Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted September 11th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Road Vehicles (Authorised Weight) and (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Recognition and Derecognition Ballots (Qualified Persons) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Trade Union Ballots and Elections (Independent Scrutineer Qualifications) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Operation of Public Service Vehicles (Partnership) (Amendment) Regulations 2017


Database rights can subsist in PDFs, rules High Court –

‘A PDF version of a document can constitute a database and information contained in it can be protected by database rights, the High Court in London has ruled.’

Full Story, 8th September 2017


Fatal accident damages: a recent case: life expectancy; damages for loss of services & loss of care & attention – Zenith PI

Posted September 11th, 2017 in accidents, compensation, damages, expert witnesses, health, judges, news, personal injuries, widows by tracey

‘In Magill v Panel Systems (DB Limited) [2017] EWHC 1517 (QB) His Honour Judge Gosnell (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) considered some key issues relating to fatal accident damages.’

Full Story

Zenith PI, 10th September 2017


“Be prepared to criticise judges pushing reform,” Bar Council chair tells barristers – Legal Futures

Posted September 11th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, HM Courts Service, judges, news by tracey

‘The rise in judge-led reform means that barristers may to start speaking out against those they appear before, the chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 11th September 2017


Bar Council responds to Lammy Review – The Bar Council

Posted September 11th, 2017 in criminal justice, diversity, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said today’s publication of the Lammy Review was a major contribution to the important and urgent task of securing a fair and equal criminal justice system.’

Full press release

The Bar Council, 8th September 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 11th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food And Rural Affairs [2017] EWHC 2259 (Admin) (08 September 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Grainger v North East London NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 2254 (QB) (08 September 2017)

London Borough of Croydon v Dodsworth & Ors [2017] EWHC 2257 (QB) (08 September 2017)

Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd v British Airline Pilots Association [2017] EWHC 2253 (QB) (06 September 2017)


Child sexual abuse inquiry to consider Edward Heath report – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘The controversial police investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile will be considered by the London-based child sexual abuse inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2017


GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in complaints, doctors, medical treatment, news, transgender persons, Wales, young persons by tracey

‘A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2017


Victims shouldn’t expect police visits, says Chief Constable – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in crime, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Sussex Chief Constable Giles York questioned whether an in-person visit served any purpose and said it would be more “convenient” for members of the public to interact with the force online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2017


Slavery checks not fit for purpose at UK firms, report says – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in employment, forced labour, news, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK businesses are running the risk of employing forced labour because they do not know enough about their staff, researchers have warned.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2017


Police watchdog to hold misconduct hearing in secret over man’s death – The Guardian

‘A disciplinary hearing of six police officers who have been accused of gross misconduct over the death of a 23-year-old man who died after a prolonged period of restraint seven years ago will begin in secret on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 11th september 2017


Abused children ‘refused compensation’ over consent – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, consent, freedom of information, news, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A woman sexually abused as a child by a grooming gang leader was told by a government body she “consented” to it. Sammy Woodhouse was initially denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which said she was not “manipulated”. A Freedom of Information request revealed she is one of nearly 700 child victims of sexual abuse, including grooming, to be refused payments.’

Full Story

BBC News, 11th September 2017


Three men and a boy jailed for ‘abhorrent’ rape of girl, 16, in Ramsgate – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in imprisonment, news, rape, sentencing, young persons by tracey

‘Three men and a boy who subjected a lost teenage girl to an “abhorrent” rape have been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2017