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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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Every part of the criminal justice system needs to change – and that includes defence lawyers

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 6th December 2016

The emerging findings from David Lammy MP’s review should make all of us who work in the criminal justice system pause to reflect. It is not that the statistics are particularly surprising or shocking. As a cynical activist remarked after the publication of the Stephen Lawrence report, he hardly needed a lengthy public inquiry to tell him that the Metropolitan Police are institutionally racist, so I hardly need a committee of the great and the good to tell me that BAME (black and minority ethnic) individuals are over represented in the criminal justice system.

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The unintended consequences of bail reform

Ruth Harris

Posted by Ruth Harris | Partner
On 4th October 2016

The Policing and Crime Bill is working its way through Parliament into law. Contained within are radical proposals for dealing with suspects while their cases are under investigation. The proposed changes follow increasing concern about the time it takes police to conclude investigations.

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