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Covid fraud: HMRC and the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme

Ruth Harris

Posted by Ruth Harris | Partner
On 15th December 2020

The Government launched the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ (EOTHO) scheme on the 3rd August 2020 to boost the hospitality sector which had suffered heavily from falling revenues during the first lockdown. This easy to access scheme, saw claims made for over 100 million meals at an estimated cost to the Treasury of a staggering £522 million. Unsurprisingly – as with furlough – there are concerns that businesses may have wrongly benefitted from the regime and fraudulent claims…

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How can you get back your property from the police?

Casey Jenkins

Posted by Casey Jenkins | Legal Executive Advocate
On 7th December 2020

You are always entitled to get your property back so long as it is not evidence in an active investigation or an exhibit in a trial or an illegal material. After you are arrested or involved in an active police investigation, you may have your property confiscated and held by the police on your behalf. During criminal investigations the police are given a range of powers to seize property they judge as relevant to your investigation. These powers are granted under Section 19 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

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What should I do if I am invited to attend a voluntary interview at the police station?

Lily Ngo

Posted by Lily Ngo | Paralegal
On 1st December 2020

If you are contacted by the police to attend the police station for a voluntary interview, it can be very unsettling. The police may only provide you with very limited, if any, information on what they would like to interview you about.

This is a short blog explaining the steps you should take if you are contacted by the police regarding a voluntary interview. The police may also refer to the interview as an “interview under caution” or a “caution plus 3 interview” – there is no difference.

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Do I have to give the Police my mobile phone pin number?

Chloe Hartnell

Posted by Chloe Hartnell | Senior Associate
On 11th November 2020

The Police are often very keen to see what is on a person’s mobile phone but the question is, do you need to give them access to contents by giving them your mobile phone’s pin number. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) creates a criminal offence for you not to comply with a request that has been given by a person with the correct permission. An officer can seek permission from a District Judge by explaining what they think is on the phone and why it is needed for the detection of crime.

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