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A new non-fatal strangulation offence has come into force

From the 7th of June 2022 anyone who strangles their partners in a bid to control or intimidate them will face up to 5 years behind bars for committing the UK’s new non-fatal strangulation offence. The new non-fatal strangulation offence will also apply to British nationals abroad so there is no escape for abusers even if […]

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Is the Justice system putting ‘trans rights ahead of women’?

A new report claims women are being failed by the criminal justice system because it is too focused on transgender rights which is putting “trans rights ahead of women.” The report, titled Transgenderism and Policy Capture in the Criminal Justice System, was authored by the Policy Exchange think tank.  While researching the paper they found the police, the […]

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New legislation will put victims firmly at heart of the justice system

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has announced he is publishing draft legislation that will put the “needs and voices” of victims “firmly at heart of the justice system”.  The Bill has been designed to provide  better support for victims, increase conviction rates and, many expect, pave the way for the first victims’ law. The reforms to the support for victims […]

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What is the new economic crime bill and what has it been passed to do?

The UK’s new economic crime bill – the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act  or ECA – was recently rushed through because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine but what is the economic crime bill and what has it been passed to do? What is the new economic crime bill? In very broad terms, the ECA has been […]

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How does a pupil find life at Westgate Chambers?

Pupillage at The Bar is notoriously challenging and demanding so it’s easy to let work overtake its primary objective – to produce excellent new barristers and to make sure these barristers careers begin with a flourish. We’ve asked our pupil’s to provide an honest and open appraisal of their pupillage and how, as a pupil, they found life […]

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How do our pupil’s find life at Westgate Chambers?

Pupillage at The Bar is notoriously challenging and demanding so it’s easy to let work overtake its primary objective – to produce excellent new barristers and to make sure these barristers careers begin with a flourish. We’ve asked our pupil’s to provide an honest and open appraisal of their pupillage and how, as a pupil, they found […]

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Jo Sidhu QC’s statement on the CBA No Returns action

In an official statement Jo Sidhu QC, Chair of The Criminal Bar Association provides more detail and more context on the CBA No Returns action planned for Monday 11th April 2022. The statement begins: On Monday 11th April 2022, criminal barristers across England & Wales will commence action to shine a spotlight on the severity of the ongoing […]

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Westgate Chambers’ Philip Meredith helps a father avoid prison

Philip Meredith, instructed by Stephen Langdell of Bishop and Light Solicitors, has helped a father avoid prison after he was arrested for going out armed with a taser and a knife.  As the Judge, Mr Recorder Collins, noted, the client had 12 previous convictions for 29 offences, and he could easily have faced up to 10 […]

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Has the Covid-19 pandemic provided the perfect cover for employee fraud?

Organisations spend tens of thousands of pounds every year to protect themselves against fraud but, with so much else for business owners to worry about, has the Covid-19 pandemic provided the perfect cover for employee fraud? Employee fraud is of course nothing new.  It takes a wide variety of forms from false expense claims to […]

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How can you as an employer or business owners prevent employee fraud?

Employee fraud is currently one of the most costly risks businesses face but, as an employer or business owner, how can you prevent employee fraud? If employee fraud isn’t an issue you’re currently thinking about, we’d like to share some figures. Over 25% of companies have been the victim of fraud. Of these cases, 50% […]

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