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Category: Criminal Law

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Corporate Fines to Increase Dramatically Under New Sentencing Guidelines

Health and Safety – Sentencing – Corporations Companies will face fines of up to £20,000,000 and jail terms of two years under strict new sentencing guidelines which were published on 3 November 2015 and come into force next year. Courts have had the power to impose unlimited fines for breaching health and safety regulations for some…

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​Shotgun and Firearm Licensing Appeals

Sadly in the UK there has for several years been a growing and vocal opposition to the legitimate use and enjoyment of shooting as a sport, pastime and livelihood. Pressure has been brought to bear on the police to revoke shotgun and firearm certificates for the slightest misdemeanour or indiscretion. Ison Harrison specialise in firearm…

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Private Landlords face stiff penalties for failing to police immigrants

Last year we wrote about the introduction of new Immigration laws, which meant private landlords would be fined for renting properties to people living in the UK without permission. The fines can affect any landlord who fails to make sure that the person who they are renting to has immigration status, a task which the…

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Your Most Important Rights in any Regulatory or Police Investigation

Few people realise that when officers from a regulatory body such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency or Trading Standards come knocking, they could well arrive with a warrant for your arrest and the power to seize your records and equipment. Even if you are not arrested, you will be interviewed under…

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New drug driving criminal offences now in force

Although for many years it has been an offence to be driving or being in charge of a vehicle whilst under the influence of drink and drugs, there are now new offences in force for being over the specified limit, which can see a person convicted even where there is no concrete evidence of impaired…

Domestic Violence

New law on domestic violence

The new law on domestic violence announced recently by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, comes after the government’s consultation earlier this year which sought views on whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection to victims. The new offence created is intended to protect victims from “coercive and…

Estate agent in court over Data Protection offence

Estate agent in court over Data Protection offence

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires organisations or individuals who process personal information in an automated form to notify the ICO, unless they are exempt. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and could lead to a fine of up to £5,000 in a Magistrates Court. If the case goes to the Crown Court…