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25.11.11

Rail regulator prosecutes Network Rail for Elsenham double fatality

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has started criminal proceedings against Network Rail for breaches of health and safety law which led to the deaths of two teenage girls at Elsenham station footpath crossing in December 2005. The prosecution follows the conclusion of ORR’s reopened investigation into the deaths of Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson,…

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22.11.11

Abusive language alone cannot found conviction

In an important judgment in Harvey v Director of Public Prosecutions 2011 LTL 18/11/2011, Mr Justice Bean allowed an appeal against conviction for an offence under section 5 Public Order Act 1986. The appellant had been convicted by Magistrates after the Court heard he used the word ‘fuck’ three times whilst being searched by police officers….

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12.11.11

Harry Redknapp to stand trial for cheating revenue

Harry Redknapp and former Portsmouth football club chairman Milan Mandaric will stand trial at southwark Crown Court on 23 January 2012.  The two count indictment alleges that Mandaric and Redknapp arranged for Mandaric to make payments to an account held by Redknapp in Monacco with an intent to defraud the revenue.  The payments are alleged to…

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8.11.11

No Article 6 Protection in Civil Asset Recovery Proceedings

In Gale and another v serious Organised Crime Agency 2011  UKsC 49 the supreme Court was asked to consider the application of Article 6 to Part 5 civil recovery proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Mr and Mrs Gale had been made the subject of a civil recovery order at first instance by Griffith Williams J….

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18.09.11

sFO Head says that reckless bankers should end up in jail

Richard Alderman, Head of the serious Fraud Office, is reported as saying that the current law is defective so far as the criminal liability of corporations and senior individuals in financial institutions is concerned.  Mr Alderman is quote in the sunday Times as saying “..if you are running a bank and you run it recklessly and you…

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20.08.11

Former Labour MP released from prison

Former Labour MP Jim Devine released from prison after serving a quarter of the 16 month sentence for expenses fraud.

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17.08.11

Attorney General warning

Attorney General warns that social networking sites could threaten the existence of jury trials.

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16.08.11

John Yates resigns

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates resigns following criticism of his handling of phone hacking investigation

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