Category Archives: Inquiries and inquests

Andrew Smith comments on the Investigatory Powers Bill in Global Investigations Review

Lawyers have accused the Home Office of ignoring serious concerns that the Investigatory Power’s Bill gives authorities such as the SFO and FCA unprecedented access to legally privileged information during investigations. On 1 March, the UK’s Home Office introduced the revised Investigatory Powers Bill, nicknamed the Snooper’s Charter, to Parliament. … The bill gives authorities, […]

Joint enterprise: reason restored in landmark Supreme Court judgment

On 18 February 2016, the Supreme Court handed down its much awaited judgment in the appeal of R v Jogee, which was consolidated with the Privy Council case of R v Ruddock. The Court, unanimously allowing the appeal, has marked a judicial shift from over 30 years of previous law. The appeals were brought by […]

Alex Davidson’s article on joint enterprise published in The Barrister

Joint enterprise: reason restored in landmark Supreme Court judgment On 18 February 2016, the Supreme Court handed down its much awaited judgment in the appeal of R v Jogee, which was consolidated with the Privy Council case of R v Ruddock. The Court, unanimously allowing the appeal, has marked a judicial shift from over 30 […]

Robert Brown discusses the Litvinenko report in New Law Journal

Litvinenko report leading to icy relations The findings of the Litvinenko report will “further taint” legal relations between the UK and the Russian Federation, a senior lawyer has warned. An inquiry led by Sir Robert Owen into the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in the UK has found that the poisoning of […]

How strong is the case for privatising probation after G4S Medway?

Last week, the BBC’s Panorama report showed numerous G4S officer using violent restraining techniques on teenage detainees, and in some cases alleged the routine falsification of records. Regardless of what fate befalls these officers, it might be worth considering whether these incidents are symptomatic of a wider problem. In July 2013, during his tenure as […]

Robert Brown comments re UK National Crime Agency probe to review all warrants in the FT

UK National Crime Agency probe to review all warrants in the FT Gonzalo Viña and Caroline Binham Britain’s National Crime Agency will carry out an internal investigation after admitting that it may have acted unlawfully, putting its current inquiries and prosecutions at risk. The NCA said on Friday it had “instigated a comprehensive review of inherited […]

Inquests – growing in number and scope

There are more inquests being held than ever before, and over recent years the ambit of inquests has widened considerably, to the extent that there is a greater willingness by coroners to investigate wider issues than the actual cause of death, such as the circumstances of the death or any wider problem identified during the course of the inquest, and to then take preventative action. This means that there is now greater scrutiny of government departments, public bodies, companies and individuals and so being an interested party in an inquest cannot be taken lightly.