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Posted by edelegal | 02 April 2019| Blog

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of R v Max Clifford, the disgraced celebrity PR guru who was convicted in 2014 of a number of sexual offences and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.   Clifford died in 2017, so why did the appeal proceed?   Section 44A of The Criminal...

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Posted by edelegal | 27 March 2019| Blog

There have been two entirely different crime stories in the news this week, but both will challenge the court to consider sentencing guidelines and how they ought to be applied.   Conservative MP Christopher Davies admitted two charges concerning expenses fraud. The sum of money concerned was relatively small, around £700, but it was a...

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Posted by edelegal | 27 March 2019| Blog

For many people being declared bankrupt 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 bankrupts to cooperate fully to maximise recoverable assets for creditors.   In this instance, it may be tempting to...

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Posted by edelegal | 20 March 2019| Blog

The unimaginable has happened: you’ve been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit.   The lawyers at your trial have told you that there is no hope of an appeal. You can’t afford more legal advice so you decide to look for a cheaper alternative. Surely there must be someone who can help? Perhaps that...

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Posted by edelegal | 19 March 2019| Blog

The murder of James Bulger in 1993 shocked everyone. That the killers who committed such a violent crime were only ten years of age was astounding.   Many people, rightly, felt they should be punished to the full extent of the law. But some people think that the punishment should go further.   As a...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 March 2019| Blog

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 confers a power to make regulations if an ‘emergency’ has occurred or is about to occur. In other words, a power to declare a state of emergency and make regulations to deal with it.   The reason that this is currently interesting is that the definition of emergency within the...

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Posted by edelegal | 12 March 2019| Blog

HMRC is reported to be investigating alleged violations of a new criminal offence, part of the crackdown on money laundering, for the first time.   A freedom of information request made by law firm Greenberg Taurig revealed there are five current criminal investigations.   The Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduced the new offence of failing...

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Posted by edelegal | 06 March 2019| Blog

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 during the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970s and 80s.   So,...

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Posted by edelegal | 04 March 2019| Blog

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 2016 and 2018.   Channel 4...

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Posted by edelegal | 27 February 2019| Blog

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, and that counterfeit currency...

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