What price liberty? Damages, DOLS and a cat named Fluffy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news by sally

‘With a significant backlog of care home cases in the Court of Protection, P’s case runs the risk of becoming something of a precedent on the question of damages for unlawful detention. However, as far as calculation of damages goes, it is light on analysis of principle. This post seeks to explore whether the considerable case law that has developed on damages for false imprisonment in other situations may help illuminate what this type of case is worth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2015

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Lee Balkwell concrete mixer death: Family awarded £12,000 – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news by sally

‘The family of a man found dead in a concrete mixer in Essex has been awarded £12,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2015

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FCA could call time on PPI claims – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news by sally

‘Britain’s financial watchdog has raised the possibility of introducing a time limit on complaints about payment protection insurance, the mis-selling scandal that has cost banks more than £17bn in compensation.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2015

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Halve female prisoner numbers: are we a step closer to change? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news by sally

‘Today [29 January], Justice Minister Simon Hughes spoke on BBC Radio 5Live about the often thorny issue of female offenders and the way in which the Criminal Justice System (CJS) treats them. He said, “There are so many women who ought not to be in prison. About half ought not to be there at all…”’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th January 2015

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Former Royal Navy chef jailed over £1m ‘fake’ sea bass scam – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2015 in food, forgery, fraud, news, sentencing, trade descriptions by sally

‘Judge brands £1.1 million fraud a ‘scandal’ after it is revealed Michael Redhead sold 400,000 packs of a cheaper oriental perch to Iceland.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2015

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The DPP’s tough new rape guidelines: What are they and why are they so important? – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘Rape suspects will now have a greater burden of responsibility to demonstrate how a possible victim consented “with full capacity and freedom to do so” to authorities.’

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The Independent, 29th January 2015

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Serious assaults in prison ‘at highest level for ten years’ – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in assault, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Serious assaults in prisons in England and Wales reached their highest level for at least ten years, figures from the Ministry of Justice show.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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New rape guidelines are welcome – if they’re actually followed – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘The latest CPS advice issued to help police dispel rape myths is meaningless if ignored by officers on the ground.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2015

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The government departments breaching Freedom of Information law – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in BBC, freedom of establishment, government departments, news by sally

‘Some of the most important government departments are not fulfilling their obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, a Newsnight investigation has shown.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Sex abuse inquiry: ‘Victims receive death threats’ after MPs release names online – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2015 in inquiries, news, privacy, select committees, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Survivors of sex abuse say they have received death threats and been approached by their abusers, after MPs published their details online last week.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2015

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Appeal court extends jail term over claw hammer attack – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in appeals, attempts, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who smashed the skulls of three sisters with a claw hammer as they slept in a London hotel room has had his minimum term increased from 18 years to 27.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2015

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Boy, 16, who murdered teacher Ann Maguire loses challenge to jail term – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in appeals, murder, news, school children, sentencing, teachers, young offenders by sally

‘The 16-year-old boy who murdered teacher Ann Maguire has lost a challenge to his 20-year minimum term.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2015

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Neo-Nazi Richard Harris jailed for Blackwood racial attack – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news, racism, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘A neo-Nazi has been jailed for five years for attacking an Asian man on the day of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s funeral.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Court rules that West Brom tracker rate rise on buy-to-let mortgages was legal – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2015 in banking, interest, mortgages, news by sally

‘A judge has rejected claims that the lender illegally increased its tracker rates for buy-to-let customers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2015

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Sandra Dunham given 18 days’ home confinement in US fraud case – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in extradition, fraud, guilty pleas, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who admitted a $1m (£640,000) expenses fraud and money-laundering will not spend any more time in jail.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Most racial discrimination investigations into police officers result in no action – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2015 in news, police, race discrimination, statistics by sally

‘Eight in 10 investigations into alleged racial discrimination by police officers result in no further action being taken, figures released by a watchdog show today.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2015

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UK broke law in fewer than 1% of European human rights cases in 2014 – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in delay, human rights, news, statistics by sally

‘The United Kingdom was found to have acted unlawfully in fewer than one per cent of the cases lodged against it last year at the European court of human rights (ECHR), it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2015

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Haroon Aswat’s extradition to US legal, judges rule – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2015 in extradition, human rights, mental health, news, terrorism by sally

‘The extradition of British terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the United States was lawful, European Court of Human Rights judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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P2P lending platforms’ marketing scrutinised by FCA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2015 in advertising, banking, financial regulation, news by sally

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms risk being told what terminology they can and cannot use in their marketing material if concerns identified by the UK’s City watchdog go unaddressed, an expert has said.

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th January 2015

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Acquitted defendants costs regime not incompatible with ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 29th, 2015 in bills, costs, human rights, news by sally

‘The Court (Burnett LJ giving the sole judgment) has ruled on whether the statutory changes made to the ability of acquitted defendants in the Crown Court to recover their costs from central funds are compatible with the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2015

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