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15th Dec 2021Articles

“He’s checking his list; he’s checking it twice.…”

A festive reminder to dot your i’s and cross your t’s when starting a private prosecution. Just in time for Christmas, and so you can prosecute Santa/Jeff Bezos for a disappointing haul, the Justices’ Clerks’ Society (JCS) has issued new guidance on the perils and pitfalls of starting a private prosecution.  For many, this will […]

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 […]

13th Sep 2021Articles

[Dr] No risk of dissipation – Les Ambassadeurs Club Ltd v Yu

The test for “a real risk of dissipation” has been clarified by the Court of Appeal in an important and high-profile judgment Les Ambassadeurs Club Ltd v Songbo Yu [2021] EWCA Civ 1310. Between 27 April and 1 May 2018 Mr Yu, a Chinese high-net-worth businessman, used cheques to purchase £19 million worth of chips […]

8th Sep 2021Articles

New Sentencing Guidelines for unauthorised use of a trade mark by individuals and organisations

Introduction The unauthorised use of a trade mark is an “unfamiliar offence“[1] which rarely comes before the courts. In 2019, around 370 adults and 40 organisations were sentenced. Until now, sentencers in the Magistrates’ Court had available to them a brief guideline for sentencing individuals.[2] However, there were no guidelines for sentencing organisations and none […]

25th Jun 2021Articles

Technology & Strategic Export Controls

Do you need a licence to send your technology abroad? In this webinar, hosted by DAC Beachcroft, Gavin Irwin and Tim Ryan (Partner and Head of Technology at DACB) explore some of the complex issues that can arise in relation to export controls on software, AI and cutting-edge academic research. As the UK takes an increasingly tough […]