Criminal Law Blog

31 July 2020

The new cryptoasset promotions consultation: widening the perimeter of FCA regulation

Research recently undertaken by the FCA has found that 5.35% of the UK population hold (or have previously held) cryptoassets where in 2019 this figure was 3%. For several years now the Government, the Bank of England and the FCA have been consulting on and considering how best to regulate this burgeoning market.

Jill Lorimer

30 July 2020

City of London Police seize more than £2 million in cross-border money laundering operation

Media reports from 24 July 2020 inform us that the City of London Police (COLP) has seized more than £2 million held in British bank accounts as a result “of profits made by an Italian mafia gang”. We are told that Westminster Magistrates’ Court ordered the forfeiture of the cash after detectives submitted evidence that it was being channelled through London in a money-laundering operation.  

Jonathan Grimes

28 July 2020

Recycling firm charged with corporate manslaughter

West Midlands Police have announced that Alutrade Limited, a specialist recycler of aluminium, is to be charged with corporate manslaughter over the death of Stuart Towns in July 2017. The last conviction of a company for corporate manslaughter was in 2017.

Jonathan Grimes

27 July 2020

Further clarification on the rights of third parties in confiscation proceedings

The rights of third parties in confiscation proceedings have been the subject of scrutiny over recent years by the courts and legislature, as detailed in our blog, ‘The rights of third parties in confiscation matters: an inhospitable landscape’. The issue was considered most recently in the case of R v Hilton [2020] UKSC 29 in which the Supreme Court restated the law regarding when third parties may make representations to the court.

Ed Smyth

24 July 2020

I May Destroy You, Part 2: A study of sexual assault - Kwame: Consent and Deception

This blog series examines the sexual offences encountered by the main characters in the raw and unflinching BBC series, I May Destroy You. Part 1 considered the experience of the show’s main character, Arabella; this second article looks at the circumstances in which her friend, Kwame, finds himself.

Leena Lakhani

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