Category Archives: Crime

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud case was in the civil court

November 28, 2019

Unlawful Subletting Profit Order for £100,974.94 The news that a defendant was ordered to pay to pay Westminster City Council £100,974.94 has attracted attention from the BBC  and national newspapers. However almost all the reporting described the penalty as “a fine”. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what happened.  The order was for repayment of […]


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There is now a time limit on police bail before charge

December 14, 2018

A new bail law has completely changed the basis on which suspects are released pending further investigation into their case. The old rules under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act were that once you had been arrested it was entirely up to the police how long you were kept on bail whilst they investigated the […]


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Landlord not guilty of HMO offences after

December 12, 2018

Landlord not guilty of any offence in Houses in Multiple Occupation prosecution Our landlord  client was being prosecuted by summons for various offences under the Hosues iN Multiple Occupation Regulations.  They had let a two-bedroom flat to a couple who had in turn, without the landlords knowledge, sublet to up to 12 people. The matter was […]


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Professional fraud clients – a bespoke service

February 1, 2018

A professional fraud client needs a bespoke service A professional client under investigation for fraud has a wide range of issues to consider.  The investigation itself is often overshadowed by the life changing consequences of prosecution.  At a time when clear focussed, dispassionate  thinking is required emotional responses about the future can cloud judgement. Clients […]


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Rape acquittal – What went so badly wrong in the case of Liam Allan?

December 18, 2017

Attack is the only form of defence in criminal disclosure Mr Allan was charged with multiple accusations of rape and sexual assault. In many respects, this would have been a classic and a challenging case for any jury. He was found not guilty without having to call any evidence. Something significant had gone very wrong. […]


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Paying Privately for Benefit Fraud solicitors

December 12, 2017

Benefit Fraud why you may be better off instructing your benefit fraud solicitor privately.  There are more and more benefit fraud prosecutions. As a result more and more people need the services of an expert benefit fraud solicitor. This is a result of two things. Firstly, the austerity measures brought in by the government. Secondly […]


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Jury Trial – How Your Fate is Decided

December 4, 2017

Crown Court Jury Trial We talk a lot in this Country about the benefits of a jury trial, how leaving the decision in the hands of 12 people chosen at random, is the fairest way of securing justice. How does a jury decide? How do juries decide? Laws prevent juries being asked about how they […]


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Drink Driving – None for The Road

December 1, 2017

  Drink Driving – what to do if you are charged The national pre-Christmas drink drive campaign starts today.  The dark wintry nights will be filled with office workers wending their way home from the annual Christmas party. As night follows day, this campaign coincides with a national police initiative concerning drink driving. Forces across […]


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Thinking of handing in your gun? Get advice before calling the police

November 17, 2017

A good opportunity to surrender guns without a licence but get advice first. A two-week gun amnesty began on 13TH November across the UK. In this period people will have an opportunity to dispose of firearms and ammunition safely, with ‘no questions asked’. Six thousand guns were handed in during similar amnesty in 2014. Who […]


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