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Kate Gallafent QC acted for the Secretary of State for Justice in a challenge to the amendments made to the scheme for the disclosure of criminal records following the decision of the Court of Appeal in R (T) v Chief  Constable  of Greater Manchester and others [2013] 1 WLR 2515.  The High Court dismissed the claimant’s argument that it was disproportionate to require the disclosure of all convictions for the offence assault occasioning actual bodily harm even when followed by a disposal of a conditional discharge, finding that Parliament was entitled to specify certain offences in respect of which disclosure must always be made, and simply to say that the line could be drawn elsewhere did not demonstrate that the same policy objective could have been achieved by less intrusive means. 

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