Tribunal rejects FOI request over code of conduct complaints process – Local Government Lawyer

‘It is important that a council’s code of conduct complaints process remains confidential, the First-tier Tribunal has said in rejecting an appeal over the refusal of a freedom of information request.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th November 2016

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Theresa May saved my life – now she’s the only hope for the Human Rights Act – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in autism, extradition, human rights, legislation, news by sally

‘It would be tragic if the ladder used to rescue me from extradition was kicked away from the next person who needs it.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2016

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Use of electronic trial bundles in the civil courts: the pros and cons – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 16th, 2016 in case management, disclosure, documents, electronic filing, news by sally

‘FOCUS: Growing support for the use of digital technology in the UK courts means it is now easier and quicker for parties to litigation to view and exchange court papers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th November 2016

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Woman with learning disability should have caesarean, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in birth, learning difficulties, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Doctors can perform a caesarean section on a pregnant woman with learning difficulties who wants to give birth naturally at home, a judge has ruled after a hearing in a specialist court.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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High Court rules on s.117 after-care services and personal injury damages – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 16th, 2016 in damages, local government, news, personal injuries, social services by sally

‘It is not open to a council to refuse to make provision for a person otherwise entitled to after-care services under s.117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 on the basis that the claimant is in receipt of damages for personal injury including for the cost of such care, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2016

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BREXIT: Hard Brexit will bring £1.2 billion hit to British importers, says study – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 16th, 2016 in agreements, competition, EC law, news, reports, treaties by sally

‘Losing access to the EU’s trade agreements would cost UK importers an extra £1.2 billion a year, according to research conducted on behalf of the Open Britain campaign.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th November 2016

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ULaw forced to stop calling itself “UK’s leading law school” – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2016 in advertising, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Law (ULaw) is to stop claiming that it is the “leading” law school in the UK in the wake of a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2016

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Younger judges take government to court over pension cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in age discrimination, employment tribunals, judges, judiciary, news, pensions by sally

‘The government has demonstrated a “signal breach of faith” in cutting the pensions of recently appointed judges, an employment tribunal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2016

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The Brexit Article 50 Ruling In Plain English – RightsInfo

Posted November 16th, 2016 in appeals, EC law, news, parliament, royal prerogative, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The High Court has ruled that the UK Government cannot legally begin the process of leaving the EU without first consulting Parliament. What does the decision mean for our rights and what happens next?’

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RightsInfo, 11th November 2016

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Around half of child prisoners now feel unsafe after large rise – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in child abuse, custody, news, race discrimination, reports, young offenders by sally

‘The number of children held in youth prisons who feel unsafe has risen significantly in recent years, an official report has warned.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Lord Justice Jackson tasked with undertaking review of fixed recoverable costs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 16th, 2016 in costs, judges, news by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson, the architect of the 2010 reforms to civil litigation and procedures, has been asked to lead a review of fixed recoverable costs, with a view to the regime being extended.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2016

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Another top lawyer quits child sexual abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The troubled inquiry into historical child sexual abuse is facing further questions from MPs about its future after another senior lawyer resigned and two more are threatening to do so. ‘

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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Chilcot, Blair and FOIA – Panopticon

Posted November 16th, 2016 in freedom of information, inquiries, Iraq, news, tribunals by sally

‘FOIA remains a potent tool for enhancing transparency on issues of great public importance. Two recent decisions – concerning the Chilcot Inquiry and the post-prime ministerial activities of Tony Blair – are good current illustrations.’

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Panopticon, 10th November 2016

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Private hospital surgeon jailed over death of patient has conviction quashed on appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2016 in appeals, doctors, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘A surgeon who served a jail sentence over the death of a patient at a private hospital has won an appeal against his conviction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2016

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The UN Just Criticised The UK’s Record On Disability Rights – RightsInfo

‘The UK government’s welfare reform policy has resulted in systematic violations of the human rights of disabled persons, according to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

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RightsInfo, 14th November 2016

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RSPCA should be stripped of powers to prosecute cases of animal cruelty, MPs say – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2016 in animal cruelty, news, private prosecutions, reports, select committees by sally

‘The RSPCA is “targeting vulnerable, ill and elderly” people and removing their pets, and should be stripped of its powers to prosecute cases of animal cruelty, an MPs report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th November 2016

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Hacking suspect Lauri Love criticises justice system – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2016 in appeals, autism, computer crime, criminal justice, extradition, news by sally

‘An autistic man facing claims he hacked US government computer systems has criticised a ruling to extradite him.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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Supreme court judge hints at legal hitch that could seriously delay Brexit process – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in EC law, judges, legislation, news, parliament, referendums, speeches, treaties by sally

‘A supreme court judge has raised the prospect that Theresa May would have to comprehensively replace existing EU legislation before the government could even begin Brexit, in a move that could seriously delay the process.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Ethnic minorities more likely to be jailed for some crimes, report finds – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, race discrimination, racism, reports, sentencing by sally

‘People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be jailed for some crimes than those who are white, according to a government-commissioned report.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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