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Reconviction Rates Fall in Scotland

New statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed that reconviction rates for offenders in Scotland are at the lowest levels for eighteen years.

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Latest Figures Reveal Increase in Financial Fraud

The latest figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show that financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, which is an increase of 2% compared to the previous year.

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Domestic Abuse in Scotland

The Scottish Government has introduced a new bill to Parliament that will give additional powers to tackle those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour.

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Carlton Legal Services Seeks Three Experienced Legal Secretaries

 Carlton Legal Services provides support services to legal firms and one award-winning, Glasgow city centre top tier law firm in particular. Please note that this is not an agency post.  Due to continued growth, Carlton Legal Services now seeks a further 3 experienced legal secretaries to join their team.

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Beltrami & Co.'s Client Found Not Guilty of Murder Charge

Philip Morrison was today found not guilty of the charge of murder. The charge related to the death of Derek Sheerin in 1994. Mr Morrison wishes to make the following comments;

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Sharp Rise in Incidents of Identify Fraud

Recently released figures from Cifas, the fraud prevention service, have revealed that in 2016 the number of identify frauds reached the highest levels every recorded.

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Law Firm of the Year Award

 Beltrami& Co. have been awarded Law Firm of the Year in the Criminal Law category, awarded by The M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017. The M&A Today Global Rankings 2017 ‘Top Tier’ program provides a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams and distinguished organisations.

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Penalties Double for Driving with a Mobile Phone

Increased penalties are now in force for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel, the UK Government has confirmed.

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Joint Operations with Europol Lead to Arrests

UK law enforcement organisations have worked closely with Europol in several recent operations that led to a number of significant arrests. 

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Week of Police Action on Uninsured Driving

Police Scotland has highlighted the need for all drivers to make sure they hold valid car insurance, as it takes part in a week of action targeting uninsured drivers in conjunction with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

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Report Reveals Scottish Criminal Court Proceedings

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician has revealed the number of people proceeded against in criminal courts in Scotland and the nature of the crimes they have been charged with.

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Rise in Festive Drink Drivers

Police Scotland’s recent festive crack down on drink driving resulted in a slight increase in the proportion of drivers stopped by police who were found to be over the drink drive limit.

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Tougher Sentences for Dangerous Driving

The UK Government has launched a consultation exercise over plans to introduce life sentences for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Report Reveals Fall in Recorded Wildlife Crime

This year’s wildlife crime report has revealed a drop of 20% in recorded crime over the five-year period to 2015.

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Beltrami & Co. - Criminal Law Firm of the Year 2016

We were delighted to accept the award for Criminal Law Firm of the Year 2016 at the The Law Awards of Scotland last Thursday. This was a consecutive win for the firm in this category, having picked up the award last year too. Congratulations to all at Beltrami & Co. 

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UK to Continue Membership of Europol

The UK Government has announced its intention to opt-in to Regulation 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol).

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Prosecutorial discretion; a view from the ground

Prosecutorial discretion is currently a matter of wide debate before Holyrood's justice committee. Scottish Police Federation general secretary Calum Steele told Holyrood's justice committee on Tuesday "We have got to a stage now in Scotland where couples can't have a row in their house or if they do the police are informed....it is a very strong likelihood that one of them will be leaving in handcuffs". He went on to acknowledge that there are very good reasons why domestic abuse cases must be taken seriously. In my view what is required is that those tasked with policing and prosecuting domestic abuse cases, and others of a particular public interest, are allowed to do so with an element of discretion. In policing terms, that discretion should ensure that cases which fall below criminality are not swept along with the crowd by virtue of falling into a certain category of possible offence. Insofar as prosecutors are concerned it would allow a qualitative assessment of every case in order to determine whether there are any realistic prospects of convictions and/or if it is truly in the public interest to continue with a prosecution.

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Fall in Number of Domestic Abuse Incidents

According to the figures, there were 58,104 incidents of domestic abuse in 2015/16, compared to 59,882 in 2014/15.

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Law Firm of the Year Award Win

Beltrami & Co. are delighted to have recently won Law Firm of the Year, Scotland in the Criminal Law category. This accolade was awarded by The Lawyer Internation - Legal 100 - 2016.

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Homicide Numbers Fall to Record Low

These findings were contained in the publication, Homicide in Scotland, 2015-16, which provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2015-16.

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