Savile estate cash ‘to go to lawyers, not victims’ – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in charities, compensation, fees, legal profession, news, victims by michael

‘A charity set up by Jimmy Savile has warned a compensation scheme for the sex abuser’s victims could result in millions being paid in lawyers’ fees.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Police launch scheme for victims to choose punishment – Daily Telegraph

‘A Police and Crime Commissioner has launched scheme to allow victims to decide how criminals should be punished. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Private copying exception plans face possible legal action following parliamentary sign off – OUT-LAW.com

‘New rights to make private copies of copyrighted works, make free use of copyrighted material in works of parody and quote extracts from copyright protected books, audio and video content will be introduced into UK law from October.’

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OUT-LAW.co, 30th July 2014

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Watchdog ‘desperate’ for ministers to crack down on nuisance calls and spam texts – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2014 in compensation, electronic mail, news, nuisance, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Victims of spam message companies could find it easier to win compensation under plans backed by the Information Commissioner’s Office’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2014

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Legislation passed to ban PI inducements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has introduced legislation to clamp down on personal injury inducements from lawyers offering clients money or gifts such as iPads in exchange for pursuing claims.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2014

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Supreme Court set to rule on rights of trafficked Nigerian girl – The Independent

‘The UK’s highest court will rule on a landmark decision of whether illegal immigrants should be deprived of fundamental workers’ rights, following the appeal of a Nigerian national who was trafficked into the UK. Judges from the Supreme Court, including Britain’s most senior female judge Lady Hale, will deliver the verdict on Wednesday in a case which could set an important precedent for the rights of workers found to be treated as modern-day slaves.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim – The Guardian

‘An unprecedented court hearing to decide on the right of a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy to receive compensation could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women’s behaviour, according to legal papers lodged with the judge.

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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Lords agree ‘fundamental dishonesty’ clause – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 25th, 2014 in bills, compensation, fraud, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Peers have agreed to a clause in proposed legislation that gives courts the power to dismiss personal injury claims where the claimant has been “fundamentally dishonest”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette. 24th July 2014

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Sacked Baby P chief Sharon Shoesmith won payout of more than £600,000 – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2014 in compensation, local government, news, social services, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Haringey council has had to pay out more than £600,000 to its former children’s services boss Sharon Shoesmith in compensation for unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, and pension contributions, according to reports.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

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Deaf workers accused of ‘new whiplash’ claims in insurance fraud – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

‘Compensation claims for industrial deafness have risen by two thirds over the past two years, according to insurance and legal experts. Despite the increase, however, only one in 10 cases are being paid out amid claims of widespread fraud.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2014

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Manchester Airport tyre blast: Lufthansa and Storm Aviation pay damages – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2014 in accidents, aircraft, compensation, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘An engineer who lost an arm and a leg when a tyre on an aircraft exploded at Manchester Airport has been awarded about £600,000 in damages.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2014

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Criminal injuries compensation: a guide – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2014 in compensation, criminal injuries compensation, news by tracey

‘A guide to applying for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th July 2014

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Child abuse victims to sue Government – The Independent

‘An alleged victim of historical child abuse has instructed lawyers over his intention to take legal action, claiming the Government is in breach of its obligations to victims of abuse. The victim, who has asked not to be named for legal reasons, believes the government has not lived up to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees respect for home life. Had it done so, it is claimed, many more victims would have come forward to assist the police. The victim is an alleged survivor of child abuse at Grafton Close, a care home run by Richmond Borough Council in south-west London.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2014

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Alison Hewitt family awarded £130,000 for stalker failings – BBC News

‘A family who endured a “living nightmare” at the hands of a stalker are to receive £130,000 because of Home Office failings.

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Harassed family gets payout after Home Office failings – BBC News

‘A family who endured a “living nightmare” at the hands of a violent criminal is to receive a £130,000 payout over Home Office failings.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Construction blacklist compensation scheme opens – BBC News

Posted July 4th, 2014 in compensation, construction industry, news by tracey

‘Eight construction firms have announced the launch of a scheme aimed at compensating workers who were victims of past blacklisting in the industry. Under the scheme, workers on the list would be paid £4,000 on a fast-track basis rising to £20,000 if they can prove discrimination. In more serious cases, up to £100,000 could be awarded.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2014

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Patents – Employees’ Compensation: Shanks v Unilever – NIPC Law

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in compensation, employment, inventions, news, patents by sally

‘S.39 (1) of the Patents Act 1977 provides:
“Notwithstanding anything in any rule of law, an invention made by an employee shall, as between him and his employer, be taken to belong to his employer for the purposes of this Act and all other purposes if –
(a) it was made in the course of the normal duties of the employee or in the course of duties falling outside his normal duties, but specifically assigned to him, and the circumstances in either case were such that an invention might reasonably be expected to result from the carrying out of his duties; or
(b) the invention was made in the course of the duties of the employee and, at the time of making the invention, because of the nature of his duties and the particular responsibilities arising from the nature of
his duties he had a special obligation to further the interests of the employer’s undertaking.”‘

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NIPC Law, 2nd July 2014

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Wiltshire Police ‘sorry’ for wrongful arrest – BBC News

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in compensation, complaints, news, police, public order, wrongful arrest by sally

‘A woman has received £9,000 and an apology from Wiltshire Police after being unlawfully arrested and held in a cell for hours.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2014

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Met must respond to spy allegations in undercover police case, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police cannot use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to damages claims brought by women who claim they were tricked into forming relationships with undercover officers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

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Black female officer discriminated against by Met Police, tribunal finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s biggest force faces a large compensation claim as a tribunal rules Carol Howard was treated unfairly because of her sex and race.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2014

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