A code of conduct has been drawn up by the Private Prosecutors’ Association, a group of criminal lawyers led by Hannah Laming, a partner at Peters & Peters to prevent the misuse of private prosecutions and also to protect the defendants. Partner Hannah Laming says that despite the rise in private prosecutions there is little guidance for lawyers dealing with them, and that there have been cases “where issues of motive and conduct have give rise to concerns”. She adds that the code is aimed at providing greater transparency to protect the rights of defendants and offer guidance on issues that are unique to private prosecutions. Read more