A new flagship Court specifically designed to tackle cybercrime, fraud, and economic crime is set to be built in the City of London, following an announcement by the Lord Chancellor on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The new 18-courtroom legal centre, which is to be built on the site of Fleetbank House, will also deal with business and property work, as well as civil cases. It replaces the aging Civil Court, as well as the City of London Magistrates’ and County Courts. Also included in the Court will be a new base for the City of London Police.

The proposal for a new Court was announced last October by the City of London Corporation, and work on feasibility has now concluded and a location for the Court has been set. Funding will be provided by the City of London Corporation and HMCTS.

Commenting on the new Court, which is expected to be completed in 2025, Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness said: “This is a hugely significant step in this project that will give the Square Mile its second iconic courthouse after the Old Bailey. I’m particularly pleased that this Court will have a focus on the legal issues of the future, such as fraud, economic crime, and cybercrime.”

The Government is investing £1 billion in reforming and modernising Courts and tribunals, which has already delivered:

  • A fully paperless system in conjunction with Transport for London leading to thousands of cases involving fare evasion being dealt with more swiftly and effectively.
  • The ability for those convicted of minor motoring offences to make their initial plea online. Some 1500 pleas are dealt with online every week. Court staff and the police automatically receive the completed online plea form as soon as the defendant has submitted it, reducing delays.

How can we help

At Blaser Mills Law, our highly-rated Criminal Defence team is equipped to deal with offences of cybercrime. We work closely with our commercial team, which caters for international clients, making us well placed to advise on investigations that are often transnational and involve cross-jurisdictional issues.

We have expertise advising clients in relation to the following areas:-

  • Offences under The Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Malware and phishing offences
  • Hacking
  • Keylogging
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DOS) attacks

Blaser Mills Law also has experience defending individuals accused of money laundering, fraud and financial crime and possession of indecent images, all which can fall under the umbrella of cybercrime.

If you would like discreet advice on any of these areas please contact a member of our team here.

We will shortly be publishing a free guide on cybercrime and online fraud. To register your interest in receiving a copy by email please contact us – insight@blasermills.co.uk