RIPA Update

Level: Introductory/Intermediate

18 September 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) City Rooms, Leicester (NO VCE)

Presented by Weightmans

Course overview

The course will give a practical guide as to how to make a successful RIPA application including the necessary applications to the Magistrates Court for RIPA approval. It will cover in particular directed surveillance and the use of covert human intelligence sources (CHIS). It will look at the law and the codes of practice that accompany it. It will look in particular at grey areas where it is sometimes difficult to decide if you need a RIPA authority or whether you are able to apply for one – what constitutes private information and intrusive surveillance; the use of CCTV, carrying out surveillance for civil rather than criminal investigations. The course will include detailed consideration of the guidance in the Codes of Practice and work studies.

Suitable audience:

Lawyers and officers such as environmental health officers who deal with criminal investigations.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Workshops will be interactive


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research

B4 Draft documents

Presenter profiles:

John Riddell is a Partner in Weightmans’ Leicester office. He has advised public authorities for the last thirty years on a range of matters including RIPA. He is the client partner for EM Lawshare and has regularly given talks and advice to EM Lawshare members on RIPA

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.