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  • 10 Nov 2019 9:56 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Two senior judges have spoken about the challenges they have faced in the justice system.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-50268958/i-was-told-women-couldn-t-survive-as-barristers


  • 10 Nov 2019 5:43 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The SFO has today confiscated the realisable assets of Nicholas Levene, the former City trader who was found guilty of fraud in 2012. When Levene was handed a confiscation order in March 2013, due to bankruptcy proceedings, his available realisable assets totalled £1. Today, the SFO has confiscated approximately £118,000 of Levene’s assets.

    https://www.sfo.gov.uk/2019/10/31/ponzi-fraudsters-assets-confiscated/


  • 10 Nov 2019 5:34 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    When is a crime not a crime? In Scotland, one might ponder whether an example is when fraud is committed during a civil claim. In personal injury claims, the F word is still a dirty one. To paraphrase Verbal Kint, the greatest trick the Scottish fraudster ever pulled was convincing the courts he didn’t exist. Coincidentally, those with experience in the field may question whether the final scene of The Usual Suspects was inspired by a fraudulent claimant leaving a medical examination.


    https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/steven-smart-without-reform-scotland-s-civil-courts-will-attract-fraudsters-1-5037467


  • 04 Nov 2019 11:03 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Following a comprehensive, evidence-based review of advocate fee schemes, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will implement a range of reforms to the fees paid to prosecution Counsel from 1 February 2020. This follows the introduction of an interim package of measures on 1 September this year.

    https://www.cps.gov.uk/cps/news/revised-fees-schemes-prosecution-advocates


  • 04 Nov 2019 7:36 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    A Treasury committee has told banks they must do more to protect and reimburse consumers exposed to financial crime.

    https://www.yourmoney.com/saving-banking/mps-demand-banks-do-more-to-tackle-economic-crime/

  • 03 Nov 2019 9:46 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Forum shopping is perhaps a lesser known phrase to some, but following an announcement last month that the Government Actuary has recommended the Scottish personal injury discount rate be fixed at -0.75 per cent, it is something the insurance industry will be acutely aware of.

    https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/kate-donachie-scotland-set-to-become-first-choice-to-bring-personal-injury-actions-1-5033129

  • 21 Oct 2019 2:37 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Justice has provided an unsatisfactory response to a Freedom of Information Act request on how the figures for the new whiplash damages tariff were calculated, lawyers have claimed.

    https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/lawyers-attack-governments-foi-response-on-whiplash-tariff


  • 21 Oct 2019 12:18 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Do you remember the fallout from the Panama Papers? Do you remember HMRC’s response pledging to prosecute 100 wealthy individuals and corporates per year by 2020? Do you remember the new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion announced with much fanfare as part of the Criminal Finance Act 2017?


    https://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/insights/blogs/criminal-law-blog/the-corporate-offence-of-failure-to-prevent-the-facilitation-of-tax-evasion-two-years-on


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