Criminal Law Blog

24 July 2017

The European Investigation Order – belatedly in force

The European Investigation Order (EIO) scheme will come into force in the UK on 31 July 2017.  It will be done by way of secondary legislation (SI No 730 of 2017 – The Criminal Justice (European Investigation Order) Regulations 2017). As reported in our previous blog there was a delay to Directive (2014/41/EU) being implemented. EU member states had undertaken to enact the provisions by 22 May 2017 only for the recent general election to intervene domestically. 

Edmund Smyth

24 July 2017

Privilege, Confidentiality and the Challenge of Modern Technology

The question of when, and in what circumstances, a document capable of enjoying the protection of legal professional privilege will be said to have lost its confidentiality such that privilege cannot apply has arisen in two cases in separate jurisdictions in recent weeks.

20 July 2017

Reports call for higher standards of disclosure in criminal proceedings

On 18 July 2017 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the body that independently assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of the police published a report: ‘Making it fair – a joint inspection of the disclosure of unused material in volume Crown Court cases’. The report followed a three-month inspection into the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) compliance with the disclosure of unused material provisions.

Joanne Stephens

17 July 2017

Joining forces in the fight against Grand Corruption

On the 5 July 2017 Transparency International published its UK Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker. Citing the lack of any formal accountability mechanism to accompanying last year’s Anti-Corruption Summit, Transparency International have put together a “pledge tracker” to do it themselves.

Áine Kervick

14 July 2017

The Impact of Fake News: Economy – part 2

The Times/Kingsley Napley Student Advocacy Competition 2017 launched on 18 May 2017. The title this year is:
'Do we need new laws to combat fake news?'

In part one of this blog we established that fake news can have serious direct and indirect economic effects, genuinely impacting the value of shares with the potential to destabilise public markets.  In part two of this blog, we look at more specific examples of how fabricated information has affected companies and the wider economy, and we seek to address the following questions:

  • Can fake news affect corporate reputation?
  • Can fake news impact a company’s value?
Elena Matsa

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