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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Government ‘committed’ to Alan Turing gay pardon law – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in homosexuality, news, pardons by sally

‘Proposals to introduce new legislation which would pardon gay men convicted under historical gross indecency laws will be brought forward “in due course”, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 22nd September 2016

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The Human Rights Act protects our soldiers – as well as those they protect – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, war by sally

‘Tom Tugendhat is wrong. Limiting human rights to our borders will strip soldiers of hard-won protections, and values that distinguish them from the enemy.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Woman who posed as man to trick friend into sex appeals against sentence – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in appeals, consent, news, sentencing, sexual offences, transsexuals by tracey

‘Court of appeal will consider Gayle Newland’s legal challenge against eight-year prison term next month.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Decades-old legal test not suitable for assessing if investment advice met professional standards, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 21st, 2016 in banking, duty of care, financial advice, financial regulation, insurance, negligence, news by tracey

‘A long-standing legal test, that helps to determine whether professionals meet their duty of care to clients is not appropriate for determining whether UK investment advisers have sufficiently communicated with investors to be said to have provided suitable advice, the UK High Court has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th September 2016

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How often must we investigate torture? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, detention, human rights, Iraq, news, torture, war by tracey

‘Al-Saadoon & Ors v. Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811, 9 September 2016. This post concerns the extent of any obligations imposed on the UK to investigate violations of non-refoulement (under Article 3, ECHR) and arbitrary deprivation of liberty (Article 5, ECHR). The non-refoulement issue arose from two individuals whom had been captured by British forces in Iraq claimed they were transferred to American custody and subsequently ill-treated. The Article 5 issue arose from the detention by British forces in Iraq of several individuals who claimed to have had their Article 5 rights violated whilst in British custody.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th September 2016

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CJC accuses government of “unprincipled” move over judicial review costs transparency – Litigation Futures

‘Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to require judicial review claimants to share details of how their action is being funded with the defendant and other parties is “a fundamentally unprincipled breach of the principle of equality of arms”, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st September 2016

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BSB publishes Professional Statement Threshold Standard and Competences for barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 21st, 2016 in barristers, press releases, professional conduct, quality assurance by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on “day one” of being issued with a practising certificate.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st September 2016

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In re W (Children) (Child Arrangements Orders: Non-molestation Orders) – WLR Daily

Posted September 21st, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, foreign jurisdictions, law reports, treaties by tracey

In re W (Children) (Child Arrangements Orders: Non-molestation Orders):[2016] EWHC 2226 (Fam)

‘The parties married in Russia in September 2010 and came to live in London in August 2014. In June 2016, following the breakdown of the marriage, the father issued applications in the High Court, inter alia, for orders under the court’s inherent powers to locate his step-son, A, aged ten and his son, J, aged two, a prohibited steps order preventing their removal from the jurisdiction and a request to the Russian Embassy and the British Passport Office that no further passports be issued until further order of the court. Location and passport orders were made and the children located. Meanwhile, on 19 July 2016 the mother sought and was granted an ex parte non-molestation order against the father by a district judge in the family court. The order stated that it was to endure until 19 July 2017 and that the order would be considered at a further hearing on a date to be fixed by the court officer on request by the respondent father. The father issued further applications in the family court for child arrangement orders in respect of the children.’

WLR Daily, 10th August 2016

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 21st, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Fees (Amendment) Order 2016

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Research exposes £60k gender pay gap – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 21st, 2016 in gender, news, remuneration, solicitors by tracey

‘Men are earning on average nearly 20% more than women, latest Law Society research suggests, despite the gender pay gap falling to its narrowest since 2008. A survey of private practice solicitors’ salaries shows that male salaried partners at the top end of the earnings bracket make as much as £60,000 more than women in the same category.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st September 2016

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Woman who urinated on Grays war memorial jailed – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2016 in monuments, news, outraging public decency, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who twice urinated against a war memorial has been jailed for outraging public decency.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2016

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Amazon guilty of shipping dangerous goods to and from UK by air – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in carriage by air, electronic commerce, hazardous substances, news by tracey

‘Amazon has been found guilty of shipping dangerous goods by air. The items included lithium-ion batteries and flammable aerosols, which were flown in and out of the UK between January 2014 and June 2015.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2016

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Judge voices fears over ‘relentless rise’ in child care cases following Baby P tragedy – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2016 in care orders, child abuse, child neglect, judges, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘The effect of the Baby P case has contributed to a “crisis” in the children’s care system, the president of the High Court’s Family Division has said. Sir James Munby called for urgent research into why the number of cases in which children can be separated from their parents on the application of a council had more than doubled in the last decade.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2016

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Senior judge questions policy of removing court funding while raising fees – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in asylum, costs, fees, immigration, judges, news by tracey

‘Lord Justice Jackson, the senior judge who shaped key legal reforms, has questioned the government’s policy of imposing steep rises in fees while withdrawing public funding of the court system. In a detailed legal work, entitled The Reform of Civil Litigation, the appeal court judge added his voice to the chorus of criticism from human rights groups and lawyers’ representative bodies who argue that the rises put access to justice beyond the reach of many citizens.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Police train to spot coercive or controlling behaviour – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2016 in domestic violence, harassment, news, police, psychiatric damage by tracey

‘Front-line police officers dealing with domestic abuse incidents are being trained to spot the signs of coercive or controlling behaviour. Research for the College of Policing suggested that officers were focusing on cases involving violence and overlooking other risk factors. Three unnamed police forces in England and Wales are taking part in a pilot scheme following the study.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2016

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Theresa May will not allow an ‘industry of vexatious allegations’ against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, murder, news, torture by tracey

‘Theresa May has made clear she will not allow an “industry of vexatious allegations” against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq. But the Prime Minister refused to bow to pressure and dismantle the Government body, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which is handling approximately 1,500 allegations of murder, abuse and torture carried out by British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2016

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UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in advertising, complaints, energy, environmental protection, media, news by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has admitted it made the wrong decision when it banned a Greenpeace advert last year which claimed fracking would not cut energy bills.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Profession expresses concern over online courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, Law Society, news by tracey

‘Professional bodies have reacted sceptically to the government’s plans to introduce online courts, raising concerns that defendants could be placed at a disadvantage.’

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Law society’s Gazette, 16th September 2016

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 20th, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2016

The Petroleum (Transfer of Functions) Regulations 2016

The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2016

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