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Month: February 2024


The Online Safety Act 2023: nine new criminal offences come into force

In an increasingly digital world, where our lives are intertwined with online platforms and social media networks, ensuring safety and security in the virtual realm has become paramount. Governments worldwide are continuously refining legislation to address the challenges posed by the digital landscape. One such significant step is the enactment of the Online Safety Act…

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Receiving a Single Justice Procedure Notice: why a ticket to speedy justice can have long-lasting consequences

The Single Justice Procedure was introduced by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and since the Covid 19 pandemic has seen a considerable rise in its use, as the world becomes more accustomed to doing business remotely rather than face to face. However, in recent months, the procedure has come under increasing scrutiny by…

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Will giving information to the police reduce my sentence?

In R v Adam Royle, AJC & BCQ [2023] EWCA 1311, the Court of Appeal was required to consider conjoined appeals against sentences imposed after each Appellant had given assistance to the police. A judge considering sentencing a defendant who has provided information to the police has always had a discretion to reduce that sentence…

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Brett Wilson LLP partners listed in the 2024 edition of the Spear’s 500 as top/recommended reputation lawyers

Brett Wilson LLP partners Iain Wilson and Max Campbell have been listed in the 2024 edition of the prestigious Spear’s 500 as ‘top recommended’ and ‘recommended’ reputation lawyers respectively.  The recommendations can be found here and here.  

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Career opportunities at Brett Wilson LLP

We are presently recruiting a 0-4 year PQE solicitor for our media and communications law department.  Visit our careers page for more information.

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When can a libel be defended as honest opinion?

The recent judgment in Dyson v MGN Limited [2023] EWHC 3092, in which the Defendant publisher succeeded in its defence of honest opinion, provides important authority on the interpretation of section 3(4)(a) of the Defamation Act 2013. This decision, as well as the Court of Appeal’s decision in Riley v Murray [2022] EWCA Civ 1146,…

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