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3rd Dec 2020News

Beckwith v SRA – Private lives restored?

The ex-Freshfield partner Ryan Beckwith has successfully overturned findings that his sexual activity with an associate in his department breached his duties to act with integrity and behave in a way that maintains public trust. Important for too many reasons to cover in a single newsflash, Mr Justice Swift’s judgment is primarily examined here as […]

30th Nov 2020News

Women In Criminal Law Members Notification

WICL Advent Calendar Tomorrow begins some festive cheer as WICL start running their Christmas initiative ‘The WICL Advent Calendar’. Each day, WICL members will be able to enter a prize draw to win that day’s Christmas gift. All gifts have been donated by Chambers, firms, organisations, sponsors and individuals across the legal sector and range […]

25th Nov 2020News

Gavin Irwin explores the new criminal offences in the National Security and Investment Bill currently before parliament

On 11 November 2020, the Government published the National Security and Investment Bill[i] (‘the Bill’) with the purpose of modernising the UK’s powers to investigate and intervene in potentially hostile foreign direct investment that threatens national security. By any reckoning, the scheme is vastly more intrusive than the current one, the FT reporting that officials […]

20th Nov 2020News

2 Hare Court Awarded Crime Set of the Year 2020 by Chambers UK

We are delighted to have been named as Crime Set of the Year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020. The 2020 Chambers Bar Awards ceremony was held virtually yesterday evening Thursday 19th November. To read more about Chambers UK Awards, click here and to read the full set overview please click here. We would […]

17th Nov 2020News

David Whittaker QC and Harry Bentley appear in final Operation Leopard trial

David Whittaker QC and Harry Bentley defended a man who was subsequently acquitted of conspiracy to murder in what is likely to be the last Operation Leopard trial. Operation Leopard was a Greater Manchester Police investigation into what was described as “Salford gang warfare”. Operation Leopard included the investigation into the murder of Mr. Paul […]