Paedophile aged 102 sentenced for abusing five-year-old girl in the 1970s – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2017 in compensation, costs, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences, victims by tracey

‘A 102-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a young girl from the age of five in the 1970s. A judge suspended Douglas Hammersley’s two-year prison sentence but ordered him to pay his victim £25,000 compensation within 21 days.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2017


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.’

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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.’

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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


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted September 8th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Facilitation of Tax Evasion Offences (Guidance About Prevention) Regulations 2017

The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Valuation of Minor Intermediate Leasehold Interests (England) Regulations 2017

The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The United Nations and European Union Financial Sanctions (Linking) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017

The Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2017

The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Fire and Rescue Authority (Police and Crime Commissioner) (Application of Local Policing Provisions, Inspection, Powers to Trade and Consequential Amendments) Order 2017


R (Davey) v Oxfordshire CC in the Court of Appeal – Community Care Blog

‘Last Friday the Court of Appeal delivered judgment in R (Davey) v Oxfordshire CC [2017] EWCA Civ 1308. This is the first time the Court of Appeal has examined the provisions of the Care Act 2014.’

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Community Care Blog, 7th September 2017


Consistory court evidence or “Call My Bluff”: Episode 2 – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 8th, 2017 in ecclesiastical law, evidence, news by tracey

‘The second of two posts on information submitted as evidence to consistory courts.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th September 2017


Uncertainty of prognosis is no excuse for late acceptance of Part 36 offer – Zenith PI

Posted September 8th, 2017 in delay, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries by tracey

‘Briggs v CEF Holdings Ltd (2017) CA (unreported). It is not uncommon for a defendant to make a part 36 offer early on in proceedings before the full prognosis is known. The frequency with which claimant representatives are faced with the difficulty of advising clients in these circumstances does not reduce its impact.’

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Zenith PI, 8th September 2017


Ombudsman criticises council for errors in children’s complaints handling – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 8th, 2017 in community care, complaints, learning difficulties, local government, news, reasons by tracey

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough after two brothers with learning difficulties saw their care and support packages reduced without their mother being told why.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2017


Lammy review: final report – Official Publications

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.’

Full report

Official Publications, 8th September 2017