Author Archives: David Janes

Police Bail before Charge: New Timetable and Statutory Changes

I have written two previous articles concerning the statutory regime relating to Police Bail before charge (see my article ‘Revolutionary Changes to Police Bail’ and follow up). The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (“the Act”) has brought about further radical (if not revolutionary!) changes. Fundamentally, the presumption against bail has been withdrawn, so […]

The Pathos of Non Publication of the Sue Gray Report

I find it difficult to discern the logic or any rational explanation why there should be any substantial redaction or postponement of the Susan Gray report pending the outcome of the Met investigation, instigated on the eve of the proposed and long awaited publication of the report. The Met investigation may well lead to the […]

Parliamentary Privilege and the Owen Paterson Affair

The elephant in the room concerning the Owen Paterson tribulations, which appears to have been barely mentioned, is surely the thorny issue of Parliamentary Privilege. The powers of Kathryn Stone OBE, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, derive from Parliament (see Rule 19 of the Code of Conduct, 1st August 2018, HC1471, Rule 18 of Code […]

Police Bail before Charge

In September 2017 I wrote an article ‘Revolutionary Changes to Police Bail’ (see Janes Solicitors website News and Opinion section). At the time I stated that although revolutionary, the changes brought about by the Policing and Crime Act 2017 had received scant media or public attention.    This would appear to still be very much […]

The ENRC Ruling – Is it all good news?

An alternative defence perspective  The ENRC Court of Appeal Judgement clarifying the extent of litigation privilege has already received much praise and plaudits in particular from defence practitioners. The unequivocal ruling that the internal investigation commissioned by Decherts into the SFO allegations was covered by litigation privilege and therefore not disclosable to the SFO appears […]

Revolutionary Changes to Police Bail

The changes brought about to police bail by the Policing and Crime Act 2017 are revolutionary, but have received scant media or academic attention. David Janes considers the new provisions of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 in our Bail Guide here.