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By David Corker
The law concerned with the conduct of criminal investigations and the decisions of prosecutors to launch or not to launch a prosecution is almost entirely judge-made.
By Jessica Parker
Whatever the rationale for the low number of prosecutions compared to referrals, signs from the Government clearly point towards the fact that priorities are changing.
By Robert Brown
The problems that Twitter can pose in legal proceedings has been highlighted by the recent trial of the Pakistani cricketers.
By David Corker
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is increasingly using civil recovery to settle corruption investigations. On 22 July it announced that it had terminated its criminal investigation into Macmillan Publishers Ltd in connection with suspected corruption of government officials in African countries in relation to the award of contracts.
By Nicola Finnerty, Gemma Tombs
The ramifications for those found to be in civil contempt (as presided over by the High Court), and, in particular, the court’s power to enforce such a finding against a contemnor who resides overseas, are more far reaching than many (civil) lawyers realise.
By David Corker
In March 2011 the government published a lengthy consultation paper which set out proposals for a wide-ranging reform of the UK competition regime.
By David Corker
Drastic change to the UK competition regime was proposed by the government in its March 2011 consultation paper.
By Andrew Smith
Joanna Fraill, the juror who used Facebook to contact Jamie Sewart, the acquitted defendant whose case she tried, was last week sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment.
By Peter Binning
The announcement of the appointment of Simon Duckworth from July this year as a new non executive director to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is a welcome move at a time when the government has signally failed to provide the organisation with a clear strategy for its future.
By Robert Brown, Charles Elton
Kamikaze cyclists, the congestion charge and the Parking Enforcement Brigade – it’s a wonder foreign nationals driving in the UK manage to get from A to B without their journey resulting in either corporal or financial ruin.
By Gemma Tombs
One year ago the Home Secretary announced the introduction of a pilot scheme to pave the way for the gradual restoration of charging powers to the police.
By Andrew Smith
Discussions of the impact of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 almost invariably involve the use of colourful adjectives such as inequitable and draconian.
By Gemma Tombs
Contempt proceedings against the media are rare but on 12 May the High Court granted the Attorney General permission to proceed against the publishers of the Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers for contempt of court in relation to their reporting of the police investigation of the killing of Joanna Yeates in late December 2010.
By Jessica Parker
Earlier this year, the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal handed down their judgment in the case of R v Windsor [2011] EWCA Crim 143, causing a flurry of interest among criminal lawyers.
By Peter Binning
In the last days of the Victorian law on corruption in England, the Court of Appeal in R v Webster [2011] EWCA Crim 2819 has handed down an important judgment about the reverse burden of proof, the presumption of corruption, in the Prevention of Corruption Act 1916 (PCA).