The Government has launched a new consultation on the crime of copyright theft

Online criminals set to face tougher penalties for commercial-scale copyright theft

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement from two to ten years’ imprisonment. Proposals set out in the new consultation will bring the penalties for online offences into line with...
Posted On 20 Jul 2015
Peter Webster

The Rise of the SNP: The Thin End of The Wedge?

As far as General Elections go, that which played out across the UK in May had more than its fair share of drama. Fast forward a couple of months and, with the Queen’s Speech now delivered to Parliament, Peter Webster reviews the likely future direction for UK plc’s political...
Posted On 14 Jul 2015
The Queen's Speech formed part of the State Opening of Parliament

Queen’s Speech 2015: Plans for repeal of Human Rights Act “on hold”

The new Conservative Government has seemingly delayed its proposed plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. While many of the Conservative’s General Election Manifesto commitments appeared in the legislative agenda, t...
Posted On 27 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron: set to work with a confident and buoyant business community

New Conservative Government “inherits a buoyant business community” states BDO Business Trends Report

The new Conservative Government has inherited a confident business community but, according to the latest Business Trends Report produced by accountants and business advisory concern BDO LLP, underlying fragility remains a “cause for concern”. BDO’s Optimism Index,...
Posted On 13 May 2015
The BSIA has launched a procurement survey to ascertain buying habits and patterns among security end users

End user security procurement survey devised and launched by BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is seeking to understand the factors which presently influence security procurement and investment by way of an online survey. The survey – which is open to all individuals involved in the procurement and management of security...
Posted On 11 May 2015
Ed Miliband: Leader of the Opposition

Labour Party vows to create safer communities if General Election vote is won

Plans for policing, justice reform, tackling the extremist threat, national defence and security, the Armed Forces and cyber security are all covered in some detail within the Labour Party’s 84-page 2015 General Election Manifesto. Brian Sims reviews the main points to note...
Posted On 17 Apr 2015
Scrapping Police and Crime Commissioners is a stated intention of the Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats launch General Election Manifesto with intent to scrap Police and Crime Commissioners

Nick Clegg – the Deputy Prime Minister within the coalition Government and leader of the Liberal Democrats – launched his party’s General Election Manifesto in London’s Battersea on Wednesday 15 April. As Brian Sims discovers, when it comes to their...
Posted On 16 Apr 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron

Conservatives outline security and policing plans in General Election Manifesto

The Conservative Party’s Manifesto for the 2015 General Election contains detailed sections on fighting crime and terrorism, and also places a strong emphasis on standing up for the victims of crime. Brian Sims takes a look at the Tories’ proposed plans for a post-7...
Posted On 15 Apr 2015
Large companies are being urged to ensure modern slavery doesn’t have a place in business

UK Government acts to tackle scourge of modern slavery in business supply chains

Karen Bradley – the Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime – has announced the launch of a consultation with businesses designed to encourage transparency in supply chains. Shoppers may be hunting for a bargain but, unbeknown to them, the cheap products they...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015