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I am a qualified solicitor and I have extensive experience of applying for the removal of police cautions from the PNC, challenging DBS certificates and DBS barring decisions. I have had numerous successful cases, and for cases where judicial review proceedings have been issued, I am usually able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police. I have co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal : “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions and published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings
26 03, 2019

Is the UK part of the Visa Waiver Program?

By |March 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The United Kingdom is part of the Visa Waiver Programme (VMP). There are 38 countries in total that participate in the Visa Waiver programme. The Visa Waiver Programme permits citizens of these 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.

24 03, 2019

What is a Police Certificate?

By |March 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you have lived or worked in the UK, and are looking to work or live abroad in certain countries then you will require a "Police Certificate". Police Certificates are issued by ACRO Criminal Records Office. You can apply online for a police certificate here: Police Certificates Online Application The countries that require a

8 03, 2019

What is the difference between “The Police Caution” and “a Simple Police Caution”

By |March 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

The Police Caution The police caution, is the formulation of words that the police use when someone is suspected of a crime. The police must state the caution before any questions about an offence can be asked. The CODE C Guidance to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) states the following:

20 02, 2019

What is ViSOR?

By |February 20th, 2019|Tags: , |

ViSOR is the Dangerous Persons Database , it is used as a Management Tool by UK Law Enforcement, National Offender Management Service (including the Prison Service) along with a wide range of other agencies, to manage, Registerable Sexual Offenders, Other Sexual Offenders, Violent Offenders,  Registerable Terrorist Offenders, Dangerous Offenders, Violent Offenders and Potentially Dangerous

18 02, 2019

Can I get a background check on someone?

By |February 18th, 2019|Tags: |

It is possible to obtain the background records of someone if the police believe they pose a risk  of domestic violence or abuse, or in relation to the safeguarding of children. There are two schemes that the police operate to disclose information; these are the Child Sex Offender Disclosure scheme, and also the Domestic Violence Disclosure

9 02, 2019

What information does the police hold on me?

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If you have ever been questioned by the police then your details will usually be entered onto a number of systems. If you were arrested then you would have been entered onto the Police National Computer (PNC). Along with being entered on the PNC the police will also retain "local records". These will be

6 02, 2019

What Shows up on an Enhanced DBS check?

By |February 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What shows up on an enhanced DBS check is subject to detailed procedural rules. There are certain categories of police disposals and convictions that will automatically be disclosed, for details of these categories please see here. (NB: these rules are currently being reviewed subsequent to a 2019 Supreme Court ruling). Along with disclosing information according

31 01, 2019

What is the impact of the 2019 Supreme Court decision on disclosure of youth cautions, warnings and reprimands and also adult cautions?

By |January 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down a judgement with respect to the disclosure of past criminal records. This litigation had been ongoing for a number of years, including numerous claimants and campaign groups. The judgement can be found here: R (on the application of P, G and W) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for the

30 01, 2019

How Long can the Police Keep my DNA and Fingerprints?

By |January 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have been arrested for a recordable offence, then the police will have the right to take a DNA sample and fingerprints. The police can retain your DNA and fingerprints in certain circumstances, but there a number of situations where the police must delete your DNA and fingerprints. What is Actually Kept? The law

30 01, 2019

What is a Recordable offence?

By |January 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

A recordable offence is a criminal offence for which the police are required to keep a record on their systems. Broadly this means crimes for which an individual could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Most common types of offence are recordable, namely common assault, assault by beating, theft, possession of drugs, and public

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