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O’Brien (Appellant) v Ministry of Justice (Formerly the Department for Constitutional Affairs) (Respondents) – Supreme Court

O’Brien (Appellant) v Ministry of Justice (Formerly the Department for Constitutional Affairs) (Respondents) [2013] UKSC 6 | UKSC 2012/0168 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 6th February 2013

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VTB Capital plc (Appellant) v Nutritek International Corp and others (Respondents) – Supreme Court

VTB Capital plc (Appellant) v Nutritek International Corp and others (Respondents) [2013] UKSC 5 | UKSC 2012/0167 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 6th February 2013

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Mid Staffs Inquiry report: Human rights abuses need human rights solutions – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 6th, 2013 in hospitals, human rights, inquiries, medical treatment, news, whistleblowers by sally

“Hundreds of people have died; others have been starved, dehydrated and left in appalling conditions of indignity, witnessed by their loved ones. Surely this is what Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, had in mind when he recently cautioned to need to ‘concentrate on real human rights’?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th February 2013

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Libor scandal: RBS fined £390m – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2013 in banking, fines, interest, news, professional conduct by sally

“Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been fined £390m ($610m) by UK and US authorities for its part in the Libor rate-fixing scandal.”

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BBC News, 6th February 2013

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Robert Francis QC: hundreds were subjected to ‘appalling and unnecessary suffering’ – video – The Guardian

“Robert Francis QC speaks to the media following the release of his report into the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust scandal, in which between 400 to 1,200 people died as a result of inadequate care. Francis makes 290 recommendations in the report. He says that many were failed by a system that put ‘corporate self-interest’ ahead of patients and their safety.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

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Commission helps disabled man win compensation for discrimination – Equality and Human Rights Commission

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has helped a disabled man win £1,500 pounds in an out of court settlement after he was refused access to a nightclub and then taunted by staff.”

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Equality and Human Rights Commission, 6th February 2013

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Mid Staffs report: NHS culture was the culprit – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in codes of practice, hospitals, inquiries, medical treatment, news, whistleblowers by sally

“The scale of Robert Francis’s report cannot be overestimated – and neither can the magnitude of cultural change it calls for.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

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Home secretary Theresa May overhauls extradition laws – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in bills, extradition, human rights, news, public interest by sally

“The home secretary, Theresa May, is to close the door on future campaigns by those facing extradition such as that waged by the computer hacker, Gary McKinnon, by changing the law.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

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College of Policing open for business – Home Office

Posted February 6th, 2013 in education, news, police by sally

“Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green today welcomed the launch of the College of Policing. The College will help raise the standards of policing across England and Wales creating a force fit for the 21st Century.”

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Home Office, 4th February 2013

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Repealing old law – Law Commission

Posted February 6th, 2013 in news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

“The Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2013 has received Royal Assent. The Act gives effect to the repeals put forward by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission in their 2012 Statute Law Repeals Report.”

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Law Commission, 31st February 2013

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Youth justice system is ‘failing vulnerable young offenders’ – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in charities, learning difficulties, mental health, news, statistics, young offenders by sally

“Vulnerable young offenders are at risk of serious and long-term problems because the youth justice system is failing to support their needs, according to child welfare charities and campaign groups. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week revealed a 21% increase in the number of young people in custody self-harming between 2010‑11 and 2011-12. Three children died in custody during 2011-12, while incidents of physical restraint rose by 17% year on year.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2013

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NHS staff must reveal poor care by law, says inquiry – Daily Telegraph

“NHS hospitals should face prosecution if doctors and nurses fail to blow the whistle on patients receiving poor care, an official inquiry into the scandal at Stafford Hospital will recommend on Wednesday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2013

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Snooper’s charter rests on ‘pretty heroic assumptions’, MI5 boss told MPs – The Guardian

“The government’s plans to track everybody’s web and mobile phone use rest on some ‘pretty heroic assumptions’, the head of MI5 has told MPs and peers.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2013

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‘Unfair’ laws for cohabiting couples highlighted again – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2013 in appeals, cohabitation, dispute resolution, news, partnerships by sally

“The recent county court case of Pamela Curran and Brian Collins highlights the difficulties that arise when unmarried couples separate and it should serve as a warning to others in a similar position.”

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BBC News, 6th February 2013

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Dog attack law to be extended to cover incidents on private property – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in consultations, dogs, electronic monitoring, news by sally

“The government has announced plans to extend legal protection over dog attacks to cover incidents on private property.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

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A new approach: access to justice in criminal cases – LegalVoice

“Anyone concerned over the need to check the power of the police and prosecution authorities by providing a counter-balance holding these state funded entities to account may find this paper helpful, writes Robin Murray. It is a proposal to save millions of pounds of tax-payers’ money whilst at the same time preserving independent access to justice, an essential pre-requisite to prevent abuse and injustice to which anyone of us, high or low can become a victim.”

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LegalVoice, 5th February 2013

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Peers pass low-cost arbitration law for victims of press defamation – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in arbitration, bills, complaints, costs, damages, defamation, media, news, victims by sally

“A cross-party alliance of peers hasinjected new momentum into the stalling cross-party talks on the future of press regulation by passing a law to implement a key plank of the Leveson report.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2013

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ASA begins oversight of new online behavioural advertising rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 6th, 2013 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, consent, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

“New UK rules governing the use of online behavioural advertising (OBA) have come into effect.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2013

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Gambling firms start legal fund to fight government tax crackdown – The Independent

Posted February 6th, 2013 in EC law, gambling, internet, news, taxation by sally

“Gambling executives are planning to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep open a tax loophole estimated to cost British taxpayers £250m a year.”

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The Independent, 5th February 2013

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