immediate custodial sentence of ten weeks by the Magistrates’ Court having pleaded guilty to the offence of trespass during the currency of an interim possession order contrary to s76 of the Criminal Justice And Public Order Act 1994. The Crown Court reduced the sentence to eight weeks imprisonment and suspended the term of imprisonment, allowing the immediate release of the client from prison.

R -v- D (Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court) [2015] – Public Order Offences

This case concerned a protester outside the Conservative Party Conference. The defendant was charged with causing alarm, harassment or distress contrary to s5 of the Public Order Act 1986. The defendant was acquitted after trial.

R -v- B (Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court) [2016] – Public Order Offences

This case concerned a protester outside the Conservative Party Conference. The defendant was charged with causing intentional alarm, harassment or distress contrary to s4A of the Public Order Act 1986. The defendant was acquitted after trial.

R -v- C (Liverpool Magistrates’ Court) [2016]  – Anti-social Behaviour Offences.

This case concerned a defendant charged with failing to comply with a dispersal direction under s35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime And Policing Act 2014. The defendant was standing holding a placard outside the Old Bank Of England Building in Liverpool which was occupied at the time by the ‘Love Activists’. Following a three day trial, the Court acquitted the defendant holding that it was not reasonable for the police officer to have issued the direction.

R -v- H (Runcorn Magistrates’ Court) [2016] – Assault

The defendant was a charged with an assault against a prison officer whilst a serving prisoner. It was successfully argued that the prison’s failure to investigate and preserve vital CCTV evidence was an abuse of process. The Court stayed the proceedings against the defendant.

R -v- K (Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court) [2016] – Drink Driving

The defendant was charged with being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drink contrary to s4 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The statutory defence was raised in that there was no likelihood of the defendant driving whilst unfit through drink. The defendant had been parked in a car park next to a train line, drinking whilst waiting to commit suicide. Following a trial the Court held that the defendant had intended to end their life and as such there was no likelihood of driving.

R -v- D (Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court [2016] – Public Order Offences

The defendant was an anti-fracking protester from the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp charged with the offence of Aggravated Trespass contrary to s68 of the Criminal Justice And Public Order Act 1994. The defendant lay down in the road as part of a peaceful protest. Following a trial, the Court acquitted the defendant. The District Judge held that the defendant’s actions had been reasonable in the circumstances.

 

 

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