The defendant appealed against her conviction for assisting in the disposal of the proceeds of criminal activity, saying that the judge had incorrectly ruled that she had waived legal privilege as to the advice given to her at the police station, and that an inference could be drawn under section 34. Under cross examination she had said not only that she had been advised to make no comment, but also the reasons for it. She said that she had given her solicitor the version of events she put forward at trial.
Held: Once the defendant had opened up the suggested reason for her silence, it allowed opposing counsel to probe whether that reason could possibly explain not saying (as she now was saying at trial) that she was an innocent dupe who had no connection with the transaction in question except as an interpreter. Waiver, when it occurs, is not all or nothing. Waiver can be, and often is, partial. In every case of waiver, the question what the waiver has let in is determined by the test of fairness, or, to put it another way, what is necessary to avoid there being left a misleading impression by revelation of part only of the privileged communications, or the defendant, in colloquial terms, ‘having his cake and eating it’.
Criminal property within section 327 meant property which was already criminal at the time of the transfer, by reason of constituting or representing a benefit from earlier criminal conduct and not the conduct which was the subject of the indictment.
Hooper LJ, Leveson, Beatson JJ
 EWCA Crim 1719,  2 CAR 618
England and Wales
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Updated: 07 July 2022; Ref: scu.243406