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New penalties for breaching the rules

Gemma Lee
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In light of changes in the data regarding the Pandemic further changes have been made to the guidance issued specifically to Restaurants, Pubs bars and takeaway services. Government guidance is under constant review and with pressure now on business owners...

Pubs are opening... Now what?

Gemma Lee
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This week, the Prime Minister announced that Pubs and Restaurants could reopen from 4th July. The appropriate guidance is still to be published and a further blog will follow. However, one of the issues raised was that the business needed to take...

Furlough Scheme EXTENDED: But The Penalties For Abusing It Are Still Very Real

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Employers will be aware that the government has announced the extension of the furlough scheme for a further four months. This means that it is now extended to October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that its purpose is to continue to pay employees...

Courts - No Going Back To Pre-Covid Ways

Gemma Lee
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In a virtual appearance before the House of Lords constitution committee last week, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, told peers that the courts system will never again operate as it did before the coronavirus. He told the committee that...

Coronavirus and Police Powers: An Update

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Previously, we wrote about  Police Powers when the Country was first put into Lockdown and the legislation that soon followed regarding Police and the Court's powers during Covid 19. The College of Policing issued guidance to the Police Force in...

Coronavirus Regulations are only the tip of the iceberg affecting your everyday life!

Gemma Lee
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Since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on 23rd March and put our country into effective lockdown, the Coronavirus regulations have become a hot topic. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) [or Scotland, Northern Ireland and...

Care Homes Clearly at the 'Front Line'

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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It has become increasingly clear over the last few weeks and even more so the last few days that care homes and their residents have been severely hit by Coronavirus. It certainly seems on the face of it that they have been the poor cousin in relation to...

Will the Hospitality Trade Die because of Covid-19?

Gemma Lee
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The Media is saturated with Articles about the virus and its impact upon, our jobs, our businesses and the economy. With no future dates to work towards for an end to this Pandemic, life is becoming increasingly bleak for some and maintaining a livelihood...

Motorists Are Still Speeding Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Gemma Lee
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  I blogged over two weeks ago now about concerns that some police forces had about motorists using quieter roads during the coronavirus to flout motoring laws, especially speeding.   A BBC report appears to bear this out. It reports of...

Prosecution of Breaches of the Coronavirus Regulations

Gemma Lee
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The coronavirus epidemic and the Prime Minister's address to the nation on Monday 23rd March caused us all to be placed into a form of lockdown. It also meant that the snappily titled Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations...

Coronavirus: Care Homes Pleading for PPE and Testing

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Anyone who has had contact with the residential care sector will know that dealing with vulnerable and elderly residents is an extremely challenging and often stressful task. Balancing care and support of these residents whilst complying with vigorous and...

Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic

Gemma Lee
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Nursing and Midwifery Council statement on Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic We are experiencing extremely difficult times currently with the pandemic showing little sign of leaving these shores any time soon. And those at the sharp...

Care Quality Commission Suspend Inspections Amid Coronavirus

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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As from the 16th March 2020 the CQC has suspended all inspections which cover care homes and NHS hospitals with immediate effect.  CQC had been under significant pressure from a number of directions including the Royal Colleges and the NHS...

Priority Court Matters: "What Will Happen To My Police Matter Now Courts Are Restricted?"

Gemma Lee
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being given advice as to how to keep the Court Service running during the effects of Covid 19. The worry being, that unnecessary Prosecutions at this time may overload a restricted Court. ' Lower Priority '...

Business Closure Enforcement

Gemma Lee
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Social Media has become full of posts about Covid 19. Some show human kindness and make light of a particularly low and strange time for the Economy. Other posts start a social war of opinion. One of the common themes is the implementations of the...

Dog To Be Destroyed After Four Year Old Is Injured

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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In December 2019 a couple were prosecuted for a case involving owning a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act s3 (1) where a four-year-old boy was injured.  Guilty pleas were entered by both owners and they...

Police Powers During Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

Gemma Lee
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The College of Policing has issued guidance to the Police Force in order to respond to Covid 19. The guidance splits the regulations into (1)Individuals, affecting movement and gatherings and (2) Premises and Business These powers relate to England and...

