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Posted by edelegal | 15 August 2019| Blog

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 it answers.   Given the...

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Posted by edelegal | 12 August 2019| Blog

That was the key question in M (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 1364, where the police asked the court to disclose statements made by two people under investigation for terrorism offences.   The appeal concerned issues about the disclosure of that information, and the parent’s rights to silence and against self-incrimination. This is not a new...

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Posted by edelegal | 07 August 2019| Blog

As Airbnb listings in London soar to 80,000, up 400% from 2015 figures, Westminster Council is cracking down on those who use the site to unlawfully sublet social housing, with over 1,500 investigations underway.   The council recovered £100,974 from a Toby Harman, a social housing tenant who had been unlawfully letting his flat on...

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Posted by edelegal | 05 August 2019| Blog

We all know that the use of mobile phones is banned whilst driving.   Or are they?   The answer, according to the High Court’s recent decision in Director of Public Prosecutions v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin), is that it depends what you’re doing with it.   What did Mr Barreto do?   Ramsey...

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Posted by edelegal | 01 August 2019| Blog

Is it possible to know the sentence you might get before you plead?   In some cases, yes, and that might be enough for a defendant to plead guilty. For some, if they know they won’t go to prison, then they won’t fight a trial.   In the Crown Court a sentence indication can be...

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Posted by edelegal | 30 July 2019| Blog

The Government has published new plans to make the roads safer for everyone. The plans include several changes for people at every stage of life, and also for more specialised drivers like HGV drivers and motorcycle riders.   Children   The Department for Transport has granted funding of £225,000 to Good Egg Safety to develop...

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Posted by edelegal | 24 July 2019| Blog

The Government has published the new Economic Crime Plan for the next three years.   In it, they unveil their strategy for dealing with all types of economic crime, such as money laundering, fraud, market abuse, and bribery.   What is economic crime, and why is it important?   Economic crime is wider than financial...

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Posted by edelegal | 22 July 2019| Blog

Recently the government announced incentives for prisoners in custody focussing on positive reinforcements. In doing so, the longer-term aim is to assist rehabilitation and prevent re-offending.   A further announcement has been made on the same theme, and this is to assist ex-offenders in obtaining employment by removing the barriers once they have left prison....

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Posted by edelegal | 17 July 2019| Blog

Over the next six months, benefits and incentives for prisoners are undergoing a change.   New rules place emphasis on positive reinforcements – praising prisoners for behaving well – rather than punishment.   The new Policy sets out the rules and guidelines for Governors and Directors of prisons but leaves a lot of freedom for...

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Posted by edelegal | 16 July 2019| Blog

Over the last few years, we have seen many matters that would previously have been prosecuted before the criminal courts, move into the jurisdiction of other bodies.   What we see as a result is a range of specialist regulators best placed to react to perceived industry failings, and if necessary, meet out swift and...

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