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Computer hacking

Hacking has been in the news a great deal in the last couple of years, for example, the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the extradition case of Lauri Love and the hacking of user accounts of various large companies in order to steal personal information. At the other end of the spectrum we see cases of [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stop and Search

The power of the police to stop and search is currently in the media due to the rise in murders and serious crimes of violence involving the use of knives, particularly in London. A particular area of concern is the disproportionate use of search powers in relation to some minority groups. So, what are the [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fly-tipping – ensuring all polluters pay

We all know that fly-tipping is an offence, but did you know you commit an offence if you pass waste to someone who isn’t licensed?  What do you mean by ‘waste’? This article is referring to household waste, for example, excess rubbish that does not fit in your general collection bins. How could I commit [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Next for Sally?

In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan's cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere. Her fate now lies in the [...]

By |November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Price and service transparency

Price and service transparency As of 6 December 2018, law firms are required to publish information about certain price, service and regulatory matters. Who needs to publish information? An authorised firm or a sole practitioner must publish cost information on its website (or it must be available by request if there is no website). The [...]

By |November 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nuisance calls and the Information Commissioner’s Office

  Everyone has received a nuisance call, and they are a real nuisance to many, but how do your details become available, and what is being done about it? Who are the ICO? The Information Commissioner’s Office (the ‘ICO’) is an independent organisation that was set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can I get a suspended prison sentence?

A suspended sentence is a term of imprisonment that is suspended so that you do not go into custody immediately and will not go into custody if you comply with the conditions attached. Who can get a suspended sentence? In the Magistrates’ Court, any sentence of 6 months’ imprisonment (12 months for two or more [...]

By |November 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alexa – Witness for the Prosecution?

On 29th January 2017, Christine Sullivan and her housemate were found murdered in Farmington, New Hampshire. Their bodies were discovered by the house owner, Dean Smoronk, who was Sullivan’s boyfriend. Timothy Verrill, an associate of Smornok, was later charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Although the evidence against Verrill is said to [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Offences Related to State Benefits

There are two main offences that are prosecuted in relation to benefit fraud, one involves dishonesty, the other does not. The dishonesty offence It is an offence to dishonestly make a representation in order to obtain benefit, and this includes a dishonest failure to promptly notify a change in circumstances as well as making a [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Forced Marriage

Coercing someone into marrying another for some financial or societal benefit is illegal. In April of this year, three young women in Sheffield became subject to Forced Marriage Protection Orders. This case highlights the how embedded this type of offending is in some parts of England and Wales, particularly concerning young girls. Various offences fall [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments