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So far 2015 has seen a number of changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) including provision for a new offence of ‘assisting an organised crime group’. Restraint orders are now available pre or post-charge where there are ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that an alleged offender has benefitted from his or her criminal…

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According to statistics released last week prison sentences given to sex offenders are at an all time high. The average sentence given to a sex offender has increased to more than 5 years in prison (an increase overall of 4.5 months in the past year). These latest statistics also show that in all offence categories,…

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It’s a contentious subject and one that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. The governments continuing cuts to legal aid are affecting some of the most vulnerable members of society. In a move supported by campaigners against legal aid cuts the court of appeal is allowing a case to go ahead that…

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Definition of fraud

The institute has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will be pressing ahead with the introduction of a new ‘strict liability’ offence for offshore tax evasion and the stated intention of the new laws to target tax evaders accused of only the most serious tax crimes The Government announced on 16 July that it will…

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David Cameron – currently on a four – day tour of South East Asia has vowed to expose the use of “anonymous shell companies” to buy luxury UK properties. Shell companies are non-trading companies that serve a particular purpose for their owners. As part of a global crack down on money laundering the PM advised…

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The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which has approximately 4,000 members in England and Wales, voted narrowly in favour of refusing to work on new cases paid at lower legal aid rates that came into effect on 1 July. About 55% voted in favour and 45% were against. Criminal barristers will also adopt a policy of…

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A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a court of law in England and Wales. A McKenzie does not need to be legally qualified. The crucial point is that litigants in person are entitled to have assistance, lay or professional, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Legal aid cuts have meant that a growing…

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The government released a policy paper earlier this year addressing the various tax evasion and avoidance issues currently facing HMRC. One of the areas the policy paper highlighted was dealing with the tax affairs of wealthy individuals. In an attempt to cut down on fraud and maximize the amount of tax collected the High Net…

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New legislation introduced by the government regularly has a ripple effect of new law changes and revisions which can have significant implications for both defendants and lawyers. One such recent bill was the Offender Rehabilitation Act which could prove a big difference with criminal law defendants. What is The Offender Rehabilitation Act? Passed in March…