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22nd Jul 2022Blog

Dysfunctional disclosure at the SFO

Disclosure failings lie at the heart of the criticism levelled at the SFO by Sir David Calvert-Smith in his independent review into the SFO’s handling of the Unaoil case. The review was commissioned after the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of Ziad Akle and Paul Bond due to the SFO’s improper conduct in engaging […]

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 […]