Criminal justice agencies at risk of failing young victims of crime – Victims’ Commissioner

Posted February 27th, 2017 in codes of practice, criminal justice, press releases, victims, young persons by tracey

‘Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing children and young people who come forward to report crimes because they are not being taken seriously, Victims’ Commissioner has today warned.’

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Victims’ Commissioner, 22nd Febraury 2017

Source: http://victimscommissioner.org.uk

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Neuberger: “Barristers increasingly shunning judicial careers” – Litigation Futures

‘If a career on the bench is not made more attractive financially, the rule of law could be undermined, and with it lucrative industries vital to post-Brexit economic prosperity, the departing president of the Supreme Court has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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High Court: costs budget DOES trump detailed assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted February 27th, 2017 in appeals, budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, judgments, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘An approved or agreed budget will bind the parties at detailed assessment unless there is good reason not to, the High Court has ruled in a decision that is almost certain to go to the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2017

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Speech by Mr Justice Singh: Divided by a common language – American and British perspectives on constitutional law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Divided by a common language: American and British perspectives on constitutional law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th February 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 27th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, legal representation, press releases, standards, youth courts by tracey

‘At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts. The regulator today published new guidance for barristers working in youth proceedings based on a set of essential competences that are expected of all advocates working with young people.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 27th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Trade Union Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional) Regulations 2017

The Important Public Services (Border Security) Regulations 2017

The Important Public Services (Transport) Regulations 2017

The Important Public Services (Education) Regulations 2017

The Important Public Services (Health) Regulations 2017

The Trade Union Act 2016 (Political Funds) (Transition Period) Regulations 2017

The Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2017

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund (Revocation) Order 2017

The Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 (Designation of Vessels and Controlled Sites) Order 2017

The Important Public Services (Fire) Regulations 2017

The Social Security (Reciprocal Agreements) Order 2017

The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Order 2017

The Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Railway Pensions (Substitution) (Amendment) Order 2017

The National Health Service Litigation Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Plant Health (Sweet Chestnut Blight) (England) Order 2017

The Assisted Areas (Amendment) Order 2017

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) Amendment Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 27th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

MM (Lebanon) & Ors, R( on the applications of) v Secretary of State and another [2017] UKSC 10 (22 February 2017)

Homes and Communities Agency v JS Bloor (Wilmslow) Ltd [2017] UKSC 12 (22 February 2017)

Agyarko and Ikuga, R (on the applications of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 11 (22 February 2017)

Hicks & Ors, R (on the application of)v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2017] UKSC 9 (15 February 2017)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Rosserlane Consultants Ltd & Anor v Credit Suisse International [2017] EWCA Civ 91 (24 February 2017)

Wodzicki v Wodzicki [2017] EWCA Civ 95 (24 February 2017)

Samarkand Film Partnership No. 3 & Ors v Revenue And Customs [2017] EWCA Civ 77 (24 February 2017)

Banerjee v The General Medical Council [2017] EWCA Civ 78 (24 February 2017)

Grizzly Business Ltd v Stena Drilling Ltd & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 94 (24 February 2017)

McGeer v McIntosh [2017] EWCA Civ 79 (23 February 2017)

Elim Court RTM Company Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 89 (23 February 2017)

Frugal v Nottinghamshire Police [2017] EWCA Civ 86 (22 February 2017)

UB (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 85 (22 February 2017)

Archbishop Bowen & Anor v JL [2017] EWCA Civ 82 (21 February 2017)

Workman v Forrester & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 73 (21 February 2017)

Balogun v Boyes Sutton and Perry (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 75 (21 February 2017)

J (A Child) (Finland)(Habitual Residence) [2017] EWCA Civ 80 (21 February 2017)

Steinfeld & Anor v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81 (21 February 2017)

Dawson – Damer & Ors v Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74 (16 February 2017)

Savills (UK) Ltd v Blacker & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] EWCA Civ 68 (16 February 2017)

