Bully teaching assistant found guilty of taping seven-year-old girl to chair – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, bullying, news, school children, teachers by sally

‘A teaching assistant has been found guilty of bullying a seven-year-old girl at a school in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2014

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European court rejects Geoff Hoon’s human rights complaint – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in human rights, lobbying, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

‘A parliamentary investigation into the conduct of the former Labour MP Geoff Hoon was justified, according to the European Court of Human Rights.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2014

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High Court ruling will create new market for pensions debts, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2014 in debts, insolvency, news, pensions, trusts, winding up by sally

‘A new market for trading the pension debts of insolvent companies will be created as a result of a recent High Court ruling. The ruling will also result in more efficient, earlier winding up of pension schemes when companies go out of business.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2014

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‘Better than nothing… helpful… mad as a bag of frogs’: judges on McKenzie Friends –

Posted December 5th, 2014 in family courts, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news, reports by sally

‘A new report on litigants in person in private family law cases has added to concerns over the value and legitimacy of McKenzie Friends in the legal services market. The report, commissioned and published by the Ministry of Justice, into litigants in person in the family courts (here) found the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s recommendation that professional McKenzie Friends be recognised as a legitimate part of the market (reported here) ‘somewhat surprising’.’

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LegalVoice, 4th December 2014

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Mother loses action over decision by ombudsman not to investigate records loss – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 5th, 2014 in hospitals, judicial review, medical records, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The mother of a woman who died as an inpatient at a London hospital has lost a High Court challenge against the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) over its refusal to investigate the loss of her daughter’s medical records.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2014

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Swearing man ‘risks life in prison’ after 176 convictions – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in ASBOs, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘A man with 176 convictions for repeated foul-mouthed outbursts risks spending the rest of his life in prison.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2014

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NAO questions whether legal aid reforms have delivered better value for money – Free Movement

Posted December 5th, 2014 in budgets, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘On 20 November 2014, the National Audit Office – the independent Parliamentary body responsible for scrutinising the way in which the government spends public money – published a report on the implementation of the post-2010 civil legal aid reforms. Its central conclusion is an unsurprising one: while spending on civil legal aid has been reduced significantly, the Ministry of Justice failed properly to consider the wider impact of the reforms before implementing them.’

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Free Movement, 5th December 2014

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How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants – NearlyLegal

Posted December 5th, 2014 in damages, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be? Under s.27 and s.28 Housing Act 1988, damages fall to be assessed under a valuation exercise, governed – so far as is relevant to this case – by s.28(1).’

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NearlyLegal, 4th December 2014

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BSB apologises for failing to review contractual terms and cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

Posted December 5th, 2014 in barristers, contracts, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has apologised “for any impression that may have been created that we do not take our regulatory obligations seriously” after the BSB failed to launch a review of the standard contractual terms and the cab-rank rule.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2014

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Child sex abuse inquiry in crisis as victims walk away – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2014 in child abuse, conflict of interest, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is told her inquiry is “not fit for purpose”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2014

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Duncroft School: No prosecutions over Jimmy Savile inquiry – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘No charges will be brought against former staff at a school in Surrey where Jimmy Savile abused girls.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2014

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Oldest surviving law faces repeal after 747 years – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in debts, news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

‘Some of the oldest surviving legislation on Britain’s statute books is set to be repealed after 747 years.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2014

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Fake sheikh Mazher Mahmood cases to be reviewed by CPS – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2014 in evidence, miscarriage of justice, news, perjury, prosecutions by sally

‘Criminal convictions in 25 cases are to be re-examined over concerns about evidence provided by the undercover Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2014

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