Government Tightens Terrorism Laws
201904.16
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Government Tightens Terrorism Laws

The Latest on Terrorism Laws The Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack, Shamima Begum. These are some examples of terrorism headlines in the past few years. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 is the Government’s latest answer to curbing and punishing terrorist activity. The Act creates new terrorism offences, changes some old ones,…

Bankruptcy – Time to Stop Digging
201903.27
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Bankruptcy – Time to Stop Digging

For many people, bankruptcy represents either personal and/or business failure, bringing with it feelings of embarrassment, shame and anxiety. From a legal perspective, the story may not be over, as the law requires those experiencing bankruptcy to cooperate fully to maximise recoverable assets for creditors. In this instance, it may be tempting to try and…

Are There Prosecution Time Limits?
201903.07
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Are There Prosecution Time Limits?

What Prosecution Time Limits, If Any, Currently Apply In England And Wales? Last week the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson suggested a 10-year time limit ( a Statute of Limitations) on the prosecution of soldiers accused of murder during military engagement. This proposal was in response to reports that British soldiers may face prosecution over deaths…

Is There a Solution to Knife Crime?
201903.05
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Is There a Solution to Knife Crime?

Knife Crime – Searching for Solutions The Home Secretary will this week hold an urgent meeting with police chiefs to discuss the recent rise in knife crime. This follows another week of senseless killings and the publication of figures that show the number of people aged 16 and under being stabbed rose by 93% between…

Counterfeit Currency – You May Pay a Very High Price
201903.01
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Counterfeit Currency – You May Pay a Very High Price

The Dangers of Counterfeit Currency In straitened financial circumstances, it can be tempting to consider purchasing counterfeit money. While the price of such ‘currency’ fluctuates widely, it is often as low as 25% of the face value, making it a tempting proposition. State currency producers spend millions each year on devising and improving security safeguards,…

Is Modern Slavery a Defence to Offences?
201902.25
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Is Modern Slavery a Defence to Offences?

Modern Slavery – A Defence to Drug Dealing and Other Offences? The short answer is: maybe. Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 provides a defence to specific criminal charges where it is shown that they were committed under a compulsion due to slavery or exploitation (for over-18s) or as a direct consequence of…

Sentencing Issues: Death by Dangerous Driving
201902.04
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Sentencing Issues: Death by Dangerous Driving

The Sentencing Issues with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving Rarely do cases such as those involving death or serious injury following a traffic collision result in so much media coverage and get so emotive. It is easy to see why this is such a difficult issue for not only those involved to handle but also…

What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?
201902.01
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What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?

Voyeurism and ‘Upskirting’ – Government Acts to Strengthen Law The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months will pass before the offence comes in to force….

Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?
201901.16
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Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences? The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You…