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New Smoking Laws Coming in October 2015

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The Government has released the new penalties for allowing smoking in private vehicles that are carrying someone under the age of 18. The changes that will be implemented from the 1st October 2015 will provide Police with the discretion to either issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice of £50. This is a significant change to the original proposals of the Government which we covered in an earlier blog Fine or Points. From the 1st October 2015 private vehicles that are carrying persons under the age of 18 must be smoke free. The rules will apply if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of those persons is under the age of 18.

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Big Money. Big City. Big Sentence

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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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Plea of Convenience?

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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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As Benjamin Franklin once said “in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”, he was right! We will all have a funeral one day, there’s no escaping that fact.

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