Law Report: Case Summaries

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Law Report: Case Summaries


20 JUNE 2005. The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Police

Brooks v Metropolitan Police Commissioner and others ([2005] UKHL 24 ); HL (Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Steyn, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Lord Brown of Eaton-under- Heywood) 21 Apr 2005

Whilst a more sceptical approach to the carrying out of all public functions was necessary and it was desirable that police officers should treat victims and witnesses properly and with respect, it would be going too far to convert that ethical value into general legal duties of care on the part of the police towards victims and witnesses. The prime function of the police was the preservation of the Queen's peace. They had to concentrate on preventing the commission of crime; protecting life and property; and apprehending criminals and preserving evidence. A retreat from the principle that there was no common law duty towards individual members of the public would have detrimental effects for law enforcement.

Andrew Nicol QC, Ijeoma Omambala (Deighton Guedalla) for the claimant; David Pannick QC, Jason Beer (D.S. Hamilton) for the defendants.

Banking

Squirrell Ltd v National Westminster Bank plc (Customs and Excise intervening) ([2005] EWHC 664 (Ch)); Ch D (Laddie J) 22 Apr 2005

Once a bank suspected that a customer's account contained the proceeds of crime, it was obliged to report that to the relevant authority.

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