Pub Takeaway's During Coronavirus: The Legal Side

Gemma Lee
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Now that Pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs are now closed under Government advice many have faced the dilemma of offering a takeaway service. On 17th March the Government granted authority for pubs and restaurants to operate as a hot food takeaway during...

Twelve Angry Men....

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The 1957 film ‘Twelve Angry Men’ tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In today’s courts, jurors are still made up of 12...

How To Successfully Appeal Against A Dangerous Dog Destruction Order

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Sometimes, the normal dog loving owner can get caught in what is often a one off unfortunate scenario. The ' Dangerous Dog Act 1991 ' was introduced to deal with essentially a narrow area of, for example, dogs being used as...

Should a Car Wash be Licensed?

Gemma Lee
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Licensing is a vast subject, and one that most only associate with the sale of alcohol or gambling. Most of us pay a visit to the local car wash each week to have our cars cleaned; businesses provide a conveyer belt service of immaculately washed cars...

Weatherspoons Introduce A Two Drink Limit On Those With Children

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Parents were being told that if they visited a JD Wetherspoon pub with children they were restricted to two alcoholic drinks only. JD Wetherspoon who have 683 pubs across the UK said the policy was to limit the amount of time children were on the premises....

Employee Social Media Posts: Are They Really Private?

Gemma Lee
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A recent decision of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service highlights the need for professionals regulated by a supervisory body to take great care when posting on their private social media accounts. The Tribunal Service is the fitness to...

E-Scooters Favoured by Commuters Are NOT Legal

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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E-scooters have risen in popularity over the past couple of years as a quick method to and from the train statin in the morning.  But if you were planning to pop to the pub after work and then jump on your e-scooter home, think again. The first person...

Christmas Rush: Licensing Advice For Premises

Gemma Lee
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Christmas, is office party time, which inevitably will involve alcohol. Therefore, it will be the premises and staffs responsibility to ensure you comply with the laws in accommodating your local office party. Excessive drinking is a problem at this time of...

The High Court: Non Party Costs

Gemma Lee
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The High Court has rules that non-party costs orders can be issued under the Licensing Act but rules of natural justice must apply. In the case of Aldemir v Cornwall Council [2019] EWHC 2407 (Admin) Mr Justice Swift considered the question of whether...

U18 Gambling in Pubs: Tougher Action Required

Gemma Lee
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The Gambling Commission has called for pub industry to take better action to prevent under 18s accessing gaming machines in pubs. This follows a review of pubs in England and Wales that has shown that 84% of them are failing to prevent under...

Oldham Nightclub Loses Licence

Gemma Lee
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The owner of Vibez 924 in Oldham has lost his appeal to have the premises licence re-instated following a three-day court hearing. Oldham's Licensing Panel originally revoked the licence in February after following a request for review by the police. ...

TFL Ban Uber: What Now?

Gemma Lee
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London's transport authority told Uber it would not extend its licence to operate in the London. Uber have indicated that they will appeal the decision made by Transport for London. London's Transport Agency first revoked Uber's Private Hire...

Effective Representation Of Teachers Before The Professional Conduct Panel Of The Teaching Regulation Agency

Gemma Lee
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Effective representation of Teachers before the professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency. There have been a number of panel outcomes in respect of teacher misconduct from last month that serve to illustrate important factors when...

Football Association Disciplinary Hearings

Gemma Lee
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Peter Butterfield of this firm was recently instructed to represent a young person at a Football Association (FA) disciplinary hearing in respect of a misconduct allegation. Peter has undertaken other disciplinary hearings relating to allegations of...

Failure to Prevent - the new rules explained

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In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion and has been designed to tighten up several existing...

Gepp Solicitors sponsor unique 'Fine Cell Work' event

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Nicholas Charrington of Layer Marney Tower recently hosted a wonderful event promoting Fine Cell Work , a charity focused on working within the prison service to help break the cycle of reoffending. Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to build fulfilling...

Watching me watching you

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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How much authority do the police have when it comes to prediction algorithms? The film Minority Report raised a number of serious social issues, not least of which was – is it morally and ethically right for someone to be arrested and charged just...

Review launched into Victim compensation rules

Emilio Disco
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As a result of a review into the Criminal Injuries Compensations Scheme (CICS) reports in the media suggest that the government are going to improve the access a Victim has to compensation. The "same roof rule" is one which may be abandoned which...

Throwing a Christmas Fair? When do you need a Temporary Licence?

Gemma Lee
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You’ll be pleased to hear you can host a ton of activities without needing an official licence. However, for your peace of mind, we've broken down exactly what you need to know so even if you are doing a ‘one-off’ event, you won’t...

Contempt of Court

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A person is in contempt of Court if that individual makes a publication and as a result of their publication there is a substantial risk of prejudice to the administration of justice in those proceedings. The legislation for this offence is contained within...

Corrosive Liquid Crimes on the rise

Roger Brice
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Reports in the media have stated that there is an ongoing investigation into an incident that occurred behind The Three Jays Public House, Clacton On Sea, Essex at approximately 7pm on 26th March 2018. The victim alleged that he suffered injuries to his leg...

Dairy farm ordered to pay £19,000 after bull attacked worker

Roger Brice
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In a recent article published by Farmers Weekl y they reported that a young farm worker had been seriously injured having been struck by a dairy bull. The 28 year old  entered an enclosure housing cows and a mature dairy bull to carrying out...

Cannabis and the internal Policing Conflict

Emilio Disco
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Whilst being caught with cannabis can carry a five year prison sentence as well as a fine equating to between 75% to 125% of someone's weekly income, new guidance is advising Officers on the ground not to execute a Stop & Search when picking up on...

What is Released Under Investigation?

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In relation to the offence for which you have been arrested, a review of your case has been conducted and it has been deemed that you shall be released from Police custody without bail. This effectively means that the police have further work to do on your...

Dairy farmer fined and ordered to pay more than £19,000 in costs for polluting river

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In May 2016, slurry held in a lagoon on a dairy farm overflowed into a ditch chamber that had not been correctly sealed off. The slurry killed approximately 1,700 fish in the River Frome and prevented water leisure activities taking place in the river. The...

White-collar crime agencies stepping up their efforts

Alexandra Dean
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Public awareness of white-collar crime has come to the fore in recent years and the Government is under ever-greater pressure to put a stop to corrupt practices. This year, the biggest crime agencies are being audited to determine their effectiveness and...

The dangers of failing to perform health and safety checks on your farm

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On 10 March 2017, a farming company pleaded guilty for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £50,000 at Norwich Crown Court. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the farm company had failed to...

Squatting becomes a criminal offence

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New legislation has been introduced to offer better protection for home owners and allows the Court to punish such offences by imposing up to 6 months imprisonment or a £5,000 fine or both.  Ministers said that it...

Wednesday 2nd November - not a good day for many motorists...

Spencer Davis
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On Wednesday November 2 Essex Police ran a Surround a Town Operation designed to detect offenders using the roads and increase road safety. Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to identify suspect vehicles which were then intercepted and...

The Supreme Court Has Sent Employers A Wake-Up Call on Vicarious Liability

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The Supreme Court has ruled that Morrisons supermarket was vicariously liable for actions of a staff member who physically attacked a customer. According to court documents, Amjid Khan was working at a Morrisons petrol station in Birmingham in 2008 when he...

JURORS BEWARE - YOU COULD FACE A PRISON SENTENCE FOR BEING FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT

Spencer Davis
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Jurors should be aware of the new European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling on the 11th February 2016. It was held that there was no violation of a person's Article 7 human right (no punishment without law) in respect of a conviction for contempt of...

The law on Joint Enterprise has been 'wrongly interpreted' for over 30 years

Spencer Davis
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The Supreme Court has today ruled that a key test imposed by judges in assessing guilt in joint enterprise cases has been wrongly interpreted since a 1984 judgment by the judicial committee of the Privy Council. Under the doctrine of joint enterprise, an...

Finally presumed dead after 42 years!

