Regina (Forge Care Homes Ltd) and others v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 27th, 2015 in budgets, care homes, judicial review, news, nurses by sally

Regina (Forge Care Homes Ltd) and others v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and others [2015] EWHC 601 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 134

‘The definition of “nursing care by a registered nurse” in section 49 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 was not a task based definition which restricted “services” to the tasks which only a registered nurse could perform.’

WLR Daily, 11th March 2015

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Court charge of up to £1,200 for criminals revealed – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2015 in costs, fines, guilty pleas, news, trials by sally

‘Convicted criminals in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under new rules, it has been revealed.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Secret trial: Six unanswered questions – BBC News

‘An important principle in the British legal system is that “not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done”.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

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Secret trial clears man of plotting to kill Tony Blair – The Independent

‘A British law student has been cleared of targeting Tony Blair and his wife Cherie as part of a terrorist plot, following the UK’s first secret terror case.’

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The Independent, 26th March 2015

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Are too few convictions overturned? – BBC News

‘There is room for argument over whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is too cautious in referring suspected miscarriages of justice to the Court of Appeal, as the Commons Justice Committee has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Why Evans gets the spiders – Panopticon

‘The Supreme Court’s judgment in R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 has received vast amounts of media coverage – more in a single day than everything else about FOI has received in ten years, I reckon. No need to explain what the case was about – the upshot is that Rob Evans gets Prince Charles’ ‘black spider’ letters. Here’s why.’

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Panopticon, 26th March 2015

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Buying web addresses best protection for brands in light of expansion of domains – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 27th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks, trade names by sally

‘Businesses should respond to the growing number of domains by buying up the web addresses that pose a risk to their brands.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th March 2015

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Struck off and now disbarred: lawyer who defrauded the Law Society – Legal Futures

‘A former solicitor and non-practising barrister who was convicted of a string of offences – including assaulting two police officers and defrauding the Law Society of £23,000 while a member of its council – has been disbarred two months after she was struck off the roll of solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2015

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LSB: regulators better on diversity but barristers still coy about backgrounds – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2015 in barristers, diversity, news, statistics by sally

‘More than 80% of barristers have declined to disclose information about their socio-economic backgrounds when asked to do so by their professional regulator, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2015

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Ian Watkins: Misconduct case for two police officers – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2015 in child abuse, misfeasance in public office, news, police by sally

‘Two detectives who worked on the Ian Watkins child abuse investigation have cases to answer for misconduct, a police watchdog has recommended.

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

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Supreme court clears way for release of secret Prince Charles letters – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in appeals, attorney general, disclosure, documents, news, royal family, Supreme Court, veto by sally

‘The UK supreme court has cleared the way for the publication of secret letters written by Prince Charles to British government ministers, declaring that an attempt by the state to keep them concealed was unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2015

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Do not-so smart pension reforms mean FCA wants pensioners to be ScamSmart? – RPC Financial Services Blog

Posted March 26th, 2015 in consumer protection, financial regulation, news, pensions by sally

‘Less than two weeks after Martin Wheatley’s speech identifying April’s ‘big bang’ pension reforms as “[t]he defining challenge of our time”, the FCA has launched a website called ‘ScamSmart’ dedicated to helping retail investors identify fraudulent investment scams. Martin Wheatley’s keynote speech and the launch of the ScamSmart website indicate the level of concern in the FCA about the impact of the reforms on UK pensioners. The strength of these concerns is confirmed in today’s Business Plan which includes plans for the FCA to carry out a thematic review (with, presumably, intense supervisory and enforcement work to follow) into the suitability of pensions and retail investment advice.’

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RPC Financial Services Blog, 24th March 2015

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Save Legal Aid, Save Lives – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2015 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Ruth Tweedale, a law lecturer at the University of Roehampton and former solicitor at Rights of Women, describes recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Supreme court to rule on publishing Prince Charles’ ‘black spider memos’ – The Guardian

‘The supreme court will rule on Thursday on whether highly sensitive secret correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers should at last be released in the public interest.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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Contractual discretion – lost at sea? – Technology Law Update

Posted March 26th, 2015 in compensation, contract of employment, contracts, news, suicide by sally

‘Contracts often include terms that give discretion to one of the parties to make a decision affecting the other party. Does that mean that the party with the discretion can use it freely? Apparently not, according to a recent Supreme Court case.’

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Technology Law Update, 25th March 2015

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Grooming bans could stop child sex abuse say councils – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2015 in local government, news, sexual grooming, social services by sally

‘Councils in England and Wales want new powers to combat predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

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Too little progress on stop and search, says police watchdog – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in news, police, race discrimination, reports, stop and search by sally

‘Police forces have made too little progress on improving their use of stop and search powers, with too many officers lacking any understanding of their impact on the lives of young black people, an official watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2015

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How to sue in respect of abusive comments on the Internet – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 26th, 2015 in defamation, internet, law firms, news by sally

‘The facts of this case are simple. A defamatory comment was posted on the claimant’s Google maps directional page, implying that he was a “loser” as a lawyer and that his firm lost “80%” of cases brought to them. The defendant claimed that someone must have hacked in to his own Google account to put up the post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th March 2015

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Cheating Premier League footballer at centre of one-night stand blackmail plot should be named, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2015 in anonymity, appeals, blackmail, costs, injunctions, news by sally

‘Justice Warby rules an anonymity order protecting a wealthy well-known defender who had a one-night stand despite having a long term partner and child should be lifted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2015

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Vaginal piercings have always been FGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 26th, 2015 in consent, crime, female genital mutilation, news by sally

‘In the UK some women choose to have their clitoris pierced to enhance their sexual pleasure. Recent headlines in the UK announced that vaginal piercings are now being classed as female genital mutilation (FGM) under new NHS guidelines. The truth is that vaginal piercings have always fallen within the definition of FGM but the lack of clear guidance to piercing clinics and the absence of clear guidance for health professionals has affected the way that traditionally mutilated girls and women are treated. The new guidelines are part of a package of measures designed to identify those at risk of traditional procedures in a non-discriminatory way as part of necessary intervention that ought to engage all health practitioners in the campaign to eradicate FGM in the UK.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th March 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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