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Knife crime – a very British problem

Knife crime – a very British problem

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show a 21% increase in offences involving a knife in 2017, compared to the previous year. This is supported by NHS figures showing a real upward change in hospital admissions for assault with a sharp object. The same figures show that the problem is most acute in London, […]

New sentencing guidelines could lead to harsher punishments for domestic abuse crimes

New sentencing guidelines could lead to harsher punishments for domestic abuse crimes

The Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for Courts to use when sentencing defendants convicted of domestic abuse. From 24 May 2018, the commission of domestic abuse offences could be met with harsher punishments as Courts are reminded of the seriousness of these crimes. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse. However, it can […]

Met Police loses Supreme Court appeal against John Worboys’ victims

Met Police loses Supreme Court appeal against John Worboys’ victims

The Met Police has lost a Supreme Court appeal against a decision that held officers breached the victims’ human rights by failing to conduct effective investigations into a prolific sex offender’s crimes. Yesterday, in a landmark Supreme Court judgment, the Metropolitan Police were found to have failed to adequately investigate John Worboys’ attacks on women […]

Equality Human Rights Commission survey results recently revealed

Equality Human Rights Commission survey results recently revealed

In a recent survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of The Equality Human Rights Commission, the statistics revealed that many businesses had worrying attitudes towards unlawful behaviour when it came to recruiting pregnant women and new mothers. The survey was commissioned to understand managers’ attitudes around pregnancy and maternity discrimination. After surveying 1106 male and […]

Ministry of Justice launches fee refund scheme for Powers of Attorney

The Ministry of Justice has launched a refund scheme for excessive fees paid for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) applications made between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. From 1 February 2018, those who applied to register an LPA or EPA during the qualifying period are able to […]

Help with Care Proceedings: Not Just for Parents

Help with Care Proceedings: Not Just for Parents

If your Local Authority Children’s Services are applying to Court to take your grandchild, niece, nephew or cousin into care, you are likely to be as anxious as the parents about what this means for your family and loved ones. You are also likely to feel pushed out of the process and unable to help […]

Supreme Court judgment: Police no longer immune from being sued for negligence

Supreme Court judgment: Police no longer immune from being sued for negligence

The police will no longer enjoy blanket immunity from being sued for negligent acts committed in the course of operational duties. A landmark Supreme Court judgment, handed down last week, has removed the so-called ‘Hill principle’, a doctrine effected by the case of Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [1989] A.C. 53. The Hill […]

Serious Fraud Office trial of former Tesco boss collapses after four months

Serious Fraud Office trial of former Tesco boss collapses after four months

The serious fraud trial of three former Tesco executives, which has lasted for more than four months, collapsed yesterday after the presiding Judge put an end to the trial before the close of the defence case. The prosecution against Chris Bush (Tesco’s former UK boss), John Scouler (former commercial food director), and Carl Rogberg (former […]

Carillion Crisis: 5 News interviews Alka Kharbanda

Carillion Crisis: 5 News interviews Alka Kharbanda

On Monday 15th January 2018, the UK’s second largest construction firm, Carillion, was placed in liquidation after running up losses on contracts and debts. Carillion, who last year had sales of £5.2bn, employs around 20,000 people in the UK and 43,000 staff globally. As well as Carillion being awarded large private sector projects such as […]

Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

The latest free guide in our business knowledge series looks at the increasingly important world of virtual currencies and transformative blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and Ethereum, have hit the headlines over the last 12 months, as unprecedented demand has led to exponential growth in market capitalisation, transaction levels and value. This, in turn, has […]