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Common law offence of false imprisonmentThe offence of false imprisonmentFalse imprisonment is a common law offence but it is more common as a civil...
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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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Common law offence of kidnappingThe offence of kidnappingKidnapping is a common law offence and is triable only on indictment. It may be classified in...
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19th May
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Intentional harassment, alarm or distressThis Practice Note explains the offence of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress contrary to...
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19th May
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Criminal act or omissionOmissionA defendant must be shown to have had the relevant mental state of mind or intention at the time that the act...
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19th May
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Proxy purchasing of tobacco and nicotine productsIn England and Wales it is an offence for an adult to buy or attempt to buy tobacco or tobacco...
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19th May
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Intimate searchesAuthorising and ordering intimate searchesAn intimate search is the physical examination of any of the suspect’s body orifices other...
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19th May
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Criminal contempt of court—common law offenceIn summarising the law of contempt of court, the Court of Appeal has stated:‘The law of contempt exists...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Wayman of Pump Court Chambers 19th May
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ConspiracyThere are three main inchoate offences in English law: •conspiracy—where at least two people have agreed to commit a crime•attempt—where the...
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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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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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Intimate SamplesIntimate Samples from a detained suspectAn intimate sample is:•a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic...
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19th May
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Corporate criminal liabilityThis Practice Note deals with what is meant by corporate liability in relation to criminal law. It covers establishing...
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19th May
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Reporting restrictions in criminal casesGuide for the judiciary and the media on reporting restrictionsThe fourth edition of the guide for judges and...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 19th May
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Anti-social behaviour—environmental breachesThis Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental...
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Produced in partnership with Jeremy Phillips and Charles Forrest of Francis Taylor Building 19th May

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The relevance and use of previous convictions in criminal proceedingsThis Practice Note considers spent convictions and rehabilitation periods under...
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Produced in partnership with Will Glover and Angharad Hughes of 3 Temple Gardens 21st 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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20th Jul
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Fines imposed following criminal convictionThe key provisions relating to the imposition of fines following conviction are found in sections 118 to...
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20th Jul
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Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002This Practice Note considers the purposes of and procedure applicable to confiscation under the...
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Disqualification from driving for non-driving offencesDriving disqualification for any offenceWhere the Crown Court or a magistrates’ court convicts...
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Forfeiture of property following convictionThe power of the court to order the forfeiture of property under the Sentencing Act 2020The Sentencing Act...
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Sentencing CodeThis Practice Note explains the scope and purpose of the Sentencing Code which was created by the Sentencing Act 2020 and which, since...
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Anti-social behaviour—powers to close premises under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014Reform of anti-social behaviour powers...
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Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviourCoronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and...
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Produced in partnership with Hardwicke Chambers 8th Jun
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Can a company pay for or indemnify one of its directors in relation to a fine which has been imposed on such director following civil or criminal...
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5th Jun
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Is there a publically searchable record of companies which have criminal records?Certain regulators maintain publically searchable databases of...
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If a person is committed for contempt of court and is sentenced to prison, will this appear on their criminal record?As was noted in Phonographic...
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Produced in partnership with David Gardner of No 5 Chambers 5th Jun
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How can a director be disqualified as a company director?STOP PRESS: In May 2021 the government announced that the Insolvency Service will be given...
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Sexual risk ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code,...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 5th Jun
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Anti-social behaviour—environmental breachesThis Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental...
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Produced in partnership with Jeremy G Phillips of FTB Chambers and Charles Forrest of FTB Chambers 5th Jun
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Young offenders and the criminal justice system [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. For information on...
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Directors and officers insurance policiesA director of a company limited by shares is exposed to a wide range of potential liabilities that could...
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