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Court of Appeal: Conviction Quashed After 22 Months

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Court of Appeal: Conviction Quashed After 22 Months Xiaoyong Ding successfully helped D appeal against a conviction entered in June 2022 and had the conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. D was charged with one count of acquiring criminal property (over £725,000) and one count of possessing criminal property (approximately £3,000 cash). During her trial before Snaresbrook Crown Court, she gave evidence which essentially relied on duress/Section 45 and in addition having no control of the financial accounts in question. Following her trial, she was acquitted for the second count but was convicted by majority for the first count. She...

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Managing a Brothel: Unanimous Acquittal

Managing a Brothel: Unanimous Acquittal   Xiaoyong Ding secures a unanimous acquittal for X who appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court for trial in a two-handed case concerning the offences of controlling prostitution for gain and assisting in the management of a brothel. X was charged with one count of assisting in the management of a brothel. Her husband was charged with one count of controlling prostitution for gain, after he pleaded guilty at the early stage of the case to other counts of possessing a class A drug and possessing an extreme pornographic image. X was arrested at their family home during a police...

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Cryptoassets: The New Rules

Legal commentary by Karim Kucuk   What are cryptoassets? Crypto-Assets represent a digital form of value capable of electronic transfer, storage, and trade. Common examples include non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies. These assets possess a decentralised nature, meaning they are not governed by a single central authority. As a result, they offer pseudonymity, with ownership details not being directly linked to individual identities. While this decentralised structure appeals to individuals seeking financial privacy, it also opens avenues for potential misuse. Criminal aspects of cryptoassets The emergence of crypto-Assets has drawn prevalent attention from financial regulators, legislators, law enforcement agencies, and the media. Despite the legitimate...

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Miscarriages of Justice: Des Jenson Attends House of Commons

Miscarriages of Justice: Des Jenson Attends House of Commons   Des Jenson, Solicitor Advocate, attended the House use of Commons on Tuesday 16th April for a meeting organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on miscarriages of justice. Several MPs attended including Barry Sherman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield and Kim Johnson, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, (whose bill on Joint Enterprise (Significant Contribution) aims to tighten up the law on Joint Enterprise). Glyn Maddocks KC, a former Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) commissioner and Stephen Kamlish KC, who represented one of the ‘Birmingham Four’ were also present. David Jessel, the former presenter...

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UK eVisa ROLLOUT

Summary by Agnieszka Tomasikiewicz - 19th April 2024   UK eVisa ROLLOUT   The Home Office announced on April 17th, 2024, that the UK Government aims for a fully digital eVisa immigration and border system by 2025. Starting on April 17th, visa holders residing in the UK can expect to receive communication from the Home Office. These notifications will prompt them to establish a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account for accessing their eVisas. Millions of individuals are encouraged to transition from conventional physical immigration documents to electronic visas. Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs), the physical documents currently in use, are set to be gradually phased out....

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Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on Channel 5

Channel Five News

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 to comment on a review into the decision to charge Caroline Flack with assault by beating in 2019. The Guardian - Caroline Flack News Article https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvYfBdnsfA0 Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 News [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Not Guilty Verdict in Serious Firearms Case

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Natasha Green, solicitor at Rustem Guardian, secures acquittal for O who appeared before Croydon Crown Court for trial in a firearms case. O was charged with one count of possessing a prohibited firearm. O was just 17 when he was arrested in 2021 after the police found a prohibited firearm located outside his bedroom window.  He was subsequently charged with possessing a firearm. The prosecution’s case was based largely on observation evidence from officers shortly before O’s arrest, who stated that they had witnessed our client’s bedroom window open and close and a figure appear shortly before the firearm was located....

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Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on ITV News

ITV News

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appeared on ITV News on 03rd April 2024 to discuss the detention of offenders in mental health facilities. There has been public concern after a convicted offender absconded from a psychiatric institution where he had been detained. Katerina stressed that mental health facilities are not custodial institutions and that offenders detained in such facilities are there in part to assist with their rehabilitation. ITV News related article https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isaew7x4Ivg Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on ITV News [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Acquittal for Child Sexual Offences

Unanimous Acquittal on 18-Count Indictment for Child Sexual Offences Katerina Tsibouklis and Ella Hughes acted for W, a man in his late seventies, who was accused of 18 counts of sexual offences against his stepdaughter including indecency with a child, gross indecency and indecent assault. The offences were alleged to have taken place in the early 1970s when W was in his late twenties and the complainant was between the ages of 8 and 13. The offences were said to have taken place in their family home. Due to the historical nature of the allegations, W was prosecuted under previous legislation for...

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The New Spouse Visa Requirements as of 11th April 2024

Summary by Agnieszka Tomasikiewicz - 28th March 2024   The New Spouse Visa Requirements   The spouse visa, often called marriage visa or the partner visa, permits a non-UK resident to live with their significant other in the United Kingdom, assuming that the significant other is a British national or possesses permanent residency status, like Indefinite Leave to Remain or EU Settled Status. In December 2023, the UK government made a bold move to overhaul the financial requirements for the Spouse Visa and all other Family Visas. These changes, set to take effect from April 11th onwards, are expected to make the application process considerably...

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