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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...

Uncategorized / 03.06.2019

Private Prosecutions - 'Doing a Boris'   A District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week authorised that a summons be issued against the prominent conservative member of parliament, Boris Johnson.   The allegations relate to alleged conduct during the Brexit referendum campaign and in particular the £350m...

Uncategorized / 29.05.2019

Release on Temporary Licence   The government has conducted a review of the process for prisoners to be released on temporary licence (ROTL); the drive behind the changes being the rehabilitation of offenders.   Research has shown that working in the community prior to release significantly reduces the likelihood...

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...