Big Money. Big City. Big Sentence

By Solicitor at 00:00

This week saw Tom Hayes, a city trader, sentenced to an eye watering 14 years following his conviction for rigging the Libor interest rates. The sentence is made up of a nine-and–a-half year sentence for offences committed under one employer and four-and-a-half years for offences under another employer when the period offending was much shorter.

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Trouble with Trolls

By Associate Solicitor at 00:00

We hear more and more these days about individuals being arrested and charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and Communications Act 2003. Although these Acts have been around for some time it is only with the increase use and exposure of social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, that we are seeing this offence come to the fore. However, public awareness of the offence is still somewhat lacking. Often, individuals don’t realise that they are committing a serious offence and we are seeing a growing number of arrests.

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Plea of Convenience?

By Solicitor at 00:00

Approximately 1.5 million to 2 million criminal cases are dealt with and go through the Magistrates Courts each year. Motoring offences or disorderly behaviour, are dealt with only by Magistrates' Courts. These are commonly referred to as summary offences and carry a maximum punishment of six months in prison, and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

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Next year the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will come into force, the effect, from the 6th April 2016 is that all dogs aged eight weeks or older must be microchipped and registered on an approved database. This will apply to all dogs unless a vet has certified that the dog cannot be microchipped due to health reasons. If the dog is not microchipped or its keeper does not register their details, a notice may be served on the keeper requiring them to do so. If the keeper does not then microchip the dog within twenty one days they could be liable for a fine of up to £500.

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British Rights or Human Rights?

The newly appointed Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, kicked off the Conservative Government last week with a pledge that within 100 days he would abolish the Human Rights Act, his intention, to replace it with a British Bill of Rights. But even supporters of the reforms, such as the barrister, Martin Howe QC, who is helping to draft the Bill, are somewhat sceptical of this accelerated timetable.

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