Training & Knowledge: Private Prosecution

1st Feb 2021Newsletters

2020: The Year in Review

2020 was a year book ended by key judgments on costs in private prosecutions in which the courts were keen to emphasise the public interest in individuals and companies being able to pursue private prosecutions. At the start of the year, in Fuseon Limited v Senior Courts Costs Office [2019] EWHC 126[1] (Admin), Lane J […]

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 […]

1st Feb 2021Newsletters

Recent developments in costs

A central consideration for anyone contemplating a private prosecution is the question of cost. The cost of investigating and bringing a private prosecution may be very substantial. Even those with the deepest pockets will be keen to understand whether they are likely to be able to recover any or all of the funds expended in […]

14th Oct 2020Articles

2 Hare Court Private Prosecution Newsflash

Justice Select Committee Report Published – Safeguards in Private Prosecutions Gavin Irwin explores the report’s key recommendations On 7 July 2020, Alison Levitt QC gave evidence before the Justice Select Committee, on behalf of the Private Prosecutors’ Association, on safeguards in private prosecutions[1].  Separately, the 2 Hare Court Private Prosecutions’ Group made written representations to […]

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