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Criminal Record: What you need to know

Freya Colvin

Posted by Freya Colvin | Solicitor
On 27th September 2016

Being arrested, cautioned or convicted of a crime can be a daunting experience but the long term effects of having a criminal record can make it even worse. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs. Earlier this month Unlock, a charity which assists those with convictions, launched a new website that encourages companies to recruit people with criminal records.

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Jogee convicted of manslaughter at his retrial following joint enterprise appeal

Ruth Harris

Posted by Ruth Harris | Partner
On 6th September 2016

The man at the centre of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling earlier this year on joint enterprise has been found…

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Decriminalising the sex industry – The Home Affairs Committee finds criminalisation of sex workers must come to an end!

Lauren Tye

Posted by Lauren Tye | Paralegal
On 4th July 2016

The Home Affairs Committee has published an interim report on prostitution, acknowledging that elements of the present law are unsatisfactory and that the criminalisation of sex workers must come to an end. The Committee says the Home Office should immediately change existing legislation so that soliciting is no longer an offence and brothel-keeping laws allow sex workers to share premises, without losing the ability to prosecute those who use brothels to control or exploit sex workers.

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“He knows if he’s guilty or not”

Edward Jones

Posted by Edward Jones | Partner
On 29th June 2016

The Sentencing Council is currently consulting on a new guideline that will dictate the level of reduction that a defendant will receive for entering a guilty plea. The guideline will replace the current SGC guideline on reduction in sentence for guilty pleas.

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Disclosure – take nothing at face value

Leo Martin

Posted by Leo Martin | Associate
On 24th June 2016

It is widely acknowledged that “disclosure” is one of the most important and fundamental issues in the criminal justice system. The Crown Prosecution Service agree that the application of proper and fair disclosure is a vital component which should ensure fairness in the criminal justice system.

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