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Month: September 2023


Escaping from prison: the law

Daniel Khalife has been accused of escaping from HMP Wandsworth by attaching himself to the underside of a food delivery van. He was reported as being at large for approximately 75 hours before being apprehended by a plain clothes police officer in Greenford, approximately 12 miles away. He was originally on remand having been charged…

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New legislation to deal with sex-based harassment now in force

On 18 September 2023, a new Act came into force primarily creating a new offence of sex-based harassment. The Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Act 2023 amends the Public Order Act 1986 by creating a new offence of intentional harassment, alarm or distress on account of sex. What is the offence? The new offence…

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Pitfalls of car insurance policies and obscure criminal offences that can arise

Thinking of lending someone your car?  Think twice, if not three times. In the past, many comprehensive car insurance policies enabled policy holders to drive another owner’s car and be insured fully, or at least have “third party” insurance cover. Aside from the financial risks of taking to the road and being involved in an…

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Instagram privacy claim succeeds against unknown parties, but fails against named defendants

In this article we consider the decision of Mrs Justice Collins Rice in LCG and others v OVD and others [2023] EWHC 2058 (KB).  The first and second claimants succeeded in establishing a claim for misuse of private information against persons unknown, but the judge was unable to attribute any of the alleged tortious conduct…

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Abuse of process: does a defendant have a right of appeal?

Staying a case as an abuse of the court’s process is an inherent power of the criminal courts to stop a prosecution either where it is impossible to hold a fair trial or in circumstances where it is necessary to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system. The basis for making such an application…

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Updated Good Medical Practice for doctors focuses on behaviour towards colleagues

The regulator for doctors, the General Medical Council (GMC), has recently published an updated Good Medical Practice for doctors. This contains the standards of good practice that doctors must adhere to and will be judged against if allegations are made against them. This is the first time the standards have been updated in 10 years,…

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Gift or loan? How to deal with money received from the Bank of Mum and Dad when divorcing

It is common over the course of a marriage for a party to receive money from other members of their family; most often their parents.  Such transfers may be intended to financially assist a specific cause, for example, a deposit for a purchase of a property or home renovations. It may be that such transactions…

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I have been accused of a crime: will it be made public?

If you have been accused of a crime, whether this information will become public is likely to depend on whether you have been charged or not. Pre-charge: police investigation The recent case of Bloomberg LP v ZXC [2022] UKSC 5 makes it clear that generally there is an expectation that during the police investigation, someone…

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