Firearms – Sentencing Reform
201910.10
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Firearms – Sentencing Reform

The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this can lead to a challenging sentencing exercise. The purpose of the guideline is to provide consistency in sentencing, and the impact assessment does…

Diplomatic Immunity
201910.10
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Diplomatic Immunity

The somewhat arcane topic of diplomatic Immunity has hit the news headlines following the tragic death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, as a result of a road traffic collision. It has been confirmed that the wife of an American diplomat has returned to the United States and will not face a further criminal investigation in the…

Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws
201908.14
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Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws

What Does Brexit Mean for Firearms? As the government prepares to bring us out of the EU on 31st October 2019, details have begun to emerge as to the legal and regulatory position if we leave without a deal. Some of the first information released relates to firearms, although it regrettably raises more questions than…

Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book
201905.28
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Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book

All The About the New Weapons Laws There are new weapons laws – here’s what you need to know. On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. Why Was This Law Passed? This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming…

Police Power with Public Protest
201904.29
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Police Power with Public Protest

Policing Public Protest – A Question of Balance Environmental protests across London have caused massive disruption across parts of London and are set to spread across other towns and cities over the coming weeks and months. Public protest has always been a legitimate and important part of the democratic process and is enshrined in law….

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…

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?
201901.10
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Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

What You Need to Know About the Nazi Slur on Sky News Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These…

What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?
201811.28
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What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?

What Happens 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…