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Can you be guilty of murder by merely being present at the scene?

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Joint Enterprise: Can you be guilty of murder by merely being present at the scene? This month the Supreme Court has finally remedied the dangerous principles that underpin the Joint Enterprise Doctrine in relation to murder cases. In Criminal Law ...

Actions Against The Police - Stop and Search

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The Supreme Court has recently supported the use of random stop and search powers allowed under s60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act on the basis this may save lives.  The use of s60 powers is allowed in limited situations and with a view...

Video Links at Court

Adam Shaw
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 As our experience of Truro Crown Court sitting in the Mile End Road has shown, the best use (and in the City of London the imaginative use) of video links can avoid extra costs and save much court time. It is the Leveson way... Adam Shaw recently...

Reasonable suspicion for arrest in the era of Operation Midland

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On 21 September 2015 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) released a statement into Operation Midland. Within this statement the MPS provide a description of the current practice of investigating claims of child sexual abuse or serious sexual...

Does Lord Make a Difference?

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The judgement in R (Lord) v SFO [2015] EWHC 865 (Admin) was handed down in February of this year and initially received little, if any, publicity. Recently this has changed with a series of articles considering the impact of the decision. But, what, if...

Crime in England and Wales falls to a new record low

Ervin Gjoleka
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This has become a familiar title for news stories relating to crime statistics. It appears that no matter what government is in power or which way the economy is going, crime just keeps falling. There have been changes to the way incidents are recorded and...

Interviews conducted under PACE caution

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Anthony Edwards and Matthew Hardcastle,  members of the Business Crime & Fraud department of TV Edwards LLP , have drafted a training note to the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association of recent developments in interviews conducted under PACE...

Erasmus Scheme at TV Edwards LLP

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It was a year ago now that TV Edwards welcomed Italian student Sara Zanella, who took an Erasmus Programme placement with the firm. Sara stayed for 4 months and experienced the full range of law within the criminal department and had the opportunity to...

Proposed time limits for police bail

Bartholomew Dalton
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The government is looking at introducing time limits for suspects kept on police bail. Suspects in criminal investigations are placed on police bail after they have been arrested but before they are charged, whilst the police continue to investigate the...

Extradition to Turkey of Kurdish national halted after 2 year battle

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On 24 September 2014 District Judge Snow stayed the case of Mr U  from his extradition proceedings to Turkey holding that it would be an abuse of process to continue. The extradition case had lasted over two years with 11 Court hearings. Extradition...

Victims are asked to investigate crime themselves

Bartholomew Dalton
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A recent report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has found that some police forces expect victims of crime to investigate their own crime. The allegation that victims are being made to investigate their own crime is extremely worrying. It should be the...

Top 10 tips to stay safe in Festivals

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The festival season is finally upon us and whatever the weather we Brits will be making the most of it!  So, for those lucky enough to have scooped up tickets to the hottest festivals like Glastonbury (which I am on my way to), here are my top 10 tips...

Criminal record checks relaxed following court ruling

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On the 18 th June 2014, the Supreme Court passed a judgment of significant importance for those who have a criminal record and seek employment where criminal record checks are required. The Court, which hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional...

Great Britain China Centre

Anthony Edwards
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A group of Chines judges, as well as their Prime Minister, is presently in England on a study tour organised by the Great Britain China Centre. Great Britain China Centre is an organisation which promotes the understanding between China and the UK, through...

R v Crawley and others. Is this a sign of things to come?

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The Court of Appeal has quashed a decision to halt a multi-million pound fraud trial due to a lack of legal aid barristers willing to represent the defendants. Barrister and brother of the prime minister Alex Cameron QC is working free of charge in a...

Prosecuting historic sex offences, is it time for change?

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  As the Operation Yewtree train chugs along we see another 'celeb' in the dock this week for multiple alleged historic sex offences. Max Clifford one of the most high-profile publicists around; has found himself on trial for a number of sexual...

Acquittal for fraud defendant

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This week TV Edwards secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud in respect of an  £10  million land banking fraud following a three month trial at the Central Criminal Court. The fraud itself occurred when...