SFO granted a reprieve from plans to scrap it a day after Barclays charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in banking, fraud, news, prosecutions, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘The Serious Fraud Office appears to have been granted a reprieve from plans to abolish it in a U-turn that came just a day after the organisation targeted Barclays with the first criminal charges ever brought against a bank over the financial crisis. Controversial proposals in the Conservative manifesto to fold the SFO into the National Crime Agency were quietly dropped from the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2017

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Prosecutors are considering manslaughter charges after Grenfell Tower disaster, Keir Starmer reveals – Daily Telegraph

‘Criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is looking into manslaughter charges, Sir Keir Starmer has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2017

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CPS statement on the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 14th, 2017 in complaints, firearms, news, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘A CPS spokesperson said: “In December 2016, the CPS received a file from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) relating to the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker on 11 December 2015.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th June 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

I have prosecuted terrorists – and know human rights laws make us safer by Keir Starmer – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, human rights, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘The prime minister’s kneejerk proposal to rip up laws to fight the growing terrorist threat is a dangerous distraction.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2017

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When does a police officer prosecute or commit misfeasance? – UK Police Law Blog

‘It sometimes vexes police lawyers – how the police can be a prosecutor for the purpose of malicious prosecution when it is the Crown Prosecution Service that makes the decision to prosecute. Further, it has not always been easy to identify what acts of officers can result in liability for misfeasance in a public office. In Rees v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 273 (QB), Mitting J explained both of these – disagreeing with some previous cases and explaining others.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 7th June 2017

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Care home staff guilty of ‘organised and systematic’ abuse of disabled adults – Daily Telegraph

‘Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

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Man arrested over PC Yvonne Fletcher shooting released – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in conspiracy, murder, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘A man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder PC Yvonne Fletcher three decades ago has been released without charge.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2017

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Freedom of Information Act document leaks could become criminal – The Guardian

‘Whistleblowers and journalists could be imprisoned for revealing documents that can be obtained through freedom of information requests, campaigners have warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2017

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SFO wins disclosure bid in legal privilege case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2017 in disclosure, fraud, news, privilege, prosecutions, Serious Fraud Office by sally

‘Companies can no longer assume that private documents, including interview records used for internal investigations, will be protected after a High Court ruling this week, lawyers have claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court rejects litigation privilege claim in test case – Litigation Futures

Posted May 11th, 2017 in civil justice, crime, disclosure, documents, fraud, news, privilege, prosecutions, trials by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a mining company’s claim for litigation privilege in a test case which for the first time involves potential criminal, rather than civil, litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th May 2017

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CPS statement on election expenses – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nick Vamos, CPS Head of Special Crime, said: “We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates’ expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Tory election spending: CPS announces it will not charge Conservative candidates amid campaign spending allegations – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2017 in elections, evidence, expenses, news, political parties, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has announced it will make no charges against Conservative candidates who were alleged to have broken election spending rules.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2017

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Legal Aid Agency criticised for trying to prosecute major law firm fraud through local authority rather than CPS – Legal Futures

Posted May 8th, 2017 in fraud, legal aid, local government, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken over prosecution of a major legal aid fraud by a law firm after the Court of Appeal criticised the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for trying to run the case through the fraud department of a local authority instead.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Anger at no prosecution over shooting of bird of prey – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2017 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A decision by prosecutors to drop charges against a former gamekeeper accused of illegally shooting a bird of prey has prompted anger among conservationists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2017

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Test purchase sees taxi driver convicted over refusal to allow guide dog in car – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in disabled persons, dogs, equality, news, prosecutions, taxis by tracey

‘A North East council has successfully prosecuted a taxi driver who refused to let a passenger with an assistance dog into his vehicle.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Supreme Court refuses damages to refugee wrongly prosecuted for illegal entry – Free Movement

‘Shortly after Christmas in 2009, a young woman from Somalia flew into Stansted and claimed asylum. She had just turned 18. As later accepted by the Home Office, she had experienced severe depredations in her home country. This included her rape at the age of six in the presence of her disabled mother, and the murder of both of her parents. She fled Somalia in 2008, initially to Yemen, where she spent the next year. She was eventually able to fly to Europe with the help of an agent, who provided a British passport to facilitate her entry into the UK.’

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Free Movement, 26th April 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Lawyers must be able to bring cases against government ‘without fear of reprisals’ – The Guardian

‘Lawyers must be able to bring cases against the government “without fear of recrimination or reprisals”, the high-profile solicitors’ firm Leigh Day has declared on the eve of its trial for alleged professional misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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Home Office scraps ‘insufficient evidence’ notification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Suspects in criminal investigations will no longer be told by police they do not face any charges because of “insufficient evidence” the government has announced. It was responding to concerns that the phrase would cause an individual’s innocence to be questioned by the public and the media.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2017

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Children wait 100 days longer than adults for sexual abuse investigations to go to court, figures show – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2017 in child abuse, delay, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘Child sex abuse victims are waiting 100 days longer than adults for their cases to go to court, a report has found, prompting calls for more to be done to give underage victims access to the support they desperately need.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2017

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Solicitor and firm fined in first criminal prosecution by Pensions Regulator – Legal Futures

Posted April 7th, 2017 in fines, law firms, news, pensions, prosecutions, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor and the firm where he is a partner have been ordered to pay more than £16,000 in fines and costs for refusing to give documents to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) which were required as part of a wider investigation.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk