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24.05.19

Gang members convicted in landmark ‘county lines’ human trafficking case

Three convicted young drug dealers, who were separately prosecuted for human trafficking offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, have been sentenced to between 3 and a half and 5 years’ imprisonment. The gang members, Glodi Wabelua, Dean Alford and Michael Karemera (all 25 years old)  had been convicted after a trial in February 2016…

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15.05.19

Career opportunities at Brett Wilson LLP

The firm is expanding.  We are presently recruiting a solicitor and a paralegal in our media law department.  In our civil, regulatory and white collar-crime department, we are recruiting a civil litigation solicitor and a paralegal/trainee solicitor.  Full details of the role and how to apply can be found at our Careers page.

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Police request access to complainants’ data: A form in a teacup?

A new standard police form requesting agreement to access complainants’ phone data has caused controversy. The not-very-snappily-titled ‘NPCC Final Consent v-1-2’ form is designed to achieve a consistent system for accessing the electronic devices of victims and witnesses. A copy is available here. This can only be done with that person’s consent. As such, the…

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13.05.19

Is it time to stop talking about gagging clauses?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it has referred a solicitor from magic circle firm Allen & Overy to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over drawing-up a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) on behalf of film Producer Harvey Weinstein.  It is understood the agreement, in essence, paid Mr Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins a large sum in…

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29.03.19

Twitter and the Malicious Communications Act 1988

Two people have been arrested by South Yorkshire Police on suspicion of sending ‘malicious communications’ following a series of tweets to five MPs. The tweets were directed at Independent Group MPs Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston, and Labour MP David Lammy. It is alleged that one of the individuals posted an…

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21.03.19

The Criminal Caution: Can it still be relied on?

“You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you fail to mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence” Anyone questioned as a suspect of a criminal offence in England and Wales should hear and understand this…

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Solicitor fined for loaning money to client at 60% interest

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) has fined Richard Barca (of Wilson Barca LLP) £20,000 and ordered him to pay £26,000 in costs after regulatory proceedings were instigated against him for loaning £27,000, with an interest rate of 60% per annum, to a vulnerable client who stood to lose her property and livelihood. Mr Barca was…

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4.03.19

Business expenses exceptions in Freezing Orders

In Michael Wilson & Partners v Emmott [2019] EWCA 219 the Court of Appeal reviewed the authorities on the question of the ‘Angel Bell’ exception in Freezing Orders. The Angel Bell exception exists to permit a Court to include provision in a Freezing Order to permit business to continue to trade in spite of the…

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25.02.19

Dishonesty: professional suicide (unless you are a politician)

The three-month prison sentence of Fiona Onasanya MP has sparked a debate about whether politicians should lose their parliamentary seat if convicted of a criminal offence.  Ms Onasanya was convicted of perverting the course of justice by falsely telling police that her former tenant was the driver responsible for a minor speeding offence in July…

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Solicitor struck off for perverting the course of justice

A newly-qualified solicitor has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.  Mohammed Riaz (also known as John Washington) was convicted on 1 September 2016 and sentenced to eight months’ custody. Riaz, who was admitted to the roll only a year before he was…

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