Criminal Law Blog

11 June 2020

COVID-19: Can you be prosecuted for opening your shop?

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”), Alok Sharma, announced this week that non-essential shops will be allowed to open from 15 June. Mr Sharma also stated that if shops do not follow COVID-secure guidelines they could be subject to enforcement notices. What does this mean?

Sophie Wood

10 June 2020

The compulsory embrace of the art market by the UK's Anti-Money Laundering regime

In our recent blog ‘The (quiet) extension of the AML regime: an overview’ we looked at the key changes for the regulated sector, pursuant to the new Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 10 January 2020. This new legislation also extended the reach of the UK’s anti-money laundering regime to individuals or businesses who deal in the sales, purchases and storage of works of art with a value of 10,000 euros or more, regardless of the means of payment.

Gemma Tombs

5 June 2020

Returning to work and COVID-19: Could employers face health and safety prosecutions for infections in the workplace?

As we move through the phased easing of lockdown, employers and employees will be anxious to ensure that the return to the workplace does not exacerbate the risk of infection. Businesses do not want to find themselves falling foul of the law, and with news last month that the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE” – the body responsible for regulating and enforcing health and safety legislation) has been bolstered with £14m extra funding, it is more important than ever to manage the risks.

 

Sophie Wood

27 May 2020

The Hackitt Review- Two years on

It is just over two years since the publication of Dame Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.  Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the Government commissioned a report to make recommendations on the regulatory system covering high rise and complex buildings. 

Hannah Eales

21 May 2020

Mutual Legal Assistance in action - Met Police raid London addresses at request of Brazilian authorities

On 14 May 2020 Metropolitan Police officers carried out two search and seizure warrants on behalf of Brazilian prosecutors investigating $5 million in alleged bribes paid to politicians in the state of Amapá in connection with a railroad contract.

Alison Riley

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