Judge throws out DeepMind NHS data action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A representative claim on behalf of 1.6 million people whose medical records were drawn upon to help Google subsidiary DeepMind develop an app has been thrown out by the High Court because of the claimants’ differing circumstances. Ruling in Prismall v Google UK & Anor, Mrs Justice Heather Williams DBE found that the claim failed the ‘same interest’ requirement set out in the civil procedure rules.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd May 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The UK Bill of Rights: Changes to Human Rights Protection may Impact Climate Litigation – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Across the world, human rights-based arguments are increasingly deployed in climate litigation against public bodies. However, in the UK, potential reforms to the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) – an Act which allows claimants in domestic courts to rely on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) – could seriously impact the ability of these cases to succeed in the future.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 22nd May 2023

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Carlisle carer jailed for stealing £75k from elderly couple – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in abuse of position of trust, care workers, elderly, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘An “out of control” drug-taking gambling addict stole more than £75,000 from an elderly couple while working as their carer.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law Commission calls for tighter rules on use of personal records in rape trials – The Guardian

‘Greater restrictions should be introduced on the use of rape complainants’ personal records and evidence relating to their sexual behaviour to avoid rape myths contaminating trials in England and Wales, a government-commissioned review has said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2023

Source: www.theguardian.com

No continuing loss from law firm’s breach of contract, tribunal rules – Legal Futures

‘A trainee solicitor who never took up his job after the terms of employment were changed four days before he began work has failed in his bid for damages greater than his contractual notice period.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barbara Mills KC becomes first black person and first family law practitioner for 35 years to be elected Vice Chair of Bar Council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in barristers, family courts, king's counsel, minorities, news by sally

‘Barbara Mills KC has been elected as the Bar Council’s Vice Chair, becoming the first family law practitioner to be selected for the position in 35 years and the first black person and first person of colour.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd May 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Lakeside: Man guilty of murder at shopping centre food hall – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in assisting offenders, homicide, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘A 23-year-old man has been convicted of murder after stabbing a father-of-three at a busy shopping centre.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Is A.I. Coming for the Lawyers? – Law Pod UK

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, news, podcasts by sally

‘Professor Richard Susskind, advisor to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, has been alerting the legal profession to the advance of technology since the 1990s.’

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Law Pod UK, 22nd May 2023

Source: audioboom.com

Child sexual abuse compensation scheme to be set up in England – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in child abuse, compensation, inquiries, news, reports, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The government is to launch a compensation scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in England, the home secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2023

Source: www.theguardian.com

Why The Magistrates Courts Aren’t Working – Each Other

Posted May 23rd, 2023 in courts, criminal justice, diversity, magistrates, news by sally

‘In 2022, the Criminal Bar Association voted to undertake industrial action, bringing the dire state of much of the criminal justice system into the public eye. Following successive cuts by the government, among the issues were unusable court buildings, including broken toilets, leaking ceilings and malfunctioning heating systems, and the dismal remuneration received by barristers – barristers who are tasked with working on the most serious cases across the Crown Courts.’

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Each Other, 19th May 2023

Source: eachother.org.uk