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Did Ant Get Off Lightly?

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A lot has been written in recent days about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin's (of 'Ant and Dec' fame) conviction for drink driving, in this article, we examine the case in a little more detail. What offence was he charged with? ...

The 'Right to Be Forgotten' - An Unsatisfactory Score Draw

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The High Court has given judgment in the first of what are referred to as 'right to be forgotten' cases. Two applicants referred to in the judgment as NT1 and NT2 had been convicted in the past of a criminal offence. In both cases, the...

Burglary and Self-Defence

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The law of self-defence is again in the spotlight following the case of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks who was briefly investigated after the fatal stabbing of a burglar who entered his property. Mr Osborn-Brooks woke in the early hours to find two...

Do I Need a QC?

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We are often asked questions about QCs, most probably because the image of leading barristers has been epitomised over the years in leading television dramas such as Silk and Kavanagh QC, it is therefore not surprising that you may want to discover more and...

The Disclosure and Barring Service

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The DBS is a government organisation responsible for the reporting of convictions and other information to employers and other relevant organisations. What Data is Held? The DBS holds three classes of information: Class 1: spent and unspent...

When Driving Becomes Dangerous

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There is a specific offence of dangerous driving, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 2 years. If that driving is a cause of someone's death, the maximum sentence rises to one of 14 years. In each case there are minimum disqualification...

What employers need to know about GDPR

Louise Taft
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In some circles, it has been difficult to escape mention of the GDPR, coming into force in May 2018. Whilst much of the focus has been on the personal data held on consumers, employers will need to carefully consider how they hold and process personal data...

New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed

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The Sentencing Council has today (27 March 2017) published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. The guidelines, for courts in England and Wales, will help ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for these offences. ...

Throwing articles into prisons

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It can be a temptation to family members, and to others perhaps for financial gain, to seek to convey articles into prisons. The chance of being detected is high and possibly for that reason many who might otherwise be tempted to do so, resist. Section...

New Domestic Abuse Protections Announced

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In a major announcement, the government has signalled a busy year ahead with legislative changes affecting the criminal law. Following on from the recent announcement about the sentencing of domestic abuse offences, the government has announced further...

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