‘Upskirting’ to be made a criminal offence

Article by: Shaheen Rahman   An issue which has received substantial press coverage in recent weeks is one of ‘upskirting’. Under English law there are no specific offences of upskirting (despite it being an offence in Scotland) and such cases have been prosecuted in the past as offences of outraging public decency. This issue was…

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Sally Challen – From murder conviction to retrial

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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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Police Voluntary Interviews – Protect Yourself

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Article by: Claire Anderson   As the result of a change in the regulations relating to police bail in April 2017, the Police are now choosing to invite a large number of suspects in an investigation to attend what is called a ‘voluntary interview’ or what the police call a ‘caution plus 3’ interview. This…

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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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Fighting Injustice at the Police Station and in Court

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Article by: Akhtar Ahmad   With over 5 million crimes reported, Government figures from last year confirmed that in the year ending March 2017, 780,000 arrests were made by the Police in England and Wales which is half the figure it was 10 years ago. Whilst arrests by the Police are dropping significantly, “Voluntary Interviews”…

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