Category: Regulatory

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Milkshaking Protestors: How Does The Law Apply To Headlines?

It seems that at the moment, the protest method of choice is to throw a milkshake at a political figure. First there were two occasions in which former EDL leader (and now independent MEP candidate) Tommy Robinson had the drink thrown over him, now we’ve seen one hit Brexit Party head Nigel Farage whilst on…

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Upskirting: New Law Comes into Force

The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 makes ‘Upskirting’ illegal A new law comes into force today, which criminalises the offence of ‘upskirting.’ The Act has its direct origins in campaigning by Gina Martin, and an experience she underwent whilst at a music festival in Hyde Park. Ms Martin became aware that two men near to her…

Football player

Stringing a Sentence Together: How a Defendant is Punished in Practice

In the space of a week, Paul Mitchell went from being an ordinary football spectator to Birmingham City’s most notorious fan. He invaded the pitch on Sunday, landing a blow to the back of the head of Aston Villa player Jack Grealish. His actions have brought him a prison sentence of 14 weeks- but where…

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Contempt of Court and Social Media: What are the Issues in the Tommy Robinson case?

Now that the Attorney General has decided Tommy Robinson ought to have a fresh hearing in relation to contempt of court allegations, the spotlight has been thrown on what the doctrine means- and of course what might be next for Mr Robinson. What is Contempt of Court? Put simply, it occurs when there is an…

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Criminal Law Failing To Keep Up With Digital World: The Scoping Report

According to the Office for National Statistics, in today’s technological world, 96% of people between ages 16 to 24 use social media, with the figure being 66% for those over 25. The Law Commission have released a report which says that the law regarding online communications is incoherent and fails to protect victims of online…

Human Trafficking

UN Report Details Trafficking Convictions Fall 25%

UN report details trafficking convictions fall 25% over the past five years, despite the rising number of victims A report by the UN has found convictions for human trafficking in Europe has fallen by a quarter, despite an increase in the number of victims. The report found 742 people in Europe were convicted in 2016…

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Case Study: Proceeds of Crime Act

A superb result in a complex Proceeds of Crime Act case has been secured by Ian Anderson, Head of the Regulatory Law and Complex Crime team. The case saw the Prosecution initially try to recover an amount in excess of £400,000 but concede that no monies should be paid- all as a result of the…

Courtroom Gavel

Leading Barrister Nigel Edwards appointed as Queens Counsel

Ison Harrison are delighted to announce that Nigel Edwards has been appointed as Queens Counsel. The announcement was made yesterday the firm wish to congratulate Mr Edwards (QC) and wish him all the very best for the future. A leading light of the Leeds legal scene Nigel is a member of St Pauls Chambers and has…

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Underage Gambling & Advertising Regulations

9/10 Pubs Fail to Stop Children Using Gambling Machines The Gambling Commission states that approximately 9 out of 10 pubs across England failed to stop children gambling in their premises. The regulators conducted tests on 61 pubs across England, finding that 89% didn’t prevent under agers from using 18+ gaming machines. According to the study,…

Legal Advice

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Timely Warnings or Delaying the Inevitable?

The principle that a company can be subject to criminal sanctions is now well and truly established in our legal system. Often, a case of corporate manslaughter will capture headlines, with column inches being given over to the examination of a company’s conduct in court. Increasingly, companies are coming under close scrutiny in relation to…