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What is a disclosure order?A disclosure order is, in general terms, an order authorising a request for information with which the recipient is obliged...
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9th Nov
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In summarising the law of contempt of court, the Court of Appeal has stated:‘The law of contempt exists to protect the course of proceedings from...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Wayman of Pump Court Chambers 12th Jan
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This Practice Note explains the right of defendants who have been convicted in criminal proceedings to appeal against their convictions in the...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 12th Jan
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Offence of cheating the public revenueThe offence of cheating the public revenue is a common law offence triable only on indictment. This means that,...
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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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This Practice Note provides a summary of key corporate manslaughter prosecutions and convictions under section 1 of the Corporate Manslaughter and...
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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 12th Jan
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Discretionary life sentencesA discretionary life sentence is a life sentence given to an offender in respect of an offence for which life imprisonment...
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9th Nov
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What is compensation?A compensation order is defined in the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (PCC(S)A 2000), to mean an order which...
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9th Nov
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The introduction of trial by a single justice was a response to a belief, on the part of the government, that the use of two or three justices to deal...
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Produced in partnership with Quinton Newcomb of Fulcrum Chambers 12th Jan
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The offence of aggravated vehicle-takingA person is guilty of aggravated vehicle taking if:•they take a conveyance without the owner's or other lawful...
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9th Nov
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The offence of false imprisonmentFalse imprisonment is a common law offence but it is more common as a civil action in tort (see Practice Note: False...
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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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9th Nov
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The offences of common assault and batteryTechnically, the offences of assault and battery are separate summary offences. An assault is committed when...
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9th Nov
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There are two kinds of burden:•the legal burden, and•the evidential burdenThe legal burdenA party has the legal (sometimes called ‘the persuasive’)...
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9th Nov
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When defendants are guilty, they have a choice to plead guilty or to put the prosecution to proof. When they plead guilty they may benefit from a...
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9th Nov

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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 30th Apr
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Retention and destruction of fingerprints and samples under PACE 1984The procedure for the taking, retaining and destroying fingerprints, footwear...
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30th Apr
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The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (CJPOA 1994) permits a court to draw adverse inferences where a defendant relies on facts in their...
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27th Apr
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When does Natural England investigate?There is an overlap between the responsibilities of the various enforcement bodies (eg the police, local...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Phillips of 6 Pump Court 23rd Apr
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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 23rd Apr
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In Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems, Case C-311/18 (Schrems II), the Court of Justice of the European Union...
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20th Apr
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What is the SFO?The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigates serious or complex frauds and corruption that often involve an international element or...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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What is HMRC?HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the administration and collection of taxes, including direct taxes such as income tax...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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What is the HSE?The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain. Its mission is to...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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What is the FCA?The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates financial services firms operating in the UK and providing services to consumers. It...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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What type of police could I encounter?The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions...
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Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP 9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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 9th Apr
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Those requiring protectionChapter 4 of Part 2 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA 2005) makes provision for the protection of...
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9th Apr
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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9th Apr
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The procedure for the hearing of an application for access to the information and material used to obtain a search warrant or comparable order, where...
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9th Apr
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This Practice Note explains the procedure to apply for the retention of property seized following a search under section 59(5) of the Criminal Justice...
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9th Apr

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