Criminal Law Blog

6 March 2015

The DOJ and CFTC dig deeper in precious metals market investigation

It has recently been reported that 10 Banks are under investigation by the US Justice Department (“DOJ”) and CFTC for irregularities and potential price fixing in the precious metals market, comprising the gold, silver, platinum and palladium markets. The London Gold Fix, an almost century old benchmark, fixed twice a day by 4 banks in London first came under the microscope in 2012 following investigations into the Libor and FX market manipulation scandals.

Olivia Stiles

5 March 2015

Banking Regulation: Senior Managers and Certification Regime – timetable announced plus extension to include UK branches of foreign institutions

A written statement by the Economic Secretary on 3 March 2015 announced the timetable for the introduction of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) under the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. The Government also announced that following a period of consultation it had decided to extend the SM&CR to UK branches of foreign institutions.

Louise Hodges

4 March 2015

Tough on crime – but not on the causes of crime

On 3 March 2015, The Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP launched a paper through the Policy Exchange entitled “Taking Its Toll: The regressive impact of property crime in Britain.” 

Nick Dent

3 March 2015

A timely reminder: Inadequate case preparation by the prosecution or the defence will not be tolerated

The need for thorough and careful case management has been re-iterated by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the case of R v Boardman [2015] EWCA Crim 175. 

Although the outcome of this case was that the Court of Appeal dismissed the Crown’s appeal against the ruling by HHJ Dutton, at Chester Crown Court, which effectively brought the prosecution to an end, the significance of this case is wider and applies to all criminal practitioners – not just prosecutors.

Michael Caplan QC

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. 

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