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Possession with intent to supplyPossession with intent to supply a controlled drugIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 19th May
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Absolute and conditional dischargeThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that...
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19th May
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AutomatismDefinition of automatismAn act is done in a state of automatism if it is done by the body without control by the mind, (eg it is a spasm or...
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19th May
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What happens when a client receives a custodial sentence?This Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales...
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Produced in partnership with Flora Page of 23 Essex Street 19th May
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Community order requirementsThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that...
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19th May
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Threats to killThe offence of threats to killThe offence of threats to kill is an offence which can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown...
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19th May
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Privilege against self-incriminationBackgroundThe concept of privilege against self-incrimination, which is commonly referred to as one distinct...
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Produced in partnership with Aine Kervick and Will Hayes of Kingsley Napley LLP 19th May
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Defence disclosure in criminal proceedings—defence statements and defence witness noticesThe Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court and David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 19th May
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Indecent images of childrenThe criminal offencesThe Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978), the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) and the...
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19th May
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Applying for the return of seized cashApplication by the person from whom the cash was seizedWhen cash has been seized, an application can be made by...
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19th May
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False accounting and false statements under TA 1968False accountingA person who falsifies or conceals information required for an accounting purpose,...
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19th May
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Fraud by failure to disclose and abuse of positionFraud by failure to disclose information while under a legal duty to do so An offence of fraud by...
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19th May
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Controlling or coercive behaviour offencesWhat is domestic abuse?There is no statutory offence of domestic violence or domestic abuse, however, it...
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19th May
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NMC disciplinary processNursing and Midwifery CouncilThe Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulatory body for all nurses and midwives...
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Produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row 19th May
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Witness intimidationIntimidation of witnesses and jurorsIntimidation of witnesses and/or jurors is an offence under section 51 of the Criminal Justice...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 19th May
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Extreme pornographyPossessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...
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19th May

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DeepfakesThis Practice Note considers the following legal issues, technical information and applications of deepfakes:•What is a deepfake?•How...
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Produced in partnership with Kelsey Farish of DAC Beachcroft 16th Sep
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Indecent images of childrenThe criminal offencesThe Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978), the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) and the...
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16th Sep
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Sentencing for rapeThe Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of offence specific...
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16th Sep
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Obscene publicationsObscene publication offencePublication and distribution of obscene material is prohibited under the Obscene Publications Act 1959...
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16th Sep
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Risk of sexual harm orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsRisk of Sexual...
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16th Sep
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Sex trafficking—Modern Slavery Act 2015The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) provides for an offence of human trafficking for sexual exploitation....
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Produced in partnership with Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers 16th Sep
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Revenge porn—disclosing private sexual photographs and filmsOn 13 April 2015, section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015) came...
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Produced in partnership with BCL Solicitors LLP 16th Sep
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Categories of indecent images—summaryOffences pre-2007Before 14 May 2007, the guidelines for the sentencing of indecent image cases were to be found...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 16th Sep
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Extreme pornographyPossessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...
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16th Sep
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RapeThe old law and the new law of rapeThroughout this Practice Note, reference is made to the old and new law of rape. The old law is divided into...
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16th Sep
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Sexual offences prevention orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsSexual...
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16th Sep
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Sentencing guidelines for sexual offencesThe Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of...
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16th Sep
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Sexual assaultThe 'old' law and the current lawThe old law is in three periods depending when offences were committed:•1 January 1957 to 21 December...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 16th Sep
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Sexual risk ordersThe Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) amended Parts 2 and 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003)...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 16th Sep
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Possession of indecent photographs of a child and prohibited images of childrenOffence of possession of an indecent photograph of a childIt is an...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 16th Sep
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Notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003What are notification requirements?The notification requirements are a statutory scheme...
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16th Sep
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Foreign travel orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal of foreign travel orders and transitional...
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16th Sep
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Sexual assault of children under 13The child sex offences are principally set out at sections 5–8 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003). These...
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16th Sep
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What are the limits on the prosecution’s ability to rectify errors in setting the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003...
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16th Sep
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Does a Sexual Offences Prevention Order with a specified duration come to an end automatically at the end of that term?On 8 March 2015, the power to...
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Produced in partnership with Philip Rule 16th Sep

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