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July 2019

Dirty money

July 25th, 2019|

The Government has published the new Economic Crime Plan for the next three years. In it, they unveil their strategy for dealing with all types of economic crime, such as money laundering, fraud, market abuse, and bribery. What is economic [...]

June 2019

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February 2019

GPS Electronic Monitoring, Big Brother Will be Watching

February 20th, 2019|

The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring [...]

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

Publishing, or having for publication for gain, an obscene article

October 15th, 2018|

Prosecuting those who publish obscene articles (an offence under section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) is hardly prudish, despite what certain commentators would argue. The maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment will frequently be warranted for activities which [...]

September 2018

Private Probation Providers Fail Offenders and Society

September 26th, 2018|

A few years ago, the National Probation Service was split into two. The exiSting service maintained its supervision of high-risk offenders, mainly those serving lengthy sentences or with complex rehabilitation needs, the remaining offenders, by far the vast majority, are [...]

August 2018

July 2018


July 18th, 2018|

  It should be easy enough, shouldn’t it? Yes or no? As always, life and the law are more complicated than that, and the issue of consent is not so simple. What is consent? A person consents if she or [...]


July 14th, 2018|

Rather than Guy Fawkes or his modern-day counterparts many of the recent cases involving explosives have been in relation to thefts from cash machines. The law is old but still very relevant today; it may not be appreciated that a [...]

June 2018

May 2018

Unlawful Eviction

May 31st, 2018|

So called ‘Rogue landlords’ are frequently in the news for allegedly charging tenants too much money, refusing to release a deposit or evicting tenants unlawfully. What is meant by ‘unlawful eviction’? The statutory starting point is the Protection from Eviction [...]


May 22nd, 2018|

New offences of stalking (in addition to existing offences of harassment) were introduced in 2012. The offences are harassment which involves a course of conduct that amounts to stalking. There are two offences, stalking involving fear of violence and stalking [...]

April 2018

March 2018

New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed

March 28th, 2018|

The Sentencing Council has today (27 March 2017) published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. The guidelines, for courts in England and Wales, will help ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for these offences. Why are new guidelines [...]

Tougher Sentences for Persons Convicted of Terrorism Offences

March 28th, 2018|

The Sentencing Council has today published new guidelines that courts must have regard to when sentencing for a range of terrorism offences. Who will be affected by the new guidelines? The guidelines apply to all offenders over the age of [...]

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

Forensic Testing Scandal – Is Your Conviction Safe?

November 22nd, 2017|

Forensic Testing Scandal - Is Your Conviction Safe? New details have emerged about forensic testing deficiencies at two of the country's leading laboratories. Police are currently investigating the circumstances, and a number of people have been arrested. Randox Testing Services [...]

November 19th, 2017|

'Laughing gas' more properly known as Nitrous Oxide, is back in the news following a Court of Appeal ruling that the substance is controlled by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The Act makes it an offence to possess psychoactive substances [...]

Gun Amnesty

November 19th, 2017|

Gun Amnesty A two-week gun amnesty begins today across the UK. In this period people will have an opportunity to dispose of firearms and ammunition safely, with 'no questions asked'.   Who are the police reaching out to? The amnesty [...]

October 2017

September 2017


September 19th, 2017|

L iar, ITV's new 6-part drama, is gripping the nation, with people already reaching conclusions as to whether Laura, played by the actress Joanne Froggatt (better known for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey) is telling the truth [...]

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