Law and the Justice System

  • 21 Sep 2023 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MPs have voted to back a narrower new offence of ‘failure to prevent’ fraud than proposed by UK peers, and to reject calls for a separate new offence of ‘failure to prevent’ money laundering to be added to the UK statute book.

  • 21 Sep 2023 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Surrey Police seized almost £1 million in assets and money from criminals in the year to March, new figures show.

    Police forces can recover the proceeds of crime through confiscation and forfeiture orders, which require those found guilty to pay a fine, or give the police the power to seize assets from them.

  • 21 Sep 2023 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    England and Wales’ Commercial Court remains a popular jurisdiction to file fraud claims for international and domestic parties alike, while crypto-asset litigation is rising, according to analysis of court data by Stewarts and a data firm.

    Contentious boutique law firm Stewarts has cooperated with disputes data analytics company Solomonic to publish a report with insights into commercial civil fraud claims being brought in England and Wales, which shows a rising volume of fraud claims from 2014.

  • 15 Sep 2023 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stephen Parkinson will be the new Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service the Attorney General has announced today.

    Rt Hon Victoria Prentis KC MP selected Mr Parkinson following an open and transparent competition. It is expected that he will take up the appointment from 1 November for an initial term of five years. He will succeed the outgoing DPP, Max Hill KC.

  • 10 Sep 2023 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A couple who defrauded Stephen Terry's Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire out of £150,000 have been told to pay back just £1.

    Nicola Nightingale, 48, was working as a financial administrator at the restaurant when she committed the fraud between 2018 and 2020.

  • 10 Sep 2023 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MPs have criticised the government for “dragging its feet” over the Economic Crime Bill, after a string of measures aiming to toughen up dirty money protections were voted against or watered down.

    Peers had passed a series of amendments to the legislation aimed at fighting back against economic crime, fraud and illicit wealth prior to Parliament’s summer recess.

  • 03 Aug 2023 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Piloted in London, the Action Fraud National Economic Crime Victim Care Unit (NECVCU) provides victims of fraud and cybercrime with bespoke and specialist advice to help them protect themselves from falling victim again.

    Since 2018, it has engaged with almost 350,000 victims and prevented an estimated £2,882,616 being lost to fraud.

  • 03 Aug 2023 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A man who bought three Spanish villas after stealing from the taxpayer has been ordered to pay £1.2 million back or face another seven years in jail.

    Graham Drury, 71, of Wrexham, was jailed for five and a half years in 2021 after submitting fraudulent VAT returns to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

  • 03 Aug 2023 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Labour has called it a "national scandal" that only 5.7% of crimes were solved last year after 2.3 million cases were dropped without a suspect being found.

    The Home Office figure for England and Wales covers the 12 months from April 2022 and is a small improvement on the year before.

  • 20 Jul 2023 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Sentencing Council has published two new guidelines for sentencing offenders convicted of perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation offences in England and Wales.

    The guidelines will ensure a consistent approach is taken to sentencing these two offences and make the process more transparent and easier to understand for victims, witnesses, offenders and the public.

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