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Month: December 2020


I have been served with a Production Order. What should I do?

A Production Order requires a person to provide material in their possession to an appropriate officer or to allow access to the material.  Production Orders can be obtained by the Police, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and other authorities deemed to be ‘appropriate officers’….

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Can an unwanted kiss amount to a sexual assault?

Is an unwanted kiss from a stranger capable of amounting to a sexual assault? It is the kind of question that divides opinion. Is the criminalisation of such behaviour ‘political correctness gone mad’ or a justifiable shift towards accountability for conduct that amounts to a gross invasion of personal liberty. In this case (Attorney General’s…

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The Times pays libel damages to barrister Barbara Hewson over death threat allegations

Times Newspapers Limited has agreed to pay libel damages and legal costs to barrister Barbara Hewson after reporting that she was accused of making death threats and persistent nuisance phone calls to a law student in complaints to the Bar Standards Board and Leicestershire police. Neither the Bar Standards Board nor Leicestershire police pursued the…

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Restraint Orders and Living Expenses: What is reasonable?

Restraint Orders are creatures of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and may be imposed where there is a criminal investigation or prosecution. A Restraint Order allows provision for reasonable living expenses, but provision for legal expenses for the underlying criminal proceedings are specifically precluded. But what is the extent of the living expenses that…

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