Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act

A Quick Guide to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

As one of the world’s biggest economic and military powers, the UK has a legal and some would say moral obligation to ensure its ability to implement and support UN sanctions remains strong. Without the introduction of new legislation, Brexit could have resulted in the British Government being unable to fulfil its international obligations after […]

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Unemployment Benefit Fraud

Covid-Related Unemployment Benefit Fraud – How Serious Is The Problem?

Reports suggest that criminal gangs and fraudsters have swooped in to take advantage of the pandemic turmoil, resulting in a steep rise in Covid-related unemployment benefit fraud (Universal Credit). Although war and pestilence have been the curse of humanity since time began, the Western world has remained relatively free of both since the end of […]

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HMRC Investigation

HMRC Investigations: How They Are Ramping Up

A recent snippet in a London business newspaper provided a clear indication of how much focus HMRC are directing towards investigating major furlough fraud. City AM reported that the number of penalties issued to finance directors at large businesses by HMRC has dropped from 148 to just 20 in a year. With an estimated £3.5 […]

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TfL Verification Letters

TfL Verification Letters: Receiving an Information Request Letter

When an individual is stopped by a TFL ticket inspector for fare evasion, they may be lucky enough to be offered an on-the-spot fine. There are times when the inspector decides against offering a fine. Instead you will receive a ‘TFL information request letter’, which TFL call a ‘Verification Letter’. The Inspector will usually issue […]

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Fare Dodgers

Fare Dodgers – at War with the Law

The Difference Between Penalty & Prosecution   The 4-part series on Channel 5 follows TFL inspectors as they grapple with ‘fare dodgers’. Whilst some may escape with a warning and a fine, others are passed to the Prosecution Team. This can lead to a criminal conviction. Fare Evasion Solicitor Nathan Seymour-Hyde provides his views on […]

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Exceptional Hardship

12 Penalty points and ‘Exceptional Hardship’ Any driver facing the imposition of 12 penalty points upon their driving licence faces a mandatory 6 months disqualification from driving– right? This statement is of course true unless you argue and persuade the Court that a 6 month driving ban will cause ‘exceptional hardship’ to you or any […]

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A Dog Is For Life

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas – especially if you end up with a banned breed The Dangerous Dog legislation has been the cause of much controversy and criticism. The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended in 1997 and 2014) was introduced due to many high-profile dog attacks on people. Section 1 of […]

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Complex Crime Team – Acquittal s.7 Bribery Act 2010

First EVER acquittal of a company prosecuted under s.7 of the Bribery Act 2010 Reeds Solicitors acted for the first corporate entity to be acquitted of an offence contrary to section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 in proceedings before Southwark Crown Court.  Julian Richards, head of the Complex Crime team at Reeds, was initially […]

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Furlough Fraud Investigation

Furlough Fraud Investigation – What to Do

With the Furlough Scheme finished and closed on 30th September 2021, Furlough Fraud Investigation led by the HMRC are likely to continue. At the onset of the Covid19 pandemic the UK government implemented the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and the Self Employment Support Scheme. Due to the urgent nature […]

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CAS – Manchester City appeal result

Jeremy Moore – Head of Sports Law Financial Fair Play in the City?   Earlier this week the Court of Arbitration for Sport published their detailed reasons for overturning Manchester City’s 2 year ban from European competition and £30m fine. The news that was greeted with great relief in parts of Manchester and with dismay […]

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ENCROCHAT HACK: WHY IT HAPPENED AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE ENCROCHAT USER

Author: Julian Richards, Partner and Head of Complex Crime BACKGROUND: The beginning of the arms race Our mobile phones: from dusk till dawn they are with us, charting our movements, communications and daily lives. But what is their role in Serious and Organised Crime, and how has that role evolved over time? Anyone who has […]

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Drink Driving Defences at a Glance

If you have recently been charged with a drink driving offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988, you may understandably be deeply concerned about your ability to work and travel, and the possible negative impact on your personal and professional reputation.  Being unable to drive can also place huge pressure and stress on your family […]

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Should Sexual Harassment Be A Criminal Offence In The UK?

