Police Officer Acquitted of ABH and perverting the course of justice.

A West Midlands Police officer has been cleared of three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and perverting the course of justice following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. The officer had used PAVA spray on two women who had been arrested and were in the back of his vehicle. He was alleged to […]


OFSI gears up to use its civil enforcement powers

Rachel Barnes, Patrick Hill & Genevieve Woods have recently published an article on UK sanctions enforcement, originally published by World ECR (Feb 2019). Click here to read the article in full – UK Sanctions Enforcement Article


Officers cleared of misconduct over death of Sean Rigg in custody

Five police officers were cleared of all allegations concerning the death of Sean Rigg in custody over 10 years ago. Allegations relating to Mr Rigg’s mental health issues, restraining and monitoring him, and securing proper medical attention were found not proven – as were allegations against four of the officers of lying to investigators and […]


Sanctions enforcement set to increase

Rachel Barnes, Patrick Hill and Genevieve Woods have co-authored an article on sanctions in the January 2019 issue of WorldECR. The article considers the approach to sanctions enforcement by the UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) and explains why civil penalties are likely to increase in 2019. Click here to read the article from […]


BBC Asian Network editor found not guilty of ‘honest mistake’

BBC Asian Network’s head of news has been found not guilty over the naming of a sexual abuse victim in a live radio broadcast. Arif Ansari checked and approved a reporter’s script which named the woman, believing it was a pseudonym. After a two-day case Mr Ansari was found not guilty by a district judge […]


South Thanet election agent acquitted

Nathan Gray has been acquitted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of offences of forgery and knowingly submitting a false declaration of election expenses. Mr Gray acted as election agent for Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay during the 2015 general election. Trevor Burke QC and Rachel Kapila represented Mr Gray. Click here to read the […]


Japanese pilot sentenced

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, a Japan Airlines pilot, has been sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment after being arrested at Heathrow Airport and found to be almost ten times the legal alcohol limit for aviation. Bill Emlyn Jones represented Mr Jitsukawa. Click here to read the article from the BBC