Ex-NoW journalist Dan Evans gets suspended sentence over hacking – The Guardian

‘A former journalist at the News of the World who admitted listening to more than 1,000 hacked voicemail messages has been spared jail because of what the judge said was his “unique” role in giving the prosecution evidence in the trial of Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and others.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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‘Arrogant’ barrister has contempt finding set aside – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A barrister accused of ‘breathtaking arrogance’ has had a contempt finding against him set aside, but been referred to the bar’s regulator.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2014

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Solicitor suspended over boiler-room scam – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor involved in a boiler-room scam to push financial products to clients has been suspended from practice for 18 months.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2014

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Teacher who jokingly threatened pupil with a knife banned for two years – The Guardian

‘A teacher who put his arm around a pupil’s neck while holding a knife and jokingly threatened to kill him for giving a wrong answer has been banned from the classroom for two years.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2014

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Hairdresser Hollie Gazzard murder: Ex-boyfriend jailed for life – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, professional conduct, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death at the hairdressers where she worked has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2014

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‘Rude’ police officers to be formally punished under new rules – The Independent

‘Police officers who are rude to the public will face disciplinary action according to new rules, ministers are expected to announce next week.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2014

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Appeal judges to hear BSB “misleading conduct” case – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal is to hear a disciplinary case which led to the Bar Standards Board being accused by Lord Justice Moses of “misleading conduct”.’

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Legal Futures, 10th July 2014

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Serious procedural faults in the appointment of judges: an urgent matter of public interest – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 9th, 2014 in judiciary, news, professional conduct, public interest by sally

‘As part of the current debate on identifying the best values of British culture and society, the proper workings of the British legal system, would surely have to occupy a prominent place. After all, it is the judiciary that would enhance the sense of wellbeing of its citizen every time that justice is felt to have been established.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th July 2014

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Avoiding the clinch: judicial respect for the rules inherent to sport – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘In a recent bout in the High Court, the specificity of sporting disputes once again came to the fore. In Bruce Baker v British Boxing Board of Control [2014] EWHC 2074 (QB), 25 June 2014, Sir David Eady was faced with the old chestnut of a request for a court to interfere with a national sporting body’s decision to sanction one of its participants. One interim application later, and the BBBC was still standing.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 1st July 2014

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Kingsley Burrell death: ‘insufficient evidence’ to prosecute – BBC News

‘Prosecutors say there is “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone after the death of a man detained under the Mental Health Act.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

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Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman face re-trial – BBC News

‘Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman are to face a re-trial on a charge that they bought royal telephone directories from police officers.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2014

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Yarl’s Wood: deported asylum seekers to give evidence to parliament – The Guardian

‘Deported asylum seekers who have made allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by staff at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre are to be called before an ongoing parliamentary inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2014

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Phone hacking: it was right to charge Rebekah Brooks, says Keir Starmer – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors were right to charge Rebekah Brooks and other News of the World executives over conspiracy to hack phones as the trials have helped determine who knew about widespread malpractice at the newspaper, Sir Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2014

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Mini-pupils in chambers: legal and ethical issues – The Bar Council

Posted June 27th, 2014 in data protection, news, privacy, professional conduct, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s Professional Practice Committee (PPC) has published a new document covering mini-pupils.’

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The Bar Council, 26th June 2014

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Teacher’s sexual relationship with boy, 15 – BBC News

‘A former deputy headmaster is given a lifetime teaching ban for an “inappropriate sexual relationship” with a 15-year-old boy.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2014

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North Somerset care home staff sentenced for ill-treating resident – BBC News

‘Three former care home workers who mistreated a resident with Alzheimer’s disease have been barred for life from working with vulnerable adults.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2014

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Fairness under the DPA: public interests can outweigh those of the data subject – Panopticon

Posted June 19th, 2014 in data protection, news, police, professional conduct, public interest by sally

‘Suppose a departing employee was the subject of serious allegations which you never had the chance properly to investigate or determine. Should you mention these (unproven) allegations to a future employer? Difficult questions arise, in both ethical and legal terms. One aspect of the legal difficulty arises under data protection law: would it be fair to share that personal information with the prospective employer?’

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Panopticon, 18th June 2014

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Simon Tandy police shooting: Officers actions ‘proportionate’ – BBC News

‘The shooting of a disabled man in his wheelchair by police was “proportionate, reasonable and necessary,” a watchdog said.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2014

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Art teacher who headbutted pupil was able to keep working despite getting criminal record for attack – The Independent

‘A teacher who violently assaulted a child in the classroom was able to continue working despite being given a criminal record for the attack, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 8th June 2014

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Civil liability and undertakings – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 6th, 2014 in indemnities, insurance, news, professional conduct, solicitors, undertakings by sally

‘Undertakings given by solicitors to third parties are strictly enforced. Generally speaking solicitors would expect their professional indemnity insurers to pick up the claim, but this is not always the case.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 21st May 2013

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