There are few professions not been impacted by the #MeToo movement which swept the globe following the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault.  Law is no exception; in late 2018, Professor Jo Delahunty QC stated in a public lecture that there is widespread complacency concerning inappropriate sexual behaviour and bullying in Chambers.  […]

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Rape trials: Striking a balance

Since antiquity, rape, along with murder, arson, and treason have traditionally been capital crimes, meaning they have carried the death sentence.  Rape law has always attracted controversy.  In the 17th century, Sir Matthew Hale stated rape ‘‘is an accusation easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the […]

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Cocaine in the City

The drug culture in the financial sector has often been linked with glamour.  From Charlie Sheen, playing a rookie broker, snorting cocaine in the back of a limousine in Wall Street to Leonardo DiCaprio’s wild portrayal of Jordon Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, working hard and partying harder is seen as a badge […]

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Fines For Environmental Law Breaches Increase

It’s hard to believe that it is only just over a year since 15-year-old Greta Thunberg first sat alone outside the Swedish Parliament, refusing to go to school in protest at her government’s inaction regarding climate change.  On the second day of her school strike for climate change, Greta was joined by others.  Skip forward […]

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Navigating the Law Around Drug Driving

The number of people being caught driving under the influence of drugs is increasing according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice.  There were 10,215 cases of drug driving brought before the courts in 2018, compared with 5,368 during the previous 12 months.  In some areas, such as Suffolk, police state those stopped […]

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Extinction Rebellion Protest Ban Unlawful

Last month during the London-wide protests organised by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, Superintendent McMillan of the Metropolitan Police announced that protesters were to be limited to Trafalgar Square, under Section 14 of the Public Order Act. At the time, it was understood that any member of the public who failed to comply with these […]

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Deferred Prosecution Agreements

For any company facing criminal proceedings, especially those involving financial fraud and bribery, it is important to understand the legal options available to mitigate the potential damage.  One such route is to pursue a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA).  Here we outline the purpose of a deferred prosecution agreement, how a company can maximise its chances […]

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Are we still innocent until proven guilty?

Innocent until proven guilty. We all say this without thinking about it. We think we know what it means, and we believe it to be inalienable. There are many ways in which it simply isn’t true. If a court has substantial grounds to believe that you might fail to surrender, interfere with witnesses or commit […]

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Natasha’s Law

Natasha’s Law In July 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse boarded a flight from Heathrow Airport to Nice with her father.  Prior to departure, she ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette purchased from the main Pret a Manger shop in Terminal 5. Natasha had a severe allergy to sesame seeds and studiously avoided all food containing them.  […]

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The Ethics Of Unexplained Wealth Orders

The Ethics Of Unexplained Wealth Orders In May 2019, the National Crime Agency (NCA) issued an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) (the recipient cannot be named for legal reasons).  It is the second time the use of this new weapon against anti-corruption has been employed. The suspect is a “politically exposed person” and suspected of being […]

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Convicted in Absence – Statutory Declarations

Convicted in your absence – Statutory Declarations   I was in our local Magistrates court the other day when I was approached by a young man and his mother. He had been convicted of using a mobile phone whilst driving. He was a probationary driver, and as the offence carries obligatory endorsement of 6 penalty […]

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A Review of Short Term Prison Sentences

A Review of Short Term Prison Sentences The Ministry of Justice is considering the removal of short term prison sentences – namely those of less than six months – in England and Wales. Exceptions to this would be if the sentence was for violent crime or a sexual offence. The proposals stem from the argument […]

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Cyber Crime Rises

CYBER CRIME RISES Recently, the UK, Netherlands and the US have all made claims suggesting they have been the victims of hacking at the hands of Russian spies, following several sizeable global cyber-attacks. Several anti-doping agencies were targeted, for example, and these attacks were said to be in retaliation for bans on Russian athletes accused […]

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Caution Under Caution

Caution Under Caution – Robert’s Tale Every criminal solicitor who has sat through a ‘no comment’ interview will have heard this seemingly innocent piece of police officer shtick: “Look John, I understand you have a solicitor here and you’ve taken advice, but this is your opportunity to give your side of the story. There are always […]

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Dog Control Orders

The most popular pet owned in the UK is a dog, with nearly 25% of the population owning one.   However, many owners are unaware of the potential consequences that can flow from owning a dog, and being accused of failing to keep that dog under control. The police can apply to a Magistrates court for […]

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HMO: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HMO: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW “HMO” stands for House of Multiple Occupancy. Under the Housing Act 2004 it is a criminal offence to operate an unlicensed HMO, where a licence is required. This can be a confusing area for even experienced practitioners to negotiate, so it is no surprise that an increasing number of […]

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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline

  Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences.   Which offences are covered? The guideline covers: Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence Manslaughter by reason […]

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How we can help with inquests

When a loved one dies your life can be turned upside down.  If your loss is then complicated by the need for an Inquest to establish the cause of death, it can be simply overwhelming.  The Inquest hearing itself can be very daunting, taking place in a formal court room type setting; often with several […]

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Knife Crime: The new sentencing guidelines

As reported in the media on a near daily basis, there has been a significant upturn in the use of knives across the country over the past few years. Parliament published their Knife Crime Briefing on 25th June 2018 which gave statistical support to this worrying trend. In the year ending March 2017 there were 34,700 […]

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What is “cybercrime”?

