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Sentencing in the Pandemic by Emma Kutner


This week, a successful appeal in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) saw a sentence of eight months’ imprisonment reduced to six months’ imprisonment because of the exceptional circumstances the…

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Jury Trials: Justice Suspended is no Justice: A historical trip down memory lane – Louise Sweet QC, 2 Bedford Row


As we welcome the restarting of jury trials at the Old Bailey after huge disruption [1]  to our Criminal Justice System caused by Covid 19 one thing we can all…

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‘Lady in the Lake’ murder: Gordon Park’s conviction upheld as Richard Whittam QC leads for the Respondent


Richard Whittam QC appeared for the prosecution in the appeal that was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The Court of Appeal [The President…

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Oh Ghosh – Comment on R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575 by Conall Bailie


The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, holding that the objective test for dishonesty as set out in…

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Regulating the Regulator: The FCA and the Collapse of London Capital & Finance By Rhys Rosser


The world of ‘mini-bonds’ is one which has not found itself in the limelight before. That changed in January of last year when London Capital & Finance entered into administration…

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Louise Sweet QC “Safeguarding, chaperones, and sexual allegations”


In February 2020, the general practitioner Manesh Shah, received three life sentences for sexually assaulting his patients. The assaults involved carrying out “invasive examinations for his own gratification.” [1] Shah…

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Section 45: Loophole or Lifeline


The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced a defence for individuals who are victims of slavery, trafficking or exploitation. Theresa May, then Home Secretary, stated that it was Britain leading the…

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Stan Reiz on the impact of the appeal of Haque on POCA offences


R v Haque (Mohammed) Judgement The case highlights the potential consequences for prosecutors who charge offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) without having a clear understanding of…

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Green Signal! Proceeds with caution


In light of the legalisation of drugs in other jurisdictions, Thomas Daniel considers the application of the UK’s money laundering offences in relation to lawful activities performed overseas. Overview The…

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“Business as usual?”


Jamas Hodivala examines the Court of Appeal decision in ENRC v SFO [2018] EWCA Civ 2006, which raised important issues of principle as to the proper scope of legal professional…

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