A new professional body is aiming to develop best practice among private prosecutors as public spending cuts encourage more use of the process. The Private Prosecutors' Association (PPA), which comes into being on Monday, will also raise public awareness of the use of private prosecutions to build public confidence in the integrity of the process.

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The association is chaired by Hannah Laming (pictured), partner at international firm Peters & Peters. She said it will 'draw together professionals with expertise in bringing private prosecutions and to recognise and promote best practice in this field. The PPA provides a forum for discussion; the opportunity to make collective representations on important issues affecting private prosecutors or prosecutions; and networking and educational events for members and non-members'.

Legal professionals, accountants, investigators or other professionals with suitable experience in the bringing of private prosecutions are invited to join. Further details at www.private-prosecutions.com/