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Making Representations to the DBS

Jo a health support worker had been accepted onto a University Course to train as a nurse. She had a conviction that was disclosed by her to the University before being accepted onto the course. DBS checks had been carried out at the time and the University...

Local Authority Prosecutions

The local authority has the power to prosecute in respect of a number of types of crime. This could be certain types of benefit fraud, fly-tipping, fraudulent use of a blue badge, health and safety offences, noise nuisance, irregular school attendance,...

Will Coronavirus Be a 'Get out of Jail' Card?

Before a prosecution is commenced, the Crown Prosecution Service must apply two distinct tests. The first is whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction; If not, the case does not proceed further. If there is sufficient...

Unlawful advertising - prosecution avoided

Are you having trouble marketing your business? From A-boards to shop-fronts and Hoardings, failing to comply with Planning Laws on advertising could end in a prosecution and a criminal record. It is best to have a dialogue with the local authority but...

Criminal Law in 2020 - What Can We Expect

In legislative terms 2019 was a pretty quiet year with parliament being so heavily occupied with Brexit, there was little time for anything else. 2020 promises to be somewhat different, the government has a substantial parliamentary majority, and being...

Divided Loyalty Can Exact a High Price

A strange case at the Old Bailey resulted in a Metropolitan Police Officer, Robyn Williams, being sentenced to a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, concerning the possession of an indecent video of a child. On the face of it, the sentence...

Computer hacking

Hacking has been in the news a great deal in the last couple of years, for example, the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the extradition case of Lauri Love and the hacking of user accounts of various large companies in order to steal personal information. At...

Happy Birthday to the Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act is 20 years old this year. Its name is often used in vain, “it’s against my human rights!” or blamed for something that probably isn’t to do with the Act at all. The Act sets out the fundamental rights and...

Stop and Search

The power of the police to stop and search is currently in the media due to the rise in murders and serious crimes of violence involving the use of knives, particularly in London. A particular area of concern is the disproportionate use of search powers in...

The "Gangs Matrix"

Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police was in the spotlight over their use of a ‘gang matrix’, and now they are back in the news again. What is the matrix? It is a list set up after the London riots in 2011, holding information on...
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