Training & Knowledge: Gavin Irwin

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Thakrar and the Ramifications for Private Prosecutors

In Thakrar v Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWCA Civ 874, the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) ended any hopes of resurrecting a private prosecution for the alleged theft of industrial quantities of plastics and gave guidance as to the limits of appellate jurisdiction in the context of judicial review in private prosecutions. The case had […]

30th May 2019Newsletters

SRA Developments in 2019

2019 has seen the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) taking an increasingly assertive approach towards the regulation of solicitors and the protection of consumers of legal services. A New Enforcement Strategy On 7 February 2019, the SRA announced a new Enforcement Strategy to ‘focus on serious issues’ and confirmed that action will be taken against solicitors […]

26th Feb 2019Newsletters

The Man Who Wasn’t There: Private Prosecutions, Extradition and Interpol

One of the factors that any private prosecutor should consider is the whereabouts of any prospective defendant.  What happens if a defendant is not in England and Wales when a private prosecutor applies for a summons?  What can a private prosecutor do to ensure the attendance at trial of a defendant who refuses to return […]

14th Jun 2018Newsletters

Without Notice, Without Merit: how far would you go for your client?

Introduction On 26th April 2018, the Administrative Court handed down judgment in Vay Sui Ip v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2018] EWHC 957 (Admin).  The Administrative Court refused Mr Ip’s appeal against the SRA’s orders for strike off and costs (£10,000) for, essentially, ‘gaming the system’ in immigration proceedings, and for making ‘totally without merit’ applications. […]

24th May 2018Articles

Hong Kong Newsflash: Trade Sanctions and Export Licensing

On 8th May 2018, the Hong Kong government issued Strategic Trade Controls Circular No. 6/2018 (‘the 2018 Circular’), Import and Export of Encryption Products, in order to “remind traders of the licensing requirements for the import and export of encryption products”. Encryption products are commonplace – virtually all commercially available, digital telecommunications devices (the smartphone […]

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