Wednesday 21 May 2014

UK: England and Wales: Court of Appeal orders resumption of FCA fraud proceedings

The Court of Appeal today gave judgment in R v Crawley & Ors [2014] EWCA Crim 1028 and ordered that fraud proceedings, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, should be resumed. In doing so it overturned the much publicised decision of His Honour Judge Leonard QC, sitting in the Crown Court at Southwark, in which the prosecution had been stayed: see here (pdf). The Court of Appeal's decision was delivered by the President of the Queen's Bench Division and he ended his judgment by calling for the Ministry of Justice, led by the Lord Chancellor, and the professions to resolve "the impasse that presently stands in the way of the delivery of justice in the most complex of cases" (para. [58]).

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