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…

Genuine Fakes Come With Real Dangers
201901.01
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Genuine Fakes Come With Real Dangers

What You Need to Know About Genuine Fakes Unauthorised use of a registered trademark is a criminal offence, so selling fake goods at a car boot sale or on internet selling sites can get you into serious trouble. Few people appreciate the offences that can be committed, and ignorance is usually no defence. This article…

The Law and Psychoactive Substances
201812.24
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The Law and Psychoactive Substances

What Does The Law Say About Psychoactive Substances? New legislation was introduced in 2016 banning the production, sale, distribution and supply of psychoactive substances. Within that legislation was a requirement for the government to review the law to measure any changes in outcomes before and after the law was introduced, to see if its aims were…