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29th Mar 2021Blog

Fraud during the pandemic: might the government amend its Online Safety Bill?

The Covid pandemic has proven exceptionally lucrative for fraudsters. Statistics measuring the scale of financial loss vary because they capture different forms of loss. Whatever the precise figures may be, according to the Office for National Statistics, 4.4 million people in the UK said they had been the victim of fraud in 2020, losing £2.3 […]

22nd Mar 2021Blog

Cycling in turmoil?

On 19 March 2021, Dr Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, was permanently struck off the medical register after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that his fitness to practise was “impaired by reason of his misconduct”. The striking-off decision follows the Tribunal’s finding on 12 March 2021 that Dr […]

17th Mar 2021Blog

‘We are what we do’: NatWest in the dock

NatWest’s board must be hoping that the Bank’s advertising slogan doesn’t prove to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) announced that it had commenced criminal proceedings against NatWest in respect of offences under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (‘MLR 2007’). Details are scarce, but the allegations arise from […]

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 […]

8th Mar 2021Blog

The competing rights of women in sport

On International Women’s Day, Chris Foulkes and Hannah Thomas examine the case of Mokgadi Caster Semenya and her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Ms Semenya is challenging the discriminatory effect of the 2018 World Athletics[1] regulations which prevent athletes with disorders of sexual development from competing in certain female athletics events without […]