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Joint enterprise (murder) law wrongly interpreted for 30 years Supreme Court rules today

Seema Parikh
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Seema Parikh, Solicitor and Managing Partner of criminal defence specialists firm MPR solicitors in London takes a look at this much awaited Supreme Court ruling and why the law on joint enterprise (murder law) was so controversial and in many cases...

9 hour detention lawful under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000

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Last month the Court of Appeal ruled that the detention of David Miranda for 9 hours under the Terrorism Act 2000 was lawful however it also ruled that Schedule 7 of the Act was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Miranda had been...

MPR solicitors are leading Second Opinion Specialist Solicitors and Barristers

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MPR Solicitors are increasingly being asked to give second opinions in cases where clients or their family members are less than confident with their current legal team or have doubts which they would like explored by specialist criminal defence solicitors. ...

MPR Business Defence Team successful in defending BIS prosecution

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MPR solicitors were instructed to defend a Company Director being prosecuted by the Companies Investigation Branch (CIB). He faced director disqualification and hefty financial penalties. Prior to the court hearing, we fully analysed the CIB’s case...

Strengthening the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation

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Today heralds some dramatic changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act with the introduction of the Serious Crime Act 2015. Whilst POCA is well known as one of the most draconian pieces of legislation, the bad news is that it has just got even harder for those...

Countdown to June 2015 for long-term Landlords to avoid hefty fines

Seema Parikh
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The changes to AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancies) deposit rules are in force. Landlords have until 15 June 2015 to avoid significant fines under the new rules set out in the Deregulation Act 2015. As a Landlord of an AST you are required by law to protect...

Where do I store my jewels and cash? Not in a safety deposit box!

Seema Parikh
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In 2008 the Specialist Crime Directorate of the Metropolitan Police raided 3 safety deposit centres in London and seized around 7000 boxes containing it is believed £14m in cash and millions of pounds worth of jewellery and art. They also found guns,...

MPR Solicitors sees increase in corporate instructions in first quarter of 2015

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Our corporate fraud team at MPR solicitors has seen a rise in instructions from entities and company directors in the areas of asset recovery, business crime, corporate fraud, reputation damage, cash seizures and HSE prosecutions. We also act in VAT...

Seema Parikh of MPR Solicitors selected to the 2014 London Super Lawyers List

Seema Parikh
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The Firm’s Managing Partner Seema Parikh has been included in the London 2014 Super Lawyers List as a recognised expert in Fraud and Criminal Law. No more than 5% of solicitors practising in London can be selected by the Thomson Reuters...

Khat stimulant banned as illegal class C drug in the UK

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The use of drugs for medicinal and recreational purposes is entrenched in human history. Opium in its natural form was used in rituals tracing back to the New Stone Age and more recently in the American Civil War. The Law has an important role in regulating...

Queen's Speech: the latest Bills

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Today’s Queen’s Speech was the shortest for 20 years and it included just 11 new bills compared to the previous government’s 31 new Bills in 2006. Here is a brief summary of some of the new Bills: Small business, Enterprise and...

New Sentencing Guidelines for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering offences published today

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The Sentencing Council has today published a new guideline covering offences of Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering. It takes effect on 1 October 2014 for all offenders sentenced on or after that date. So this is very relevant if you are currently facing...

Criminal Law and The Life of the Unborn Child - MPR Solicitors secure acquittal of father charged with assault to procure a miscarriage

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The question: ‘How far should criminal liability extend to protect the life of the unborn child’ has generated debate equally amongst laypersons and lawyers, culminating in the Court of Appeal certifying a point of law for review by the House of...

New sentencing framework for Environmental offences in force from 1 July 2014

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Individuals and Corporate entities should be ready to face stiff new sentencing guidelines which aims to punish offenders, prevent reoffending and remove financial gain made through these crimes while ensuring a consistent approach to offences is taken...

"Life means life for those who commit the most heinous crimes"

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Yesterday, the Court of Appeal provided the much awaited clarity that judges need when they are considering sentencing on murder cases or the most serious and heinous crimes. Whole life orders were upheld in this landmark ruling. A panel of five judges led...

How are Sham Marriages perceived in the English Criminal Justice System?

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‘We don’t have to like each other, we just have to get married’ spouts Andie MacDowell to Gerard Depardieu in the cult American 90’s movie Green Card  when she enters into a marriage of convenience with a...

Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000: right to consult with a solicitor in person

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Today the High Court ruled that a person detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is entitled to consult in person with a solicitor at any time. The decision in Elosta v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and the Law Society and...

Silk Road: more arrests imminent: MPR cyber crime defence solicitors on standby

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Last week saw the arrest of 4 Britons on suspicion of supplying drugs via the anonymous online market place called “Silk Road” where it is believed millions of dollars worth of illegal services and substances are traded using virtual currency...

National Crime Agency replaces the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA): real teeth or just another make-over?

Seema Parikh
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Today, 7th October 2013 is the official launch day for the newly rebranded National Crime Agency (NCA) also labelled the “British FBI” designed to tackle and pursue organised crime in the areas of drugs trafficking, human smuggling, child...

Benefit Fraud cheats could face ten-year prison sentences

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The DPP, Keir Starmer QC published new guidelines for prosecutors dealing with fraud cases involving state benefits and tax credits. He announced an unprecedented crackdown on those who committed benefit fraud against the DWP (Department for Work and...

