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What is Furlough Fraud?

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The government’s furlough schemes for businesses and the self-employed have offered essential support during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, supporting approximately 7.5 million workers. However, HMRC recently revealed that it has...
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Youth Court Sentencing

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Keith Allen secures quashing of unlawful sentence in a case with national implications for the sentencing of youths.  Keith instructed Nicholas De La Poer of New Park Court Chambers. On...
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Statement on LGFS Cuts

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In response to the latest consultation with regards cuts to the LGFS and Court Appointed fees, the Big Firms’ Group calls on the Lord Chancellor to meet with all relevant...
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Mental Health – The Gender Divide

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A recent YouGov survey (on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation), the largest of its kind, recently surveyed 2,500 people with mental health difficulties.  The results showed that 28 per...
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World Mental Health Day

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The prevalence of serious mental illness (including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) is reported as being present in at least 25-30% of homeless people.. The most quoted source on the...
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Further Cuts to Legal Aid for Prisoners

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Justice Secretary Christopher Grayling continued his attack on the Legal Aid budget this month announcing further cuts to legal aid in civil and criminal matters, including funding for prison law...
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Use of Juries Under Scrutiny Again

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Recent research brings trial by jury back into the spotlight and suggests that juries need more support from the courts in understanding their role in the trial process. Findings by...
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Guilty Pleas and Reduced Sentences

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‘Credit’ for the defendant who pleads guilty is of course a long established sentencing practice that affords the courts the opportunity to draw a distinction between the defendant who admits...
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