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Practitioner's Guide to The Law and Regulation of Financial Crime
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Consultant Editors:
Arun Srivastava; Andrew Keltie; Monica Kurnatowska; Ross McKean; Georgia Chrysikopoulou; Hillary Owens; Jennifer Sterling; Nicole Smith; Mark Simpson; Ian Mason
ISBN: 9780414043060
Publishers: Sweet & Maxwell
Price: 125
Publication Date: 7th Dec 2010

Publisher's Title Information
A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime considers the various substantive legal and regulatory issues that fall under subject of financial crime, particularly from the perspective of banks and other financial institutions. The book looks at the specifics of the UK regime, European-level issues and global developments, and brings together everything within the financial crime agenda to give a coherent picture.
Gives a complete picture of the current financial enforcement landscape in the UK and internationally
Up to date to include latest developments including the Bribery Bill
Looks at the specifics of the UK regime, European-level issues and global developments, and brings together everything within the financial crime agenda to give a coherent picture
Explains the powers of the regulatory and enforcement bodies (FSA, SOCA, HMRC, SFO), how they interact and the steps that practitioners need to take in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of all the agencies concerned
Covers all the systems and controls an organisation needs to put in place, and appropriate processes
Examines internal and external investigations, and employment issues
Covers tax evasion risks, and what practitioners should be aware of
Written by leading members of a major international finance practice


  1. 1.Introduction: the financial enforcement landscape
  2. 2.UK enforcement bodies
  3. 3.Tax
  4. 4.Fraud
  5. 5.Data security
  6. 6.Insider Dealing and market abuse
  7. 7.Bribery and corruption
  8. 8.Money laundering/CTF
  9. 9.Financial and trade sanctions
  10. 10.US issues
  11. 11.Civil liability
  12. 12.External investigations
  13. 13.Internal investigations and employment issues

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Rook & Ward on Sexual Offences
Edition: 4th
Format: Hardback
Authors: His Honour Judge Peter Rook, QC; Robert Ward CBE
ISBN: 9781847038678
Publishers: Sweet & Maxwell
Price: 125
Publication Date: 15th Dec 2010

Publisher's Title Information

Rook & Ward on Sexual Offences is an invaluable reference guide for all those involved in defending, prosecuting and trying sexual offences. It gives a clear exposition of all aspects of the law in this area, showing not only how the law on sexual offences has been thoroughly reformed, but discussing what new offences it creates, and the new procedures and penalties it introduces.
With detailed coverage of both offences and procedure, it has a strong practitioner focus and includes detailed guidance on how to deal with problems encountered in practice.

The new 4th edition will cover a few more specialist areas such as:
Historic cases
Medical Evidence on child sex abuse
The effects of the psychological trauma of sexual assault upon victims
Trial of young defendants accused of sexual offences.
Sexual offences in the Magistrates Court.
How the Sexual Offences Act 2003 Act relates to the Northern Ireland Articles stressing the points that are important for Northern Ireland
Rook & Ward:
Defines the offence as set out in the relevant statute, providing historical context, detailing the mode of trial and punishment, bail conditions, alternative verdict (where applicable), sentencing specifically to that offence, parties to the offence, the marriage exception (where relevant), consent and mental element (ie intent)
Provides practical and detailed advice on evidence, disclosure and sentencing
Clarifies the difficult area of admissibility of previous sexual history evidence
Explains how to present and test DNA evidence in court and provides an analysis of medical evidence issues by a forensic medical examiner
Deals with the regime for vulnerable witness
Explains the Sentencing Guidance Council's definitive guideline in respect of sentencing in sexual cases in April 2007
Examines important developments in respect of evidential and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 which have had far reaching consequences for anyone involved in the trial of sexual offences
Revisits key definitions in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in light of important Court of Appeal decisions
Uses flowcharts and checklists to aid practitioners


By the Rt Hon. Lord Justice Pitchford, Lord Justice of Appeal

I have read in draft much of the 2010 edition of Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences, always with respect and admiration, particularly for the scope and depth of the treatment of its subject. Since the authors published their first edition in 1990, Rook and Ward has become a standard work for those who practise in this area of criminal law and for those who have a serious academic or other interest in the subject. The authors have been in the vanguard of analysis and comment upon many new and sometimes controversial developments both in the law and in the conduct of trials of sexual offences. Their expertise in the field has enabled them to make an invaluable contribution to the learning and comprehension of the professions and the judiciary

The investigation of offences, the admissibility of evidence and the conduct of criminal trials involving those who have or are alleged to have been victims of sexual offences have all been the subject of much authoritative research and Parliamentary activity since HH judge Peter Rook QC and Robert Ward first embarked on their project. The detailed attention they have, in successive editions, given to these developments by tracing the history of changes and by offering searching analysis of them, has been of great benefit. The landscape for the administration of criminal justice in this field has changed dramatically since the enactment of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and this book continues to keep us engaged and informed.