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Lord Lucan is now presumed to be dead, a High Court judge has ruled. 42 years after the peer vanished a death certificate has finally been issues.  He was declared dead in 1999, despite hundreds of unverified sightings, but the new ruling gives...

A major reform of the legal aid system in England and Wales has been scrapped, the justice secretary Michael Gove has announced.

Spencer Davis
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Plans to slash the number of law firms allowed to do criminal legal aid work at police stations and magistrates' courts has been scrapped, following repeated protest from Lawyers claiming the reforms could damage quality and access to justice. Labour...

Don't trust the label - or better still DON'T drink and drive!

Spencer Davis
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A  recent study  has found that wine actually contains more alcohol than manufacturers are putting on the label. The findings are not only worrying for health reasons but could be unwittingly putting drinkers over the drink-driving limit. ...

Christmas caution on sharing personal information

Justin Emerson
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Christmas Day has been the biggest day of the year for online and app downloads in recent years, as users set up the new devices they’ve received as presents, and 2015 is expected to maintain the tradition. Apple announced the billionth download from...

Mandatory payments imposed on convicted defendants should be abolished, say MPs

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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MPs on the parliamentary justice select committee have raised concerns about the criminal courts charge, calling for its abolition 'as soon as possible'. Since April 2015, convicted criminals in England and Wales have had to pay a charge, which is...

Gang jailed for series of power tool raids on farms

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Four men who targeted farm outbuildings in Wales, stealing thousands of pounds have been caught and put behind bars. Speaking after sentencing, detective chief inspector Neil Harrison, of North Wales Police, told the Daily Post that the group was...

The RSPCA could lose its power to prosecute

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is due to launch a parliamentary inquiry into whether the RSPCA should be allowed to both investigate and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Founded in 1824, the RSPCA is thought to be the first...

Police Prejudice Exposed In Stop-and-Search Figures

Gemma Lee
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New stop-and-search figures composed by The Independent have revealed the significant issue of ongoing police prejudice, despite concerted efforts to tackle the problem. The Independent collated data from 39 police forces across the country. The result of...

Supreme Court reassesses remedies in nuisance cases

Justin Emerson
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The move which will be greeted with relief by developers, who have long been nervous about the potential for injunctions to be granted against them preventing the progress of their project or requiring them to demolish their work.  This particular case...

High Court rules on a suitable care arrangement in catastrophic injury case

Alexandra Dean
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In this case (Farrugia v Burtenshaw and others [2014]), liability had been admitted by the defendant road traffic insurer and most quantum issues agreed, however, the parties remained in dispute over the provision of future care and case management. The...

Criminal Gangs target low value tractors

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Rural Insurer, NFU Mutual, warn that criminal gangs have been targeting low to mid value tractors for export to Africa in particular. A typical trend is emerging where Tractors are stolen from Farms, loaded onto Lorries then shipped abroad to developing...

Supreme Court rules on Will signature error case

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The Supreme Court has ruled that an intended heir should not be disinherited based on an incorrectly signed Will.  The ruling is based on the premise that Wills should be treated in the same way as commercial contracts and that obvious oversights should...

Terms of prenuptial agreement overruled by High Court

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The High Court however ruled that to protect the "reasonable requirements" of their three children, the husband should not live in "relative penury", whilst his wife lives in "relative luxury". This is the case of...

The smartphone war continues as Apple and Samsung return to court

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Last year saw the conclusion of one of the most high profile patent battles of recent times, as Apple claimed victory in one of several ongoing IP disputes that are presently being fought out between these two smartphone heavyweights in courtrooms across the...

British Music Industry successfully sink online pirates

Justin Emerson
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The Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) were asked to take this action in accordance with a court order successfully obtained by the BPI which represents the British music industry.  This follows similar orders made against high profile sites such...

Out of Court settlements on the increase

Justin Emerson
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This could be a result of costs budgeting as parties see the potential overall cost of litigation at an early stage. Judges and litigators have found that many cases have settled after the parties see the costs budgets. The fact that open and early costs...

Overage Payments

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This article seeks to give a brief explanation of Overage Agreements and their potential benefits when selling on land. An Overage Agreement is generally used to describe a situation whereby the seller is to share in any increase in value in a property that...

Sainsbury's v Tesco: price comparison feud may go to court

Justin Emerson
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The dispute originated when Sainsbury’s took umbrage to Tesco’s Price Promise Campaign whereby customers are encouraged to compare product prices with rival supermarkets.  In the event that a comparable product is found to be cheaper...

High Court decides on high conflict child contact case

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The case concerned a father’s application for contact with his 13 year old daughter. He had limited contact in accordance with the terms of a Court Order made in 2006.  The father sought an increase in contact to include overnight staying...

Is the Ministry of Justice of any use?

Gemma Lee
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A recent submission to the Justice Select Committee has questioned whether the Ministry of Justice has ever done anything that has had any impact on the commission of any crimes in the UK since its inception in 2007. The company providing the submission,...

New Victim's Code published

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Damian Green, the victims’ minister, announced that judges will take into account victims’ personal statements when determining sentences from December. He believes this will stop the issue of victims feeling as though they are an...

Former Director of Public Prosecutions calls for criminal sanctions for failure to report child abuse

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In the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, much attention has been focused on how we can avoid the occurrence of any future situation in which abusive behaviour against children remains seemingly unnoticed and unchallenged. Keir Starmer, former Director of...

The Court of Appeal has recently found that a party's failure to respond to an invitation to mediation amounts to unreasonable conduct.

Justin Emerson
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The above case settled with the claimant accepting at the last minute the defendant’s part 36 offer. However, the defendant had previously failed to respond entirely to an invitation to attend mediation leading the court to impose a costs sanction that...

TV cameras enter Court of Appeal

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Other than in the Supreme Court, cameras in court have been prohibited since the commencement of the Criminal Justice Act 1925.   James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs hailed the move as a “…landmark moment for...

Landmark judgment made by The Supreme Court

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In 2000 Annie Woodland, aged 10 at the time, nearly drowned during a swimming lesson being given by an outsourcing company that had been hired by the local authority, Essex County Council. Her case included a claim that the swimming teacher and lifeguard,...

Chris Grayling strongly rejects European proposals

Gemma Lee
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After pursuing what many believe are unsustainable and damaging cuts to the UK legal aid system many will welcome Grayling’s defence of the UK justice system. Among the measures the UK will opt out of are: The European probation measure - Grayling...

Criminal Legal Aid sustainability

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A leading criminal lawyer, Franklin Sinclair, has recently argued in a speech to the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group that the current legal aid system can only sustain a maximum of 300 criminal solicitors firms rather the 1,600 there are currently in...

Digital Courts to improve speed and efficiency.

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The Government are planning to have all court rooms in England and Wales fully digital by 2016, to end what the Government deems as an outdated reliance on paper in the justice system. This proposal is part of a £160 million plan to improve the speed...

Government to introduce lie detector tests for sex offenders

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The proposed scheme follows the system that has long been in place in theUnited Stateswhere polygraph tests are mandatory for serious sex offenders. It is understood the proposal will mean that tests for sex offenders who are categorised as 'serious'...

Should squatting in commercial premises be criminalised?

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With the introduction of s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 however, squatting in a residential property became a criminal offence punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine of up to £5,000.  The...

Police must treat 17-year-olds in custody as children

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During the time he was in custody he was not allowed contact with his mother, who only found out about his arrest four hours after he was detained. On arrival at Battersea Police Station having learned of her son's arrest she was denied access to him....

Courts rule on rent deposits

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The brief facts of the case are that the Tenant paid funds by way of rent in advance to the Landlord at the start of the term.  The Tenant paid a total of 6 months rent in advance as a consequence of the Tenancy Agreement agreed by the parties.  It...

Call for criminal sanctions against care home owners.

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Former Health Minister, Paul Burstow's plans are set out in a report on care and corporate neglect calling for unlimited fines and criminal sanction for companies owning care homes.  Following the Government Report on the abuse at...

Offenders to meet their victims

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The proposals are part of a new scheme to try and cut high reoffending rates.  How the encounters will operate will be set out in a new clause of the Crime and Courts Bill being debated in the House of Lords. Currently the practice of...

New 'stalking' offences introduced

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On 25th November 2012 a law was brought into force to create new offences of 'stalking'.  The new law creates three new offences of 'stalking', 'stalking involving fear of violence' and 'stalking involving serious alarm or...

Treatment for 'club drugs' rising

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The National Treatment Agency have issued a report indicating that the number of individuals who sought help for the effects of taking what are commonly known as 'club drugs' has risen over the last 6 years.  The sort of drugs that come...

Drunk driver jailed for 8 years

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Wilfred Museka pleaded guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving, along with also admitting offences of fraud by false representation, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving...

Prison outsourcing plans to be revised

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The Government appear to have taken a surprising u-turn on their prison policy after deciding to keep four of the nine prisons under state control that were due to be outsourced as part of it's prison privatisation programme. On the 8th November 2012,...

Prisons to do more to rehabilitate foreign inmates

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HMP Canterbury, a jail holding only foreign inmates, was found to have no offending behaviour programmes according to a report for the Chief Inspector of Prisons.  It was said that this was due to the belief that there was little benefit in addressing...

Juror jailed for contempt of Court

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A jury member who was found to have disclosed details of a jury's deliberations to a Defendant during their Crown Court criminal trial, has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Stephen Pardon, 42, was a serving juror on a case relating to a...

Trader jailed over teeth whitening product

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Barrington Armstrong-Thorpe of Clacton, who is 64 years of age, was sentenced to 16 months in prison following a full trial following which he was found guilty by the jury. The case was brought by Essex Trading Standards on the basis that Mr...

New plans to speed up justice

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The Criminal Justice Minister, Damian Green, has announced the plan and said it will be trialled outside of London including in Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham and it is hoped that the new system will enable conclusion of cases within weeks rather than...

New law proposed to disrupt the use of mobile phones in prisons

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The Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill will enable the Government to authorise Governors to use technology to detect and disrupt the use of mobile phones in prisons.  The Bill has the backing of the Ministry of Justice and it is hoped...

17 year jail sentences for lease fraud

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Amarjit Singh-Mann, Kamlesh Panchel and Jagjeet Chahal appeared before Harrow Crown Court for sentencing in relation to a conspiracy to defraud of which they had been found guilty in early October 2012.  The scheme involved them falsely claiming that...

Justice delayed!

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The Justice Committee has recently heard evidence from various professionals involved in care cases about the Government’s plan to impose a 26 week time limit for courts to conclude care cases.   Most professionals agreed that care cases are...

'Rape tweet' leads to further prosecutions

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The case arises from the prosecution and conviction of former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans who was imprisoned in April for a period of 5 years for raping a 19 year old woman. The new prosecutions relate to seven men and three women from the North...

Prison sentence for attacking referee

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James Barnett, 25, from West Drayton was sentenced to 1 year in prison for head butting a referee and repeatedly kicking him at a 6 a-side match in Berkshire in July 2012. The Football Association said it was delighted with the sentence and a spokesman said...

Constable sentenced over protected bird eggs

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Michael Upson, 52, appeared before Norwich Magistrates Court and admitted possessing eggs from protected birds including Marsh Harriers, Warblers, and Nightjars.  Mr Upson was arrested after RSPB inspectors and police officers searched his home. ...

Golf trophies - a new trend in scrap metal theft?

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For several years copper has been the target of many thefts due to the relatively high price of the metal sold as scrap.  For a long time lead has also been the subject of numerous thefts from roofs and other publicly accessible places.  ...

'Cell confession' leads to guilty verdict for murder

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Christopher Docherty-Puncheon was convicted by a majority verdict of the shooting of Lieutenant Colonel Robert 'Riley' Workman, following a 5 week trial at St Albans Crown Court. The Court heard that the 33 year old confessed to the killing of Mr...

Can brain injuries cause youngsters to commit crime?

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The study says that injuries of this nature can lead maturing brains to 'misfire' affecting judgement and the ability to control impulses.  The findings are very similar to a report by the Children's Commissioner for England and calls...