Modern Slavery – A Legal Minefield

  The issue of modern slavery and legal defences that might be available to those suspected of crime has occupied a great deal of judicial time over the last five years. The latest case to come before the court, AFU [2023] EWCA Crim 23, resulted in the conviction being quashed, despite guilty pleas having been … Continued

Criminal entry ? Priti’s vacant proposals

  The government recently announced a range of proposals regarding immigration, but how does this affect criminal law? Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said it was the introduction of the most significant overhaul of the system in decades. The aim appears to be to prevent illegal entry into the UK, especially when people smugglers or … Continued

Human trafficking – an important and increasingly common defence

In a recent case an appellant, referred to only as ā€œVā€ pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and was sentenced to 26 months’ detention. He appealed against his conviction. The first issue you may think of is that he pleaded guilty, so how could he appeal against conviction? V put forward several arguments; he said his … Continued