Lawyers need to prepare for “customer service revolution” – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘A regulatory agenda that is looking to help consumers shop around for legal advice means that many law firms are running out of time to get to grips with customer service, a report being launched at today’s PI Futures conference has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2016

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UK failing on many human rights measures, report claims – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in children, human rights, news, prisons, refugees, reports, stop and search, United Nations by sally

‘The UK has failed to meet many human rights recommendations made by the United Nations and should do more to prevent prison overcrowding, tackle hate crimes and restrict stop and search powers, a coalition of 175 civil society organisations claims.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2016

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Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in inquiries, news, police, race discrimination, racism, reports, stop and search by sally

‘Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said today and promised a fresh inquiry into every force’s use of the controversial powers.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Housing shortage means many women ‘feel safer behind bars’ – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in housing, landlord & tenant, news, prisons, probation, release on licence, reports, women by sally

‘A former inmate has told the BBC many women feel “safer in prison” due to a lack of suitable housing for female ex-offenders.’

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BBC News, 22nd September 2016

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Many online child sex crimes using Facebook and Twitter ‘not recorded by police’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in child abuse, internet, news, police, reports, Scotland, sexual offences by sally

‘Sex criminals are using social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to carry out attacks against Scottish children including rape but many are not recorded by the police, according to a disturbing official report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2016

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Number of women convicted of domestic violence at record high – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2016 in domestic violence, gender, news, reports, statistics, women by tracey

‘The data did not specify if the women’s victims were male or female, however campaigners say the statistics serve as a reminder that while the overwhelming majority of abusers are male, women can also commit serious abuse.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2016

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Sexting: treating children as ‘mini sex offenders’ could make things worse – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2016 in children, news, reports, sexual offences, social services, teachers, telecommunications by tracey

‘Children should not be treated as “mini sex offenders” for behaviour such as sexting or other types of exploration which they are likely to grow out of, official guidance for teachers, medical staff and social workers signals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2016

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The Iraq Fatality Investigations: report into the death of Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted September 16th, 2016 in armed forces, Iraq, reports, war by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the fourth investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 15th September 2016

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Transforming Our Courts and Tribunals System: By the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 16th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, criminal justice, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘Our justice system is the envy of the world. We have an outstanding independent judiciary that is widely admired as an international leader. Our lawyers have a global – and deserved – reputation for excellence. And we have a legal services industry that contributes billions of pounds every year to the UK economy.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th September 2016

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Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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MI6 rebuked over handling of Lee Rigby killer’s Kenya mistreatment claims – The Guardian

Posted September 16th, 2016 in intelligence services, murder, news, reports, terrorism by tracey

‘The security services were guilty of “serious failings” in their response to allegations by one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers, Michael Adebolajo, that he was mistreated by Kenyan counter-terrorism units, a watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DPP – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged Iraq abuse claims brought against British troops by a leading human rights law firm have often been made up of poor, inaccurate information, a review by a former director of public prosecutions has said. Sir David Calvert-Smith said investigators tasked with wading through hundreds of alleged abuse claims had found key details such as names, dates and times were often wrong.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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Four British soldiers ‘forced Iraqi teenager into river where he drowned’ – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2016 in armed forces, death in custody, homicide, Iraq, news, reports, war, young persons by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has said it is “extremely sorry” for the death of an Iraqi teenager who drowned after being “forced” into a Basra canal by four British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 16th September 2016

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LSB publishes vision for legislative reform for legal services in England and Wales – Legal Services Board

Posted September 15th, 2016 in legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) publishes today its vision for legislative reform of the regulatory framework for legal services in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 12th September 2016

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Illegal mobile phone use by motorists is increasing, says RAC – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2016 in crime, news, reports, road traffic offences, telecommunications by tracey

‘Illegal mobile phone use by drivers is rising, according to new research that found 31% of motorists admitted to using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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Parliament should get a vote on triggering Brexit Article 50, House of Lords committee says – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Government should not trigger Article 50 to leave the EU without first consulting Parliament, an eminent committee of peers has said.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2016

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Acquitted dad Craig Beattie ‘killed baby son’ family judge said – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in child abuse, criminal justice, family courts, homicide, news, reports by tracey

‘A father who was acquitted by a jury of killing his six-week-old son has been named as the person responsible for his death in a ruling by a high court judge.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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Britain’s weirdest laws: carpet beating, MPs in armour and carrying ladders – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2016 in legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘A list of the 10 most bizarre British laws has been compiled by a Cambridge researcher to highlight the complexity and antiquity of statutes that remain in force.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2016

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Homeless young offenders’ housing criticised by report – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2016 in children, homelessness, housing, local government, news, reports, young offenders by sally

‘A third of homeless 16 and 17-year-old offenders in England and Wales are being placed in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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Revenge porn prosecutions number ‘more than 200’ just 18 months after law change – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2016 in harassment, news, pornography, prosecutions, reports, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘More than 200 prosecutions have been brought since new laws to tackle revenge porn were rolled out across the UK, an official report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2016

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