Private prosecutions

10 April 2019

Justice delayed is not justice denied in a recent slip and trip case successfully prosecuted by Aviva

On 3 April 2019 Bradford Crown Court has given a 21 months suspended jail sentence and six-months curfew order to Farida Ashraf, who pleaded guilty to fraud in a slip and trip case.

Melinka Berridge

31 October 2018

Sexual Abuse Compensation: Civil Claims for Criminal Allegations

The #Metoo movement, which started just over a year ago, has brought to the surface the prevalence of sexual abuse.  Led by the entrainment industry, and fuelled by social media, the movement has empowered individuals around the world to speak out against sexual assault and harassment.

Eurydice Cote

17 October 2018

Does a victim of crime have an unfettered right to review?

A case summary of R (AC) v DPP [2018] EWCA Civ 2092

Shannett Thompson

23 August 2018

Private prosecutions – Lawyers must explain the risks as well as the rewards to their clients

Last month, Barrister Mark Smith was found guilty of professional misconduct and suspended from practice for one month for failing to advise his client about the risks of bringing a private prosecution The finding by the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal serves as a stark reminder of the importance of the prosecuting lawyer having a full and frank discussion with their client about the prospects of success before commencing a private prosecution.  As explained in our previous blog, whilst private prosecutions offer an excellent legal remedy, they are typically subject to greater scrutiny than public prosecutions and lawyers who run these cases must take care to ensure they explain the risks, as well as the rewards, to their clients.

Lucy Williams

29 June 2018

Malicious prosecution and the risk to private prosecutors

A series of blunders and mishaps, such as London’s soaring murder rate, the collapse of a number of rape cases  and associated disclosure failings, have incited strong criticism of the CPS and police forces in recent months. 

Melinka Berridge

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