Category Archives: News

Andrew Smith discusses whether deferred prosecution agreements are unfair in Law360

The recent collapse of the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution of three former Tesco PLC managers has led many commentators to denounce the deferred prosecution agreement regime as unfit for purpose. It is asserted that there is a legal incoherence when individuals are acquitted in their trials but identified as seemingly complicit in criminality in a […]

Andrew Smith comments on Boris Johnson challenge in the media

Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, has successfully challenged a demand to appear in court after a private prosecution was brought against him by campaigner Marcus Ball. Mr Johnson was accused of misconduct in a public office over claims he made during the Brexit referendum campaign about the UK sending £350m a week to the EU. […]

Rachel Quickenden discusses the amendment to the SFO’s guidance on the attendance of lawyers at section 2 interviews in Crimeline

Introduction In June 2016 the SFO published new guidance concerning the attendance and conduct of lawyers at witness interviews under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987. This guidance limited the role of such lawyers, stressing that they were permitted to provide only “essential assistance […] by way of legal advice or pastoral support”.  […]

Edward Grange comments on the German public prosecutor’s use of European arrest warrants

The European Court of Justice has found that the procedures that German public prosecutor’s offices use to issue European arrest warrants do not meet European standards, a decision that invalidates all EAWs issued by German public prosecutors. Commenting on this development in the Global Investigations Review, Partner Edward Grange states: “The decision of the CJEU […]

David Corker comments in The Times on the difficulties in finding reliable expert witnesses in criminal trials

Following the collapse of a case in Southwark Crown Court last week, lawyers have called for a wholesale review over the standard of expert witnesses. The case, which involved allegations of fraudulent selling of carbon credits, collapsed after an expert witness for the prosecution, Andrew Ager, was revealed to have no academic qualifications and no knowledge of the […]

Andrew Smith comments on Boris Johnson to face a preliminary hearing and then a criminal trial in Bloomberg

A London judge recently ruled that Boris Johnson must attend court to face allegations of misconduct in public office. Johnson will face a preliminary hearing and then a criminal trial, District Judge Margot Coleman said today. Johnson will be required to answer accusations that he made false claims about British spending on the European Union, she said. “Whether […]

Jessica Parker is attending the 22nd Annual IBA Transnational Crime Conference in Buenos Aires

Partner Jessica Parker is today attending the 22nd Annual IBA Transnational Crime Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina until 17 May 2019. This conference is presented by the IBA Criminal Law Committee and the IBA Business Crime Committee. Jessica is Co-Chair of the Business Crime Committee of the IBA. Topics include: A new era for anti-money laundering […]