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.
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).
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.
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.
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  EWHC 1227 (QB).