Regulatory Blog

19 July 2019

Failure to act as a ‘Minister of Justice’ will have costs implications for the private prosecutor

A private prosecutor and the lawyers who act on their behalf must meet the same high standards of conduct expected of a public prosecutor. The High Court has recently handed down judgement in a case where the issue of the objectivity of the private prosecutor was subject to scrutiny.  The case is a salutary reminder to the putative private prosecutor of the benefits of taking independent legal advice on the merits of their case before commencing proceedings.

Shannett Thompson

18 July 2019

Launch of the Code for Private Prosecutors

On 18 July 2019 the Private Prosecutors’ Association (the PPA) the UK’s only association for professionals with expertise in the bringing of private prosecutions, published the first Code for Private Prosecutors (the Code).  

Melinka Berridge

9 July 2019

Analysing the conclusions of the gross negligence manslaughter review

Shannett Thompson, senior associate at Kingsley Napley, considers the background to the independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide (review) commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) and highlights its key recommendations. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Corporate Crime on 4 July 2019. 

 

Shannett Thompson

3 July 2019

Reflective practice: benefits and a welcome reassurance

The eight healthcare regulators have issued a joint statement to encourage practitioners to engage and adopt reflective practice in a useful and meaningful way. The statement, which can be found here, has also been produced to try to allay any remaining fears that, following the Bawa-Garba case, reflective pieces will be held against practitioners in fitness to practise proceedings. Shannett Thompson and Claire Parry share a useful reminder and welcomed reassurance in support of reflective practice. 

Claire Parry

19 June 2019

A step too far – a warning for Private Prosecutors

We have previously written on the matter of likelihood of cost recovery in respect of private prosecutions, but return to this topic in light of the recent decision Re Somaia v Lord Chancellor [2019] EWHC 1227 (QB). 

Shannett Thompson

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