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Uncategorized / 27.02.2019

    Counterfeit Currency - You May Pay a Very High Price   In straitened financial circumstances, it can be tempting to consider purchasing counterfeit money. While the price of such 'currency' fluctuates widely, it is often as low as 25% of the face value, making it a tempting...

Uncategorized / 25.02.2019

Modern Slavery – A Defence to Drug Dealing and other offences?   The short answer is: maybe.   Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 provides a defence to specific criminal charges where it is shown that they were committed under a compulsion due to slavery or exploitation...

Uncategorized / 30.01.2019

Sleepwalking – Is It A Defence?   You wake up one morning and the horror of the night before quickly unfolds.   Blue lights and uniformed police officers greet you, search your house and find your girlfriend dead in the bathroom.   You have no memory of anything happening overnight, and...

Uncategorized / 30.01.2019

Government Unveils New Domestic Abuse Legislation   On Monday the government unveiled its new strategy to tackle domestic abuse.  This follows a consultation exercise carried out last year which drew over 3,000 responses.   The new measures are:   Introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which...

Uncategorized / 30.01.2019

Community Protection Notices   Community Protection Notices (CPNs) are currently attracting a lot of attention from the legal community, and we have many concerns concerning the way in which they are presently being used.   In a recent case (Stannard v The Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWHC 84 (Admin))...

Uncategorized / 30.01.2019

Voyeurism and 'Upskirting' - Government Acts to Strengthen Law   The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months...

Uncategorized / 14.01.2019

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?   The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prison's Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less.   Arguing for the need for reform,...

Uncategorized / 27.12.2018

  Psychoactive Substances   New legislation was introduced in 2016 banning the production, sale, distribution and supply of psychoactive substances. Within that legislation was a requirement for the Government to review the law to measure any changes in outcomes before and after the law was introduced, to see...

Uncategorized / 27.12.2018

  Enquiry Details: Feedback for Karen - thank you for your help your reputation is clearly deserved and without you I couldn’t have found an appropriate course of action so quickly. Thanks for all your help.     December 21, 2018 6:33 pm...

Uncategorized / 17.12.2018

  Computer hacking   Hacking has been in the news a great deal in the last couple of years, for example, the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the extradition cases of Gary McKinnon and  Lauri Love in which I acted and the hacking of user accounts of various large...