Sussex University failed duty of care to student assault victim, inquiry finds – The Independent

‘A top UK university failed in its duty of care towards a student who was violently assaulted by her staff lecturer, a formal inquiry has concluded, following an investigation by The Independent.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2017

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Notting Hill carnival risks Hillsborough-scale tragedy, report warns – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2017 in health & safety, London, news, police, public order, reports by tracey

‘The Notting Hill carnival must change if it is to avoid a “Hillsborough-scale tragedy”, according to a report by the London assembly that found the event has become a serious risk to public safety and is beset by rising levels of violent crime.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2017

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MPs call for unpaid internships ban – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2017 in employment, equality, news, parliament, reports by tracey

‘Unpaid internships should be banned as a barrier to social mobility, says a report from MPs and peers.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2017

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MPs to scrutinise cost of parliament restoration works – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2017 in inquiries, listed buildings, news, parliament, repairs, reports, select committees by sally

‘MPs have launched an inquiry into the planned renovation of the Palace of Westminster amid concerns it may not provide value for money.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2017

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Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, recently announced that the government would soon confirm the time-table for the post legislative review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). There has been growing pressure on ministers for some time to announce this (see “Back to the drawing board”, 166 NLJ 7698 13 May 2016, p 6). The Legal Action Group (LAG) hopes that the review will be used as an opportunity by the still relatively new team at the top of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to look at funding the provision of early advice in civil legal cases.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison: Agencies missed chances to protect drugged girl – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child cruelty, children, drug abuse, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Agencies missed several chances to protect a girl who died after being fed drugs by her mother, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2017

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Women should make up at least 45% of MPs by law, say Commons equalities committee – The Independent

Posted January 10th, 2017 in equality, news, parliament, reports, women by sally

‘Parties ‘must be held to account for reducing this democratic deficit’, according to the Women and Equalities Committee, chaired by former Culture Secretary Maria Miller.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2017

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Senior military judge mishandled trial of jailed marine Alexander Blackman, official report finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s most senior military judge mishandled the trial of a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter to the extent that his conviction may now be quashed, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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Reform is about much more than just Online Court, top judges remind profession – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2017 in courts, enforcement, judges, judiciary, jurisdiction, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘The senior judiciary has acted to remind the profession that implementation of Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review will cover much more than just the introduction of the Online Court.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2017

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SRA ordered to disclose report into law firm investigation – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society’s freedom of information adjudicator has ordered the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to disclose an investigator’s report, saying the regulator had overlooked “the public interest in transparency as a good in itself”.’

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Legal Futures, 5th January 2017

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All prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes because transgender inmates can, inspectors say – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, prisons, reports, transsexuals by tracey

‘Prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes in jail because transgender inmates are allowed to wear dresses and make-up, inspectors have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2017

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Watchdogs release damning reports on Marie Stopes abortion clinics – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2016 in abortion, charities, consent, health, learning difficulties, news, reports by tracey

‘Staff at Britain’s biggest abortion provider tried to give a vulnerable woman a termination even though she did not understand what was going on, a damning report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2016

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Demand for free legal advice spiralling upwards, charity reports – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2016 in families, law centres, law firms, news, pro bono work, reports by sally

‘There is fast-growing growing demand for free legal advice, with family law now the most requested area of law, according to the experience of LawWorks, the solicitors’ national pro bono charity.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2016

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CMA final report: demand for better price and service transparency from law firms, and review of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Regulators need to deliver a “step change in standards of transparency” so that lawyers’ clients can both understand the price and service they will receive, and compare providers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2016

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Jailed Marine A’s senior officers ‘missed warning signs’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, mental health, murder, news, reports by tracey

‘Senior officers missed signs that the unit of a now-jailed marine was suffering from exhaustion, a Royal Navy review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2016

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Privatisation of probation service has left public at greater risk – report – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2016 in contracting out, criminal justice, news, probation, reports by tracey

‘The public have been left more at risk by the privatisation of the probation service with some offenders not seen for weeks or months and others lost in the system altogether, according to an official watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2016

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BSB welcomes Ministry of Justice review into youth justice – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 13th, 2016 in legal representation, news, reports, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s review into youth justice, led by Charlie Taylor.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th December 2016

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Police ‘could help prevent’ 400 deaths after custody – BBC News

‘Four hundred people killed themselves shortly after being released from police custody in England and Wales in the last seven years, a report says.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2016

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‘Secure schools’ pilot scheme for young offenders – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2016 in education, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes, reports, young offenders by sally

‘Two “secure schools” are to be opened for teenage offenders in England and Wales in a bid to improve education within the youth justice system.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2016

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Hundreds of police officers ‘getting away with sexual abuse of crime victims’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2016 in complaints, corruption, news, police, reports, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of police officers are alleged to have got away with sexually assaulting victims of crime because forces fail to take action against them, a report has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2016

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