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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 […]

Pre-charge bail – law and practice at odds?

When a review of a particular legal procedure is announced, it can often be said that it is not the law that is in issue, but rather its implementation. Pre-charge bail is a case in point on this occasion. On 5 November 2019, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that she intends to instigate a review […]

Using compelled testimony against a co-defendant: hearsay, confessions and the privilege against self-incrimination

It is a well-established principle of criminal law that compelled testimony can only be admitted in evidence against the compelled person is extremely limited circumstances.[1] Is it easier to admit compelled testimony against – or on behalf of – a co-defendant tried on the same indictment as the compelled person? A attends a compelled interview […]

Using the offence of controlling and coercive behaviour to gain the upper hand in family proceedings

On 17 September 2019, the government announced its intention to add 14 offences to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (“ULS”) scheme, which gives victims and the wider public the right to ask the Attorney General (“AG”) to refer a convicted person to the Court of Appeal for his or her sentence to be increased. The ULS […]

UK and US sign landmark Data Access Agreement

The UK and US governments have recently signed a new bilateral agreement designed to obtain data from ESPs more quickly. Commenting on this development, Partner Andrew Smith stated: “The US-UK data access agreement is an important step in facilitating the speedy transfer of electronic data in cross-border criminal investigations. In years gone by, it could take […]