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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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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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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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