Keeping up to date with inquest law in a clinical context: can a medical patient be treated as “detained by the state”? – Cloisters

Posted June 15th, 2016 in detention, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Those regularly instructed to represent families at inquests will no doubt already be familiar with the valuable resource that is the Chief Coroner and his website, as well as the extremely useful sites of membership organizations like Inquest and AvMA. If it’s been a little while since your last instructions, and lack of funding makes an open source particularly attractive.’

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Cloisters, 6th June 2016

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Business And Human Rights… More Than Lofty Rhetoric? – RightsInfo

‘This Thursday, it will be five years since the United Nations Human Rights Council first adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This post argues that while the UK has demonstrated its commitment to these principles and the protection of human rights in business, there is still room for improvement.’

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RightsInfo, 13th June 2016

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Defendants must be allowed legal advice before early guilty pleas, MPs say – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 15th, 2016 in guilty pleas, legal representation, news, plea bargaining, sentencing by sally

‘New guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas must allow defendants to obtain legal advice before deciding to plead guilty, an influential group of MPs says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Police were within rights to investigate Cardiff Three officers, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in corruption, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, police by sally

‘Police detectives were within their rights to investigate colleagues involved in the notorious Cardiff Three miscarriage of justice murder case whom they suspected of framing the innocent men, a senior judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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High Court quashes appointment of social worker to supervise sex offender – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2016 in child abuse, local government, news, social services, supervision orders by sally

‘City and County of Swansea Council has succeeded in having a court order quashed that would have made an inexperienced and unwilling social worker the supervisor of a child sex offender.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Gang jailed over £7m Monopoly money scam – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in counterfeiting, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A gang of conmen who used Monopoly money to trick jewellery dealers in a £7m scam have been ordered to go to jail.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2016

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MoJ seeks views on domestic violence legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 15th, 2016 in consultations, domestic violence, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has begun a review of legal aid in domestic violence cases as part of efforts to gather data, giving solicitors just over two weeks to share their views.’

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Law society’s Gazette, 15th June 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court: community benefits from wind farm ‘did not serve planning purpose’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2016 in energy, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A local planning authority in England was not entitled to take into account the fact that a portion of the profits from a new wind turbine would be donated to local good causes when deciding whether to grant planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th June 2016

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Defining the Boundary Between European and National Law – Six Pump Court

Posted June 15th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, jurisdiction, news, ultra vires by sally

‘Increasing emphasis has recently been placed by Leave campaigners on the argument that Britain must leave the EU in order to get back control of its own affairs, and to avoid the uncertain future risks of EU interference. This argument gains a traction from the fear, which we consider unjustified, that there is no real boundary to the potential impact of EU laws and action. Therefore, there would be value in measures, if such were possible, which would define more clearly the boundary of EU law. In fact, two proposals which addressed that very boundary were announced by the Prime Minister in the Chatham House speech in November 2015, in which he set out his renegotiation programme. But no detail has subsequently been heard about such proposals, and they have largely been forgotten. If the subsequent silence is attributable to legal advice that the ideas are impossible, we disagree with such advice.’

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Six Pump Court, 13th June 2016

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ASA upholds complaint against “your solicitor rips you off” advert – Legal Futures

Posted June 15th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint over an advertisement from a website that claims to help clients recover a “huge amount” of their legal costs, which said that “on average, a solicitor overcharges you by 20%”.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Disabled claimant given green light to challenge cuts to care package – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2016 in community care, disabled persons, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has given a disabled man permission to bring a legal challenge against a county council after it decided to reduce his care package.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th June 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Government to review 12-month deferral period for gay men donating blood – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2016 in blood products, HIV, homosexuality, news by sally

‘On World Blood Donor Day, the government says it’s going to review a law which means that gay men can’t donate for 12 months after having sex.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2016

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Gambling Commission orders Betfred to pay £800,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in compensation, gambling, inducements, money laundering, news, theft by sally

‘The bookmaker Betfred has agreed to an £800,000 settlement after accepting stolen cash from a “VIP” customer, who was allegedly offered free drinks and day trips to encourage him to keep betting.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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Family may be granted fresh Deepcut inquest into Sean Benton death – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

‘The family of a second young soldier who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey might be granted a second inquest into his death.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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Trans people could ‘face rape charges’ if they don’t declare sexual history, warns trans activist – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2016 in consent, news, rape, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender activist has highlighted the issue of gender identity in legal sexual consent, warning that trans people in the UK may face rape charges and potentially jail if they fail to disclose their gender history to their sexual partners.’

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The Independent, 11th June 2016

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Supreme Court to hear ‘wheelchair vs buggy’ bus case – BBC News

‘A case that will determine whether bus companies should make people with pushchairs and others move from buses’ disabled spaces will be heard at the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2016

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Victims of paedophile William Vahey seek up to £1.5m compensation – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in child abuse, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Families of more than a dozen current and former pupils at a London school where the serial paedophile William Vahey abused at least 53 boys are seeking financial compensation that could run to more than £1.5m.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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Pride 2016

Posted June 15th, 2016 in news by sally

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Pride in London is held this week (10-26 June) with events taking place around the city.
Originating in 1970 in the United States, Pride events are now held around the globe. They serve as both a celebration and a platform, sending a powerful message of solidarity.
To mark this year’s Pride we have put together a timeline charting the first Pride events held worldwide, with information on each country’s LGBTI related laws: www.innertemplelibrary.org.uk/pride-timeline/