Training & Knowledge: Gudrun Young KC

10th Jun 2022Newsletters

Vulnerable Victims – Sexual Offences Sentencing Guidelines

The definitive sentencing guidelines on sentencing sexual offences involves a step-by-step process where first the sentencing judge has to determine the starting point by identifying the correct category of harm caused by the offence (ranging from Category 1 – 3) and thereafter the degree of culpability of the offender (Culpability A or B).  The starting […]

23rd Nov 2020Blog

DPA Update: Airline Services Limited

In a judgement handed down at Southwark Crown Court on 30 October 2020, May J approved the terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) made between the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) and Airline Services Limited (“ASL”).[1] This is the third DPA this year, following the approval of DPAs with Airbus in January[2] […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

The 2020 Disclosure Guidelines

Those who work in the criminal justice system have long known that of all things the phrase “more honoured in the breach than the observance” could be applied to, it is the disclosure regime.  Indeed, even when defending the most serious of criminal cases, almost every day one comes across situations in which the police […]

5th Jan 2017Newsletters

The Rights of the Victim v the Defendant: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

In recent years, a number of high-profile cases have led to campaigns for greater protection for witnesses. The impetus behind such campaigns is that witnesses are being badly let down by the criminal justice system and are often traumatised by the experience of giving evidence. Such criticisms are made particularly with regard to trials of […]