Posts by Zaki Hashmi

Sentence – New Law: Serve half or Two-Thirds?

Supreme Court

Article by: Zaki Hashmi The Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020 came into force on 1 April 2020 and has changed the basis on which certain prisoners are released from custody. The new provisions apply to specific offences of a violent or sexual nature for which the maximum sentence is…

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New Defence: Modern Slavery and Forced Labour

Royal Courts of Justice

Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 – a new defence for victims of modern slavery and forced labour Article by: Zaki Hashmi. The preamble to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 declares it to be “an Act to make provision about slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, including provision for the protection of…

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Sally Challen – From murder conviction to retrial

Royal Courts of Justice

Article by: Zaki Hashmi   On 28 February the Court of Appeal quashed the murder conviction of Sally Challen in a judgment which has received widespread media coverage.   Ms Challen killed her husband in a hammer attack in 2010 and was convicted at Guildford Crown Court the following year. At her trial she advanced…

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Legal Professional Privilege – SFO v ENRC


Article by: Zaki Hashmi   Introduction The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 has been welcomed by the legal profession and is of benefit to all organisations potentially facing criminal investigation. This article sets out to explain how this…

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Anonymity for suspects?

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Article by: Zaki Hashmi   Following the “drone” incident at Gatwick airport over Christmas 2018, when the arrest of two suspects led to widespread media coverage, there have been renewed calls for an anonymity law preventing the identification of suspects who have been arrested but not charged with a criminal offence. Paul Gait and Elaine…

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