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6.10.18

Unexplained Wealth Orders: Banker’s wife loses court challenge

Further to our blog in July 2018 on the inception of Unexplained Wealth Orders (‘UWOs’), the recipient of the first UWO has lost her application for the order to be set aside. In National Crime Agency v Mrs A (Rev 1) [2018] EWHC 2534 (Admin), Mr Justice Supperstone considered whether his without notice order made…

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28.07.18

The new test for dishonesty: the impact of Ivey v Genting Casinos

Last year’s Supreme Court judgment in Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67, a civil claim, shocked many criminal law practitioners as it formulated a new test for determining the element of ‘dishonesty’ for use in both civil and criminal Proceedings. Prior to Ivey the case of R v Ghosh [1982] EWCA Crim 2 had been widely recognised by…

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6.06.18

Mayuri Lakhani joins Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Mayuri Lakhani who joined the firm on 4 June 2018. Mayuri joins Brett Wilson from City firm Bark & co. and brings with her expertise in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters.  Mayuri is one of only five lawyers ranked by the prestigious…

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5.12.17

No fairness in cash forfeiture proceedings

In R (on the application of Desmond Campbell) v Bromley Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWCA 1161 the Court of Appeal were asked to adjudicate upon the jurisdiction of a Magistrates’ Court to entertain questions of lawfulness of conduct in the context of cash forfeiture proceedings. The Respondent to the application wanted to raise questions about the searches…

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2.11.17

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 directory

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers have been ranked in the latest edition of the prestigious Chambers and Partners legal directory, which was published on 2 November 2017. Partner Iain Wilson is ranked as a leading defamation and reputation lawyer and described as ‘”a respected claimant lawyer, representing individuals in libel, privacy and harassment disputes. A satisfied client comments: “He’s…

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19.10.17

Uber v TfL: Could Uber seek judicial review on the grounds of political interference

Brett Wilson LLP solicitor Thomas Burton Wills asks whether TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s private hire vehicle operator licence can be challenged on the grounds of political interference with supposedly independent decision-makers. The decision of TfL not to renew Uber’s operator licence for private vehicle hire in London is undoubtedly a momentous one, which many will…

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2.11.16

Suspicious Activity Reports: moratorium period to be extended to six months

On 13 October 2016, the Criminal Finances Bill 2016-17 was put before the House of Commons for the first reading.  The Bill proposes to update the legislative measures regarding proceeds of crime, with the overall aim being effective recovery, countering terrorist financing and tackling money laundering and corruption.  In respect of money laundering, one of…

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9.09.16

Freezing Injunctions: the need for certainty

A recent decision on a preliminary issue by Mr Justice Henderson in the case of Haederle  v Thomas [2016] EWHC 1866 is a telling reminder of the need for precision when drafting Freezing Injunctions (and Restraint Orders too). A Freezing Injunction (formerly known as a Mareva Order and sometimes referred to as a Freezing Order)…

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4.08.16

Illegailty and enforceability of contracts

In Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42 the Supreme Court was afforded the opportunity to review and revise the doctrine of illegality. The Facts Mr Patel had paid the sum of £620,000 to Mr Mirza for the purpose of acquiring shares in RBS on the basis that Mirza had acquired some inside information about an…

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21.06.16

Nissan to sue Brexit campaign for use of logo in trademark infringement case

It is understood that car manufacturer Nissan is to take legal action against the Leave campaign group for trademark infringement arising from the use of its logo in campaign literature. On one of the Leave campaign’s flyer the Nissan logo appears next to those of four other major companies, including Unilever and Vauxhall, with the message: “Major…

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