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Facilitation payments under the Bribery Act 2010Facilitating the performance of a duty by public officialsFacilitation payments, also known as...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Furlong of Carmelite Chambers 19th May
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BlackmailThe offenceA person is guilty of blackmail if, with a view to gain for themselves or another or with intent to cause loss to another, they...
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19th May
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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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19th May
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Investigatory Powers TribunalFor information on the overarching regime for scrunity of the use of powers under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA...
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19th May
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Failing to stop or report an accidentDrivers are under a duty to stop at the scene of an accident, provide personal details and report an accident....
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 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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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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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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Corporate manslaughter—prosecutions trackerThis Practice Note provides a summary of key corporate manslaughter prosecutions and convictions under...
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19th May
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What is the time limit for bringing a prosecution for a summary only offence?We refer you to Practice Note: Commencing criminal proceedings—applying...
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19th May
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Grounds for refusing bailThe right to bailThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) gives a general right to bail to:•any person appearing before a magistrates’...
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19th May
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Excluding evidence of bad characterExcluding evidence of the defendant's 'bad character' under CJA 2003, s 101(3)Where evidence of a defendant's bad...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court 19th May
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Serious crime prevention ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the...
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19th May
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Duress and necessityDuress by threatsDuress by threats provides a complete defence to a charge of any offence other than murder, attempted murder and...
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19th May
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Obtaining disclosure of unused evidenceDuty of disclosure of unused evidenceThe pursuit of a fair trial based on equality of arms has resulted in a...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court 19th May
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Is an arrest necessary?Lawful arrest—human rightsThe right to liberty is a fundamental principle of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which itself...
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19th May

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Can a jury in a complex fraud trial or case attracting media attention be given a questionnaire to determine their impartiality and ability to judge...
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1st Aug
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What General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Regulation (EU) 2016/679 issues arise when instructing a third party expert in criminal proceedings?...
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Produced in partnership with Professor Dan Hyde of Harrison Clark Rickerbys 1st Aug
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In criminal proceedings, what information must the prosecution disclose before the defendant has to enter a plea (in the magistrates court/crown...
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31st Jul
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Who is entitled to sit on a jury following the changes brought about under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and what are the considerations for...
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31st Jul
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Procedure during a Crown Court trial—arraignment, trial requirements and evidenceCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted...
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Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court 30th Jul
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Pre-trial and case management hearings in the Crown CourtCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the...
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Produced in partnership with 25 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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Prosecution costsThe power to award prosecution costsThere are several ways in which a prosecutor may obtain an order covering their costs of bringing...
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30th Jul
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JuriesWho is entitled to serve on a jury?Section 1 of the Juries Act 1974 (JA 1974) states that everyone is entitled to serve on a jury provided...
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Produced in partnership with Tom Flavin of 25 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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The indictmentThe rules relating to the form of indictments and the procedure for their creation and adoption are contained in the following: •the...
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30th Jul
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The Criminal Procedure RulesThe current Criminal Procedure RulesThe Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has made rules for the criminal courts in...
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30th Jul
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End of criminal proceedings—an introduction to the possible means of disposalWhat amounts to the conclusion of criminal proceedings?A typical criminal...
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Produced in partnership with Eva Niculiu of Three Raymond Buildings 30th Jul
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Misuse of process–proceedings begun in breach of promise not to prosecuteBreach of promise not to prosecuteThe duty of public authorities to act...
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30th Jul
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Wasted costs in criminal proceedingsOrders for costs against legal representativesUnder section 19A(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (POA...
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30th Jul
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Abuse of process in criminal proceedingsThe procedure for making an application to stay proceedings due to abuse of process is governed by rule 3.28...
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30th Jul
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Criminal trial held in the absence of the defendantCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic....
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30th Jul
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Absconders and the right to appeal Trial in absenceThe issue for the court in R v Okedare was whether it was prepared to entertain applications for...
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30th Jul
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Vexatious litigants in Criminal proceedingsWhat is a vexatious litigant?A vexatious litigant has in the opinion of the High Court abused his right to...
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30th Jul
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Applying for costs from a prosecutor following an unsuccessful criminal prosecutionWhere a party to criminal proceedings incurs costs as a result of...
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Produced in partnership with Terry McGuinness of Garden Court Chambers 30th Jul
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Prosecuting fraud offences—the Fraud ProtocolFraud ProtocolThe procedure and management of fraud trials is determined by the Lord Chief Justice’s...
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30th Jul

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