For advocates who conduct criminal trials for the prosecution or the defence, Rook and Ward has become an essential reference. Its treatment in depth of the requirements of investigation, the preparation and delivery of evidence and the responsibilities of the advocates leaves the reader in no doubt of the dedication with which advocates are required to approach their task of assisting the court and the participants in the trial of and sentencing for a sexual offence.

Judges who preside in the Crown Court over trials of sexual offences are required to undertake specialised training to which both the authors have made distinguished contributions. Expertise in the trial of sexual offences is, however, only part of the story. Judges require constant access to authoritative works of reference. This is one of them.

I have no doubt that this fourth edition of Rook and Ward will be received with relief and enthusiasm.

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Edition: 10th
Practitioner Series
Format: Paperback
Author: David Bean
ISBN: 9781847038999
Publishers: Sweet & Maxwell
Price: 96
Publication Date: 23rd Nov 2010

Publisher's Title Information

This work is the ideal starting point for all practitioners and is unique in covering the broad range of injunctions in one volume. The revised 10th edition:
Provides a description of the jurisdiction of the court to grant injunctions, together with detailed guidance through practice and procedure
Covers all areas of the law, including a chapter on matrimonial and domestic proceedings
Includes an extensive collection of precedents, which, in conjunction with the procedural points, make this an indispensable guide
Features the full range of injunctions in one volume
Provides a concise and practical guide with particular emphasis on procedure
Sets out what remedies are available and what situations they are best suited to
Gives step-by-step analysis of interim applications, other proceedings, freezing injunctions, search orders and county court procedures
Contains a useful collection of official and unofficial precedents; and incorporates key recent developments in areas such as anti social behaviour injunctions, prevention of harassment, orders against unnamed defendants and restraint of publication
Includes a chapter on matrimonial and domestic proceedings written by Her Honour Judge Isabel Parry.
Deals with special cases such as restraint of publications.


Criteria: Permanent Injunctions
Criteria: Interim Injunctions
Special Cases in the Law of Injunctions
Practice and Procedure
Interim Applications
Other Proceedings
Freezing Injunctions
Search Orders
County Courts
Matrimonial and Domestic Proceedings
Matrimonial Injunctions and Similar Orders
CPR Pt.25 (extracts) and PD25 - interim injunctions
Chancery Guide (extracts)
Queen's Bench Guide (extracts)
Urgent Court Business Scheme


There has been a steady flow of injunction case, law, in the last three years. The most controversial decision has been Birmingham City Council v Shafi, which greatly restricted anti-social behaviour injunctions and as I write may shortly be reversed by statute. Celebrities have made their contribution to the law, in cases such as Lord Browne of Madingley v Associated Newspapers and Chambers, v British Olympic Association.

Issues of terminology continue to give me mild amusement. Despite Lord Woolf's best efforts many judges still refer to Mareva injunctions and Anton Piller orders, and indeed to orders made ex parte. The establishment of the new Supreme Court has led to what used to be called the Supreme Court Act 1981 being given the clunking title "Senior Courts Act" , as though the courts were either a school or a care home. Modernisation, however, has not got as far as the replacement of the old Rules of the Supreme Court and County Court Rules dealing with enforcement of injunctions; and RSC Order 45 rule 7 still refers to notice given by telegram, which must be a puzzle to younger readers.

The first edition of this work, which appeared in the Oyez Practice Notes series in 1979, contained 124 pages of text. The book has expanded in the last 30 years. But although the line is not always easy to draw, I have avoided extensive discussion of substantive law, which would make the book intolerably long and diffuse. The law discussed is that of England and Wales: the Scots law of interdict is significantly different in terminology, procedure and substance.

I am grateful to Sir Mark Potter for his generous Foreword; to David Brown, the invaluable aide to all judges who sit in the Queen's Bench Interim Applications Court, for his assistance to me both as judge and as author on practical aspects of that Court's procedure; to my wife Ruth Thompson for her proof-reading and my clerk David James for his computer skills; and in particular to Judge Isabel Parry, Designated Family Judge at Swansea, who has again devoted her extensive experience of family law to updating Chapter 10. Any errors or omissions elsewhere in the book are my sole responsibility. Readers who spot errors are encouraged to overcome their diffidence and write to me at the Royal Courts of Justice. (I said that last time. No one did.) The law is stated as at October 19, 2009.

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