Media Protection Services Ltd v Crawford and Another: Admn 16 Aug 2012

MPS had contracted to bring private prosecutions for unlawful reception and display of premier league football matches. It now appealed from a dismissal of the information.
Held: The appeal failed. The director laying the information in the name of a private limited company, when acting for reward on behalf of a client in the course of its business, amounted to acting as a solicitor within the meaning and in breach of section 20 of the 1974 Act and was carrying on a reserved legal activity, namely the conduct of litigation, contrary to the Legal Services Act 2007, with the result that the proceedings were void.


Stanley Burnton LJ , Kenneth Parker J


[2012] EWHC 2373 (Admin), [2012] CP Rep 48, [2012] WLR(D) 250, [2012] CTLC 82, (2013) 177 JP 54, [2013] Crim LR 155, [2013] 1 WLR 1068


Bailii, WLRD


Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 297(1), Solicitors Act 1974 20, Legal Services Act 2007


England and Wales

Magistrates, Legal Professions

Updated: 28 January 2022; Ref: scu.463794