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Tackling a deny, delay, defend culture

Nina Ali

Posted by Nina Ali | Partner
On 14th March 2017

A NAO audit promises to shine a light on the NHSLA but will it come too late to influence the introduction of fixed fees, wonders Nina AliFor many years, clinical negligence lawyers have been voicing concerns about how the behaviour of the NHS Litigation Authority has driven up the cost of clinical negligence claims in the health service.

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Beware the new early guilty plea sentencing guidelines

Ruth Harris

Posted by Ruth Harris | Partner
On 9th March 2017

Criminal defence practitioners this week will have approached the publishing of the new definitive guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea, which becomes effective in June, with some trepidation. The proposed guidelines released last year for consultation seemed to demonstrate a worryingly prescriptive approach and suggested a significant limiting of reductions in sentence for pleas proffered after the first hearing.

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Getting to the heart of knife crime in the UK

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 8th February 2017

Last night three prisoners were stabbed in Pentonville, one fatally, a tragic reminder that something must be done to address the prevalence of knife crime in the UK. That said, the government proposals for tougher sentencing for knife offences will be ineffective in reducing knife crime and have the potential to inflict serious injustice on society, especially young people. Sentences are already harsh and yet knife crime continues to rise. We need a more meaningful approach which will actually prevent knife crime and save lives.

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Trump card in compliance

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 20th January 2017

Are we about to undergo a fundamental sea change in how to approach anti corrupt practices with arrival of President Trump? As indicated in Bribery: A Compliance Handbook the inspiration for the Bribery Act is often seen to be the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the US. The sense that the UK is seeking to follow the US in how it tackles financial crime was only heightened by the introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

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A revolution in criminal law?

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 13th January 2017

If asked what motivates me to do this work, there are two overriding emotion. The first, unsurprisingly as a lawyer, is a deep commitment to the rule of law. Not in some theoretical sense that is given in law lectures but the practice of it in every day work. All defendants should be entitled to a vigorous defence, and we should cherish our principles – innocent until proven guilty; the holding of the state to account in their investigations and for justice to be done.

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