UK fraud costing ‘£193bn a year’, new study suggests – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2016 in fraud, identity fraud, news, reports, statistics, tax evasion by tracey

‘The annual cost of fraud in the UK has been estimated at £193bn – equal to nearly £3,000 per head of population – according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2016

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Chambers in “widespread non-compliance” with diversity rules, study finds – Legal Futures

‘Large numbers of barristers’ chambers are flouting an obligation to publish diversity data and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been “unsophisticated” in its implementation of Legal Services Board (LSB) diversity rules, an influential academic has charged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2016

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Inside the special prison unit where rehabilitation rules the roost – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in bills, mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics, women by sally

‘HMP New Hall pioneers care and support for women with complex needs. The justice minister, Michael Gove, should sit up and take notice for his prison reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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I’ve seen how our jails wreck human potential. Reform will take courage – The Guardian

‘Reoffending costs £13bn a year – and giving inmates an education is the best way to prevent it, says a member of the Coates review panel’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Dame Sally Coates’ report and recommendations following her review of education in prison.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Home Secretary’s Police Federation Conference 2016 speech – Home Office

‘Speech given by Theresa May at the Police Federation Annual Conference 2016 in Bournemouth.’

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Home Office, 17th May 2016

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UK has one of worst records for gender equality at work – report – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2016 in employment, equality, gender, news, remuneration, sex discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘Researchers rank Britain 11th out of 18 countries, including US, France and Spain, for factors such as pay and board level representation.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2016

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Almost half of solicitors in England and Wales are women, study shows – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2016 in costs, diversity, equality, law firms, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Almost half of all solicitors in England and Wales are women and almost a fifth are from non-white backgrounds, according to the latest figures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2016

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Thousands on the run after skipping court bail – BBC News

‘Thousands of suspected and convicted criminals who skipped court bail while facing charges including murder, child sex offences and rape are on the run.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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Legal highs brought low as councils employ banning orders to curb use – The Guardian

‘Critics say antisocial behaviour laws used by local authorities ahead of an all-out ban on legal highs have already criminalised vulnerable people ‘by the back door’.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Two-thirds of ‘miscarriage’ referrals successful – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Two-thirds of cases referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) for suspected miscarriages of justice have succeeded on appeal, the government has revealed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th May 2016

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Dying pensioners admitted to hospital against their will, CQC report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 9th, 2016 in consent, equality, health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by sally

‘Dying elderly people are being admitted to hospital against their will and end of life care is not good enough, a Care Quality Commission study has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2016

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Reducing women’s imprisonment: sentencing of mothers – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Ciara O’Neill wrote recently on the Halsbury’s Law Exchange about Michael Gove’s talk on 4 November at the AGM of the Howard League for Penal Reform: “He believes that our sentencing framework needs a complete overhaul…Gove recognised that evidence shows short sentences are more likely than not to lead to recidivism, and that the system needs a more appropriate sentencing framework. This will be based on extensive research into the effectiveness of current sentencing practices.” (“Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM“).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd May 2016

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‘They didn’t know they were victims’: revenge porn helpline sees alarming rise – The Guardian

‘Victims and their loved ones report sense of powerlessness in face of flawed laws and mixed police responses.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2016

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BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 6th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th May 2016

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Young offenders handed a caution commit more crimes after Government shake-up – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in cautions, news, recidivists, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘More young offenders are going on to commit new crimes after being handed a “slap on the wrist”, following reforms by the Government, new data shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2016

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UK prison system ‘in total meltdown’ as sexual assaults and violent crimes soar in jails – The Independent

Posted April 29th, 2016 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide, violence by tracey

‘An alarming rise in the number of murders, sexual assaults and attempted hangings has sparked warnings the prison system is on the “verge of collpase”.’

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The Independent, 28th April 2016

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Allocation schemes and unlawful discrimination – LAG Housing Law

‘Sam Madge-Wyld looks at challenges to housing allocation schemes.’

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LAG Housing Law, 26th April 2016

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Report: ABSs punch well above their weight – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016

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