Advising on a secondary victim claim? December 2014 produced a trio of new cases – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in health, negligence, news, psychiatric damage, victims by sally

‘If you are struggling to pin down the relevant principles when advising in a secondary victim case this should be no surprise. As Lord Hoffmann observed: “It seems to me that in this area of the law, the search for principle was called off in Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire [1992] 1 A.C. 310. No one can pretend that the existing law, which your Lordships have to accept, is founded upon principle.” in White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire [1999] 2 AC 455 (the police officers’ claims arising out of the Hillsborough disaster).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th January 2015

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Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Hussain v Waltham Forest London Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 14; [2015] WLR (D) 21

‘The phrase “other violence” in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 covered not only physical violence (actual or threatened) but other threatening or intimidating behaviour or abuse, if of such seriousness that it might give rise to psychological harm.’

WLR Daily, 20th January 2015

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High Court: not “in best interests” of officer who used cocaine to sue police for psychiatric injury – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has said it was not in the “best interests” of a former undercover police officer who used cocaine “on more than one occasion” to sue his police force for psychiatric injury.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th January 2015

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Woman brings boyfriend to justice after remembering attack with hypnosis – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2015 in assault, domestic violence, news, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Zoe Dronfield only remembers brutal attack by Jason Smith in Coventry, West Midlands, after she was hypnotised into reliving traumatic ordeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2015

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Insurance surgery: Stressing the point – New Law Journal

‘Caroline Coates provides an update on claims for work-related stress.’

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New Law Journal, 31st October 2014

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New sentencing proposals emphasise seriousness of knife and gun robberies – Sentencing Council

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in criminal justice, firearms, news, psychiatric damage, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Today [21 October], the Sentencing Council has published its proposals for how robbers should be sentenced by the courts.’

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Sentencing Council, 21st October 2014

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Jackson rules on causing psychological harm by intentional statement – Litigation Futures

Posted October 14th, 2014 in appeals, children, injunctions, judges, news, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has joined two other Court of Appeal judges in ruling that publication of a book detailing a father’s sexual abuse at school could amount to deliberately causing psychological harm to his son under the principles set out in an “obscure tort”.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th October 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

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Dog lead mother Jacqueline Angrave jailed after appeal – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2014 in appeals, child abuse, child cruelty, mental health, news, psychiatric damage, sentencing by sally

‘A mother who walked her daughter to school on a dog lead during a “campaign of cruelty” has been jailed at the second time of asking.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2014

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Undercover police officers will not face sex charges – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2014 in evidence, news, police, prosecutions, psychiatric damage, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘Four undercover police officers accused of starting relationships with women will not face sexual offence charges, prosecutors have said.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2014

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Police forced to name undercover officers who duped women – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in disclosure, environmental protection, news, police, psychiatric damage, women by tracey

‘Metropolitan police lose legal fight over keeping secret the names of officers who fathered children with their ‘targets’

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The Guardian, 15th August 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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Met must respond to spy allegations in undercover police case, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police cannot use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to damages claims brought by women who claim they were tricked into forming relationships with undercover officers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

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Woman woke up on operating table as surgeons prepared to remove appendix – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2014 in damages, hospitals, medical treatment, news, psychiatric damage by tracey

‘A woman who woke up on the operating table as surgeons prepared to remove her appendix but was unable to scream out, has won damages from the hospital responsible for the anaesthetic error.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2014

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Cox (Appellant) v Ergo Versicherung AG (formerly known as Victoria) (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Cox (Appellant) v Ergo Versicherung AG (formerly known as Victoria) (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 22 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 2nd April 2014

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Parents guilty of emotional cruelty face jail – The Guardian

‘Adults convicted of acts of emotional cruelty against children in their care will face the same threat of jail as those guilty of physical neglect, under new laws being considered by ministers.’

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The Guardian, 31st March 2014

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Mary Konye jailed for 12 years for acid attack on former friend in east London – The Guardian

‘A woman who threw acid in the face of her friend while disguised by a Muslim veil has been jailed for 12 years.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2014

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‘Update law on child cruelty': Family experts demand changes to increase protection for minors – The Independent

Posted November 18th, 2013 in child cruelty, mental health, news, police, psychiatric damage, statistics by sally

“Emotional cruelty to children should be made illegal, according to almost 70 per cent of police officers in England and Wales.”

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The Independent, 17th November 2013

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Nearly 25 years after Hillsborough, time for change in psychiatric injury law, says APIL – Litigation Futures

Posted November 13th, 2013 in news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage, sport by tracey

“People who suffer psychiatric injuries after witnessing distressing events are subjected to a ‘harsh and outdated’ system of redress, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has said, calling for a change in the law.”

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Litigation Futures, 13th November 2013

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Court sanctions sterilisation of man with learning difficulties – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2013 in learning difficulties, news, psychiatric damage, sterilisation by tracey

“A high court judge has for the first time sanctioned the sterilisation of a man because it is ‘in his best interests. ‘ ”

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The Guardian, 16th August 2013

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