The drive of your life: Government confirms plan to introduce life sentences for multiple driving offences

In a post-consultation report published by the government last week, the government has confirmed plans to introduce tougher sentences for those convicted of death by dangerous driving. It is proposed that the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving will be increased from 14 years to life imprisonment.

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Brett Wilson LLP lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 directory

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers have been ranked in the latest edition of the prestigious Chambers and Partners legal directory, which was published on 2 November 2017.

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Incompetent prosecutors cost us far more than money

Friday 20 October saw a pretty brutal broadside by the Times newspaper against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Referring to CPS insiders’ claims largely from 2-3 years ago, The Times laid the following charges:

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Solicitors Regulation Authority revisits Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal costs order

In 2010 Richard Brickley was suspended from pratice by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for three months following breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.  Mr Brickley was also ordered to pay the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s costs for their investigation and subsequent application to the Tribunal, amounting to just over £24,000. Enforcement of the costs order was deferred at the time due to Mr Brickley’s financial circumstances.

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Uber v TfL: Could Uber seek judicial review on the grounds of political interference

Brett Wilson LLP solicitor Thomas Burton Wills asks whether TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s private hire vehicle operator licence can be challenged on the grounds of political interference with supposedly independent decision-makers.

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Conviction quashed of a ‘flasher’ who was identified via Facebook gossip

A man convicted of indecent exposure has had his conviction quashed following a successful appeal to the Crown Court to have evidence of his identification via social media excluded.  The 22 year old butcher’s assistant had been accused of indecently exposing himself and chasing after the two female victims as they walked home from a pub in Wickham, Hampshire.  At trial the evidence against him consisted of him being picked out in an identification parade.

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Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Legal 500 directory

Brett Wilson LLP has been ranked in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading firm in the fields of Reputation Management, White Collar Crime/Fraud and General Crime.  The latest edition was published on 11 October 2017 and marks the sixth consecutive year that Brett Wilson LLP has featured in the directory.

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SRA investigation: Leigh Day’s Firing Squad draws a blank

Over two months after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cleared Leigh Day’s Martin Day, Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther of all 21 disciplinary offences, their 214 page judgment has finally been published.  In essence, these three solicitors stood accused of pursuing their ‘al-Sweady’ claims on the basis that their Iraqi clients were innocent civilians whilst at the same time:-

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Think before emailing or posting on social media, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) warns solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued a guidance note to solicitors covering their communications following an increase in the number of complaints regarding inappropriate communications both in email and on social media.

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