Rachel Cook

The importance of raising ‘all reasonable lines of inquiry’ early in criminal investigations

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In August 2023, then Home Secretary Suella Braverman wrote to all senior policing officials in England and Wales, commending them for their “agreement to a national commitment to follow all reasonable lines of enquiry [sic] for all crime types”. The letter, covering a wide range of topics, was clearly focussed on trying to encourage the […]

Prosecution offers no evidence against Peters & Peters client

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This week, our client – a senior professional within a regulated services firm and a man of good character – was exonerated as the prosecution finally offered no evidence against him for allegations of non-fatal strangulation, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault. The case centred on an incident where our client says he […]

SFO director has work cut out to improve the prosecutor’s status

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Last month, after months of speculation, it was announced that the new director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was going to be Nick Ephgrave. Ephgrave was the former chief constable for Surrey Police, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, and most recently held a role that overlapped with his responsibilities as assistant commissioner, […]

Former senior police officer replaces lawyer as SFO director – Neil Swift quoted in the media

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The Attorney General, Victoria Prentis KC MP, has announced that former senior police officer Nick Ephgrave QPM will be the next director at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Ephgrave was assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in charge of frontline policing between 2019 and 2022 and, before this, he was the Chief Constable for Surrey […]

Dr Anna Bradshaw

What to know about Kevin Spacey’s UK sexual offenses trial

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Earlier this week, American actor Kevin Spacey first appeared for trial in London’s Southwark Crown Court over multiple allegations of sexual assault. The former artistic director of the Old Vic theatre is accused of sexually assaulting four men in England between 2001 and 2013. He has already pleaded not guilty to the charges. Anna Bradshaw […]

Dr Anna Bradshaw

‘The Big Cases’ – Anna Bradshaw on the BBC

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In the Spring of 2020, Eleanor Williams, a young girl from Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, published pictures on social media of her alleged injuries, claiming she had been the victim of an Asian grooming gang. The allegations sent shockwaves through her community, even leading to social unrest and incidents of hate crime. However, Police investigations showed […]