Gordon Jackson QC is feeling the heat. Having secured a successful outcome for his client Alex Salmond in a high profile trial in Scotland over allegations of sex assault, Jackson resigned earlier this month as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates following reports that he had been caught discussing Mr Salmond, his complainants and the case on a train journey.
In a significant decision, on 8 April 2020, the High Court discharged three Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) following applications by the respondents to those orders. This is the first time the High Court has acted to discharge such orders. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has already indicated its intention to appeal.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) issued its Action Plan for 2020-21 earlier this month, alongside a Strategic Threat Assessment. The Annual Plan sets out the NCA’s operational priorities for the year ahead and sets out how it will lead a “whole-system response to serious and organised crime”. At the heart of this is the objective to “reduce the harm from economic crime to individuals, the UK Economy and its Institutions, tackling fraud, money laundering and cybercrime”.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has this week published its annual Business Plan. Unsurprisingly, the emergence of COVID-19 has significantly impacted the organisation’s ability to set out its strategic focus for the next three years. While the Plan sets out the areas of priority on which it intends to focus in this period, it recognises that it may be months before the FCA is able to focus fully on the activities set out in the Plan and that the issues to be addressed may change significantly over the coming months.
At last week’s Westminster Higher Education (HE) Conference, speakers from Student Unions, Universities, to regulators and law firms discussed how best to tackle sexual violence and harassment in high education, including how to change campus culture and improve complaints and disciplinary processes. This blog summarises those discussions and reflects on where the sector’s key focus areas should be now.