Justice secretary Robert Buckland, QC, has stated that individuals accused of serious crimes should remain anonymous until they have been charged if they have a reputation to protect.
Partner Edward Grange has said in response to this: “It has long been a justification for naming those accused of serious sexual offences that doing so would encourage other potential victims to come forward. That justification seems less compelling when considering anonymity for those accused of other criminal offences. It is to be welcomed.
“However, the thought that such anonymity would only apply to those that have a reputation to protect would risk alienating those who are not rich and famous who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system. It is not only celebrities who have reputations to preserve.”