The government’s proposal to scrap jury trials for complex fraud cases is
under threat and could be delayed for at least a month, the attorney-general has
Lord Goldsmith acknowledged that Liberal Democrat and Conservative opposition
to the proposal in the House of Lords meant the ‘arithmetic’ was against the
government, but said he was committed to trial without jury for the most complex
He said that withdrawing the order from the Lords would most likely delay
implementation by some months – which was due to come into force on 1 January,
2006. However, he said he had accepted offers from the Conservatives and the
Liberal Democrats to reach a compromise.
Analysts have predicted that prosecutors may hold off laying charges in some
fraud cases until the situation is resolved.
Steve Absolom and Will Wright from KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators to City Motor Holdings and associated companies
Partners from Johnston Carmichael have been appointed as joint administrators to Axon Well Interventions Products UK
Begbies Traynor have been appointed administrators of William Anelay Ltd, York, one of Britain’s longest-established construction and heritage restoration companies
Smith & Williamson has been appointed administrators of charity 4Children