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New sentencing guidelines for ‘intimidatory offences’: Sentencing is one small piece of the jigsaw.

On 30 March 2017 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) launched a 13-week consultation on the punishments for several different offences arising from legislation spanning 150 years. It includes all of the following offences:- Disclosing private images (‘revenge porn’) contrary to section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 Controlling and Coercive Behaviour contrary…

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Finsbury Park Mosque wins libel damages against controversial World Check database

The company that runs Finsbury Park Mosque this week obtained libel damages from Reuters Ltd, the international news agency which publishes the controversial ‘World Check’ database. Finsbury Park Mosque was led by Abu Hamza until 2003. Other controversial figures to have attended the Mosque in that period include Abu Qatada, and the ‘shoebomber’ Richard Reid….

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G4S 999 call handlers suspended after allegations they made hundreds of ‘test calls’ to meet targets

Our legal and political climate is resplendent with fine talk about the state cracking down on organised fraud and tax evasion, on rooting out international corruption, and even making big companies responsible for the actions of their employees. Just this month, it was confirmed that the Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals to extending…

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Vacancy: Junior Paralegal/Administrator

Junior Paralegal/Administrator (full-time; start February 2016) Junior Paralegal required. Principal role will be to provide support to a busy boutique firm in Farringdon, London, EC1 specialising in libel/privacy, regulatory and criminal/fraud work.  Work will involve a mixture of administrative tasks/general office support (80%), including the collecting of DX, greeting of clients and other visitors etc,…

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A1P1 proportionality and civil recovery orders

In Sanam v National Crime Agency [2015] EWCA 1234, in which Brett Wilson LLP acted for the Appellant, the Court of Appeal was faced, for this first time, with the question of the proportionality of the making of a civil recovery order in a claim by by the National Crime Agency (NCA) under Part 5…

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Confiscation orders and compensation orders

In Davenport [2015] EWCA 1731 the Court of Appeal was concerned with the unusual situation where both a confiscation order and a compensation order had been made against the Defendant following his conviction for conspiracy to defraud. Davenport had masterminded a sophisticated advance fee type fraud and the criminal benefit from his offending was agreed…

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Brett Wilson LLP listed in four categories in Legal 500

The prestigious Legal 500 directory has listed Brett Wilson LLP as a leading firm in the fields of defamation/privacy, white collar crime, civil fraud and general crime. The 2015 edition of the directory was published on 16 September 2015.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Brett Wilson LLP has featured in the directory and the third consecutive year in which…

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Statistics show that the number of defamation claims are on the rise

The number of defamation claims that were issued in 2014 have risen by 60% when compared to 2013 figures according to Judicial Statistics published in June by Court Statistics Quarterly: Jan-Mar.  This is a surprising trend given the widespread suggestion that the implementation of the Defamation Act 2013 would dissuade a large number of people…

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Production order: period for compliance

The scope and lawfulness of a Production Order was the subject of a judicial review in the Divisional Court in R (on the application of Chatwani and others) v National Crime Agency [2015] EWHC 1284. The Claimants were subjects in a wide ranging money laundering investigation. They were directors of a group of over 40…

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Brett Wilson LLP in top 10 fundraisers for London Legal Walk 2015

On Monday 18 May 2015 Brett Wilson LLP’s team successfully completed the London Legal Walk.  The walk was attended by the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Supreme Court and over 9,000 lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust.  The Trust funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around…

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