Training & Knowledge: Christopher Coltart QC

20th Sep 2021Articles

Summonses & Settlements: A Road Map Through the Thicket

Guidance from the High Court on the duty of candour in applying for a criminal summons; abuse of process, and whether a party can contract out of its right to bring a private prosecution In June of this year, the High Court (Mr Justice Garnham, with whom Lord Justice Popplewell agreed) handed down its judgment […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Investigatory Powers in Private Prosecutions: Hurdles and Opportunities

The tension: Greater profile, no greater powers Private prosecutions are on the up, both in terms of volume and profile. This is in part thanks to high profile private prosecutions, such as the headline-grabbing but ill-fated prosecution of Boris Johnson. It is also the consequence of the cuts that have worn away at the CPS, […]

26th Feb 2019Newsletters

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism v DPP

Introduction The recent case of Campaign Against Anti-Semitism v DPP [2019] EWHC 9 (Admin) provides a useful summary of when a private prosecution will be discontinued. It also serves as a reminder of the limited scenarios in which the High Court will allow a challenge to the DPP’s decision to discontinue. Background In June 2017, […]