Former Times lawyer loses appeal against SDT – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former legal director of Times Newspapers Ltd was guilty of “recklessly” rather than “knowingly” misleading the court in relation to litigation over revelations about the “NightJack” blogger, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th September 2014

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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

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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

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Derby Moor teacher David Foster banned for punching and swearing at pupils – BBC News

‘A teacher has been banned indefinitely after he swore at pupils, punched them and called them offensive names.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2014

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Doctors who harm patients face ‘tougher sanctions’ – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘Doctors who make mistakes in the care of their patients could face tougher sanctions, under plans being considered by the General Medical Council.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2014

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‘Failure to cooperate’ case prompts ombudsman review – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is to review its internal investigations guidance after a barrister was cleared of misconduct due to its own “failure to cooperate” with the disciplinary process.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th August 2014

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Lord Rennard’s suspension from Lib Dems is lifted – Daily Telegraph

‘Disciplinary action launched in wake of sexual harassment allegations against the peer is dropped by the party.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2014

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Barrister cleared of misconduct because of ombudsman’s “failure to co-operate” – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Disciplinary Tribunal has told the Legal Ombudsman that “co-operation is a two-way process”, in a case involving a failure to share information with the lawyer who was the subject of a complaint.’

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Legal Futures, 19th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims 2014 – Civil Justice Council

‘Civil Justice Council issues new guidance on instructing experts in civil claims.’

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Civil Justice Council, 13th August 2014

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Regina (Woods and another) v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police – WLR Daily

Regina (Woods and another) v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2014] EWHC 2784 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 378

‘The Service Confidence Procedure (“SCP”), which was the statutory misconduct regime for police officers, was amenable to judicial review, but in circumstances where reasons for it were subject to a decision that they could not be disclosed due to public interest immunity, then the threshold for judicial interference was very high.’

WLR Daily, 7th August 2014

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Visitors uphold fine for pupillage head who ignored online applications – Legal Futures

‘The Bar’s disciplinary tribunal was right to fine the head of a pupillage committee at a London chambers that ignored 98 online applications, the Visitors to the Inns of Court have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 11th August 2014

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News International lawyers face tribunal over alleged hacking coverup – The Guardian

‘Two lawyers working for News International at the height of the phone hacking scandal are being prosecuted by the legal profession’s regulator for allegedly seeking to cover up the scale of criminality at the News of the World.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2014

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Constance Briscoe removed from judicial office after jail disgrace – Daily Telegraph

‘Barrister and part-time judge stripped of office for her role in the Chris Huhne ‘points-swap’ scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2014

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The gaps in the welfare ‘safety net’ and the scope for using judicial review – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Desmond Rutledge considers the use of judicial review as a remedy of last resort in welfare benefits cases where the claimant is in financial crisis.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2014

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High Court overturns tribunal’s decision on barrister accused of concealing convictions – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has quashed the decision of a Bar disciplinary tribunal, which resulted in a barrister being disbarred and fined £3,000 following accusations that he failed to disclose criminal convictions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2014

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Church faces legal challenge after blocking job offer to married gay priest – The Guardian

‘The first priest to marry his same-sex partner is to issue a legal challenge to the Church of England after his offer of a job as an NHS chaplain was withdrawn when his bishop refused the necessary permission.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2014

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Bar Standards Board to “research need for accreditation schemes” – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has promised to research “the need for other quality assurance schemes and/or accreditation schemes” so the public can have confidence in barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 4th August 2014

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Barristers can be fearless, but they must keep to the rules – The Guardian

‘How fearless can a barrister afford to be when representing a defendant at a criminal trial? That was the question I asked here exactly six months ago. The answer, we learned this week, is not as fearless as Lawrence McNulty was when he represented Munir Farooqi at a terrorist trial in the summer of 2011. A disciplinary tribunal of the inns of court has now convicted McNulty on four charges of professional misconduct arising from Farooqi’s trial, while acquitting the barrister of a fifth’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2014

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‘Toilet phone’ teacher Andrew Eades gets life ban – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in disciplinary procedures, disqualification, news, teachers, voyeurism by michael

‘A teacher who set his mobile phone to record in a secondary school’s toilets has been banned from the profession for life.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Ashraf v General Dental Council – WLR Daily

Ashraf v General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 2618 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D) 342

‘Whilst it was not inherently unfair for a regulator to pursue disciplinary charges against a professional where he had been acquitted of substantially the same charges in the criminal courts, that did not mean that there would not be circumstances in which it might well be unfair to proceed.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014

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