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Illegal Steroid Enterprise Produces Convictions

In March 2015, a quantity of steroids was held by customs officers at Heathrow Airport. The subsequent investigation sparked by the seizure uncovered an international operation to manufacture, import and supply anabolic steroids with a street value of £11.9m. Whilst the smuggling ring was spearheaded by Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, aged 38, from his base in Mumbai,…

Animal Skull

eBay Seller Pleads Guilty To Trading Endangered Animal Skulls

In a recent case, a 49 year old Cardiff man was convicted of illegally trading the skulls of endangered animals without firstly having the correct documentation. Perhaps surprisingly, trading the items is not against the law, but you can be prosecuted if you fail to hold an exemption certificate. In exemption certificate is required if…

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York Named Best Place To Live In Britain

The city’s ‘perfect mix of heritage and hi-tech’ led to the City storming to the top of The Sunday Times list, ahead of Bath, Bermondsey & Frome. Factors taken in to consideration were job availability, the quality of schools, the quality of the shopping and broadband speed. The gorgeous River Ouse, splitting the city and Middle…

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Criminal Injuries Rule Abolished

Criminal Injuries Rule Abolished. Previously unsuccessful Claimants can now apply for claims previously rejected under “same roof rule” The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) is a scheme which compensates victims of crime. For example, victims of terrorism; attacks in the street; sexual abuse. The scheme prevented persons living under the same roof such which prevented…

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Buying A Property With Friends? Advantages And Disadvantages

Recent media has highlighted an increase in the trend of friends buying with friends. Last year, M&S bank launched a ‘Four Way’ mortgage, saying that demand was there for its use. This was unusual in the mortgage market but more and more millennial’s are choosing to pool resources and purchase with their friends. London & Country mortgages have…

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​What the Autumn 2018 Budget Means For You

The Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his final Budget before the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of October, with the usual range of areas covered that affect all our customers, whether they are single, married, with or without children, with or without property, or retired. We saw the usual changes to tobacco, fuel and…

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​A Non-for-profit organisation seeks tech sector whistle-blowers; offering a witness protection programme

Whistle-blowers are now being offered a witness protection scheme, to aid and expose wrongdoings made in the tech industry. The Signals Network works with a global network of journalists, providing assistance to potential whistle blowers. The purpose is to ensure that large organisations and corporations can be investigated. The non-for-profit founder Giles Raymond stated it…

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Sentencing in Criminal Cases: What Happens When There’s a Slip-Up?

A man sent to prison for his part in conceiving a terrorist attack has now had his sentence increased after the trial judge reviewed it under what is called the ‘slip rule.’ This mechanism for amending a sentence generally receives less coverage than the Unduly Lenient review scheme, but is still significant. Here, we look…

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My Path to Law: Our two Newest Partners

Matthew Channon, a law lecturer at Exeter University, recently started the ‘My Path to Law’ hashtag on Twitter. This prompted a whole host of lawyers to share their stories, detailing how they came to be in practice against the backdrop of a whole variety of backgrounds. In the spirit of #mypathtolaw, our most recently appointed…

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Jury returns Damning Verdict following Death of a Young Woman in Prison

Another inquest jury has returned a damning verdict following the tragic, and unavoidable, death of a young woman in prison. Emily Hartley was just 21 when she died at HMP New Hall, Wakefield, in April 2016. She had been sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment after setting fire to herself, her bed and…