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Government seeks to end automatic early release of terrorist offenders

Emergency legislation introduced in Parliament will end the automatic early release of terrorist offenders as the Conservative Government takes decisive action to protect the public and keep our streets safe. The urgent laws, unveiled by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP,...
Posted On 17 Feb 2020
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The SFO’s ‘Evaluating Compliance Programmes’ Guidance: An Opportunity Missed?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has just published a guidance document on how the organisation will assess the compliance programmes of the companies which it investigates. Here, Aziz Rahman outlines his concerns that the guidance perhaps falls somewhat short of what’s...
Posted On 29 Jan 2020
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400%-plus increase in lost laptops at Ministry of Justice across last three years

Apricorn has announced findings from Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted to five Government departments focusing on the security of devices held by public sector employees. According to Apricorn, it emerges that the Ministry of Justice lost 354 mobile phones, PCs,...
Posted On 17 Dec 2019
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Fraud and false accounting charges levelled at former Serco directors by SFO

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged two individuals with fraud and false accounting in relation to its investigation into Serco’s electronic monitoring contract with the Ministry of Justice. Nicholas Woods (former finance director of Serco Home Affairs) and Simon Marshall...
Posted On 16 Dec 2019
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Tech Nation to support ‘LawTech’ growth in UK with £2 million of central Government funding

A leading British technology firm has been awarded £2 million of Government funding to help support the digital transformation of the UK’s legal sector. Tech Nation will embrace the opportunities of ‘lawtech’, drive innovation and help the sector grow. An ambitious...
Posted On 04 Nov 2019
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Local Authorities, Commercialisation and the New Regulatory Risk

On 4 September, Chancellor Sajid Javid grandly declared the end of austerity as he announced the biggest increase in spending on public services for 15 years. While austerity may well be over, the commercialisation of local authorities as a process is undoubtedly here to stay. As...
Posted On 12 Sep 2019
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£100 million crackdown on criminality in prisons outlined by Ministry of Justice

Prison security will be boosted by a £100 million investment as part of a crackdown on crime behind bars, the Government has announced. The investment will target all types of crime in prison – from drug smugglers fuelling a rise in violence and self-harm through to gang...
Posted On 13 Aug 2019
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Justice Secretary David Gauke backs evidence-led approach to cut criminality

Justice Secretary David Gauke has called for an “evidence-led” approach towards tackling re-offending in order to crack down on crime and reduce the number of victims. The intervention comes as new research reveals that repeat offenders cost society more than £18 billion per...
Posted On 22 Jul 2019
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Serious Fraud Office announces DPA in principle with Serco Geografix Limited

The Serious Fraud Office has announced that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Serco Group, has been approved in principle by Justice William Davis. On Thursday 4 July 2019, the SFO will apply for final...
Posted On 03 Jul 2019
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High-level Tech Summit focuses on improvements to disclosure of digital evidence

Government ministers have met with senior police officers and prosecutors at a high-profile summit aimed at improving the disclosure of digital evidence in the criminal justice system. Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC and policing minister Nick Hurd hosted Max Hill (Director of...
Posted On 10 Jun 2019