Legal Updates

2 February 2021

Swift condemnation of Labour’s jury proposal is unwarranted - Jonathan Grimes writes for The Law Society Gazette

There has been an immediate and almost universal rejection of Labour’s proposal that juries might be temporarily reduced from 12 to seven as a measure to help reduce the lamentable backlog in Crown Court trials.

Jonathan Grimes

20 September 2019

AML: HMRC flexes enforcement muscle to the tune of £7.8 million

In September 2019, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published its list of businesses that have not complied with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (MLR 2017) for the tax year 2019 to 2020. Within this, it revealed that it has fined Touma Foreign Exchange Ltd £7.8 million for a wide range of serious failures under the Money Laundering Regulations. 

Nicola Finnerty

13 September 2019

Cross-border criminal justice post-Brexit – Operation Yellowhammer

Tucked in between the “reasonable worst-case” scenarios for food, trade and fuel is a stark one liner: “Law enforcement and information sharing between U.K. and EU will be disrupted”. The reduction in capability of law enforcement agencies that will come from a no deal will, according to government documents, be accompanied by an increase in cross-border crime.

Rebecca Niblock

11 September 2019

Challenging the prosecution of weak cases and the lack of anonymity for those accused of sexual offences

The recent acquittal of our client, Oritsé Williams, once again puts a spotlight on the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences, and the particular complexities faced by high profile individuals defending allegations of this nature.

Sandra Paul

4 June 2019

Pre trial cross-examination of sexual offence complainants

From 3 June 2019 complainants in trials for sex offences at Kingston-upon-Thames, Liverpool and Leeds Crown Courts will be eligible to have their cross-examination pre-recorded. This will be celebrated by the Ministry of Justice as a significant step towards improving the experience for victims of crime. But will it actually make any real difference? And what about the impact on the rights of defendants? 

Will Hayes

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