In our ever developing technological society, when our daily lives involve us readily accessing the internet, much of our personal information and search history are stored and can be found at the click of a button. “Cybercrime” is understandably therefore, evolving and flourishing. Cybercrime is essentially any crime that is conducted through or using an […]

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Should “upskirting” be made a criminal offence?

Campaigners are currently calling for urgent changes to be made to the law to criminalise the behaviour frequently referred to as “upskirting”. “Upskirting” is the act of taking a photograph of underneath a person’s skirt without their consent. It is often performed in a public place such as on public transport, with crowds of people […]

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Section 49 RIPA 2000: Trending now in a Police custody suite near you

The powers available to Police under section 49 of The Regulatory Investigative Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 were once, only used in the most unique and complex cases; and historically most frequently in relation to allegations of terrorism.  It was used as a tool to try and obtain information held on the phone, computer or any other electrical device of the person […]

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Tougher sentences recommended for domestic abuse perpetrators

The Sentencing Council have today announced new guidelines on domestic abuse, ahead of the extra protection planned for victims of stalking due later in the year. This will in turn, mean an increase in the severity of sentences for those convicted of allegations relating to domestic abuse. The new guidelines, which will take effect in May […]

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Police Negligence – Victory on Hill Immunity

Yesterday the UK Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision on the tort of negligence in the case of Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2018] UKSC 4. In July 2008, the claimant (then aged 76) was injured when knocked over by two police officers in the course of the arrest of a suspected […]

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New Police Watchdog launched to replace IPCC

A new police watchdog has launched to investigate wrongdoing by police forces across England and Wales. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has replaced the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and will additionally have strengthened powers. Unlike its predecessor, the IOPC will be able to initiate its own investigations without first relying on the police to […]

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Too Drunk To Provide A Specimen?

The case of Michael Camp, heard in a Lincoln Magistrates Court is bound to cause significant controversy, and indeed likely CPS appeal, when District Judge Peter Veits concluded that the Defendant’s drunken state was sufficient to provide him with a “reasonable excuse” for not providing the mandatory second specimen of breath.   A reasonable excuse for […]

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Landmark judgement redefines the meaning of dishonesty

In the recent judgment of Ivey v Genting Casinos Ltd Crockfords, the court stated that the 35-year-old two-stage test defined in R v Ghosh [1982] EWCA Crim 2 has ‘serious problems’ and that it does not correctly represent the law. The court unanimously dismissed an appeal from Phil Ivey to recover winnings from a 2012 […]

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Defendants’ rights under threat through ‘trial by Skype’

Video-conferencing threatens defendants’ rights and undermines trust in the justice system, according to a report on the government’s drive towards so-called ‘trial by Skype’. The findings come as the courts pursue a £1 billion modernisation programme extending the use of videolinks and introducing online hearings for a few minor offences in which lawyers remain in […]

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Is there racial bias within the Criminal justice system in England and Wales?

Labour MP, David Lammy has recently published a highly critical report stating prosecutions against certain black and minority-ethnic suspects should be deferred or dropped in order to help tackle the bias against them. According to his report, young people are nine times more likely to be imprisoned than their white peers. Alarming statistics show that […]

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New penalties for mobile telephone use whilst driving

Notice has been served on any driver tempted to use a mobile telephone whilst driving a vehicle. Two amendments to the law on mobile telephone use while driving come into force on 1st March 2017. The combined effect of The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2017 and The Fixed Penalty (Amendment) […]

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Police Complaint vs Civil Action

Our lawyers specialise in bringing actions against the police, under which there are two main actions that can be taken. A police complaint can cover any number of issues from general behaviour and misconduct by officers to assault and false imprisonment.  On the whole, a complaint would seek to obtain an apology and/or explanation from […]

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IPPs – Parole Board reforms

The IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentence was abolished in 2012.  However, those who remain subject to incarceration under the provisions of this sentence will be more than aware of the difficulties encountered in securing progression or release for various reasons such as Parole Board delays, limited resources, poor procedures for managing risk and a […]

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