Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2016

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Disabled people ‘treated like second-class citizens’ – watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2016 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, news by tracey

‘People with disabilities are being treated like second class citizens, the UK’s equality watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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Prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people surge by more than 40 per cent in a year – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has surged by 41.3 per cent in the last year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2016

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And There Lurks the Minotaur: The Interrelationship Between the Inherent Jurisdiction and Section 25, CA 1989: Part II – Family Law Week

‘Alex Laing, barrister of Coram Chambers, considers further the interrelationship of secure accommodation and the inherent jurisdiction and the principles which should govern its use.’

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2016

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The Disabled Child: State Provision of Care & Education, and the Implications for a Civil Claim – Byrom Street Chambers

‘This paper seeks to outline:
a. Local Authority (“LA”) obligations to provide care or other services to children under the Children Act 1989 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
b. LA obligations under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to special educational needs and disability.’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 14th June 2016

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Parents with disabilities – Park Square Barristers

‘It is entirely common for care proceedings to involve parents with learning disabilities or difficulties. This case is essential reading for all practitioners involved in such cases. It sets out the expectations on the state (inevitably through a local authority) to provide support to such parents in caring for their children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 23rd June 2016

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Agoraphobic can be sedated and taken from home to undergo eye surgery, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘An agoraphobic woman can be sedated and taken from the home she has hardly left for many years so doctors can perform an eye operation, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2016

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Boy left with brain injuries at birth receives £11m compensation – The Guardian

‘The mother of a boy who was born with brain injuries after medical staff failed to notice his slowing heartbeat during labour has said she hopes she can provide a better quality of life for her son after receiving £11m in a high court settlement with the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016

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Disabled claimant given green light to challenge cuts to care package – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2016 in community care, disabled persons, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has given a disabled man permission to bring a legal challenge against a county council after it decided to reduce his care package.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th June 2016

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Supreme Court to hear ‘wheelchair vs buggy’ bus case – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2016 in children, disability discrimination, disabled persons, news, transport by sally

‘A case that will determine whether bus companies should make people with pushchairs and others move from buses’ disabled spaces will be heard at the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2016

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Airlines criticised over payouts for damaged wheelchairs – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2016 in airlines, compensation, damages, disabled persons, equality, news by sally

‘Britain’s equality watchdog has criticised British airlines and British Airways (BA) in particular – for their treatment of disabled customers as legal action is taken by an actor over alleged damage to her wheelchair.’

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The Guardian. 13th June 2016

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Southern Health trust accepts responsibility for teenager’s death – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2016 in compensation, disabled persons, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The family of an 18-year-old man who drowned following an epileptic seizure while under the care of Southern Health NHS foundation trust has been awarded £80,000 compensation.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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Staffordshire County Council v K and others – WLR Daily

Staffordshire County Council v K and others [2016] EWCOP 27

‘An incapacitated adult (“K”), who had been severely injured in a road traffic accident, was awarded substantial damages in court proceedings which were used by his property and affairs deputy, a private trust corporation, to provide a specially adapted residence and to fund the regime of care and support provided by private sector providers. The local authority, having been informed of the arrangements for K’s care and the arrangements having been registered with the Care Quality Commission, applied to the Court of Protection for a welfare order under section 16 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The parties accepted that the arrangements constituted a deprivation of liberty satisfying two of three components of a deprivation of liberty within article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, but the Secretary of State contended that the third component, namely the attribution of responsibility to the state, did not apply to the privately funded and arranged care regime (and to others in an equivalent position), so that the care regime could lawfully be put in place without a welfare order being made under the Act.’

WLR Daily, 25th May 2016

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IPCC criticises Sussex police over hooding of disabled 11-year-old girl – The Guardian

‘Sussex police have been strongly criticised by the force watchdog after an 11-year-old disabled girl was hooded, handcuffed and detained in custody for a total of more than 60 hours.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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Academy trust faces legal challenge over treatment of disabled pupils – The Guardian

‘Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities are taking legal action against an academy trust for proposing to bus their children from a well-performing school to a worse alternative because of limited resources.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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Disabled man born after incest rape wins right to claim compensation – BBC News

‘A man born with severe disabilities after his mother was raped by her father has won the right to claim compensation.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2016

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Families’ fury over ‘painfully slow’ progress after Winterbourne View scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘Families of the victims of the Winterbourne View care scandal have written to David Cameron accusing ministers of betrayal by leaving vulnerable disabled people at risk of abuse five years on.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2016

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Relatives campaign for ‘Robin’s law’ to oblige care homes to inform family if a loved one is ill – The Guardian

‘As a new inquest approaches into the death of their autistic sister, family continues to fight for a law to boost the rights of relatives.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2016

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Ombudsman warns on financial appointee role after council told to repay £12k – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority has agreed to repay nearly £12,000 to a disabled woman for whom it was acting as financial appointee, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th May 2016

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Independent Monitoring Board slams Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres – Free Movement

‘What were Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres have been brought under the same management, and are now called Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. Nonetheless, as the Independent Monitoring Board’s report shows, detention centres by another name still have their same old problems. The Board’s recommendations focus on treatment of vulnerable people, both mentally and physically.’

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Free Movement, 23rd May 2016

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