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Law Commission Report Calls for Reform of Disclosure & Barring System

A Law Commission report has found major flaws in the system for the disclosure of criminal records in England and Wales. The Home Office requested the Law Commission examine the effectiveness of what is known as "filtering". Filtering is a system by which an individual is not required to disclose their full criminal offending history if the convictions are for old and minor offences. The report came back with the conclusion that the law surrounding disclosure was confusing, and recommended a full review of the current regime.

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The case of Anthony France: how does the media interact with the law?

The media can often have an uneasy relationship with the law, particularly given that a number of publications will employ unusual tactics in order to remain ‘ahead of the game’ in what is known to be an incredibly competitive industry. The recent case of Anthony Jonathan France v R is a prime example of this, where a criminal journalist succeeded in appealing his conviction for his part in making payments to a public official in exchange for news stories.

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Scandal in football

Football is close to the heart of many people in the UK with a great many having great adoration for the talent and skill of those that play ‘the beautiful game’. Unfortunately, a dark cloud has gathered over the world of football recently, following revelations from former players that they had been the victims of sexual abuse by some of their coachers/ trainers when they were young. The number of reports of historic sexual abuse in British football has snowballed in recent weeks, with a report highlighting that the police are investigating as many as 83 potential suspects (reported here)

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The Ched Evans Case

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Tesco Scandal – Allegations of Fraud and False Accounting

Back in 2014, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) commenced a criminal investigation into accounting practices at Tesco in respect of an estimated £326 million missing from the supermarket group’s accounts. Although the investigation is still underway, the SFO has decided to prosecute three former executives in respect of their roles in the scandal. Last week, their trial date was set for next September, when they will each face charges of fraud by abuse of position and false accounting.

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