MK (Afghanistan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 72 (15 February 2017)

Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 71 (15 February 2017)

M (Children : Care Proceedings : Passport Order) [2017] EWCA Civ 69 (14 February 2017)

Webster (A Child) v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 62 (13 February 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Recycled Materials Supplies Ltd, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 58 (24 February 2017)

Garwood & Ors, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 59 (22 February 2017)

Reynolds v R [2017] EWCA Crim 57 (22 February 2017)

Tsekiri, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 40 (17 February 2017)

Leathem & Anor v R [2017] EWCA Crim 42 (15 February 2017)

Bailey, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 35 (10 February 2017)

Halim, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 33 (10 February 2017)

Lunn, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 34 (10 February 2017)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Surrogacy Law /HFEA Update (February 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy cases in this jurisdiction, developments in the European Court of Human Rights, calls for law reform and recent judgments concerning administrative errors by fertility clinics.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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HRA Claims and Concurrent Care Proceedings: Third Party Costs Orders, Statutory Charge Guidance and an Invitation to the Lord Chancellor – Family Law Week

‘Ben Mansfield, barrister of The 36 Group, examines the judgment of Mr Justice Keehan in H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam).’

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Family Law Week, 23rd February 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Army widow sues MoD for failing to spot husband’s PTSD – Daily Telegraph

‘An Army widow who suffered five miscarriages after her husband attacked her while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has launched a legal case against the Ministry of Defence for failing them both.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2017

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Girl, 5, dies of asthma attack after ‘volatile GP refused to see her because she was several minutes late’ – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2017 in children, doctors, health, inquests, news, professional conduct, reports by tracey

‘A five-year-old girl died of an asthma attack after an “unapproachable and volatile” doctor refused to see her because she and her mother arrived a few minutes late for her appointment, the General Medical Council has found.’

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The Independent, 27th February 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Woman deported from UK despite being married to Briton for 27 years – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2017 in deportation, families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘A woman living in the UK who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been forcibly removed from the country.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2017

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BBC orders urgent investigation into behaviour of TV licence fee collectors amid allegations of underhand tactics – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2017 in BBC, codes of practice, enforcement, fees, licensing, media, news, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC has ordered an urgent investigation into the behaviour of television licence fee collectors amid allegations they are using underhand tactics and aggressive incentive schemes to catch evaders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2017

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NHS misplaced half a million patient documents – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in contracting out, documents, health, medical records, news, postal service by tracey

‘Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Thousands spent on judges’ security amid growing hostility – The Guardian

‘Ministry of Justice says security was upgraded at judges’ homes, with figures showing many in judiciary fear for safety.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2017

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Child sex abuse inquiry public hearings to start – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, children, Christianity, immigration, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales is to hold its first public hearings later.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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EU referendum campaign spending probed – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, disclosure, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2017

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If you’ve ever thought that prison is the place for mentally ill criminals, you need to hear about the tragic life of Vishnu Wood – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘I’m not a vindictive person by nature. But when I attended Vishnu’s funeral after mentoring him through so many highs and lows, I wanted the judges who had sent him to Wormwood Scrubs to be there.’

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The Independent, 24th February 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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European Parliament calls for comprehensive legal framework for robotics and AI – Technology Law Update

Posted February 24th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, EC law, news by sally

‘Robots. Whether you love them or hate them, they are on the march. Many new consumer robotics products were on display at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, offering personalised help with controlling connected equipment and mundane household tasks. Robots and Artificial Intelligence are increasingly active in industrial fields like manufacturing and warehouse logistics (think Ocado’s new online shopping distribution warehouse, for example) and service contexts like banking.’

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Technology Law Update, February 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Council to set up QC-led inquiry into controversial compulsory purchase order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 24th, 2017 in compulsory purchase, inquiries, news by sally

‘The full council at the London Borough of Lewisham has unanimously agreed to set up an independent inquiry led by a QC to examine matters relating to a controversial proposed compulsory purchase order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd February 2017

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