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The principle of transferred maliceIf a person has a malicious intent towards X and, in carrying out that intent, injures Y, he is guilty of an...
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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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What is an absolute discharge?An absolute discharge is the most lenient sentence available to the court and is imposed where the court is satisfied...
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9th Nov
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There is no defence of entrapment in English law but it is considered to be an abuse of the process of the court for state agents to lure a person...
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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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What is a boiler room fraud?Boiler rooms are the names ascribed to high pressure sales environments. The idea is that the sales environment creates...
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9th Nov
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Production ordersThe purpose of a production order is to obtain material relating to a known person or business, such as bank statements and...
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9th Nov
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What is the defence of insanity?Insanity is a common law defence to a criminal charge. A defence of insanity is available in both the magistrates'...
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9th Nov
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The right to bailThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) gives a general right to bail to:•any person appearing before a magistrates’ court, youth court or Crown...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist 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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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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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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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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Forthcoming Change: The Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure and the CPIA Code of Practice have been updated and reissued but are not yet in...
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Produced in partnership with David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 12th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Scottish government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For information...
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Produced in partnership with Craig Findlater of Black Chambers and Stephen O'Rourke QC of Terra Firma Chambers 12th Jan

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No actionThe power to take no action following a finding of impairment survives the introduction of the latest edition of the General Medical Council...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 26th Mar
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Immediate orders following determination on sanctionWhere a sanction has been imposed, it will not take effect until after the end of the 28-day...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 25th Mar
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The Investigation CommitteeThe Investigation Committee considers allegations referred to it by the Registrar of the General Medical Council (GMC).Its...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants Inn Chambers 24th Mar
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Referral to the GMC case examinersAt the conclusion of the initial investigation stage, if the Registrar of the General Medical Council (GMC)...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants Inn Chambers 24th Mar
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Procedure before a Medical Practitioners TribunalThe role of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) (formerly known as the Fitness to Practise...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 23rd Mar
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Interim orders tribunalsAn interim orders tribunal (IOT), which was previously known as an Interim Orders Panel, is constituted under Schedule 1 of...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 19th Mar
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The role of the GMCThe General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK.The legal basis of the GMC's power derives...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 19th Mar
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Initial investigationThe General Medical Council (GMC) normally only investigates complaints that could require action to remove or restrict a...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants Inn Chambers 11th Mar
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Review, revocation and extension of interim ordersAn interim order is an order made by the General Medical Council (GMC) interim orders tribunal...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 5th Mar
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What is a review hearing?The rules relating to review hearings are contained in rules 18–22 of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 5th Mar
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Objectives and proportionalityThe main reason for imposing sanctions is to protect the public. This is the ‘overarching objective’ which now has...
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Produced in partnership with Andrew Hockton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 1st Mar

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