High Court rejects Barnett’s appeal against strike-off – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal by Richard Barnett, senior partner of collapsed conveyancing firm Barnetts, against his striking-off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2016

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Teaching human rights in schools: ‘Who am I to say that democracy is the right way? – OUP Blog

Posted April 4th, 2016 in bias, education, human rights, media, news, school children, teachers by sally

‘“What could very easily happen with teaching about human rights is indoctrination…so let’s say someone says that racism isn’t wrong. Okay, so what would happen is that ‘racism is wrong. You have to learn it’. That’s the way it would be taught… Actually, I think a debate around that is needed, because I don’t think you can say that intrinsically racism is wrong. You can say that as a society, we’ve formed a set of values that have concluded that racism is wrong.”

When a primary school teacher says something like this to you as a researcher, it makes you sit up and take notice. Whilst it would be comforting to think that this is simply the isolated perspective of one wayward teacher, my research into teachers’ perceptions of educating primary school children about human rights was punctuated by similarly troubling viewpoints. One teacher found it difficult to talk about the atrocities that happened at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp without telling the children in her classroom that “this is the most heinous crime ever imagined”, following this up with “and you can’t do that, so it’s very difficult.” Another was loathe to teach that democracy was “the right way,” because she didn’t want to influence, but rather to simply “open children’s eyes.” Her final comment on this issue being “who am I to say that democracy is the right way?”’

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OUP Blog, 4th April 2016

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Deepcut recruit’s alleged suicide ‘did not match emotional state’ – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2016 in armed forces, bias, bullying, inquests, murder, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenage recruit found shot dead at Deepcut barracks in Surrey 20 years ago was behaving normally on the day of her death, although she had been having relationship problems, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2016

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Judge complains of “too many swindlers” after wrongly questioning status of solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2016 in appeals, bias, internet, judges, landlord & tenant, Law Society, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge who wrongly questioned the status of a solicitor after doing his own research on the Law Society’s website, has been criticised by the Court of Appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 5th February 2016

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Review of racial bias and BAME representation in Criminal Justice System announced – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 1st, 2016 in bias, criminal justice, equality, press releases, race discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘The Prime Minister has asked David Lammy MP to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.’

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Ministry of Justice, 31st January 2016

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Upper Tribunal cases on fair hearings in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advocacy, bias, immigration, judiciary, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘Three recent cases on fair hearings in immigration cases, all from President McCloskey. All make interesting reading.’

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Free Movement, 13th January 2016

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Hunting convictions thrown into doubt after court case collapses – Daily Telegraph

‘The neutrality of Professor Stephen Harris, one of the UK’s leading authorities on foxes, has been called into question.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2015

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High Court judge quashes planning permission over appearance of bias – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 15th, 2015 in appeals, bias, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed the grant of outline planning permission for a residential development in Wiltshire over the appearance of bias.’
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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2015

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The High Court judge, the £3bn airline case and the mystery of his lost luggage – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2015 in airlines, bias, judges, news, recusal by sally

‘Prominent High Court judge removes himself from £3 billion case involving BA after asking airline’s legal team: “What happened to my luggage?”‘
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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2015

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Court of Appeal dismissed local resident’s objections to the Shell redevelopment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 19th, 2015 in appeals, bias, news, planning by tracey

‘The UK Court of Appeal has dismissed a legal challenge against the redevelopment of the 1950s 27-storey Shell Tower in London made by a local resident, George Turner.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th June 2015

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HCA International Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority – WLR Daily

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in appeals, bias, competition, law reports, tribunals by sally

HCA International Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority [2015] EWCA Civ 492; [2015] WLR (D) 221

‘The Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the appropriate principles to be applied by a court or tribunal, having quashed a decision by an administrative body, in deciding whether it should remit that decision to be remade by a freshly constituted decision-making body.’

WLR Daily 21st May 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’ : judging judicial decision-making – Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Posted February 6th, 2015 in bias, judgments, judiciary, news, reasons by sally

‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’: judging judicial decision-making (PDF)

Lecture by Lord Neuberger

F A Mann Lecture 2015

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

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Judge attacks social workers for “grossly overstating” case in evidence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2014 in bias, care orders, child abuse, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘A judge has sharply criticised social workers for giving “visibly biased” evidence when a local authority applied for a final care order in relation to a three-year-old boy with a view to placing him for adoption.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2014

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Allegations Of Bias In Long And Complex Cases – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, bias, judiciary, news, recusal by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down guidance on the approach to take to allegations of bias in long-running cases where a judge has substantial involvement in the prior stages of a case’s history.’

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Littleton Chambers, 27th October 2014

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Yiacoub v The Queen – WLR Daily

Posted July 17th, 2014 in appeals, bias, judges, law reports, Privy Council by tracey

Yiacoub v The Queen; [2014] UKPC 22; [2014] WLR (D) 314

‘Justice was not seen to be done when a judge who had sat on the original trial was responsible for overseeing the constitution of the panel of judges which formed the court which heard the appeal.’

WLR Daily, 10th July 2014

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Bias has ‘significant’ effect on verdicts, jury research says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 10th, 2014 in bias, burden of proof, juries, news, verdicts by tracey

‘Jurors should be tested before trials to reduce the effect of prejudices on their understanding of the burden of proof, according to the authors of a study suggesting bias has a “significant” impact on verdicts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th January 2014

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Resolution Chemicals Ltd v H Lundbec A/S – WLR Daily

Posted November 28th, 2013 in appeals, bias, expert witnesses, judges, law reports, recusal by tracey

Resolution Chemicals Ltd v H Lundbec A/S: [2013] EWCA Civ 1515;   [2013] WLR (D)  453

‘The fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts, would not conclude that there was a real possibility that the judge would be subconsciously biased in his assessment of the evidence of an expert witness in a patent action where the witness had been the judge’s research supervisor at university.’

WLR Daily, 25th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Judge refuses to recuse himself in case where expert witness was his Oxford supervisor – Litigation Futures

Posted November 7th, 2013 in bias, expert witnesses, judges, news, patents, recusal by tracey

“A High Court judge has refused to recuse himself from a case involving an expert witness who was once his academic supervisor at Oxford University.”

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Litigation Futures, 6th November 2013

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Man wrongly charged in Crown Prosecution Service’s ‘homophobic witch-hunt’ – The Independent

“A man whose life was ruined when he was charged with child sex offences after looking at legal gay pornography in a hotel room has accused the police and Crown Prosecution Service of a ‘homophobic witch-hunt’ after his case was finally thrown out. The defendant endured a ‘two-year nightmare’ after being arrested in front of his family, charged with 10 offences almost a year later and repeatedly bailed, before every charge was dropped. If convicted he would have faced jail and been forced to sign the sex offenders’ register. His father died while he was awaiting trial.”

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The Independent, 1st November 2013

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‘British justice on trial’: Judge urges phone-hacking jury to consider only the evidence presented to them – The Independent

“The jury that will decide the guilt or innocence of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six other defendants was sworn in at the Old Bailey with a warning from the judge that ‘British justice is on trial’.”

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The Independent, 30th October 2013

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