Training & Knowledge: Grace Forbes

1st Oct 2021Articles

Private Prosecutions and the Need for Compelling Reasons Not to Issue a Summons

The Queen on the application of Smith-Allison v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Defendant) and Mark Burn, Max Bull (Interested Parties) [2021] EWHC 2361 (Admin)   In a recent decision, the High Court upheld a claim for judicial review of a legal adviser’s decision to refuse to issue a summons in a private prosecution.  The judgment emphasised […]

9th Feb 2021Newsletters

Regulating the fast fashion industry: what does the future hold?

On 24th  September 2020 the Independent Review into the boohoo Group PLC’s[1] Leicester supply chain (‘the Boohoo Review’) was published. It was conducted by Alison Levitt QC, assisted by a team of barristers at 2 Hare Court, including James Buchanan, Grace Forbes and Hannah Thomas[2], instructed by Jason Cropper of TLT Solicitors. The Boohoo Review […]

9th Feb 2021Newsletters

Developments in the Cannabis Regulatory Field

A Shifting Landscape The cultural and legal landscape for cannabis has shifted significantly in recent years. Many changes have been highly visible, such as the proliferation of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the high street and the legal change that allowed medicinal cannabis to be prescribed for the first time in the UK from 1 November […]

1st Feb 2021Newsletters

Private Prosecutions and the Public Interest

Preliminaries Those contemplating bringing a private prosecution may (and those instructed to conduct such proceedings will) be aware that the Director of Public Prosecutions (‘DPP’) has the power to take over the case and discontinue it at any stage by virtue of section 6 of the Prosecution Offences Act 1985. However, accurately predicting (and advising […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

R v Broughton Clarifying Causation in Gross Negligence Manslaughter

SUMMARY In 2017 a 24-year-old woman, Louella Fletcher Michie, died at the Bestival Music Festival, having taken 2-CP, a Class A drug, supplied by her boyfriend, the appellant. The Prosecution’s case was that having supplied the drug and remained with her, the appellant owed Louella a duty of care to secure medical assistance as her […]