Time to Test the Brakes
201711.14
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Time to Test the Brakes

In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl. Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5…

Special contributions and departure from equality
201711.13
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Special contributions and departure from equality

The starting point in division of assets in a divorce case is 50/50. The home maker looking after the child(ren) and home is seen as equal to the breadwinner, however much the breadwinner may earn and however much capital he may have generated. There is however an exception to this doctrine if one party can…

Drugs – No Laughing Matter
201711.08
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Drugs – No Laughing Matter

‘Laughing gas’ more properly known as Nitrous Oxide, is back in the news following a Court of Appeal ruling that the substance is controlled by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The Act makes it an offence to possess psychoactive substances with intent to supply, and in limited cases, simple possession is also an offence. The…

Sorry, seems to be the hardest word….
201711.01
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Sorry, seems to be the hardest word….

Or, at least it does according to Elton John. But in criminal law, sometimes a simple act of contrition, genuinely felt and communicated, can alter a case outcome significantly. A timely admission and expression of sorrow can make the difference between a formal resolution such as caution or charge, and persuade the police to consider…

Fireworks and the Law
201710.31
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Fireworks and the Law

As we approach Bonfire Night, the night sky is brought alive by the vibrant explosions of noise and colour, but as always, lurking in the background is a risk that failing to deal with fireworks safely and responsibly can bring you to the attention of the police. Retailers who are thinking of supplying fireworks for…

Lights, Camera, Action – Modern Policing
201710.24
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Lights, Camera, Action – Modern Policing

Police forces across England and Wales are preparing for a roll-out of ‘Body-worn Cameras’, and the government has announced that prison officers will shortly be assisted by this new technology. What are Body-worn Cameras? BWCs are small recording devices, very similar to a GoPro, which allows for constant audio and video recording in an unobtrusive…

Released, But Not Free
201710.19
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Released, But Not Free

For many offenders, a prison sentence is a grim reality, a punishment that must be served, often impacting not only on a single individual but in many cases their family. So, when the day of release comes, it is a significant moment, the door on punishment closed and a time to draw a line under…

Government Signals Tough Sentencing Changes
201710.17
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Government Signals Tough Sentencing Changes

Over the last few days, the government has announced proposals to introduce new offences and increase sentencing for a range of other offences. Our Criminal Law expert, Nikki Mundy explains the proposals. Knife crime Knife crime increased by 20% in the last year, prompting the government to look again at key legislation. Possession of a…