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About Matt Elkins

I am a qualified solicitor and I have extensive experience of applying for the removal of police cautions from the PNC, challenging DBS certificates and DBS barring decisions. I have had numerous successful cases, and for cases where judicial review proceedings have been issued, I am usually able able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police. I have co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal : “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions and published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings
18 12, 2017

Caution Removed for Professional

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We have again had a caution removed for a professional client. The client had a caution for Actual Bodily Harm (ABH). If the caution had remained on the client's record it would have had a permanent impact on his career. ABH Caution Removal Solicitor Under current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) rules

2 12, 2017

Sexual Offence Police Caution Deleted

By |December 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have again had a caution expunged for a client. The caution had been issued a number of years previously, in relation to a sexual offence.We were able to identify aspects in the evidence which enabled us to challenge the basis of the caution, even though the caution had been issued over five years

22 11, 2017

Drugs Police Caution Expunged

By |November 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have successfully applied for the removal of our client's police caution. The client had been found in possession of a class A drug, and had admitted in interview, with the duty solicitor advising, that the drugs were his. The client works in a highly trusted profession, and the caution was having a devastating

8 11, 2017

DBS Barring List Success

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We have successfully applied to have our client removed from the Disclosure and Barings Services’ (DBS) Barred lists. The client had been placed on the barred list under the former Department of Education and Skills (DfES) list 99 procedure. The client had never been convicted of any criminal offence, but was simply the subject

1 11, 2017

Arrest Record Deleted

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We have successfully applied for the deletion of our client’s Police National Computer (PNC) arrest record. The client had been wrongfully accused of a criminal allegation, and had been arrested, detained, fingerprinted, DNA swabbed and held overnight. We made representations to the police for the deletion of the client’s record. After initially resisting deletion,

28 10, 2017

Police Caution Removed for Medical Student

By |October 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have again had a caution successfully removed for one of our clients. The client had been issued a police caution in relation to an allegation of assault. After we forensically examined the evidence, we identified some major defects in the way the police had handled the case. Police Caution Expungement We

24 10, 2017

Police Caution Removal Success for Assault Allegation

By |October 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have again had a police caution expunged from the Police National Computer (PNC) for our client. Our client worked in financial services, and the caution was having a detrimental impact on our client's career. The caution would have been disclosed on a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for 6 years, and

19 10, 2017

DBS Barring Procedure Successfully Halted

By |October 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have successfully prevented a client from being placed on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) children’s barred list. The DBS had commenced an investigation into whether to bar our client. They had taken an initial view that it may be appropriate to place the client on the barred list. The DBS barring investigation

16 10, 2017

Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement in England and Wales

By |October 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Currently in England and Wales there is no formal process for the “sealing” a criminal record. There is no procedure to apply to a Court to have a criminal record formally sealed so that it is not disclosed. There is also no formal process for expunging a criminal record (other than police records) namely

5 10, 2017

20 Year Old Historic Police Caution Removal

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We have successfully applied for the removal from the Police National Computer (PNC) a caution issued 20 years ago. The caution related to a sexual allegation, and the vast majority of the evidence had been deleted by the police. Despite the extensive period of time since the police caution was issued, we were nevertheless