The Liver Building

Drugs Offences, Evidence & Sentencing


Speaker: Clive Smith

Date: Thursday 14th October, 2021

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Areas of Law: Criminal


Course Code: S4568


With the Sentencing Council having recently published new sentencing guidelines in relation to drugs, this presents the perfect opportunity to update your knowledge around drugs sentencing.  Before getting to sentence however, the issue of evidence in drugs cases will be covered.  Issues such as admissibility of phone evidence and evidence of cash/extravagant lifestyle found during searches and arrest.

In addition, this course will look at drugs offences generally, such as the law around psychoactive substances under the 2016 Act.

What this course will cover:

  • Drugs offences – what is the law around psychoactive substances?
  • Admissibility of phone evidence – guidance from the Court of Appeal
  • Possession – what constitutes possession and what “knowledge” is required?
  • Joint possession – multiple defendants in a car: who is in “possession”?
  • Aggravation of supply offences – drug dealing around schools
  • New sentencing guidelines – “spice”, synthetic opioids and the issue of “harm” under the new guidelines

Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

Speaker Biographies

Clive Smith

Called to the Bar in 2003, Clive has practiced criminal law for well over a decade, mainly defending.  In practice Clive has undertaken the full range of criminal offences, from theft and robbery, to rape and murder.  Clive has extensive experience in dealing with difficult and complex cases involving amongst other things phone evidence, DNA evidence, vulnerable witnesses and firearms.

Clive has taught on a variety of areas such as advocacy, criminal evidence, practice and procedure, bad character, hearsay and has also been a lead facilitator on behalf of The Law Society providing “Advocacy & the Vulnerable” courses to practitioners.


Member £105
Non-member £150
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