Royal hoax phone call inquest: Nurse ‘took own life’ – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2014 in confidentiality, hospitals, inquests, media, news, nurses, pregnancy, royal family, suicide by tracey

‘A nurse who put through a hoax phone call at a hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated took her own life, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Babysitter Jay Miller jailed for toddler attack – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2014 in children, expert witnesses, grievous bodily harm, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A babysitter who broke a two-year-old toddler’s arm and carried out other assaults has been jailed for 30 months.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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We need more independence, BSB director says – Legalfutures

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consumer protection, legal representation, legal services, news by tracey

‘Dr Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has made it clear that the regulator will push for more independence in the future.’

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Legalfutures, 12th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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LCJ uses Nightjack case to warn lawyers who mislead court of “exemplary punishments” – Legalfutures

‘Lawyers who mislead the court will end up with “exemplary and deterrent” punishments, the Lord Chief Justice has warned.’

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Legalfutures, 12th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Bar Standards Board launches consultation on entity authorisation fees – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today issued an open consultation paper outlining its ideas on how much it should charge for authorising entities. Entities are organisations that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services and which, in this instance, are owned and managed by barristers and other lawyers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th September 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Wagenaar v Weekend Travel Ltd (t/a Ski Weekend) and another – WLR Daily

Wagenaar v Weekend Travel Ltd (t/a Ski Weekend) and another; [2014] EWCA Civ 1105; [2014] WLR (D) 389

‘The qualified one-way costs shifting provisions under CPR 44.13 and 44.14 were not ultra vires the general discretion of the court on the ordering of costs under section 51(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, and although applying to claims for damages for personal injuries brought by a claimant against a defendant, they did not apply to claims for an indemnity or contribution brought by such a defendant against a third party.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 12th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Plant Health (Forestry) (Amendment) (England and Scotland) Order 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 12th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Banfield, R. v [2014] EWCA Crim 1824 (11 September 2014)

Virgin Media Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Zinga [2014] EWCA Crim 1823 (11 September 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Brett v The Solicitors Regulation Authority [2014] EWHC 2974 (Admin) (11 September 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Brand & Anor v Szilvia (aka Sylvie) Berki [2014] EWHC 2979 (QB) (11 September 2014)

Interface Europe Ltd v Premier Hank Dyers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2610 (QB) (11 September 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Glen Parva suicidal detainee ‘not kept safe’ – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2014 in inquests, mental health, news, standards, suicide, young offenders by tracey

‘A man with mental health problems killed himself at a young offenders institute after he was wrongly judged “low risk” and was inadequately monitored, an inquest jury has decided.’

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BBC New, 11th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Judge tells masseuse to stop harassing Russell Brand and Jemima Khan – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2014 in assault, harassment, injunctions, news by tracey

‘Celebrity couple win court order in ongoing dispute with Szilvia Berki, which they say has caused considerable distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Leicester illegal circumcision doctor guilty of misconduct – BBC News

‘A psychiatrist who circumcised 41 boys at a “non-sterile” clinic in a terraced house has been found guilty of misconduct. Dr Hassan Abdulla was not registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when he operated at the Al-Khalill Clinic in Leicester.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Children’s care homes abuse claims increase to 13 – BBC News

‘An investigation into abuse at a children’s care home has been widened to include other establishments.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2014

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Students without indefinite leave to are ineligible for student loans – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 11th, 2014 in appeals, education, human rights, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘The United Kingdom was not in breach of the human rights of those individuals ineligible for student loans because they did not have indefinite leave to remain in the country. The relevant legislation limits eligibility for student loans to those who are “settled” in the United Kingdom (within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 ) and who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th September 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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UK prisons ‘failing to identify suicidal inmates’ – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There are too many cases of prisons failing to identify inmates who are a suicide risk despite the presence of clear warning signs, an official watchdog has warned after a “troubling” 64% rise in self-inflicted deaths behind bars in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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EVENT: Law Society – Public debate series: Right to be forgotten

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A landmark ruling of the European Union Court of Justice, in May of this year, held that it is Google’s responsibility to remove outdated or ‘irrelevant’ search results hosted by third parties. EU justice commissioner Viviane Reading praised the decision, hailing a “clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans”, while others have raised concerns over its implementation, fearing that it could mark a slippery slope toward online censorship.’

CPD hours 1.25

Date: 15th October 2014, 6.00-8.45pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: UCL CLP – Pay (in)equity and agent (dis)incentives

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘It is trite that recent decades have seen an explosion in levels of senior executive remuneration in public companies, both absolutely and relative to ordinary worker pay. A conspicuous corresponding trend over recent years, though, has been the development of a range of countervailing regulatory tools designed to mitigate this disparity within various national environments. These include regulatory pay ratio caps, bonus bans, and mandatory pay ratio disclosures. Notwithstanding these salient developments, prevailing legal and economic debates on executive and worker pay remain rooted in the dominant principal-agent paradigm of corporate governance, which consistently disputes the relevance of equitable or distributive fairness concerns to the essentially functional challenge of determining effective agent incentives. In this lecture I will take issue with the orthodox principal-agent perspective on pay equity, by demonstrating the centrality of equitable concerns to effective agent-incentive design, both at senior executive and ordinary worker levels.’

Date: 27th November 2014, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: UCL Law Faculty, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: Law Society – Mental health and learning disabilities in police custody and the criminal courts

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘It is well established that high numbers of people in the criminal justice system experience mental health problems or learning disabilities. In 2007, Lord Bradley was invited by the government to undertake an independent review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. ‘

CPD hours 2.25

Date: 15th October 2014, 4.30-6.45pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: IALS – Is Legislation Literature? (Sir William Dale Annual Memorial Lecture)

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Legislation has the limited object of changing the law. So it consists of abstract rules of general application which appeal to the intellect. Other forms of writing can summon up mental pictures of individual people and events and appeal to the emotions. Another consequence of its limited object is that every word of an Act counts and its language is spare. Techniques available to other writers (like repetition and exuberance) are generally denied to the drafter. So drafting is unlikely to produce literature. The fascination lies in producing something precise and clear while operating within the inherent restraints.’

Date: 3rd November 2014, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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