Training & Knowledge: December 2015

18th Dec 2015Articles

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

On Monday 30th November, the President of The Queen’s Bench Division (The Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson) sitting in The Crown Court at Southwark approved this jurisdiction’s first deferred prosecution agreement, upon the application of the SFO in respect of potential proceedings against Standard Bank PLC for failing to prevent bribery contrary to s.7 of […]

18th Dec 2015Articles

The Unlawful Acquisition of Cultural Property in Europe and its Restitution

The wanton destruction and looting of historical sites by ISIS and other terrorist organisations has dark echoes of another cultural ransacking in the history of Europe. The activities of the Nazis between 1933-1945 resulted in not just the annihilation of two thirds of the Jewry of Europe but in the spoliation and destruction of cultural […]

18th Dec 2015Articles

Behind the headlines: Seeking the truth behind sex grooming cases

Sexual grooming has come to public attention since a series of high profile cases were widely reported by the media. Cases such as Operation Bullfinch (where seven men of Pakistani and east Africa origin were jailed for abusing six girls in Oxford) received a great deal of press coverage. Research on public perceptions of sexual […]

18th Dec 2015Articles

Leveson’s illiberal legacy?

Last month marked the last of the unsuccessful prosecutions of journalists (Messrs Pharo and Pyatt) under Elveden, the ill fated police operation into cash payments made to public officials for stories. Such relief for our free and independent press will, however, be short-lived. First, as referenced in our article Operation Elveden: A sting in the […]

18th Dec 2015Articles

The New Criminal Procedure Rules: amendments of substance or form?

The new Rules came into force on 5 October and this article provides a short summary of the significant amendments. There are cosmetic changes, removing the plethora of empty sections left over from various alterations over the ten years since the Rules first came into force, and the Rules also now specify at Rule 2.3 […]

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