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Terrorism UK: Changes to the Law

Katherine Jackman

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Since the year 2000 we have seen several Terrorism Acts passed by parliament. These Acts introduced a broader definition of terrorism. Over the last fifteen years there have been several amendments to increase efforts against terrorism in the UK and abroad. The Counter Terrorism and Security Act of 2015 is the latest legislation to be passed by parliament, and with the new elected Government in May 2015 further terrorism laws are in the pipeline.

There have been a lot of news stories surrounding the impact of this Act, with an increased focus on arrests made. For instance, a recent case of terrorism in the South East saw a family from slough located in Turkey after disappearing without notice from their hometown. It was reported that the father of four was a member of a banned extremist group and may have been taking his family to the Islamic State in Syria.

Understanding the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act

One of the aims of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of 2015 was designed to tackle the issue of people travelling out of the UK to engage in terrorist activity and then return to the country. The Act also enhances the ability of operational agencies to monitor and control the actions of anyone deemed to pose a threat in order to combat that ideology that sanctions terrorism, under section 21, Prevent Duty.

The act contains several powers, including but not limited to:

  • Enabling the police to seize a passport at the border temporarily for investigative purposes;
  • Using a Temporary Exclusion Order to disrupt a person returning to the UK that is suspected of involvement in terrorist activity;
  • Enhancing border security and screening measures;

If you’re concerned that this new act may affect you, it’s recommended that you seek out the best representation possible before you leave the UK in case you are detained. Stephen Lickrish & Associates are a group of highly experienced terrorism solicitors in Manchester that also represent on a national basis. Regardless of where you are in the country, they have experience and dedication to help you through what can be a complex and difficult process, because your solicitors will be communicating with your family primarily in order to properly plan and execute your defence upon your return.

As mentioned previously, Stephen Lickrish & Associates has wealth of experience in defending terrorism cases. In fact, they successfully provided representation for a group of people from the same family who were suspected of terrorism in the North West in April 2015. Thanks to the expertise of the solicitors involved, all six people were released without charge after being detained in Turkey. This is just one of the many high-profile terrorism cases that they have been involved in.

As well as providing expertise as terrorism solicitors , Stephen Lickrish & Associates also have experience providing representation for a wide variety of offences, including:

  • Benefit fraud;
  • Tax fraud;
  • Money Laundering;
  • Harassment;
  • Sexual Offences

You can contact them today on 0161 237 1913 or through their emergency 24 hour legal advice line on 0800 988 64 22.


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