London Underground sees huge spike in reported sex crimes and violence – The Independent

Posted August 17th, 2016 in London, news, railways, sexual offences, statistics, violence by sally

‘Customers on the London Underground have suffered a 41 per cent increase in violent crimes, including sex crimes, in the past year, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 16th August 2016

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What is London litigation’s place in the post-Brexit world? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘It will be a while yet before the dust settles following the outcome of the 23 June referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. London’s litigators are likely to have voted in different ways on an issue that touches so many different areas of our lives. But I am sure all would agree that the uncertainties generated by the result have the capacity to damage London as a global centre for litigation if not properly managed and addressed. Other litigation hubs are already seeking to capitalise and highlight challenges litigants in London may now face in a bid to attract work. It is vital that as a profession we work to meet that head on.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th August 2016

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London 2011 riots: Stop and search change ‘led to knife crime’ – BBC News

‘It is “highly likely” a drop in police stop and search usage has led to a rise in knife crime, a member of the panel which advised the government following the 2011 riots has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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IPCC bungled case against officers accused of abusing firefighter – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2016 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, firearms, London, mistake, news, police, racism by tracey

‘The police watchdog bungled a case against three officers accused of abusing and Tasering a black firefighter because of his race, it has emerged. The Independent Police Complaints Commission apologised after disciplinary charges against the Metropolitan police officers were dropped and admitted making key errors.’

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The Guardian, 27th 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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Is London still ahead of the game? – Counsel

‘Khawar Qureshi QC provides an overview of recent trends and issues relating to the arbitral process’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Fraud victims outside London have ‘little chance’ of police help – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2016 in conveyancing, fraud, internet, London, news, police, solicitors, statistics, victims by Mark L

‘Fraud victims outside London whose cases are reported to the police have “little chance of any kind of investigation”, an authoritative study has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2016

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Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in appeals, artificial intelligence, computer programs, fines, London, news, parking by sally

‘An artificial-intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that chatbots can actually be useful.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2016

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Neighbours’ fury over London’s longest-running mega-basement dispute – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2016 in housing, London, news, planning by tracey

‘London’s longest running mega-basement dispute could last a decade in a row over a £28 million pound Kensington property formerly owned by a fraudster.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2016

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Odd laws you may unknowingly break – BBC News

‘An 800-year-old dress code banning women from taking off their hats may finally be overturned later in Norfolk. But what other old-fashioned, or just plain strange, rules are in place around England?’

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BBC News, 31st May 2016

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Spitalfields Trust Ltd lose judicial review claim – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 27th, 2016 in judicial review, local government, London, news, planning by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected Spitalfields Historic Trust Ltd’s judicial review claim against a planning permission decision by previous London mayor Boris Johnson.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th May 2016

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Investigation launched into claims undercover officer set fire to Debenhams store in 1980s – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2016 in arson, demonstrations, explosives, investigatory powers, London, news, police by tracey

‘Claims an undercover officer set fire to a high street department store while infiltrating animal rights campaigners are being investigated by the police.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2016

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London borough gets enforcement agencies procurement challenge struck out – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 14th, 2016 in bailiffs, contracting out, local government, London, news, public procurement by sally

‘The London Borough of Waltham Forest has successfully applied to the High Court for a procurement challenge to be struck out.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th April 2016

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Government to investigate Lambeth’s library plans – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2016 in complaints, libraries, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘The government is to investigate a council’s plans to turn some of its libraries into gyms with unstaffed book-lending sections, following a protest against the scheme – which won support from authors including Nick Hornby and Ali Smith.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2016

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British Transport Police ends plan to scrap Tube sex crime unit – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in complaints, London, news, police, sexual offences, statistics, transport, women by sally

‘A specialist policing unit which investigates sexual offences on the Tube will not be disbanded the British Transport Police (BTP) has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2016

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Do initiatives involving substantial increases in stop and search reduce crime? Assessing the impact of Operation BLUNT 2 – Home Office

‘This study assesses the impact on crime of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation BLUNT 2, which ran from May 2008 to April 2011.’

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Home Office, 17th March 2016

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Mass stop and search by police doesn’t reduce crime, says study – The Guardian

‘The use of large “surge” stop-and-search operations by the police has no discernible effect in reducing crime, according to newly released Home Office research. The study looks at the mass use of stop and search by London’s Metropolitan police to tackle knife crime in 2008/09, at a time when officers were carrying out one search every 20 seconds on average nationwide.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2016

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Met Police decision to drop Tower Hamlets electoral fraud investigation branded ‘utter disgrace’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2016 in corruption, elections, evidence, fraud, local government, London, news, police by tracey

‘Scotland Yard has dropped its investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets after finding “insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed”. Detectives launched the probe after Lutfur Rahman, the borough’s former mayor, was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by a judge following a High Court hearing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2016

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Police watchdog criticises Met chief’s comments on sexual abuse policy – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2016 in crime, London, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The head of the police watchdog has criticised Scotland Yard’s commissioner for claiming that an official policy to “believe the victim” had caused confusion among his detectives when investigating prominent people for alleged sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2016

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Call to tighten UK’s new property law to crack down on ‘dirty money’ – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2016 in corruption, London, money laundering, news, retrospectivity, sale of land, trusts by sally

‘New laws that aim to stop the UK being a magnet for money launderers – by forcing the owners of properties to reveal their identities – should be applied retrospectively, leading anti-corruption organisations whose work has strongly influenced the government are saying.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2016

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