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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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Court of Appeal upholds suspension for covid conspiracy doctor

The recent case of Adil v General Medical Council [2023] EWCA Civ 1261 considered a doctor’s right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). Article 10 of the ECHR states: Freedom of expression Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to…

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12 points on my licence: what happens next?

Many drivers, particularly those who travel large mileages every year, rack up penalty points on their licence. As the number of penalty points increase on a driver’s licence, this leads to increased insurance premiums but also a heightened risk of being disqualified from driving if there are unfortunate enough to accumulate 12 points. Section 35(1)…

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The Priory Group charged with criminal offences over death of patient

The Priory Group has been charged by the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) with two criminal offences after the death of inpatient, Matthew Caseby, who absconded from one of their mental health hospitals and was later hit bit a train. An inquest jury last year found that neglect by the hospital had contributed to Mr Caseby’s…

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Amended HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics to come into force in September 2024

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has announced its amended Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (‘SCPE’) will come into force on 1 September 2024. This will be the first time the SCPEs have been updated since January 2016. This follows the updating of the Standards of Proficiency for all 15 professions on 1…

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Suspended Sentences and prison overpopulation

The Times has recently reported (£) that Lord Edis, the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, provided guidance to judges to delay sentencing defendants who are currently on bail due to prison overcrowding. It is ell-known that prisons in England and Wales are bulging at the seams and have been for quite some time….

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Solicitor struck off for sexual misconduct

In a landmark ruling spanning 82 pages, Oliver Bretherton, an ex-director of multinational law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for sexual misconduct in the workplace. This followed a 12 day Final Hearing between February and June 2023, with the decision being published on 29 September 2023….

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Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2024 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s media and communications law and criminal defence departments have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory as leading departments in their field. In the firm’s media and communications law department, partners Iain Wilson, Max Campbell and Tom Double continue to be ranked as leading lawyers in Defamation/Reputation Management. Partner…

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Brett Wilson LLP’s departments and lawyers recognised in 2024 edition of Legal 500

Brett Wilson LLP has again been recommended in three categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime The firm is noted for its ‘strong track record’, ‘handling defamation, privacy and data protection matters for a varied client roster, including politicians, celebrities and corporates’ and for being ‘a “go…

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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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