Financial Ombudsman still receiving thousands of PPI complaints – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in complaints, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news by sally

‘The £37bn bill for payment protection insurance mis-selling by Britain’s banks is likely to escalate further after the Financial Ombudsman revealed that it continues to be inundated with complaints.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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Drones: flightpath to the future? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 6th, 2016 in aircraft, data protection, insurance, news, privacy, regulations by sally

‘Drones are rapidly being seen as a feature of the near future, because of the dramatic rise in their private use in the UK.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th September 2016

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The Archers trial: verdicts from the lawyer, the counsellor and the prison expert – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in attempts, BBC, domestic violence, media, murder, news by sally

‘The dramatic trial of Helen Titchener for the attempted murder of her husband is finally under way. How is her barrister performing; is Helen’s predicament true to life; and what will prison be like, if she is convicted?’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Bar Council raises fundamental concerns about CPD scheme shortly before launch – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has slammed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) forthcoming continuing professional development (CPD) regime as being burdensome, complicated, unfit for purpose, and involving “pointless” self-assessment.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2016

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Home Office imposes illegal working fines of £14 million on small businesses in 3 month period – Free Movement

Posted September 6th, 2016 in employment, fines, immigration, news, small businesses by sally

‘The Home Office has imposed fines on small businesses for employing illegal workers of over £14 million in just a three month period. The period covered is January to March 2016. The list of businesses targeted by officials appears to include mainly small ethnic minority shops and takeaways. It is unknown how many of those businesses were forced to close as a result.’

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Free Movement, 6th September 2016

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Drug driving: how has new legislation been working? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 6th, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, fines, medicines, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘In March 2015 new legislation was introduced to specifically tackle drug driving. Prior to that date it had been an offence to drive a vehicle whilst unfit to do so through drink or drugs and this offence remains. Whilst this offence still remains the prosecution would need to prove that driving was impaired. The new legislation made it an offence to drive with eight prescription medications above a prescribed limit and with eight illegal substances. In order to assist police in implementing this offence “drugalysers” were also introduced making it possible for police to test for cocaine and cannabis at the road side using a saliva test. The detection of all other substances requires a blood sample to be taken.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th September 2016

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Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for three years – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in mental health, news, recidivists, restraint, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘An “obsessed” stalker has been jailed for three years after bombarding the BBC’s Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis with letters and emails over a period of 25 years.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Sexual offences convictions in England and Wales hit record levels in the past year – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2016 in internet, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘The number of prosecutions brought for sexual offences has risen to its highest level ever, jumping 22.5 per cent on last year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2016

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Met police to start using spit hoods on suspects within weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in human rights, London, news, pilot schemes, police, restraint orders by sally

‘Britain’s biggest police force is to allow its officers to use spit hoods on suspects within weeks, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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UK ‘hacker’ Lauri Love fears death in US prison – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2016 in autism, computer crime, extradition, mental health, news by sally

‘A British man wanted in the US for allegedly hacking into government computers says he fears dying in jail if he is extradited.’

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BBC News, 6th September 2016

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What does the Sunday Mirror allege Keith Vaz did – and is it illegal? – The Guardian

‘Is it against the law to buy sex or to offer to pay for cocaine? And are poppers legal?’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Revenge porn prosecutions number ‘more than 200’ just 18 months after law change – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2016 in harassment, news, pornography, prosecutions, reports, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘More than 200 prosecutions have been brought since new laws to tackle revenge porn were rolled out across the UK, an official report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2016

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Child abuse inquiry needs to be remodelled, warns Dame Lowell Goddard, criticising its ‘scale and size’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘The wide-ranging inquiry into child sex abuse needs to be completely reviewed and remodelled, the judge who resigned as its head last month has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2016

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Ameen Jogee convicted in retrial after successful joint enterprise appeal – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2016 in appeals, homicide, joint enterprise, news, retrials by sally

‘A man whose murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on joint enterprise has been convicted of manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2016

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The agreements that weren’t – Nearly Legal

Posted September 6th, 2016 in deposits, landlord & tenant, news, trusts by sally

‘Every now and again there is a reminder of the problems of a contractual tenancy. In this case, the difficulties involved a deposit of £52,000 and a weekly rent of £6,500.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th September 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk