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England and Wales: Owner of Company Making Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls Banned from Running Businesses for Five Years

(Sept. 26, 2019) On August 20, 2019 business owner Jonathan De Sousa, whose UK registered company Xternal Property Renovations Ltd made almost 110,000 unsolicited phone calls for the purposes of direct marketing during a three-month period in 2015, was disqualified from owning, forming, or running a company for five years by the government’s Insolvency Service. […]

England and Wales: Members of Nigerian Organized Crime Gang Sentenced to Jail for Conspiracy to Money Laundering

(Sept. 24, 2019) On August 2, 2019, three Nigerian siblings were sentenced in Woolwich Crown Court in London to imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder almost £1 million (about US$1.2 million) in violation of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The offenders had laundered the money for the Black Axe organization, a banned organization in […]

England and Wales: Bill Seeks to Increase Animal Cruelty Prison Sentences

(Sept. 10, 2019) The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill was introduced in England and Wales on June 25, 2019, to increase the maximum sentence applicable to individuals who cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The aim of the bill is to deter cruelty to animals and ensure that judges have appropriate means to sentence individuals in the […]

England and Wales: Man Receives First Conviction Under the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act For Stabbing Police Dog

(Sept. 4, 2019) On August 5, 2019, a man from the West Midlands of England became the first person convicted under the recently enacted Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act for stabbing a police dog in the head while resisting arrest from the dog’s handler. The defendant, who was under the influence of drugs at the […]

England: Uber Faces Legal Challenges and Scrutiny

(Sept. 29, 2017) On September 22, 2017, Transport for London (TfL), the transport authority responsible for the city’s public transport network and main roads, announced that it would not issue Uber a new private hire vehicle license. (Press Release, Licensing Decision on Uber London Limited, Transport for London (Sept. 22, 2017); What We Do, TRANSPORT FOR […]

England and Wales: Restaurant Owners Disqualified from Running a Business After Employing Illegal Workers

(Mar. 8, 2017) Two directors of a restaurant in England were recently fined £100,000 (about US$125,000) for employing five individuals who were not legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom.  It is a criminal offense under section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to employ a person who is not able […]

England and Wales: Thousands Receive Posthumous Pardon for Homosexuality Convictions

(Feb. 23, 2017) Section 166 of the recently enacted Policing and Crime Act of England and Wales granted approximately 49,000 deceased gay and bisexual men a posthumous pardon for offenses they were convicted of under the old sexual offenses laws that had provided that homosexuality was a crime.  The Act also states that any living person who […]

England and Wales: First Woman Convicted Under Revenge Porn Law Receives Suspended Sentence

(Sept. 14, 2015) The first female prosecuted under England’s recently enacted “revenge porn law,” a law introduced to punish the sharing of sexually explicit images of people without their consent when intending to cause distress, received a sentence of six weeks of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. Provided the defendant does not commit any additional […]

England and Wales: School Girl Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges

(Aug. 27, 2015) A 16-year-old school girl pled guilty to two counts of terrorism offenses in a youth court in England, after a counter-terrorism unit conducted an investigation that resulted in the discovery on the girl’s cellphone of instructions on how to build a bomb, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda, and images […]