Compensation orders against company directors: a new way around Limited Liability?
In the case of Lazarov v Bulgaria the High Court found itself in some legal difficulty as it sought to deal with an appeal against an extradition judgment from Westminster Magistrates’ Court that was replete with mistakes.
The Overseas Production Order (OPO) marks a sea-change in the ability of law enforcement to gather electronic evidence overseas. Introduced under the Crime (Overseas Production Order) Bill this would give law enforcement agencies and prosecutors the power to apply for an OPO to obtain electronic data directly from service providers based outside the UK for the purposes of criminal investigations and prosecutions for serious crime. This is a radical departure from the current mutual legal assistance regime.
A collective sigh of relief was heard in the UK this morning at the news that Alexander Prokopchuk has not been elected as the new head of INTERPOL. In the current climate, post-Skripal, it is no surprise that the prospect of a former insider in the Kremlin’s interior ministry as head of the international body would cause alarm. Such relief, however, may be premature. Prokopchuk remains not only a vice-President of INTERPOL but also a member of the important Commission for the Control of Files of INTERPOL (CCF) which decides on the admissibility of red notices (although he absents himself when Russian cases are being discussed).
The draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union was presented to the House of Commons on 14 November 2018. It included, under Title V, provisions for on-going police and judicial co-operation.
Sanctions under scrutiny
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the future of UK sanctions policy to “explore and evaluate” different options for the UK’s approach to sanctions policy after leaving the EU.
In launching the inquiry the committee underlines that “Sanctions are an essential instrument of foreign policy, enabling the Government to penalise rogue regimes and human rights abusers around the world, and to combat the influence of so-called dirty money here in the UK.”
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