Jehovah’s Witnesses charity drops attempts to block abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘he UK’s main Jehovah’s Witnesses charity has dropped efforts to block an investigation into how it handled allegations of sexual abuse, including of children, after a legal fight lasting more than two years.’

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The Guardian, 2r3d January 2017

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Oxford University to face £1m landmark trial brought by student who failed to get a first – The Independent

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in damages, economic loss, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Oxford is to face a landmark trial following a £1m compensation claim filed by a former student after he failed to graduate with a first-class degree.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2017

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Woman jailed for nine years for plot to let man rape daughter, seven – The Guardian

‘A woman who plotted to let a paedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2017

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Dean Saunders death: Prison ombudsman finds ‘weaknesses’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in death in custody, mental health, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The criminal justice system “did too little to protect” a vulnerable inmate who electrocuted himself in prison, the Prisons Ombudsman has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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EU data protection compliance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘The General Data Protection Regulation is here to stay: well beyond the date of Brexit. What do you need to know?’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd January 2017

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Anonymity – London Review of Books

‘Anonymous and pseudonymous publication has a long history. It may now be the exception in literary and specialist journalism, but at the start of the 19th century it was pretty much the rule – to the extent that France in 1850 legislated to forbid the publication of unsigned articles on philosophical, political and religious subjects. A new book by Eric Barendt, Anonymous Speech: Literature, Law and Politics (Hart, £25), traces the contemporaneous voluntary abandonment of anonymity in England and the often pompous arguments that accompanied it. The fact was that journals’ recruitment of well-known writers – Thackeray, Dickens – was starting to put a premium on names. So when the Fortnightly Review started up in 1865, it announced that all its articles would be signed and free of editorial pressure. By contrast, from its foundation in 1913 the New Statesman anonymised its contributors, though the editor, having explained that this was necessary in order to establish a common style and tone, couldn’t resist announcing that Sidney Webb and Bernard Shaw would be writing for it. In 1925 the Spectator, after not quite a hundred years of unsigned articles, abandoned anonymity, and the New Statesman followed. Articles in the TLS remained anonymous until 1974, and obituaries in the Times and Telegraph are unsigned to this day. So are the entirety of the Economist and the bulk of Private Eye.’

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London Review of Books, 19th January 2017

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KFC fined £1m over Teesside workers’ gravy burns – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Fast food chain KFC has been fined almost £1m after two employees suffered burns while handling hot gravy without gloves.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2017

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UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers – The Guardian

‘Senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence of domestic abuse that would put the child or mother at risk.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2017

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Thousands of drivers caught in mobile phone crackdown – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in fines, news, police, road traffic offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Almost 8,000 drivers were caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown by police.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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Whistleblower wins 13-year campaign against HSBC – The Guardian

‘A lone whistleblower has won a 13-year “David and Goliath battle” against HSBC and Britain’s chief financial watchdog, resulting in a multimillion-pound compensation payout to thousands of people.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2017

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Paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys on Minecraft – BBC News

‘A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months.’

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BBC News, 20th Janaury 2017

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High Court compensates winning party for impact of falling exchange rate on costs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, economic loss, news by sally

‘The High Court has awarded a successful German claimant an extra £20,000 in costs to compensate for the impact of the falling value of sterling against the euro – especially since the EU referendum vote – as it had to convert euros into pounds during the case to pay its solicitors.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2017

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Discount rate announcement set to go ahead after ABI loses judicial review bid – Litigation Futures

‘The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has today lost its High Court bid to halt the Lord Chancellor announcing the outcome of the consultation on the discount rate.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th January 2017

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Four versions of Brexit law prepared as Government braced for Supreme Court defeat in Article 50 case – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in EC law, legislative drafting, news, prerogative powers, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘Four different versions of the law giving Theresa May the power to start Brexit have already been prepared as ministers brace themselves for Supreme Court defeat this week.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2017

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Lee Rigby’s mother ‘threatened with arrest’ over court hearing – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in appeals, harassment, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has said she was threatened with arrest unless she attended the appeal hearing of a man who harassed her over her son’s death.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2017

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Magistrates struggle (again) with the use of imprisonment for non-payment of council tax – by Sam Genen and Sophie Walker – UK Human Rights Blog

‘There is an exceedingly long line of case law, stretching back beyond the days of the community charge (which was of course better known as the Poll Tax). In those cases, the courts have traditionally quashed custodial orders improperly imposed by magistrates for non-payment of council taxes.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd January 2017

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Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in foreign jurisdictions, fraud, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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Home Office Eritrea guidance softened to reduce asylum seeker numbers – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in asylum, children, documents, human rights, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The government downplayed the risk of human rights abuses in one of the world’s most repressive regimes in an attempt to reduce asylum seeker numbers despite doubts from its own experts, internal documents have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2017

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Why you can’t legally commit adultery if you have a gay or lesbian affair – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2017 in homosexuality, married persons, news by sally

‘If you cheat on your partner with someone of the same sex, it’s not considered adultery – even if you’re in a same-sex marriage.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2017

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Judges “should be slow” to consider reasonableness of settlement stance – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2017 in costs, indemnities, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘Judges should be “very slow to entertain a discussion as to whether parties to litigation have negotiated in a reasonable manner”, the Court of Appeal has cautioned.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2017

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