Public inquiry into predator teacher’s abuse of boys – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, child abuse, inquiries, news, school children, teachers by tracey

‘A public investigation is to be launched into how a paedophile teacher, William Vahey, was able to drug and abuse at least 60 children at the £25,000-a-year Southbank International School in London.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2014

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MP refers Sunday Mirror to police and press regulator over sex sting – The Guardian

‘One of the Conservative MPs who was contacted by a Sunday Mirror reporter posing as a woman interested in sex is to write to the Metropolitan police over the tabloid sting. Mark Pritchard said he would contact Scotland Yard and make a formal complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) over accusations of entrapment.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Watchdog investigates Met police over handling of discrimination complaints – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard is being investigated by a human rights watchdog for deleting references to discrimination from internal reports to avoid problems at tribunals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2014

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How could 16-year-old Christina be killed on her way to school? – Daily Telegraph

‘As a report declares the fatal stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins as ‘preventable’, her family speak out about the serious failings that led to the unprovoked attack.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2014

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Christina Edkins inquiry finds missed opportunities to prevent killing – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in homelessness, homicide, inquiries, mental health, news, social services by tracey

‘A string of agencies and professionals missed opportunities to prevent the death of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was fatally stabbed on a bus by a homeless man with serious mental health issues, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014

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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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Rotherham Council to be subject of independent inspection – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2014 in child abuse, inquiries, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Rotherham Council is to face an independent inspection following the report that revealed 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2014

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Iraq inquiry will tell ‘whole story’ insists Heywood – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2014 in delay, documents, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports by sally

‘The Iraq Inquiry report will “not be a cover-up in any shape or form”, the UK’s top civil servant has insisted.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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The public sector equality duty and priority need – NearlyLegal

‘In Kanu v Southwark LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1085, the Court of Appeal considered whether the public sector equality duty added an additional obligation on housing officers when they came to consider whether an applicant had a priority need. As you will all know the public sector equality is an obligation placed on public authorities by s.149, Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation; advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; and foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. Broken down, when someone is disabled, the duty further requires an authority to have due regard to the need to take steps to take account of a person’s disability.’

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NearlyLegal, 7th September 2014

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New press self-regulation body ‘not a fake’, says Ipso chairman – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2014 in complaints, inquiries, interception, media, news, ombudsmen, privacy, standards, victims by sally

‘The chairman of a new press self-regulation body set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal says he wants to show critics it is not a “fake”.’

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BBC News, 8th September 2014

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Call for inquiry into death at Morton Hall immigration detention centre – The Guardian

‘The family of a 26-year-old man who died at an immigration detention centre have called for an urgent independent inquiry saying they have concerns about the circumstances surrounding his death.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2014

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Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf to lead child abuse inquiry – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2014 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has replaced Lady Butler-Sloss as head of the UK government inquiry into historical child abuse. Ms Woolf is a City lawyer and former president of the Law Society.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2014

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Horsemeat scandal: food safety expert warns issues have not been addressed – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in environmental health, food, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Chris Elliott led an inquiry into last year’s saga and says problems remain with proper control of UK food supply chain.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

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Lord Chancellors should be judges, APIL argues – Legal Futures

‘Lord Chancellors should be recruited from the judiciary and no longer combine the role with that of justice secretary, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2014

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EDF to pay £3m in compensation after Ofgem inquiry – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in compensation, complaints, consumer protection, inquiries, news, utilities by tracey

‘EDF Energy is to pay out £3m to benefit “vulnerable customers” after an investigation by the energy industry watchdog Ofgem found that the company had breached complaint handling rules.’

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The Guardian, 22nd 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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Cliff Richard case: BBC and police face parliamentary inquiry into coverage – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2014 in BBC, inquiries, media, news, police, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC director general, Tony Hall, and South Yorkshire police are facing a parliamentary inquiry over the leaking of highly sensitive information about the investigation of Sir Cliff Richard as an independent inquiry into the affair was announced.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2014

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Sky faces inquiry over MH17 report – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2014 in accidents, aircraft, complaints, inquiries, media, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Sky News is to be investigated by the media regulator for broadcasting images of one of its presenters handling a passenger’s belongings at the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2014

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Judicial Speeches, Gaza Boycotts and Social Media Crimes – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia. In other news, the on-going conflict in Gaza sparks controversy at home, while the Lords inquiry into social media offences reaches an unexpected conclusion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th August 2014

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Graham Gee: Do Lord Chancellors defend judicial independence? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted August 18th, 2014 in inquiries, judiciary, lord chancellor, news, parliament, pensions, statutory duty by tracey

‘As part of its inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor, the Constitution Committee asks whether “new” (i.e. post-2003) Lord Chancellors have actually defended judicial independence in line with their customary and now statutory duty to do so. I was asked for examples earlier this summer when appearing before the Committee (with Andrew Le Sueur and Patrick O’Brien). I tried to identify some, but rather garbled my answer. Earlier in the year I also sketched some thoughts about Lord Chancellors in Public Law, but struggled to find clear-cut examples. One reason is that collective cabinet responsibility and the confidentiality of exchanges between Lord Chancellors and judges mean that outsiders will seldom have a full picture of what has occurred behind closed doors. This is unfortunate since my impression is that many lawyers assume—mistakenly, I think—that new Lord Chancellors are neither willing nor able to defend judicial independence. This post is hopefully third time lucky in correcting this assumption. By drawing on press reports, public statements and interviews that Robert Hazell, Kate Malleson, Patrick O’Brien and I conducted between 2011-2013, I want to piece together evidence that suggests that new Lord Chancellors can and do defend judicial independence.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th August 2014

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