Are LQCs independent (and do they want to be?) – UK Police Law Blog

‘A recent decision from the High Court in Chief Constable of Thames Valley v Police Misconduct Panel [2017] EWHC 923 (Admin) says that misconduct panels can now be judicially reviewed by Chief Constables – but gives rise to a number of new and potentially awkward questions.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.ukpolicelawblog.com

What can reasonably be expected of junior doctors – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘FB v. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334, 12 May 2017, Court of Appeal. FB fell ill with meningitis when she was just one. The illness was diagnosed too late, and she suffered brain damage. This appeal was against the judge’s dismissal of the claim against the hospital, where she was seen, some time before she was admitted and the infection treated. All agreed that avoiding the time between being seen and being admitted could have led to the brain damage being avoided.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd may 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

British Airways loses challenge against pensions payments – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in airlines, news, pensions, trusts by tracey

‘British Airways (BA) has lost a High Court case against a decision by pension scheme trustees to make discretionary payments to thousands of airline workers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

National Minimum Wage – Local Government Law

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The three appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in cases including Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts, UKEAT/0143/16/DM, consider the proper approach to the question whether employees who “sleep-in” in order to carry out duties if required engage in “time-work” for the full duration of the night shift, or whether they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and 2015, only when they are awake and carrying out relevant duties.’

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Local Government Law, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

Agent claiming to be unaware property was HMO, loses appeal over £20k fine – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, fines, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘A lettings agent that claimed that it was unaware a property was a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has lost its appeal over a £20,000 fine.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Exclusive: Jackson “moving away” from £250,000 upper limit for fixed-cost cases – Litigation Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in costs, negligence, news, personal injuries, reports by tracey

‘A widespread consensus has emerged that Lord Justice Jackson is backing away from extending fixed recoverable costs to cases worth up to £250,000, Litigation Futures can report – although what level he is now looking at is unknown.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd may 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Suicide jail failed to improve, says doctor – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, psychiatrists, suicide by tracey

‘Safety improvements were not made at a prison with the highest suicide rate in England and Wales despite a spate of deaths, a psychiatrist has told the BBC.’

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BBC news, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

‘Shabby racist’ kicked pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach causing her to miscarry – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in assault, news, racism, sentencing, violent offenders by tracey

‘A pregnant Muslim woman suffered a miscarriage after a racist thug kicked her in the stomach during a supermarket row, a court heard. Jailing David Gallacher for three years and seven months for the attack , Judge Francis Sheridan described him as a “shabby racist” and told him “This country will not bow to the views of racists.” ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk