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Sandra Paul, a solicitor who specialises in cases of sexual misconduct, predicted the convictions would lead to more cases of this kind coming before the courts.
This decision, particularly if it's publicised, is going to give people confidence to approach the police.
The fact this conviction exists now sets a precedent and opens the door to make future convictions in similar cases more likely.
However, any jury will have to look at the facts of a case and make a decision based on the evidence. The jury being aware of Lawrance's previous convictions probably influenced their decision. If this was Joe Bloggs with no previous convictions, might they say that was a bad thing to do but not a criminal thing to do?
Sandra felt more guidance was needed from a higher court because of the wider implications, and said a judgment from the Court of Appeal would give this."
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Sandra has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual offences. She works with clients in the UK and abroad, including allegations following the #MeToo campaign. Drawing on her advocacy experience, Sandra is particularly accomplished in preparing witnesses to give an account or evidence in settings ranging from court proceedings through to internal and external investigations or inquiries. Sandra’s career has included discreet representation of high profile individuals including politicians, bankers, music, sports and media personalities.
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