Sharon Shoesmith on Baby P, child protection and the tabloid media: ‘I came very close to not standing up again’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a toddler at the hands of his abusive family shocked the nation in 2007, and led to the sacking and demonisation of Sharon Shoesmith, head of Haringey children’s services. But was she just a scapegoat?’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2016

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Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down – BBC News

‘The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2016

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Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers could be abandoned after controversial law firm announces closure – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers are likely to be abandoned after a controversial law firm accused of “hounding” troops announced that it is closing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2016

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Jehovah’s Witnesses under pressure over handling of sexual abuse claims – The Guardian

‘The Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is under increasing pressure to address its handling of sexual abuse allegations as it faces legal setbacks, bills of over £1m and a fight to prevent the Charity Commission examining its records of abuse claims.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2016

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Child abuse inquiry: Alexis Jay to take over from Lowell Goddard – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, remuneration, sexual offences by sally

‘Prof Alexis Jay is to take over as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse following the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard, the home secretary has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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David Cameron to face inquiry into resignation honours list – The Independent

‘David Cameron is to face a Commons inquiry into his resignation honours list, which has been widely criticised for the way he used it to reward friends and financial backers.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2016

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How the Iraq Inquiry failed to follow the money – OUP Blog

Posted August 8th, 2016 in corruption, inquiries, international law, Iraq, news, statistics, war, war crimes by sally

‘In 2007, I published an article that sought to show in detail how the Iraqi economy had been opened up to allow the transformation of the economy and the routine corruption that enabled a range of private profit-making companies to exploit the post-invasion economy. The article argued that the illegal war of aggression waged by a ‘coalition’ headed by George Bush and Tony Blair was tied to a series of subsequent crimes of pillage and occupation. These included the transformation of the economy and the political system that was explicitly illegal under the terms of the Geneva and Hague Convention; and the mobilisation of political and economic instruments to ‘liberate’ the oil. The recently published Chilcot Report recognizes this corruption – and indeed UK joint legal responsibility for the corruption – and yet the evidence for it has been buried. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/07/iraq-inquiry-chilcot-money/#sthash.UiY9VxUh.dpuf

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OUP Blog, 31st July 2016

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Serious Fraud Office starts Airbus inquiry – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2016 in aircraft, airlines, bribery, consultations, corruption, fraud, inquiries, news by sally

‘The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that it has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the commercial airline business of Airbus, the defence and aviation firm. The investigation into potential criminal dealings in the sale of commercial planes was launched in July but revealed at the weekend by the European manufacturer.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2016

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Threefold rise in number of sex offences in schools reported to police – The Guardian

‘The number of sex offences in schools reported to police has almost trebled in four years, a study has shown.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2016

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Child abuse victims say inquiry must continue after chair’s resignation – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The far-reaching public inquiry into institutional child abuse in the UK must continue swiftly despite the shock resignation of its third chair, victims’ representatives and politicians have said.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2016

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Key Janner witness lied about abuse by care home boss – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by Mark L

‘A former children’s home resident who accused the late politician Lord Janner of Braunstone of being a paedophile made false claims of being sexually abused by the home’s manager, it has been alleged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2016

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Police watchdog IPCC ‘favours black complainants’ – BBC News

‘The police watchdog is now “more likely to believe black complainants than white police officers”, according to a former officer and equality campaigner.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2016

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Survivors must have a stronger voice in Goddard abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Justice Lowell Goddard will be unable to deliver justice or tackle child sex abuse if her inquiry sidelines survivors.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

‘Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Goddard inquiry truth project to hear first testimony on child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2016 in budgets, child abuse, clergy, delay, evidence, inquiries, insurance, news, victims by sally

‘The first of hundreds of people are to begin giving testimony to a public inquiry into child sexual abuse, in an unprecedented national “truth-telling” project designed to catalogue decades of suffering.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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A Grand and Disastrous Deceit – London Review of Books

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

‘The Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot and composed of five privy councillors, finally published its report on the morning of 6 July, seven years and 21 days after it was established by Gordon Brown with a remit to ‘look at the run-up to the conflict, the conflict itself and the reconstruction, so that we can learn lessons’.​ It offers a long and painful account of an episode that may come to be seen as marking the moment when the UK fell off its global perch, trust in government collapsed and the country turned inward and began to disintegrate.’

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London Review of Books, 28th July 2016

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Finance & Divorce Update, July 2016 – Family Law week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during June 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 15th July 2016

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Met ‘may be overly targeting BAME youths as gang members’ – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police may be overly targeting black and ethnic minority youths as gang members, resulting in them being treated more harshly by the courts, prisons and justice system, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2016

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Mzee Mohammed death: Liverpool mayor promises transparent inquiry – The Guardian

‘The mayor of Liverpool has sought to reassure the public that an investigation into the death of a black teenager who had been detained by police will be fully transparent, following a weekend of protests in Liverpool and London.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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Wrong warrants? Issues in N325 compliance – Nearly Legal

‘GCN’s Jonathan Holt sets out below the background and detail to the recent emergence of a potential argument employable by those facing a warrant for possession, whether it be as the result of rent arrears or a failure to make mortgage payments.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th July 2016

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