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Lawful arrest—human rightsThe right to liberty is a fundamental principle of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which itself gives effect to the...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes...
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Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court 9th Nov
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Serious crime prevention orders (SCPOs) were created by Part 1 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (SCA 2007) and are civil orders used against those...
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9th Nov
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Elements of the offence of perverting the course of justicePerverting the course of justice is a common law offence which can only be tried on...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 9th Nov
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What is a remedial action notice?A remedial action notice is used by enforcement authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or a local...
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9th Nov
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Voluntary bill of indictmentAn indictment may, exceptionally, be preferred (ie served on a Crown Court) by the direction or with the consent of a High...
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9th Nov
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What are hygiene improvement notices?Hygiene improvement notices are used by enforcement authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or a...
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9th Nov
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Searches of premises during criminal investigations may be conducted on the authority of a warrant issued by a court, or without warrant under a...
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9th Nov
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Sentences for fraud by false representationA person convicted of fraud by false representation in the Crown Court on indictment faces a maximum...
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9th Nov
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A civil recovery order (CRO) is an order available to recover the proceeds of crime through action in the High Court, rather than the criminal court,...
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9th Nov
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Section 9 and Schedule 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984) afford access to material that cannot be obtained by an application...
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Produced in partnership with Paul Ozin QC and Alex Mills of 23 Essex Street Chambers 9th Nov
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Obtaining services dishonestlyIt is an offence for a defendant to obtain, by any dishonest act, services for which payment is required, with intent to...
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9th Nov
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Intimate Samples from a detained suspectAn intimate sample is:•a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic hair•a dental...
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9th Nov
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The ‘handling’ offenceHandling stolen goods is an offence that is triable either way.The elements of the offence are:•dishonestly receiving the goods,...
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9th Nov
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The offence of misleading omissionsEngaging in a commercial practice that is a misleading omission is made an offence by the Consumer Protection from...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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9th Nov

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, the...
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2nd Dec
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HMRC can investigate suspected tax-related criminal offences in England and Wales using the powers, and subject to the safeguards, in the Police and...
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30th Nov
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HMRC's information powers in Schedule 36 to the Finance Act 2008 (FA 2008) (see Practice Note: HMRC information powers) are supplemented by...
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29th Nov
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HMRC's powers to check a person's tax position are in Schedule 36 to the Finance Act 2008.The powers enable HMRC to:•obtain documents and information,...
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Produced in partnership with Cathya Djanogly 29th Nov
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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: Finance Bill 2020–21 will introduce a new ‘financial institution notice’ (FIN) that can require financial institutions to provide...
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29th Nov
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Lexis®PSL Financial Services FCA/PRA Enforcement Database: This incorporates detailed information on all substantive FCA and PRA Final Notices and,...
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Produced in partnership with Brown Rudnick LLP 29th Nov
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Lexis®PSL Financial Services FCA/PRA Enforcement Database: This incorporates detailed information on all substantive FCA and PRA Final Notices and,...
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Produced in partnership with Sara Cody of Linklaters 29th Nov
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The Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have extensive, but not unlimited, powers to enter...
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28th Nov
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What is a restraint order?A restraint order is a preventive measure imposed in support of any confiscation order that may be or has been made. It is...
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Produced in partnership with Nicholas Yeo and Ciju Puthuppally of Three Raymond Buildings 26th Nov
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BREXIT: The law and practice referred to in this Practice Note may be impacted by Brexit. For further information on the potential impact, see: The...
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Produced in partnership with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 23rd Nov
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Where more than one enforcement agency is responsible for the investigation and/or prosecution of criminal offences, the authorities often sign a join...
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20th Nov
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This Practice Note deals with the compulsory power to provide documents under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 (CJA 1987) (section 2...
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23rd Oct
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Any informal request or formal application for the return of property seized by an investigating authority during a criminal investigation will depend...
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23rd Oct
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Application to discharge a restraint orderAny person affected by a restraint order, as well as the person who applied for it, may apply for its...
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Produced in partnership with Azizur Rahman of Rahman Ravelli 16th Oct
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Sections 444 and 445 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002), provide the power to implement secondary legislation for the purposes of giving...
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Produced in partnership with Quinton Newcomb of Fulcrum Chambers 2nd Oct
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The Environment Agency (EA) is one of the regulators responsible for the enforcement of environmental law and the prosecution of environmental crime...
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Produced in partnership with Christopher Badger of 6 Pump Court 29th Sep
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In answering this Q&A we have limited our research to cover police powers to obtain such evidence.Powers to obtain or compel a suspect to provide...
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28th Sep
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In answering this query, it has been assumed that this question refers to a request made under section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998)...
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28th Sep

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