Prison law failing trans people: the Round-up – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 26th, 2015 in news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘LGBT campaigners have called for an urgent reform of the law, following the death of 21 year-old transgender woman Vicky Thompson in an all-male prison. Ms Thompson had previously said that she would take her own life if she were placed in a prison for men.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Prisons announcement – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2015 in press releases, prisons, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘Written Ministerial Statement made by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Autumn Statement: £5k small claims limit and end to general damages in whiplash – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2015 in budgets, courts, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘The government is set to remove the right to general damages for minor soft tissue injuries and increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000, it was announced in the Autumn Statement today.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Practice guidance: Arbitration in the Family Court – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 26th, 2015 in arbitration, courts, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 23 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd November 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Spending Review 2015 – Bar Council response – The Bar Council

Posted November 26th, 2015 in barristers, budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, fees, press releases by tracey

‘Chairman of the Bar Council Alistair MacDonald QC said: “Investment to modernise courts and tribunals is vital to the successful reform of our criminal justice system and today’s Ministry of Justice settlement safeguards the £700 million announced earlier this year.”‘

Full press release

The Bar Council, 26th November 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Polling shows public lack confidence in justice system – The Bar Council

‘Polling results in the Citizens Advice report, Responsive justice: How citizens experience the justice system, show that voters lack confidence in our legal system and have concerns over access to justice.’

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The Bar Council, 24th November 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus plc – WLR Daily

Posted November 26th, 2015 in appeals, banking, law reports, restitution, Supreme Court by tracey

Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus plc: [2015] UKSC 66; [2015] WLR (D) 438

‘Where a person was given a property by her parents bought with money from the sale of the family home, made possible by a bank having agreed to release its charges over the family home (securing the parents’ borrowing) to allow it to be sold, in return for receiving a lump sum payment out of the proceeds of sale to reduce the borrowing and a fresh charge over the new property to secure the remaining indebtedness, but— because the person had not been told of the fresh charge and it had been defectively executed— the new charge was void, the bank had an equitable interest in the new property to the extent of the value of the purported charge, which it could enforce by means of subrogation to an unpaid vendor’s lien.’

WLR Daily 4th November 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Bitcoins and the dark net: a virtual reality that every divorce practitioner should know about – Family Law Week

Posted November 26th, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, internet, news by tracey

‘Byron James, barrister, Fourteen considers the possible significance of the dark net and bitcoins in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd November 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

‘Error of law’ in new religious studies GCSE – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in education, examinations, news by tracey

‘The education secretary made “an error of law” in leaving “non-religious world views” out of the new religious studies GCSE, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Former MP Tim Yeo loses Sunday Times cash claim libel bid – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in codes of practice, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

‘Former Conservative MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel case against The Sunday Times over a “cash for advocacy” claim.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Businessman raped air stewardess he met on dating website by slipping ecstasy into her wine – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in consent, drug abuse, news, rape by tracey

‘A finance director has been convicted of the date rape of an air stewardess he met on a dating website, by slipping drugs into her glass of wine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Care worker spared jail after defrauding elderly couple of their savings – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2015 in care workers, fraud, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, theft by tracey

‘An elderly man with dementia spent his final days in a residential home separated from his wife of 63 years after their care worker defrauded them of their savings.

Yeoman, 27, was found guilty at Bristol crown court of one count of theft and 12 of fraud but she walked free with a suspended sentence.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police’s ’12 errors’ as investigation into death of toddler Poppi Worthington went nowhere – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in children, complaints, injunctions, inquests, news, police, public interest by tracey

‘A judge has listed 12 separate errors made by police as they investigated the death of Poppi Worthington, finally lifting a veil of secrecy that has barred the public from knowing anything about how the toddler died three years ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Firearms officer wins case against Cleveland police over racism – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2015 in employment tribunals, hearsay evidence, news, police, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘PC Nadeem Saddique, who guarded Tony Blair and royal family members, wins employment tribunal after complaining to his inspector in 2011 over incidents.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Essex Police cleared over Lewis Daynes rape investigation – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in complaints, news, police, rape, sexual grooming by tracey

‘A police force has been cleared of blame for the way it investigated a teenager who went on to murder a 14-year-old boy he met online.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

City watchdog probes new ‘bank account’ pensions for rip-off fees – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in fees, financial regulation, news, pensions by tracey

‘The City watchdog has begun its first official probe into rip-off charges on new flexible “bank account” pensions over fears they are depriving pensioners of hundreds of pounds a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk