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Defined benefit pension schemes new criminal offences and investigative powers


After a long wait the Pension Schemes Act 2021 (‘PSA’) received Royal Assent on 11th February. From the criminal practitioner’s viewpoint, the PSA will introduce new offences with greater penalties…

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Online racism in football: What more can the law do?


The last week has seen yet another disgusting spike in the abuse of professional footballers by those who purport to be football fans. Social media platforms often wring their hands…

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Sentencing guidelines for Drug Offences: Changes to determination of role, starting points and the approach to psychoactive substances


On 27th January 2021, following various consultations, the Sentencing Council issued new sentencing guidelines in respect of drug offences. These will apply to both the Misuse of Drugs Act and…

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Practical advice for secure home working by Sam Thomas


On 23rd March 2020, when the Prime Minister announced that “people will only be allowed to leave their home for very limited purposes”, there was a myriad of possibilities available…

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Modern Slavery, the section 45 defence and The National Referral Mechanism: Clarity at Last by Rhys Rosser


The Court of Appeal and High Court have considered Modern Slavery cases and the Section 45 defence on a regular basis since its introduction in 2015. However, they had not,…

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A New Sentencing Code by Alex Davidson, pupil barrister at 2 Bedford Row and former lawyer at the Law Commission


The Sentencing Act 2020 will come into force on 1 December 2020, and with it will come a new Sentencing Code. The Sentencing Code will consolidate provisions relating to sentencing…

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Unfairness to youths created by delays in the RUI scheme by Jim Sturman QC and Rhys Rosser


The Policing and Crime Act 2017 and the 28-day time limit on bail was widely welcomed when it was first introduced. It was hoped that it would lead to a…

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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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