Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted March 31st, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, reports by sally

‘A new report by His Honour Geoffrey Rivlin QC, chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Group, commissioned by the Bar Council, sets out key recommendations for sustaining the criminal justice system in England & Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 31st March 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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FCA focus on personal accountability driving increase in financial firm whistleblowing, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 31st, 2015 in financial regulation, news, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘A significant increase in the number of whistleblowing cases opened by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over the course of the last year shows that the regulator’s increased focus on personal accountability is changing employee behaviour in the financial services industry, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th March 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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Legal services to be “future boom area” as councils become entrepreneurial: report

Posted March 31st, 2015 in legal services, local government, news, reports by sally

‘Legal services look likely to be a “future boom area” for local authorities as they seek to operate more entrepreneurially, a think tank has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Save Legal Aid, Save Lives – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2015 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Ruth Tweedale, a law lecturer at the University of Roehampton and former solicitor at Rights of Women, describes recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Too little progress on stop and search, says police watchdog – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in news, police, race discrimination, reports, stop and search by sally

‘Police forces have made too little progress on improving their use of stop and search powers, with too many officers lacking any understanding of their impact on the lives of young black people, an official watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Support for death penalty drops below 50% for the first time – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2015 in death penalty, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Support for the death penalty in Britain has dropped below 50% for the first time on record, an annual opinion survey says.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Mark Duggan shooting: armed officers cleared of wrongdoing – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in complaints, crime, firearms, freedom of expression, gangs, news, police, reports by sally

‘The police watchdog has cleared armed officers of any wrongdoing in the killing of Mark Duggan, saying it was likely that he was in the process of throwing away a handgun when he was shot.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in courts, divorce, family courts, financial provision, internet, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from February 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd March 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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‘Arrange family court open days’ – judiciary – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 24th, 2015 in children, courts, family courts, legal education, news, reports, witnesses by sally

‘Family courts should have annual open days for children, a report from the judiciary recommends.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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‘Catastrophic failure’ allowed convicted killer to murder on day release – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2015 in murder, news, release on licence, reports by sally

‘A convicted killer was allowed out on day release, leaving him free to murder a good samaritan in a decision described as a “catastrophic failure” by the chief inspector of prisons.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group – Judiciary of England & Wales

‘Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th March 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Amina Agboola murder: Death ‘not preventable’, review concludes – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in child cruelty, domestic violence, murder, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘The death of a toddler killed by a violent kick to her stomach by her mother’s boyfriend could not have been foreseen, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Some CPS barristers ‘lack flair’, says inspection report – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Too many Crown Prosecution Service barristers lack “presence, self-confidence and flair” in Crown Court trials, a report has said. The CPS Inspectorate found that CPS barristers in England and Wales were in danger of “losing” the jury because of how they presented cases. Standards of CPS advocacy had taken a “step backwards” over the past three years, the report said.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Facing a Bar disciplinary tribunal? The odds are increasing that you’ll be disbarred – Legal Futures

Posted March 19th, 2015 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, news, reports by sally

‘A third of Bar disciplinary tribunals last year led to disbarment, nearly twice the proportion of 2013, the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service’s (BTAS) annual report has shown.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Online divorce… a practical choice – Legal Services Board

Posted March 19th, 2015 in divorce, internet, Legal Services Board, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Board and the Legal Services Consumer Panel today publish jointly commissioned research comparing the consumer experience of online divorce with more traditional services. This is the first time that this aspect of online legal services has been looked at.’

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Legal Services Board, 19th March 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Bitcoin: Government to regulate cryptocurrency to avoid money laundering, says Treasury – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2015 in banking, consultations, money laundering, news, reports by sally

‘The Government is to regulate bitcoin exchanges to stop their use as money laundering hubs, the Treasury said today.’

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The Independent, 18th March 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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New Compulsory System for Obtaining Medical Report in Whiplash Claims is on the Starting Blocks. Are You Ready for it? – Zenith PI Blog

Posted March 18th, 2015 in expert witnesses, health, news, personal injuries, reports, road traffic by sally

‘MedCo Registration Solutions’ is the new compulsory system for sourcing medical reports in soft tissue injury claims brought under the PAP for low value PI claims in RTAs.

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th March 2015

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

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The Use of Building Information Modelling (“BIM”) the UK Experience – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 18th, 2015 in construction industry, intellectual property, news, reports by sally

‘The question we pose ourselves this morning is: to what extent is the use of Building Information Modelling (“BIM”) in the construction industry in the UK, changing the legal landscape for the liability of construction professionals for design defects in construction and engineering projects?’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, January 2015

Source: www.39essex.com

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The Review by Robert Francis QC into Whistleblowing in the NHS – Littleton Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in health, hospitals, news, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“ERRA”) introduced the first major legislative changes to the whistleblowing provisions in the Employment Rights Act introduced by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Those provisions afford remedies to workers who are subjected to a detriment or dismissed for making ‘protected disclosures’ of ‘relevant failures’.’

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Littleton Chambers, 13th February 2015

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

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Largest NHS trust put in special measures after damning CQC report – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2015 in hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

‘The NHS’s largest hospital trust in England is being put into special measures after inspectors uncovered an array of serious problems at one of its hospitals, including poor A&E care, a lack of staff, poor morale and a culture of bullying and harassment.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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