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Study recommends ban on declaring criminal convictions on job applications

A study conducted by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) has found that having to declare criminal convictions on job applications often deters candidates from applying, and is not the most effective way of predicting the risk of reoffending.

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Beltrami & Co announced as finalists in Scottish Legal Awards 2019

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We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co have been shortlisted as a finalist in The Scottish Legal Awards 2019 in the 'Criminal Defence Firm of the Year' category, alongside some of Scotland’s other most established law firms.

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£8.5 million investment into services for victims of rape and sexual assault

The Scottish Government has announced £8.5 million in funding over three years to improve services for sexual crime victims, such as forensic medical examinations.

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Homicide in Scotland at an all-time low

The Scottish Government released a statistical bulletin on the homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2017-18. The bulletin accounts for the number of cases involving homicide but not the number of victims in each case.

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Convicted Sex Offender Wins Sentencing Appeal

A man who pled guilty to engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl has won an appeal against having an extended sentence imposed by the sheriff. The Appeal Court of the High Court of Judiciary decided that the reasons given for an extension period for the man's sentence were inappropriate, and quashed the decision.

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Fewer robberies happen in public spaces, a new study finds

A new report carried out by the Scottish Government looked at data on robbery in the past decade.

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Statement from Ex-Hearts striker Christian Nade after being cleared of accusations of assaulting his partner and kidnapping a child

After representation by Beltrami & Co, former Hearts striker Christian Nade has been cleared following accusations that he assaulted his partner and her father, and threatened to kidnap a 3-month old baby. Our client said: 

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Sex offenders are the least likely to re-offend, according to new Scottish data

According to the Scottish Government’s statistical report on the criminal justice system, both the rate of reconviction and the average number of reconvictions per person have been slowly decreasing since 2003. The statistics are based on the data of people who were released from custody in 2015-16 or received a non-custodial sentence during that period.

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Scotland's Approach to Knife Crime: Adopting a Public Health Model

With knife crime rising in England, attention has turned to Scotland where a continued fall in knife crime has been recorded over the past decade. There has been a conscious effort to see whether the successes and lessons learned in Scotland can be applied in London, where police figures have shown the most significant increase in knife crime.

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BBC calls for legislation review around naming criminal suspects

Following the High Court privacy verdict brought by Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC is now urging the government to review the law concerning the coverage of criminal investigations and naming of suspects.

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Views Sought on Vulnerable Witnesses Bill

A call for evidence has been launched over proposed new legislation that aims to provide vulnerable witnesses and victims of crime with a better experience of the criminal justice system in Scotland. 

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Harsh, but Legal

Sheriff sets out limitations of court challenge to strike-off decisions

A SINGLE conviction involving alcohol and swearing at a police officer was enough for a social worker to be removed from the professional register.

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Four-most Representation at the Highest Level

New Solicitor Advocate means quartet including QC appearing for Beltrami & Co

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Dangers of Dismissal Before Asking for an Explanation

£21,600 Award against an offshore firm who began an investigation after sacking 

It perhaps looked an open and shut case - an expenses claim for 96 miles when an internal report found the "true" mileage was 6.8.

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Brexit Poses Challenges to Cross-Border Crime Co-operation

A new paper has highlighted the possible “complex and far-reaching” challenges that Scotland’s police and prosecutors could be presented with when tackling cross-border crime after Brexit. 

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Warning Over Risks Associated With Acting as a Money Mule

Anti-fraud body Financial Fraud Action UK has issued a warning on the risks associated with acting as a money mule for fraudsters after a 26-year-old man was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 280 hours of unpaid work.

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Posting Naked Image While Drunk Does Justify Sex Offender Status

Highest criminal court overturns sentence on indecent image and clarifies the law on ‘sexting’

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Sacking Teacher For Not Telling School About Friend's Conviction Was Correct

Supreme Court says school was entitled to expect female Head to disclose indecency case of man she was close to. 

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Criminal Law Firm of the Year in Scotland – 2018

Beltrami & Company are delighted to announce that we have won Global Law Experts' Criminal Law Firm of the Year in Scotland award for 2018.

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NCA Identifies Key Crime Threats Facing the UK

The National Crime Agency (NCA) recently published its National Strategic Assessment (NSA) for 2018, which contains an analysis of serious and organised crime threats facing the country.

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