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Reading the Tealeaves: SRA update on Referral Fee Ban

Reading the Tealeaves: SRA update on Referral Fee Ban

The SRA have published a detailed response to the latest consultation document on the Referral Fee ban imposed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 [LASPO] and also held a workshop on 19th November 2012. It is difficult to understand the precise approach that will be taken towards enforcement however, one or two themes do seem to be emerging from The Birmingham Cube.

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Jeremy Barnett achieves ‘Exceptional Sentence’  in HSE prosecution

Jeremy Barnett achieves ‘Exceptional Sentence’ in HSE prosecution

The owner of specialist Smoked Salmon Curers, Goldstein Smoked Salmon was conditionally discharged by the Westminster Magistrates Court following his prosecution for breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act after his maintenence man suffered an amputated finger whilst attempting to fix a faulty skinning machine. The Magistrates indicated that this was an exceptional sentence at the very bottom of the sentencing guidelines in view of the powerful mitigating features that were raised.

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