HRA damages awarded in date rape cases – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 28th, 2014 in damages, human rights, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘This is an important summary of the principles applicable to HR damages, particularly in circumstances where there have been other payments already made arguably in respect of the acts in question. So it should be first port of call if you have an HR damages problem, not least because it gathers all the learning together.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2014

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Legislation passed to ban PI inducements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has introduced legislation to clamp down on personal injury inducements from lawyers offering clients money or gifts such as iPads in exchange for pursuing claims.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2014

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Fiaz Munshi jailed for 1997 Oxford arson child deaths – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2014 in arson, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman has been jailed for 13 years for her part in killing two children in a revenge arson attack in 1997.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2014

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Jayden Parkinson’s ex-boyfriend given life sentence for her murder – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, pregnancy, sentencing by sally

‘The former boyfriend of Jayden Parkinson has been jailed for at least 20 years for her murder.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2014

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Article 2 and combat immunity – where next after Al-Skeini and Susan Smith? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 28th, 2014 in armed forces, duty of care, human rights, immunity, inquests, inquiries, Iraq, news by sally

‘When will a court order an inquiry into the deaths in combat of soldiers serving overseas? Following recent judgments of the English and Strasbourg courts extending the application of the European Convention on Human Rights to zones of armed conflict overseas in certain circumstances, the question is likely to arise frequently over the coming years. In R(Long), the Divisional Court strongly endorsed the doctrine of combat immunity and appeared to set its face against the recent rise in claims against the MoD by soldiers deployed abroad and their next of kin.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2014

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Joanna Michael family in Supreme Court in negligence fight – BBC News

‘The family of a mother-of-two stabbed to death will take its negligence claim against two police forces to the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2014

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Law Society Sharia wills guidance “cannot change the law”, justice minister says – Legal Futures

‘The government has refused to be drawn into the row over controversial advice from the Law Society on Sharia-compliant wills, but insisted that it “does not, and cannot, change the law”.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2014

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Domestic violence could become a specific offence, David Cameron says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2014 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘The Prime Minister says he will consider a new offence for those who attack their partners that will take into account a pattern of abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2014

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Dave Lee Travis to face retrial that includes new count of indecent assault – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2014 in news, retrials, sexual offences by sally

‘Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to face a retrial for charges of sexual assault and indecent assault as well as a new count of indecent assault, a court heard today.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2014

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Supreme Court set to rule on rights of trafficked Nigerian girl – The Independent

‘The UK’s highest court will rule on a landmark decision of whether illegal immigrants should be deprived of fundamental workers’ rights, following the appeal of a Nigerian national who was trafficked into the UK. Judges from the Supreme Court, including Britain’s most senior female judge Lady Hale, will deliver the verdict on Wednesday in a case which could set an important precedent for the rights of workers found to be treated as modern-day slaves.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim – The Guardian

‘An unprecedented court hearing to decide on the right of a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy to receive compensation could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women’s behaviour, according to legal papers lodged with the judge.

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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Inquiry launched into social care after Mikaeel Kular beaten to death by mother – Daily Telegraph

‘Three year old was beaten to death by his mother just weeks after social workers stopped monitoring his family’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2014

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Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial – The Guardian

‘An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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More women judges will improve law’: Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, statistics, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain’s legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2014

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Private nuisance – Article 6 and the costs conundrum – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 25th, 2014 in costs, human rights, insurance, news, nuisance, protective costs orders by tracey

‘Coventry v. Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13, 23 July 2014, read judgment and Austin v. Miller Argent [2014] EWCA Civ 1012, 21 July 2014. Two important cases in the last few days showing how difficult it is to find a fair way to litigate private nuisance cases. Most of these claims have a modest financial value, but may raise complex factual and expert issues, even before you get to the law. The first case I shall deal with, Coventry, shows the iniquities of the recently departed system. The second, Austin, the dangers of the new.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd July 2014

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Lords agree ‘fundamental dishonesty’ clause – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 25th, 2014 in bills, compensation, fraud, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Peers have agreed to a clause in proposed legislation that gives courts the power to dismiss personal injury claims where the claimant has been “fundamentally dishonest”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette. 24th July 2014

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Children: Public Law Update (July 2014) – Family Law Week

Posted July 25th, 2014 in care orders, case management, children, DNA, families, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘John Tughan, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in public law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 24th July 2014

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Catholic Church defrocks 52 priests for sex abuse – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Catholic Church in England and Wales has defrocked 52 priests for sexual abuse since 2001. The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) also said 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2014

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Police to investigate Cyril Smith child abuse cover-up claims – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘A criminal investigation is to be launched into an alleged cover-up of child abuse at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith.The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School in Rochdale.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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