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1.11.18

Brett Wilson LLP recognised by Chambers and Partners 2019 as leaders in defamation and crime

Brett Wilson LLP is one of only 28 UK firms to be ranked for Defamation/Reputation Management in the 2019 edition of the Chambers and Partners directory. Within the department, Iain Wilson, Max Campbell and Alex Cochrane are individually recommended. The prestigious directory also acknowledges the firm as a recognised practitioner in Crime, including it on a…

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29.10.18

Brett Wilson LLP ranked in four categories in Legal 500 2018/19

Brett Wilson LLP has been ranked in four categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime (General) Fraud (White collar crime) In addition to the firm’s rankings, every solicitor at Brett Wilson LLP has been individually recommended in their specialist field(s). Commenting on the rankings, managing partner…

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15.10.18

Manslaughter sentencing guidelines published

The first definitive guidelines for manslaughter offences will come into force on 1 November 2018.   The guidelines will apply to all offenders over the age of 18 who fall to be sentenced on or after that date.  Corporate manslaughter offences are not covered in this guideline and continue to be dealt with under guidelines issued…

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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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We need to talk about sex offences. Again.

Sex offences, and in particular the way rape charges are dealt with from start to finish, are due yet another serious conversation. There are no easy answers. It is clear that, aside from a few rotten apples, many hard-working police and prosecutors are between a rock and hard place. No-one sensible would argue against due…

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29.09.18

Leading media lawyer to face SDT over alleged ‘offensive and profane’ comments on social media

Mark Lewis, a solicitor who undertook pioneering work in bringing phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, is being prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) in respect of allegations that he posted ‘offensive and profane’ communications on social media. It is alleged by the SRA that on…

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23.09.18

Barrister fined by ICO as unencrypted client data is uploaded on to the internet

A senior barrister has been fined £1,000.00 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) after unencrypted client data was accidentally uploaded to the internet by her husband. A total of 725 documents, containing information belonging to up to 250 people, were temporarily uploaded to an internet directory when the barrister’s husband was updating software on the…

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16.09.18

Clarity on Legal Professional Privilege from the Court of Appeal

In The Director of The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 the Court of Appeal was asked to determine whether certain documents created during the course of an internal company investigation were subject to legal professional privilege. In April 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (‘SFO’) commenced a criminal…

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11.09.18

Grenfell fraud conviction

A 26 year old male has been convicted at Isleworth Crown Court after being found guilty of falsely claiming that he had been living in Grenfell Tower at the time of the fire in order to benefit from multiple support services available to victims and their families. On 7 September 2018, Yonatan Eyob was sentenced…

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9.09.18

Roxanne Pallett, common assault and the need for careful reflection

ITV’s Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett has apparently attracted 25,000 complaints following her exaggerated complaint of assault made against Ryan Thomas, a fellow resident in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house. In keeping with the reality show, the incident was caught on camera after Mr Thomas playfully sparred with Ms Pallett, catching her with a light…

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