Criminal Law Blog

7 August 2019

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

The Divisional Court (the Court), consisting of Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Butcher, considered the poignant topic of whether a fitness to practise panel can draw adverse inferences from a doctor’s failure to give evidence at a hearing in R (on the application of Kuzmin) v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin)

Shannett Thompson

5 August 2019

Proceeds of Crime: new Asset Recovery Action Plan seeks to leave “no safe space” for dirty money

On 12 July, the Home Office published its new Asset Recovery Action Plan (“the Plan”) to complement the National Economic Crime Plan 2019 to 2022. In it, the government expresses its clear intention to attack criminal finances still more robustly and to hit hard at the “common thread that runs through almost all offending” – money. The Plan continues: “The vast majority of criminality is driven by money, so it is vital that we are relentless in our pursuit of the illicit finances that criminals acquire to fund their criminal lifestyle and commit further crime…”

Ed Smyth

2 August 2019

AML failure: Gambling Commission takes action

The Gambling Commission announced on 31 July that it had taken action against Ladbrokes Coral Group for anti-money laundering failings in breach of its licence conditions to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (in addition to breach of its social responsibility code provision in respect of customer interaction.

Nicola Finnerty

30 July 2019

Common ‘good character’ issues when applying to naturalise as a British citizen

The good character requirement in nationality applications has recently been put in the spotlight with Parliament’s Human Rights Committee expressing its 'deep concern' for children who are being denied their right to claim British nationality. We look at the application of the good character requirement to adults applying to naturalise as British citizens and the possible knock-on effect on their children’s applications to register as a British citizen.

Nicolas Rollason

23 July 2019

Assisted Suicide – forgiveness or permission?

Cases which touch on the legality of assisted suicide attract the heat of press attention. The emotionally charged circumstances with which almost everyone can identify coupled with the legal complexity make them desperately sad, and utterly compelling, to follow.

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