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Solicitor fined for calling a potential client a ‘nutter’

A solicitor of nearly 40 years PQE has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for sending a string of emails calling a potential client a ‘nutter’, ‘crazy man with a death wish’ and an ‘asshole’. Tim Bennett’s conduct was referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by The Society of Trusts and…

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Barrister fined for sending cocaine to chambers

Richard Keogh, who was called to the bar in 1991, has been reprimanded and fined by the Bar Standards Board [‘BSB’] after he “inadvertently” sent cocaine to a chambers in April 2018. In May 2018, Mr Keogh subsequently accepted a police caution for possession of a class A drug, contrary to Section 5(2) of and…

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Sex: A duty to ask in advance?

Sir John Gillen, a former appeal court judge, has conducted a review of the law and procedures of serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland. That review has published its Preliminary findings here. Sir John’s Preliminary Report makes 16 key recommendations, many of which seem entirely sensible. Overall, it is a very strong body of work….

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‘Tis the season of unfair trials: criminal allegations in the regulatory arena

Recent weeks have seen a number of high profile criminal allegations being revealed, and even judged upon, without any involvement from the criminal justice system. The most obvious of these cases involved Lord Lester of Herne Hill. The eminent Human Rights lawyer, and former Liberal Democrat spokesman on Human Rights, was found culpable of sexual…

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Solicitor struck off following profanity-stricken tirade

Luke Stephen Venton has been struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) following convictions for drink driving and possession of a class B drug, failure to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) about these convictions and offensive and threatening language in communications with the SRA, other solicitors and third parties. Mr Venton…

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Revised Code for Crown Prosecutors introduced

The Code for Crown Prosecutors has been revised as of October 2018 (‘the Code’) and is now in its eighth edition. The outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders unveiled amendments to the Code which she said were vital to ensure ‘defendants and complainants have trust in the criminal justice system and the public has…

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Ched Evans sues original trial lawyers

Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United football player, is suing his trial lawyers for professional negligence in an attempt to recoup lost earnings following his conviction for rape in 2012.  Prior to his conviction in April 2012 he was a striker for Sheffield United earning around £18,000 per week.  The Press Association have reported that…

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The Mail pays libel damages to Treasury Counsel over alleged errors in Ben Stokes prosecution

The Mail has agreed to pay libel damages and legal costs to Treasury Counsel Alison Morgan after suggesting that she was facing criticism for selecting the wrong charges in the prosecution of international cricketer Ben Stokes and responsible for a decision not to charge fellow England cricketer Alex Hales. An apology published in the Mail…

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Aaron Banks, Leave.EU, the NCA and the Electoral Commission

Last week, the Electoral Commission referred Brexit campaigner Aaron Banks, his 2016 organisation Leave.EU, and his senior colleague Liz Bilney to the National Crime Agency (NCA). The purpose of the investigation is to discover whether electoral laws were broken regarding Leave.EU’s referendum funding during 2016, and also whether Mr Banks and Ms Bilney knowingly concealed…

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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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