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Uncategorized / 20.05.2019

  Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book   On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.   Why was this law passed?   This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming the current problems in...

Uncategorized / 15.05.2019

  Who Guards the Guards?   This perennial question was back in the news following a Ministry of Justice announcement that further steps would be taken to root out dishonest prison officers and others working in custodial institutions.   A new counter-corruption unit will be tasked with 'proactively [pursuing] those...

Uncategorized / 29.04.2019

Undercover Policing - Beyond the Line of Duty   The television drama 'Line of Duty' continues to captivate audiences keen to discover the identity of 'H' and the top copper involved in organised crime gangs.   Central to the plot of this series has been undercover cop John Corbett,...

Uncategorized / 24.04.2019

Policing Public Protest – A Question of Balance   Environmental protests across London have caused massive disruption across parts of London and are set to spread across other towns and cities over the coming weeks and months.   Public protest has always been a legitimate and important part of...

Uncategorized / 24.04.2019

What To Do If You Are Too Unwell To Attend Court   Many people face very lengthy court proceedings, and it is therefore hardly unusual that on occasion a person may not be well enough to attend court.   Despite this fact, courts are sceptical of alleged illness and...

Uncategorized / 17.04.2019

  Mental Health and Criminal Law   Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all.   Those with mental disorders might have a host...

Uncategorized / 15.04.2019

    Government Tightens Terrorism Laws   The Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack, Shamima Begum. These are some examples of terrorism headlines in the past few years.   The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 is the Government’s latest answer to curbing and punishing terrorist activity. The Act creates...

Uncategorized / 03.04.2019

Appeals from Beyond the Grave   The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of R v Max Clifford, the disgraced celebrity PR guru who was convicted in 2014 of a number of sexual offences and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.   Clifford died in 2017,...

Uncategorized / 25.03.2019

  Parliamentary Crime   There have been two entirely different crime stories in the news this week, but both will challenge the court to consider sentencing guidelines and how they ought to be applied.   Conservative MP Christopher Davies admitted two charges concerning expenses fraud. The sum of money concerned...

Uncategorized / 21.03.2019

Facilitating Tax Evasion   HMRC is reported to be investigating alleged violations of a new criminal offence, part of the crackdown on money laundering, for the first time.   A freedom of information request made by law firm Greenberg Taurig revealed there are five current criminal investigations.   The Criminal Finances...