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Policing and Crime Act 2017 – Six Months On Is Police Bail Any Better?

Kerry Spence

Posted by Kerry Spence | Partner
On 19th October 2017

In a blog written by a colleague (Jennifer Siddorn posted on 17th March 2017) the proposed new provisions for police bail were heralded by the government as “the end to the injustice of people being left to languish on very lengthy periods of pre-charge bail by introducing a limit of 28 days”

Whilst this sound bite seemed like the much needed end to lengthy bail periods which were so publically complained of by celebrities and members of the government – as a criminal practitioner the anecdotal evidence seems to show we are still in the same, if not worse position than before the changes were implemented.

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Protesting Against the Arms Fair

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 11th September 2017

Reports have suggested that upwards of 100 people have been arrested in last week’s protests at the DSEi arms fair.

Most would appear to have been charged with minor offences, such as obstructing the highway. Many were charged without interview and bailed to court – depriving them of any opportunity to put their account or indeed to have proper legal consultations.

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The state of our prisons – light the blue touch paper…

Kerry Spence

Posted by Kerry Spence | Partner
On 2nd August 2017

The HM Chief Inspector of Prisons published his second annual report of the state of Prisons in England and Wales on 18th July 2017 and, within two weeks, of the report being presented to Parliament there have been a series of terrible incidents reported at several prisons including Mount, which highlights the clear issues identified by the report and the failures by the Government and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to consider any of the findings made a year ago.

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Grenfell – Corporate Manslaughter explained

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 28th July 2017

As indicated in my previous blog, the Metropolitan Police have indicated that there is “reasonable grounds” for suspecting the TMO and the Council of committing the offence of Corporate Manslaughter. So what exactly is corporate manslaughter and what would the prosecution need to prove?

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