Police officer sacked over Twitter account which called force bosses ‘scum’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2014 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, internet, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A police officer who allegedly sent more than 800 tweets criticising his force and called bosses “lower than slime” has been sacked. Tony Ryan, 33, was found to be the face behind @TheBritishCop – a Twitter account which claimed senior figures within Avon and Somerset Police treated “hard-working staff like garbage”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2014

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Should judges question vulnerable witnesses? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 11th, 2014 in barristers, cross-examination, judiciary, news, professional conduct, witnesses by sally

‘Sir Keir Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, has been in the news this week with the suggestion that vulnerable witnesses should be questioned by the Judge in the case rather than by counsel, and this idea should give us pause to reflect on both the role of the judge and the role of the advocate.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th April 2014

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Call for QC reaccreditation as QASA challenge staggers on – Legal Futures

‘The possibility of introducing re-accreditation for QCs, meaning that silk would no longer be a permanent appointment, and a power to strip them of the rank in the event of misconduct, was floated last week.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2014

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Teacher sacked after calling pupils ‘feral’ on Twitter – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in internet, news, professional conduct, teachers by tracey

‘A teacher has been sacked after she called one pupil “cowface” and labelled others “feral” on Twitter.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd April 2014

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Policeman must apologise to blind man he shot with Taser – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2014 in complaints, disabled persons, firearms, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A police officer has been asked to apologise to a blind man whom he shot with a Taser when he mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2014

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Alleged victims’ fury at failure to ban undercover police seduction tactics – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2014 in codes of practice, demonstrations, news, police, professional conduct, spying by tracey

‘Eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term sexual relationships with undercover policemen have attacked the government’s failure to ban such behaviour in a newly published code of conduct. The Home Office policy suggests there will be a tightening of guidelines on undercover surveillance, but does not explicitly rule out officers engaging in sexual relationships with those being spied on or those who associate with the target. The new code – which is now open to consultation – merely says that intrusion into someone’s “private or family life”, even when they are not the direct targets of the surveillance, should be justified by the information that might be discovered.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2014

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Jeffrey Davies’s colleagues sacked for gross misconduct – BBC News

Posted March 11th, 2014 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, victims by tracey

‘Two South Wales Police officers have been sacked after an investigation into how a colleague sexually assaulted domestic violence victims.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2014

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Senior police officer faces jail after fraud scam – Daily Telegraph

‘A senior police officer has been sacked and could face a jail sentence after she was caught scamming high street stores out of hundreds of pounds. Tanya Brookes was a chief inspector at Surrey Police when she committed “an extensive range of petty frauds” against household names including The White Company and Boots.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2014

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‘Sexually motivated’ doctor Srinivas Yenugula struck off – BBC News

‘A doctor whose treatment of some female patients was ruled to be sexually motivated has been struck off the medical register.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2014

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Fake barrister struck off after complaints – Daily Telegraph

‘Yvonne Turley, 50, who claimed to be an employment law specialist, held meetings with her clients in McDonalds’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2014

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Barend Delport: Sex assault GP struck off register – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2014 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, professional conduct, sexual offences by sally

‘A GP who took intimate pictures of women and children who were his patients has been struck off the medical register.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2014

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Police failings left suspect free to shoot man in face resulting in ‘life-changing’ injuries – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2014 in complaints, delay, firearms, news, police, professional conduct by sally

‘A suspected gunman was free to shoot a man in the face after apparent police failings meant that he was not identified as the owner of a sawn-off shotgun seized in a police operation 17 months earlier, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2014

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Barrister who intentionally misled client over appeal to be disbarred – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 7th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, disciplinary procedures, drafting, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘A public disciplinary tribunal has this week ordered the disbarment of a barrister for intentionally misleading his client by drafting false grounds of appeal – despite knowing there were none.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th February 2014

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Mike Hancock MP council report will not be published – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in local government, news, professional conduct, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘A report which found Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock breached a council code of conduct over alleged behaviour towards a “vulnerable” woman, will not be published.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2014

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Former Broadmoor worker Alan Ostler admits misconduct – BBC News

‘A former worker at the high-security Broadmoor hospital has been given a suspended prison sentence after passing information to tabloid newspapers.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2014

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Personal data and fitness to practice investigations – Tribunal overturns ‘neither confirm nor deny’ position – Panopticon

‘When an identifiable individual has been the subject of a formal complaint about their competence or conduct, that fact constitutes their personal data. In terms of privacy/publicity decisions, such situations are often approached in this way: where the complaint is well founded or at least merits serious consideration, publication is warranted, but otherwise confidentiality is maintained, lest unjustified aspersions be cast against that person.’

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Panopticon, 17th January 2014

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Trains, pains and allegations: fairness in medical misconduct cases – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This appeal by Dr Chhabra was concerned with the roles of the case investigator and the case manager when handling concerns about a doctor’s performance under the disciplinary procedures introduced over eight years ago for doctors and dentists in the National Health Service. The national policy framework is known as ‘Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS’ (MHPS), which the Trust had implemented through its own policies.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th January 2014

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High Court stiffens penalties against solicitors over “opaque” conveyancing quotes – Legal Futures

‘A law firm whose clients were unaware of the true cost of their conveyancing after being reeled in with low quotes did not take unfair advantage of them, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2014

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Lord Rennard cleared of sexually harassing Liberal Democrat women and says he wants his job back – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2014 in burden of proof, harassment, news, political parties, professional conduct, women by tracey

‘Lord Rennard has been cleared of sexually harassing Liberal Democrat party workers despite an independent review finding “broadly credible” evidence he “violated” the personal space of women.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th Janaury 2014

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City solicitors struck off after private prosecution win High Court appeal – Legal Futures

‘Two City solicitors struck off following a rare private prosecution before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) have won a High Court battle that gives them a second chance to fight the allegations against them.’

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Legal Futures, 15th January 2014

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