On 25th January, Bartfields Forensic Accountants Ltd (which has an excellent website always worth keeping a eye on) reports that, on 24th January the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] UKSC.   As a result of this judgment there will be slightly more generous reductions in default sentences to be served where part of the amount due under a confiscation order has been paid.  It may be that in its determination of what the statute law actually says the Supreme Court has found that the law in this area is more generous to convicted defendants than parliament had intended it to be.  Gibson had been made subject to a confiscation order of over £5.4 million in March 2000.  He was ordered to pay this within 12 months, with a 6-year prison term in default, but only £90,370 in total had been paid, though interest had actually the increased the total due to £8.1 million.  He was originally granted a 24-day reduction in the sentence, this being increased by a further 11 days following the Supreme Court decision.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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