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Uncategorized / 12.03.2018

  In a major announcement, the Government has signalled a busy year ahead with legislative changes affecting the criminal law.   Following on from the recent announcement about the sentencing of domestic abuse offences, the Government has announced further reforms.   There will be a new definition of domestic abuse...

Uncategorized / 05.03.2018

  Shaken Baby Syndrome   The unlawful death of a child is always a deeply traumatic act and one that shakes any society to its core. For some parents, it represents not only a deeply personal and tragic loss but the beginning of a nightmare.   The reality in most...

Uncategorized / 01.03.2018

Knife Crime - Sentencing Changes   Knife crime is very much on the political agenda, with a number of stabbings having taken place over the last few weeks, resulting in deaths and injury, and no doubt the loss of liberty in due course for those responsible. Attention...

Uncategorized / 25.02.2018

What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome   Most people know that if you commit a criminal offence in the UK, the police will record details of that offence and any subsequent sentence so that it is revealed during any future PNC (Police National Computer)...

Uncategorized / 25.02.2018

  New 'Domestic Abuse' Sentencing Guidelines   A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending.   What is domestic abuse?   There is no specific crime of domestic abuse - it can be a feature...

Uncategorized / 12.02.2018

  Police Roll Out Portable Identity Checking   The Government this week announced that West Yorkshire Police has signed up to a new identity checking service.   The new service, already being used in a select number of force areas, with a further 20 going live before the end of...

Uncategorized / 09.02.2018

  Many in the medical profession are very upset and worried following a recent High Court case involving Dr Bawa-Garba (General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba [2018] EWHC 76 (Admin).   The case followed on from proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal which had rules that Bawa-Garba should be...

Uncategorized / 31.01.2018

Unexplained Wealth Orders   On 31st January 2018, regulations bring into force sections of The Criminal Finances Act 2017 dealing with unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), along with various other related provisions.   The purpose of this new order is to allow for certain people who obtain property which would...

Uncategorized / 31.01.2018

Revenge Porn Can Be an Expensive Business   "Revenge porn", the criminal act of posting online intimate sexual pictures/video of a person without their consent, carries a potential prison sentence of up to 2 years, so already there is every reason to think twice before exacting this...

Uncategorized / 24.01.2018

  The "Right to be Forgotten"   Redemption has always been an important part of our justice system; you do the crime, you do time. Once your debt is paid, you should then be free to start again, without forever being haunted by ghosts of the past.   We all...