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New guide: how do private prosecutions work?
Simon Davison

New guide: how do private prosecutions work?

In June 2020, the House of Commons convened a special parliamentary committee to review the safeguards underpinning private prosecutions in the UK. As an increasingly popular alternative to state-led prosecutions, policymakers are anxious to ensure current safety measures are suitably robust.

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Private Prosecutions - Safeguards
Simon Davison

Private Prosecutions - Safeguards

On 7th July 2020, a House of Commons Parliamentary Committee convened to scrutinise the safeguards in private prosecutions, in order to reduce the risk of miscarriages of justice.

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Criminal investigations - law enforcement liaison
Simon Davison

Criminal investigations - law enforcement liaison

Being a victim of crime can be a shocking, painful and often confusing time. Notwithstanding the often substantial financial implications of being a victim of an offence, this often feels deeply personal, and the natural response is to seek justice against those who have wronged you. We are seeing a substantial increase in private prosecutions, but many victims would still like the police and state to prosecute on their behalf. 

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Crypto Crime On The Rise
Marlon Pinto

Crypto Crime On The Rise

It is no surprise to anyone that the use of cryptocurrency is on the rise; and with this comes the increase of complex cryptocurrency crime.

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Conducting private prosecutions remotely
Simon Davison

Conducting private prosecutions remotely

Covid-19 has created a unique situation in the criminal justice system. Police resources are stretched, courts closed or limited in their ability to conduct criminal trials, and obtaining evidence from witnesses in person is difficult, if not impossible. However, crime, particularly fraud, still continues unabated, and the need to conduct a quick and efficient investigation is more important than ever. 

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When can the CPS assume control of a private prosecution?
Simon Davison

When can the CPS assume control of a private prosecution?

Most criminal cases are investigated by the police and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). In a private prosecution, it is often the case that neither body will be involved. That said, careful consideration must still be given to the CPS, and procedures carefully adhered to, when starting a private prosecution.

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What is private prosecution best practice?
Marlon Pinto

What is private prosecution best practice?

The number of private prosecutions conducted in the UK has grown steadily over the past decade.

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Busting myths: how private prosecutions work in the UK
Simon Davison

Busting myths: how private prosecutions work in the UK

Any individual or corporate entity in England and Wales is entitled to bring a private prosecution against a third party.

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Should I pursue a private prosecution? 10 things you should consider
Marlon Pinto

Should I pursue a private prosecution? 10 things you should consider

Any UK citizen or organisation has the right to bring a private prosecution against another party if they’ve been the victim of crime. It has been a part of our constitution since the 19th century, enshrined in British law as part of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

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New whitepaper: the rise of private prosecutions
Simon Davison

New whitepaper: the rise of private prosecutions

The UK has experienced a sharp rise in the popularity of private prosecutions over the last few years. Statistics show that, since 2015, an increasing number of individuals and corporate entities have relied on independent investigators and specialist law firms, rather than the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), when seeking legal redress.

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