In Focus

 

TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY? THAT WAS THE QUESTION...

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement at 18:30 hours on 8 September 2022 of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, UK sports governing bodies, their stakeholders, and national broadcasters had to hurriedly consider how best to reflect the...

WHERE FINANCIAL CRIME, GEOPOLITICS AND SPORT COLLIDE: Is this the Law of Unintended Consequences?

Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Within three weeks the UK Government conjoined with the US and EU to crack down on “dirty money” and “corrupt elites” by imposing a raft of Sanctions upon a broad class of...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022

On 15 March 2022 the long-awaited Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (‘the Act’) came into force. Introduction For many years there has been increasing concern about asset ownership in the UK and the need to ensure...

Revised Guidelines for Burglary Offences: An Update

On 1 July 2022, the Sentencing Council’s Revised Guidelines for the offences of domestic , non-domestic and aggravated burglary will come into effect in England and Wales. The Revised Guidelines are the product of a consultation , which sought...

Upper Tier Tax Tribunal - KSM v HMRC

In the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal Adrian Eissa QC, instructed by Gary Bromelow of Saunders Solicitors Limited, successfully argued that the First Tier Tax Tribunal does have jurisdiction to apply public law principles, including that of legitimate...

Private Prosecution Stayed as an Abuse of Process: Costs Recovered

The issue of recovering legal costs for a defendant who successfully applied to stay a private prosecution, on grounds of abuse of process, was considered and decided upon by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in Muhammed Asif v Adil Iqbal Ditta and...

Adjusting to Covid-19 under the English Criminal Justice System

Professor Rudi Fortson QC discusses UK coronavirus legislation and its impact on the rule of law, on UK constitutional doctrines, on institutions, on the criminal courts, and, above all, on persons whose daily life was severely impacted by COVID-19...

Court of Appeal guidance on credit for guilty plea indications

This article reviews the Court of Appeal case of R v Plaku  [2021] EWCA 568 [1] which provides guidance concerning credit for guilty plea indications.  R v Plaku [2021] EWCA Crim 568 provides a summary of the general principles which...

Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020

When sentencing defendants subject to the new, harsher regime governing early release, should judges reduce the overall term if a defendant is sentenced after the new provisions came into force due to a delay that is no fault of his own? This article...

Full credit for an early guilty plea: you can't have your cake and eat it

Plaku & Others [2021] EWCA Crim 568 is another reminder to practitioners that a one-third discount for an early guilty plea will only be given if there is "an unequivocal indication" that the defendant wants to plead guilty at that first...

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