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10.10.19

Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2020 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s Defamation/Reputation Management and Criminal Defence teams have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory. Partners Iain Wilson (noted for ‘finding solutions to problems that appear impenetrable’) and Max Campbell (described as ‘well regarded in the market for his notable expertise’) have been ranked as leading lawyers in Defamation/Reputation Management. …

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Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to implement lower standard of proof

The Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules 2019 (“the New Rules”) are due to come in to force in November 2019. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (“SDT”) is an independent tribunal that adjudicates on fitness to practice proceedings brought against solicitors by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”). The SRA is the regulatory body that regulates solicitors’ conduct. Fitness…

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9.10.19

I have been served with a Freezing Order. What do I do?

This guide is intended to assist individuals who have been served with a freezing order (also known as a ‘freezing injunction’). It outlines the reasons the order was obtained; basic advice as to how to respond in the short term; the immediate steps that usually need to be taken to comply; and the consequences of…

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Discontinuance: A Prosecutor’s Get Out of Jail card?

Recent experience in London has shown that Crown Prosecutors are using discontinuance as a method of obtaining more time to prepare for trial. In practical terms, there are two ways the Prosecution can drop a charge which has run into difficulty pre-trial. Offering no evidence Firstly, the Prosecution can ‘offer no evidence’ in court. This…

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27.09.19

Brett Wilson LLP’s departments and lawyers ranked as leaders in their fields in the Legal 500

Brett Wilson LLP has been ranked in three categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime (General) In addition, media law partners Iain Wilson (described as an ‘innovator’) and Max Campbell (‘thoughtful, high-quality lawyer’) and solicitors Tom Double and Elisabeth Mason have been individually recognised by the directory….

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19.09.19

Man who committed sexual assault whilst sleepwalking is found not guilty by reason of insanity

After a night of drinking with friends in August 2019, Dale Kelly slept in the spare room of his friend’s house.  Kelly’s friend was sleeping with his girlfriend, the victim, in the next room, when Kelly wandered in during the night and allegedly touched her intimately.  Apparently waking up confused as to why he was…

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12.09.19

A Guide to Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings

This guide is intended to assist professional persons by providing an overview of how disciplinary proceedings usually work. It is designed to provide simple outline but all professional regulators operate under their own regulatory code and their powers are derived from statute unique to the particular profession. For example, the Solicitors Regulation Authority derives its…

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10.09.19

Search and Seizure Powers under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Powers of search and seizure were inserted into the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by the Policing and Crime Act 2009 although they did not come into force until relatively recently. These provisions (sections 47A to 47S) provide for the search, seizure and detention of property where certain conditions are fulfilled. The provisions were recently…

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9.09.19

Claudia Scherman joins Brett Wilson’s team of civil litigation solicitors

On 3 September 2019 Claudia Scherman joined Brett Wilson LLP’s team of civil litigation solicitors. Claudia joins Brett Wilson from Cubism Law where she gained extensive litigation experience working with commercial clients and HNWI. Claudia has substantial experience with commercial disputes, tax investigations and high-value and complex civil claims. Claudia also has experience of conducting…

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3.09.19

The importance of lawyers’ professionalism and sensitivity on social media

It is a peculiar quirk of the criminal defence industry, that there has always been a sizeable minority of lawyers who have felt the need to sing their every success from the rooftops.  Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with highlighting a law firm’s high-profile successes.  It is good marketing and helps prospective clients…

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