The ‘Paradise papers’ revelations have once again placed a spotlight on the world of offshore finance and the use of complex structures to shield cash away from higher taxes. Whilst the media swoop in on the high profile celebrities exposed in the leaked papers, the companies who provide the financial advisory services to them also face public scrutiny.

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Do you take your dog out in the car with you? Is the dog unrestrained? Did you know that this could mean that you are in breach of The Highway Code & could be prosecuted for careless driving?

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Getting rid of the multi-tasking mindset

By Solicitor at 00:00

We all know what it’s like to be short on time. But over the past few months we’ve seen an increased number of stressed-out drivers applying make-up, programming their sat-nav, and even shaving while on the move, in a desperate bid to save some time.

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Well, I would suggest a pause for thought. Did you know that the offence of Perverting the Course of Justice (POCJ) can be committed after the Police issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), following an allegation of a minor motoring offence such as speeding?

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Previously the police could only charge a driver on the basis that their driving was impaired because of a drug. In order to secure a conviction at court, they had to prove not only that the driver had a controlled drug in their system but also that the individual was impaired to drive as a consequence of that drug. They would adduce evidence on the physical condition of the driver and any bad driving, poor performance in field impairment tests and blood results demonstrating presence of the drug. They would also have to show that a police doctor had found that the impaired condition of the driver may be due to a drug. As you can imagine, there are many avenues to defend against this charge and we have found the acquittal rate to be high.

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