Criminal Law Blog

2 March 2015

New “drug driving” offence comes into force today

On 2 March 2015, changes to the offence of “drug driving” come into force in England and Wales. From 2 March it is illegal to drive with specified levels of certain drugs, included legal medication, in your system. 

24 February 2015

Senior Managers Regime: Tougher regulation of senior bankers and non-executive directors (NEDs) confirmed

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a paper 24 February 2015 entitled “Approach to non-executive directors in banking and Solvency II firms & Application of the presumption of responsibility to Senior Managers in banking firms” (referred to here as “the New Consultation”). 

24 February 2015

Magna Carta or golden thread?

The Global Law Summit is celebrating 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta, widely regarded as one the most important legal safeguards but has it been overtaken by events?

Michael Caplan QC

19 February 2015

Personal commitments: Benefits and risks of signing an attestation with the FCA

On 13 February 2015, the FCA launched a webpage providing information and data about the use of attestations.  The trend is that they are on the increase.  What are they, when should they be signed and who should sign them?

Louise Hodges

17 February 2015

Intoxication and consent in rape allegations – a double standard?

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”), recently announced new guidelines (“toolkits”) reminding police that people may be unable to consent to sexual activity when they are incapacitated through drink or drugs. This blog reviews this guidance and explores whether it says anything new and how it may be applied to cases where both parties are intoxicated. 

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