Criminal Law Blog

20 October 2020

Serious Injury by Careless Driving: How Competent Are You?

Tougher sentences and the introduction of a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving are the reforms proposed for Road Traffic Offences in the recently published Government White Paper on Sentencing Reform. The overhaul, which is currently underway and headed up by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, has proposed the following modifications in this area:

Ed Smyth

13 October 2020

Fitness and propriety investigations: practical considerations

How should regulated firms respond when issues come to light which call into question the fitness and propriety of a member of staff? In the second part of their series of fitness and propriety blogs, Jill Lorimer and Nick Ralph consider best practice. You can read the first part of the series by clicking here.

Nick Ralph

12 October 2020

Three years on and still no prosecutions for HMRC’s Corporate Criminal Offence

HMRC’s 2015 – 2020 business plan pledged to increase the number of criminal investigations and prosecutions into serious and complex tax crime, focusing particularly on wealthy individuals and corporates.  The stated aim was to increase prosecutions in this area to 100 a year by 2020.   Key to this strategy was the implementation of the corporate criminal offence (CCO) of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, which came into force on 30 September 2017.

David Sleight

9 October 2020

Directors disqualified following history of health and safety and waste law breaches

Brother and sister Mark and Rachel Penfold were directors of a waste management company. In February 2016 an employee of the business suffered a serious injury when his arm was caught in a conveyer he was operating whilst at work. The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company and both individuals under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). 

Sophie Wood

8 October 2020

The NCA finally obtains the benefit of Unexplained Wealth Orders

The NCA will be pleased as punch with the highly publicised outcome of their investigation into the businessman Mansoor Hussain; using several of the tools at its disposal, the agency has agreed a settlement with Mr Hussain that will see him relinquish ownership of numerous properties, assets and cash to the amount of £9,802,828. All on the basis of his alleged links to serious organised crime in the UK but without the need for any criminal proceedings.

Ed Smyth

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