Joint Enterprise: The jurisprudential maze

Kinneri Patel
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As a law student joint enterprise seemed simple enough: those acting with a common intention or purpose could be held jointly liable for their actions. As a practitioner, I quickly learnt how wrong I was to marginalise the concept of joint enterprise in...

SOCA's Operation Millipede: are you on the list?

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It has been revealed that SOCA (the Serious organised Crime Agency) has “31 fat lever arch files” of potential evidence against accountancy firms, solicitors practices and management consultants linked to rogue private investigators according to...

Your Right to Choice of Solicitor - A Fundamental Tenet of the Criminal Justice System

Kinneri Patel
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This summer the criminal justice system hit the headlines with talks of the government removing the right to choose your solicitor in criminal defence. The sight of Eddie Stobart’s lorry still fills me with horror: our criminal justice system could...

London becomes safe haven for Russian oligarchs and dissidents

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“A court ruling this month that blocked the extradition of a Russian woman strengthened London’s attraction as a safe-haven for Russian dissidents and industrialists” says Seema Parikh of MPR Solicitors, specialist solicitors in Extradition...

MPR Solicitors Fraud and Business Crime March 2013 Review

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With the current downturn in the British economy and short-term economic recession forecast for the next few years, there has been a sudden increase in financial and fraud related crime being investigated by the authorities. This spectrum of fraud and...

MPR Solicitors launches interest free easy payment plans and fixed fees for 2013

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In 2012, we launched a revolutionary credit-crunch breaking fixed fee initial consultation for £95 plus VAT. To further enhance our value for money service, we have launched fixed fees and easy monthly payment plans for existing and new clients of the...

MPR Solicitors launch Equine Law department at Kempton Park races

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To launch the Firm’s Equine Law Department, MPR Solicitors sponsored a race day at the all weather track at Kempton Park Racecourse on 12.12.2012. It was a winter wonderland scene interspersed with the glorious colours of jockeys and the sound of...

£95 FIXED FEE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME LAUNCHED

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We offer an  affordable FIXED FEE £95 (+vat)* initial consultation of up to 45 minutes with a specialist solicitor. Sometimes this is all that is necessary to help resolve your issues or help you decide if you want to go further.  We...

SOS cat rescue by MPR Solicitors: can you give this beautiful kitten a caring home?

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Staff at MPR Solicitors found an abandoned kitten in the car park last Monday night at the Hounslow office. Frantic searches were made of the surrounding  streets in the hope of finding its owners. The playful little male kitten is not micro chipped and...

MPR Solicitors 24 hour criminal defence lawyers establish client following in Thames Valley

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MPR Solicitors specialists in serious and complex crime are fast-becoming solicitors of choice in theThames Valley towns of High Wycombe and Maidenhead. We are currently instructed in a number of serious cases in High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Aylesbury. Our...

MPR Solicitors welcomes Olympic Torch to Hounslow

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MPR Solicitors officially welcomed the 2012 Olympic Torch relay to Hounslow. Our Hounslow Solicitors wish Team GB our very best and wish them success at the Olympic Games London 2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad. Our Solicitors are based...

MPR Solicitors wishes The Queen a happy Diamond Jubilee weekend

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The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Her Majesty’s 60 years of service and at MPR Solicitors we are proud to be taking part in this historic event. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, MPR Solicitors have put together some obscure facts about The...

March 2012 News Update: Specialist Business Fraud Solicitors

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First week of March saw MPR Fraud Solicitors take on a long-firm fraud case and an HMRC tax investigation into undeclared sources of income arising from HMOs. The team has also been instructed to act for a high net worth individual being investigated by...

Defending large-scale conspiracies and Organised Crime by Seema Parikh, Partner in the Complex Crime Team at MPR Solicitors

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Clients often do not really understand the meaning of “Conspiracy” but one can see the panic on their faces when the “C” word is used at charge at the police station and the automatic assumption that their case is far worse and more...

Bribery Act 2010 review could lead to delay

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The Coalition government has placed the new Act under review just months before its due implementation date in April 2011 as a result of increased lobbying by big business that accuse the new Act of placing UK companies at a great disadvantage in global...

Financial Sector set for new UK Bribery Act shake up

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The Bribery Act 2010 was given royal assent in April 2010 and is expected to come into force in April 2011. With it comes a wave of changes which renovate the previous anti-bribery legal framework to the extent that many city ‘fat cats’ will be...

Summer News Update: Shooters and Hooters - MPR expanding to Hammersmith and Wembley

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July and August have traditionally been slow periods in the legal calendar but MPR Solicitors LLP has bucked the trend with a flurry of legal activity. Here is a round-up of some of the latest news items for the summer period. New offices in Hammersmith and...

HMRC's Tax Health Plan deadline for disclosure and payment ends on 30 June 2010

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On 11 January 2010 HMRC announced an initiative called the Tax Health Plan (THP) allowing individuals in the medical profession to declare all earnings and settle their arrears of tax for a fixed penalty of only 10%. Under this tax amnesty, individuals...

12 Angry Men: Are they fair?

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Sidney Lumet’s classic movie starring Henry Fonda about 12 jurors having to decide whether a Defendant is guilty or not is no longer the preserve of Hollywood fiction. The Ministry of Justice revealed the results of a 3 year long detailed study...

Happy New Year

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MPR Solicitors LLP wishes all our clients both a happy and a prosperous New Year and we look forward to continuing to provide an efficient, modern and valuable service in the months to come. This year, marks our 9th year of practice. Throughout the years we...