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Coronavirus and the Criminal Law

Introduction Last week the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Act”) and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) were passed in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. They contain among the most dramatic intrusions into civil liberties since World War II. This article explores two of these intrusions, both of which have […]

What the Coronavirus Act 2020 means for extradition proceedings

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (“CA2020”) received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020, bringing into force a 358 page Act that creates not only new laws but amends existing legislation already on the statute books. The Extradition Act 2003 (“EA2003”) is no exception; Section 54(b) CA2020 expands the availability of live links in Extradition proceedings through […]

Account freezing orders

A great deal of attention is now being paid to the bank account freezing order (AFO) vested in the UK’s principal criminal law enforcement agencies by Part 1 Chapter 3 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Until recently the focus of UK’s white collar crime community was the powers awarded by Chapter 1 of this […]

SFO investigations are still taking too long

“The Group could also face further potential civil and criminal consequences in relation to the investigation by the SFO described above. At this time, it is not possible to make a reliable estimate of the expected financial effect that may arise in relation to the SFO’s investigation, and therefore no provision has been made for […]

The Special Relationship – How the FCA Assists Sec Investigations

The special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States is stronger than the sceptics would lead you to believe – at least in the case of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’). Co-operation between financial regulators is essential to the increasingly globalised market for financial […]

Self-incrimination protection and procedure in transatlantic civil cases

For most witnesses, refusing to answer questions for fear of self-incrimination is an anxious decision to take; all the more so in the context of civil and criminal cross-border litigation. A decision to answer questions or to claim self-incrimination protection has potentially life-changing consequences. For clients who have already been subject to criminal investigations and […]

Online abuse and when it becomes criminal

Online abuse can have catastrophic effects on a person’s mental health. Frequently reports of young adults self-harming and even committing suicide have pin-pointed abusive online communications via social media sites as the cause or a driving force behind fatal decisions. Last year Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson spoke about the near life-ending effects online abuse had […]

The Central Park Five

The recent four-part Netflix docuseries “When They See Us” depicts the harrowing case of Trisha Meili, a white female jogger who, in 1989, was viciously assaulted and raped in Central Park, New York. She was left in a coma for 12 days and, when she recovered, had no memory of the incident. Equally disturbing was […]