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Brexit: the fallout

by David Greene An ironic Gallic shrug to the question on all our lips: OK so what now? The referendum debate is just getting under way. It may seem a little late but the chanteuse … [Read More...]

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Rough justice

by Jon Robins The 25th anniversary of the release of the Birmingham Six serves as a powerful reminder of the fallibility of our justice system. On March 14, 1991, Paddy Hill, Hugh Callaghan, Richard McIlkenny, Gerry Hunter, Billy Power and Johnny Walker stood outside the Old Bailey, free after … [Read More...]

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The US Department of Justice’s FCPA Pilot Programme

by Sangeeta Bedi As part of its “enhanced enforcement strategy”, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) recently announced a one-year pilot programme to encourage companies to voluntarily self-disclose misconduct under the US Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of overseas bribery of a … [Read More...]

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Reading the Riot Act: the future of riot damage compensation

by Nicholas Dobson “If you carry on doing that I’ll read you the Riot Act!” So might a hapless parent or teacher plead to their unruly charges. But the real Riot Act 1714 (removed only in 1973 by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act of that year) meant business. For, if more than 12 people “unlawfully, … [Read More...]

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Back to the drawing board: it’s time to rethink LASPO

by Steve Hynes Four years ago the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) received royal assent. In the following April cuts to legal aid were introduced that according to the government’s own estimates denied access to justice to over 300,000 people. Since the … [Read More...]