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Forex Investigation Finds Evidence of Misconduct

investigation into foreign exchange manipulationThe ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct in the foreign exchange market has taken a new turn as Germany’s financial regulator, BaFin, recently announced that it has found firm evidence of attempts to manipulate currency rates, reports the Guardian. Whether these attempts were successful is not yet known. 

A spokesperson for BaFin described the findings as “worrying” and said that the investigation was much larger than the ongoing high profile probe into interest rate fixing. The currencies involved are not thought to include any of the main global currencies, such as the euro or dollar.

Investigations are also ongoing in the UK into possible misconduct regarding the forex market. However, according to the Guardian, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority stated as recently as April that it still had to determine whether any wrongdoing has actually taken place.

The foreign exchange market investigation is a global concern, involving the authorities of many different countries, and the number of employees suspended, placed on leave, or dismissed as a result of these investigations has now reached over 30.

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Ensuring Fair Trials Throughout the EU

Wherever they are in the EU, suspects or accused persons will be entitled to consult a lawyer before the start of any questioning by the police and throughout criminal proceedings, according to new rules agreed by the European Parliamentary Civil Liberties Committee this week.

Although the right of defence for anyone suspected of a crime is widely recognised as a basic element of a fair trial, at the moment the conditions under which suspects may consult a lawyer differ among member states. The recently agreed draft directive sets out some EU-wide minimum rules, including:

  • Suspects or accused persons will have a right of access to a lawyer before they are questioned by the police and without excessive delay. This right must also apply throughout criminal proceedings. The new rules also allow lawyers to participate effectively during the questioning and attend certain investigative or evidence-gathering acts, such as identity parades and experimental reconstructions of the crime scene.
  • Member states must respect the confidentiality of meetings and other forms of communication between the suspect or accused person and his or her lawyer.
  • When a person is arrested, he/she has the right to communicate with a person of his/her choice, such as a family member, partner or employer. If outside his or her home country, the arrested person would have the right to contact that country's local consulate.
  • Anyone subject to a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) will have the right of access to a lawyer both in the issuing member state and the country in which the suspect is arrested under the EAW.

The text of the draft directive is expected to voted on by MEPs and adopted by the Council after the summer break. Once adopted, member states will have three years to incorporate the directive into national law.

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If you have been charged with a crime and require specialist legal advice please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032 or complete our online enquiry form here.

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New Instructions for LNL Criminal Lawyers

Penny Muir has been instructed in two criminal cases. She is representing one of eleven defendants facing a conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and another client facing a serious dishonesty conspiracy.

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Recent Criminal Cases

The last few weeks have been a busy period for Lewis Nedas. We have been involved in a number of criminal cases, including:

1. R v P- Common assault case whcih was discontinued & client received costs back.

2. R v P- A private trial in which a defendant charged with common assault following a neighbour dispute was acquitted.  The clien was awarded costs.

3. R v J- Fare evasion case in which our client, a teacher, received a conditional discharge after strong mitigation following a guilty plea.

4. R v J- The client was charged with serious assault, however the Crown Prosecution Service led no evidence so our client plead was able to plead guilty to the lesser charge of criminal damage.

5. R v S- Our client was a broker who was charged with common assault however the CPS could lead no evidence, thus our client plead to a lesser charge.

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New Sentences & Criminal Offences

A number of new criminal offences and sentences came into effect on 3 December 2012, as part of a wide range of provisions introduced in the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.

The provisions include:

  • ‘Two strikes’ – a mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second very serious sexual or violent offence;
  • New Extended Determinate Sentence – a new sentence for dangerous criminals convicted of serious sexual and violent crimes, with no automatic release from prison halfway through their sentence. They will only be released when they have served at least two-thirds of their prison sentence and may be kept inside prison until the end of their term;
  • Knife possession – new offences to target those who use a bladed or pointed article or offensive weapon in a public place or school to threaten and cause immediate risk of serious physical harm to another. These offences will be subject to a maximum penalty of four years’ imprisonment. They will also carry a minimum six month prison sentence for adults or a four month Detention and Training Order for 16 – 17 year olds;
  • Dangerous driving – a new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving with a maximum sentence of five years in prison;
  • Tough new sentences for hate crime – there will be a starting point of 30 years in prison for people convicted of murder motivated by hatred or hostility towards disability or transgender people, up from 15 years. This will bring it in line with murders aggravated by race, religion and sexual orientation;
  • Tougher community sentences – an increase in the maximum length of a curfew requirement in a community sentence from six to 12 months, increasing the maximum period of time criminals can be subject to a curfew from 12 to 16 hours per day; and
  • Bail decisions – allowing prosecutors to challenge Crown Court bail decisions where there is serious risk of harm to a member of the public.

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To arrange a consultation with our top criminal lawyers in London please contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

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