New crackdown on corporate economic crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 17th, 2017 in consultations, false accounting, fraud, money laundering, press releases by tracey

‘New laws will be considered as part of a crackdown on corporate economic crime, ministers announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Legal basis for striking terror targets set out – Attorney General’s Office

Posted January 12th, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, press releases, self-defence, speeches, terrorism by tracey

‘Attorney General Jeremy Wright will set out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 11th January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Proposals to reform criminal defence advocates pay published – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Plans to introduce a simpler and fairer pay system for defence advocates who work on legal aid-funded criminal cases have been unveiled today by the Ministry of Justice.’

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ministry of Justice, 5th January 2017

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New AGFS plan will mean fairer pay for advocates – The Bar Council

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council and the Young Barristers’ Committee welcome new proposals published today by the Ministry of Justice which will mean barristers and other advocates will be paid fairly for the work they do in publicly funded criminal cases. The new, fairer Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), if implemented, will mean barristers’ fees are no longer based on outdated and distorting factors such as the number of pages in a case, but instead are paid according to the seriousness and complexity of the work.’

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The Bar Council, 5th January 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Psychoactive substances ban 6 months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions – Home Office

Posted January 4th, 2017 in drug offences, press releases, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the government’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act came into force 6 months ago.’

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Home Office, 29th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Statement from the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: Cross-examination of vulnerable people – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 4th, 2017 in cross-examination, family courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘I have been raising since 2014 the pressing need to reform the way in which vulnerable people give evidence in family proceedings. I have made clear my view that the family justice system lags woefully behind the criminal justice system.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 30th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Chairman: Government must protect UK legal services’ strength in Brexit process – The Bar council

Posted December 21st, 2016 in EC law, legal services, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘Bar Council responds to new report from TheCityUK on value of legal services.’

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The impact of Brexit on the UK-based legal services sector

The Bar Council, 20th December 2016

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Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Official Publications

Posted December 16th, 2016 in enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s report on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.’

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Official Publications, 15th December 2016

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Businessman who killed his wife and tried to burn the house down jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 16th, 2016 in arson, domestic violence, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A former City trader who knocked his wife unconscious, set her body on fire and then took his dog for a walk has been jailed for life today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th December 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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CMA final report: demand for better price and service transparency from law firms, and review of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Regulators need to deliver a “step change in standards of transparency” so that lawyers’ clients can both understand the price and service they will receive, and compare providers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today [14 December 2016], outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th December 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Fraudster who duped property investors out of £5 million convicted – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 8th, 2016 in fraud, press releases by tracey

‘A fraudster who duped property investors out of more than £5 million by promising them impossible returns has been convicted following a prosecution by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th December 2016

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New protection for victims of ‘stranger stalking’ – Home Office

Posted December 7th, 2016 in injunctions, press releases, stalking by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has announced her intention to introduce new stalking protection orders which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage.’

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Home Office, 7th December 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

Posted November 30th, 2016 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, press releases, privacy by tracey

‘A landmark bill which sets out and governs the powers available to the police, security and intelligence agencies to gather and access electronic communications has received Royal Assent.’

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Home Office, 29th November 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Students to get Bar Council membership – The Bar Council

Posted November 30th, 2016 in barristers, legal education, press releases by tracey

‘Students considering a career at the Bar can now become involved with the Bar Council and support the organisation’s work on access to justice, as well as benefit from a number of services offered to subscribers by the Bar Council, the representative body for barristers.’

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The Bar Council, 29th November 2016

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Kate Gallafent QC to assist with review into abuse cases – The Football Association

Posted November 28th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, press releases, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘The FA has instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to assist it with a review into the abuse cases which have recently come to light.’

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The Football Association, 27th November 2016

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Health experts who defrauded NHS ordered to pay £575,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 25th, 2016 in fraud, hospitals, press releases, repayment by tracey

‘Four health experts who fraudulently billed the NHS for 14,000 hours they did not work have been ordered to pay more than £575,000 or face further time in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th November 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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New crackdown on whiplash claims set to cut insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in consultations, fraud, insurance, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Millions of motorists could see their car insurance cut by about £40 a year thanks to plans to crackdown on the epidemic of whiplash claims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2016

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CPS confiscates £4.2m from mortgage fraudster – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in confiscation, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘A convicted mortgage fraudster has been stripped of more than £4 million in criminal assets after prosecutors forced him to sell off his property empire or face further time in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th November 2016

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Members of £2 million cold call gang jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘Two members of a gang who defrauded more than £2 million from members of the public in a large-scale cold-calling fraud have been jailed, bringing the total number of people sent to prison to eight.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st November 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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