25th Apr 2023Blog

Sportspeople and advertising – a gamble worth taking or a recipe for an early bath?

In October 2022, the Committees of Advertising Practice (‘CAP’) updated the Advertising Codes to prevent gambling advertising that was likely to be of strong appeal to those under 18 years of age (the rule previously referred to “particular appeal”). There have now been a number of Advertising Standards Authority decisions that give advertisers an important […]

5th Apr 2023Blog

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules (S.I. 2022/815): subtle but important changes

There is of course nothing more exhilarating than amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules: the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules (S.I. 2022/815) (“the Rules”), which came into force on 3 October 2022, are no exception. The Rules introduce subtle but important amendments to the procedure governing the bringing of private prosecutions, and applications for […]

30th Mar 2023Blog


Paul Renteurs considers the new legislation aimed at cracking down on those who spread racist abuse with the use of Football Banning Orders In a previous article commenting on sanctions for the racist abuse of footballers[1], I suggested that the criminal law had a vital role to play in preventing and punishing racist behaviour within […]

28th Mar 2023Blog

Failing to seek permission – a salutary tale

Before applying for a summons, every private prosecutor needs a checklist to ensure compliance with the required formalities.  Chief amongst these considerations will be the securing of any necessary consent to the prosecution, for example from the Attorney General or the Director of Public Prosecutions.  It might be thought that this was an unmissable step […]