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Sally Challen - An Issue of Coercive Control

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In February 2019 the Court of Appeal quashed Sally Challen's conviction for the murder of her husband and ordered a retrial. Last week the prosecution accepted a plea to the lesser offence of manslaughter and Challen received a sentence that meant...

Finn's Law - What It Means

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With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019. The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act...

Should I sign my employer's NDA?

Louise Taft
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There has been a great deal of publicity around the use of confidentiality agreements (or Non Disclosure Agreements – NDAs) by employers since  Harvey Weinstein’s PA Zelda Perkins spoke out  about the deal she had signed and when an...

Driving Bans - Not Just for Traffic Offences

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Most people know that a driving ban may follow for serious road traffic offences or a series of lower-level traffic crimes as a result of 'totting up'. Few of our client's know that disqualifications can follow in other cases if a vehicle is used...

Private Prosecutions - 'Doing a Boris'

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A District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week authorised that a summons be issued against the prominent conservative member of parliament, Boris Johnson. The allegations relate to alleged conduct during the Brexit referendum...

Sentencing - Breaking the Code

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Few people would disagree with the suggestion that sentencing law in England and Wales is a complete mess. The provisions that govern how a defendant is to be sentenced are both complex and disparate and to be found across a significant number of statutes. ...

What will happen to workers' rights after Brexit?

Louise Taft
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Our Louise Taft was invited to comment in the Employment Law Journal on what may happen to workers’ rights after Brexit in her capacity as co-chair of the Employment Lawyers’ Association’s Brexit Standing Committee. Much of the...

Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book

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On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. Why was this law passed? This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming the current problems in...

X-Factor, Coming to a Motorway Near You Soon

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The government has passed legislation which permits for the first time a new traffic camera which will assist in catching those motorists using closed lanes on the motorway network. The Secretary of State grants type approval only to devices that have a...

Who Guards the Guards?

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This perennial question was back in the news following a ministry of justice announcement that further steps would be taken to root out dishonest prison officers and others working in custodial institutions. A new counter-corruption unit will be tasked...

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