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3.09.19

Bitcoin seized as ‘realisable assets’ in confiscation proceedings

A convicted computer hacker has been ordered to pay back over £900,000 of Bitcoin under a Confiscation Order. Grant West, 27, was arrested in September 2017 following a lengthy police investigation, codename ‘Operation Draba’ unearthing the activities of West on the dark web using the alias ‘Courvoisier’.  West used phishing emails to carry out cyber-attacks…

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20.08.19

Is police detection of crime actually falling?

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice in July 2019 (here) revealed that the number of people being either prosecuted or handed out-of-court disposals has fallen to its lowest level since records began, despite a well-publicised rise in crime. Home Office data revealed that the total proportion of “crimes” which resulted in a suspect being…

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6.08.19

Vacancy: Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor, White-Collar Crime, Civil Fraud and Regulatory

Full time; immediate start; competitive salary Excellent opportunity for a paralegal with prior, relevant experience to provide support to a busy litigation boutique ranked by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in Farringdon, London. The successful applicant will assist the partner who heads the firm’s white-collar crime, civil fraud and regulatory practices. They must have experience…

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22.07.19

Decline in prosecutions for all offences

There has been a marked decline in the percentage of reported crimes resulting in a charge or summons.  In 2017/2018 prosecutions were brought in 9.1% (442,717) of cases.  In the year ending March 2019, this figure was down to 7.8% (403,221).  In Home Office data issued this month there were 75,305 offences reported last year…

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18.07.19

Lexis Nexis interview: Helping suspects held in “Released Under Investigation” limbo

Brett Wilson LLP partner Nick Brett considers the impact on suspects released by the police under investigation.  Corporate Crime analysis: The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) revealed extreme delays to cases where people accused of crimes (including fraud, bribery and theft) are kept for long periods on Released Under Investigation (RUI), in survey findings…

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28.06.19

Lexis Nexis interview: Law surrounding non-consensual intimate images to be reviewed

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson and other lawyers are interviewed about the Law Commission’s upcoming review.   The Ministry of Justice has asked the Law Commission to review laws around the making and sharing of non-consensual intimate images in an effort to ensure that ‘protections keep pace with emerging technology’. The review intends to…

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21.06.19

Solicitor struck off for “deliberately and excessively” overcharging clients

Solicitor Keith Smart has been struck off the roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) after a finding that he had ‘deliberately and excessively’ overcharged his clients and failed to follow the regulator’s accounting procedures. The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) had cause to investigate Mr Smart (who was working as a sole practitioner and COLP…

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18.06.19

Man who threw milkshake over Nigel Farage ordered to pay compensation

A man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage has received a 12 month Community Order plus 150 hours unpaid work.  He was also ordered to pay Mr Farage £350 in compensation to cover the cost of cleaning of the suit and damage to a lapel microphone. The incident took place during a walkabout on…

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Solicitor sanctioned for inadvertently aiding fraudulent football club bid

Richard Quinn of Riley Hayes Solicitors has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for making reckless misrepresentations in a letter utilised in a fraudulent bid to purchase Hartlepool United Football Club (‘HUFC’). The investigation into Mr Quinn’s conduct followed the conviction of ‘Mr M’, a business man and former director of Swindon…

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Solicitor struck off the roll for “effectively stealing” from counsel and experts

A sole practioner and solicitor since 1998 has been struck off the roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) having retained funds owed to experts and counsel, over a number of years. The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) investigated Martyn Brown after questions were raised following the filing of a Qualified Accountant’s Reports.  An inspection was…

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