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Would you prefer to defer?

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Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) were largely considered an American mechanism until their introduction in February 2014 by Schedule 17 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Since then, there has been 12 DPAs between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and...

Unequivocally Equivocal - Case Comment on R-v-Plaku & Ors [2021] EWCA Crim 588

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The recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of R-v-Plaku & Ors [2021] EWCA 568 makes clear that to be entitled to full credit, a plea (or indication) must be unequivocal at the first opportunity - being likely to plead is not...

Press Release: Alan Stanley Foster

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The Ruling and Appendix can be found here Today, Mr Justice William Davis ruled there was no case to answer Mr Foster's sympathy remains with the families of and those who tragically lost their lives on 15th April 1989. Such sympathy...

Criminal Damage - A Monumental Shift?

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Proposals are contained at Section 46 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 to allow for specific provision for the prosecution of criminal damage to memorials, to increase sentencing powers and allow for those cases to be tried...

Press Release: Frank Ludlow

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Mr Ludlow received a 10-month suspended sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaches of the regulatory regime by manufacturing, possessing and attempting to supply an unauthorised medicinal product labelled as ‘Trinity...

Supporting Young People at the Police Station

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Young people require careful and considered representation at the police station and PACE Codes provide them specific protection whilst in police custody and being questioned by the police. COVID-19 has highlighted the particular need to support young people...

Goodbye Ghosh - Case Comment on Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575

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Last week the Court of Appeal handed down Judgment in the case of Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575 . This Judgment confirmed that the Ghosh Test for ‘dishonesty’ was no longer to be followed in criminal cases, and instead...