Training & Knowledge: Private Prosecution

9th Mar 2021Blog

Costs – further implications in private prosecutions

Private Prosecutions Blog: Tuesday 9th March 2021 The Government’s response[1] to the Justice Select Committee Report on Safeguards in Public Prosecutions[2] was published last week.  The Justice Select Committee Report itself was published on 2 October 2020 and explored in depth by Gavin Irwin in a previous publication here. The Government’s headline response to the […]

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 […]