Author: Karen Todner

Uncategorized / 09.10.2019

    Firearms - Sentencing Reform   The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this can lead to a challenging sentencing exercise.   The purpose of the...

Uncategorized / 01.10.2019

Rights - A Mere Illusion?   The EU has published a report, 'Rights in practice: access to a lawyer and procedural rights in criminal and European arrest warrant proceedings', that details the extent to which fundamental human rights, in the context of criminal justice, are upheld across...

Uncategorized / 25.09.2019

  Delayed Justice   Janet Commins was born on 9 June 1960. On 7 January 1976, shortly after 7.00 pm, she left her home in Flint to meet friends at the local swimming baths. She left a note for her parents, as she often did, to say that...

Uncategorized / 23.09.2019

The Absent Witness   In some instances, it is not convenient for a witness to be present in court to give evidence, generally because they live or work some distance away from the court, or some other good reason.   There are legal provisions that cater for this scenario,...

Uncategorized / 11.09.2019

Airports, Planes and Alcohol   It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years.   For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm...

Uncategorized / 11.09.2019

The Cut-Throat Defence   A cut-throat defence is where one defendant gives evidence that is damaging to a co-defendant's case, sometimes going as far as directly accusing the other person of the crime, while typically seeking to exonerate themselves.   Such evidence may be given directly by a defendant...

Uncategorized / 24.07.2019

  Dirty money   The Government has published the new Economic Crime Plan for the next three years.   In it, they unveil their strategy for dealing with all types of economic crime, such as money laundering, fraud, market abuse, and bribery.   What is economic crime, and why is it important?   Economic...

Uncategorized / 15.07.2019

Data Protection - A Shifting Focus      Over the last few years, we have seen many matters that would previously have been prosecuted before the criminal courts, move into the jurisdiction of other bodies.   What we see as a result is a range of specialist regulators best...

Uncategorized / 24.06.2019

Why hasn’t Michael Gove been arrested? A question on many people’s lips since the former Justice Secretary admitted to using cocaine several times earlier in his career. So, could he face the legal consequences of this? Cocaine is a Class A drug, the most serious category. Drug offences...

Uncategorized / 17.06.2019

  Prosecuting Sexual Offences - Time for a rethink?   Justice, the renowned human rights organisation, has published a significant report that examines the prosecution of sexual offences, and in some areas calls for a radical overhaul.   Among the authors of the report is Judge Peter Rook QC, a...