A new report from risk solutions company Kroll has revealed that fraud, cyber, and security risks to companies have reached an all-time high. Incidents of Fraud Increase With regards to fraud, the proportion of executives reporting that their organisations suffered at least one instance of this crime over the past…

We are proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the Scottish Legal Awards ‘Criminal Defence Firm of the Year'. The awards ceremony will take place on March 15th 2018, and we are very much looking forward to the evening. The Scottish Legal Awards are…

Motoring organisation RAC has warned that greater enforcement of road traffic laws is required, particularly with regards to the use of mobile phones while driving.  The warning comes as figures from the DVLA apparently show that more than 6,000 motorists have at least two endorsements on their licence for driving…

New research by motoring organisation the AA has revealed an increase in the number of drivers who say they feel increased pressured to have a drink and drive at Christmas time. 

New tools to make the EU's Value Added Tax (VAT) system more fraud-proof and close loopholes that can lead to large-scale VAT fraud have been unveiled by the European Commission. The new rules aim to build trust between Member States so that they can exchange more information and boost cooperation…

 WHETHER by training or instinct, the best Sheriffs are observers. They tend not to miss very much. The Defender in the case of Russel-Smith & others v Uchegbu never spoke in court before Sheriff Welsh. But her demeanor was still a significant factor in the outcome of her case. Ms…

New research has revealed that penalty notices are imposed on around twelve million driving licence holders every year, which equates to around one every 2.5 seconds.  This means as many as a third (30%) of Britain’s 40 million drivers now receive a penalty notice annually, says the RAC Foundation, which…

New measures introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 that give police and prosecutors more powers to detect, prosecute and prevent exploitation are now in force. Police can now apply to courts for a Trafficking and Exploitation Risk Order (TERO) when they believe there is a risk…

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published its latest figures on the number of recorded crimes in Scotland. Recorded Crime Statistics The Recorded Crime in Scotland 2016/17 statistics show: Crimes recorded by the police in Scotland fell by 3% from 246,243 to 238,651, the lowest level of recorded crime since…

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Covid-19 - Important Notice from Beltrami & Company

At the moment we are still working as close to normal as possible. The criminal justice system is in turmoil. It can’t stop, so to that extent at the moment we are regarded as “essential workers”.

The courts are still operating, though at a reduced level. Beltrami & Company believes in the rights of individuals and businesses to be fairly treated within our justice and courts system and will continue to do all in our power to continue this role.

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