Children: Public Law Update (August 2018) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent, important Children Public Law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 15th August 2018

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UK should follow minimum alcohol price, say Lords – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, licensing, news, reports, Scotland, select committees by sally

‘Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be rolled out across the UK if Scotland’s scheme is successful, a Lords committee says.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2017

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Bar mental health – Counsel

Posted July 13th, 2016 in alcoholism, barristers, legal profession, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘Is the Bar doing enough to help protect barristers’ wellbeing? Grania Langdon-Down investigates the initiatives for change.’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Eric Joyce found guilty of assaulting two boys in north London shop – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2015 in alcoholism, assault, news, violence, young persons by sally

‘Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys in a north London shop.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2015

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Foreign criminal can stay in Britain because he is an alcoholic – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 28th, 2015 in alcoholism, deportation, human rights, immigration, news, recidivists, tribunals by sally

‘A persistent offender from Libya cannot be deported because he would face severe punishment for drinking in his homeland, immigration court rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2015

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Specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Court is going nationwide – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), introduced by District Judge Crichton in 2007, has been piloted in London and successfully rolled out to Milton Keynes and Gloucestershire. The court aims to help parents struggling with alcohol or drug abuse where this features as a key element in a local authority’s decision to bring care proceedings.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th March 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky cleared by advertising watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in advertising, alcoholism, charities, children, food, news, regulations, sport by tracey

‘David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky brand Haig Club has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog, despite complaints that the former footballer’s endorsement promotes drinking among children.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Anorexia, alcoholism and the right to autonomy – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The issues that arose before the Court of Protection in this case encapsulate the difficulties involved in applying legal tools to the organic swamp of human pathology. Everything that one may envisage, for example, in planning a “living will” (or, more precisely, an Advance Decision under the Mental Capacity Act), may have no application at the critical time because the human body – or rather the way it falls apart – does not fit in to neat legal categories. In such a situation it is often the right to autonomy that is most at risk, since what you plan for your own medical and physiological future may not square with what the authorities you decide you were capable of planning. Cobb J’s sensitive and humane judgement in this sad case is a very encouraging sign that courts are beginning to resist the tyrannous claims of Article 2 and the obligation to preserve life at all costs.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd October 2014

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Leanne Meecham death: Stepfather guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2014 in alcoholism, domestic violence, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of the “violent and vicious” murder of his stepdaughter, who was also his former lover.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2014

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Tackling alcohol-rated offending – are “Sobriety tags” the answer? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 14th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, crime, electronic monitoring, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The first “sobriety tag” has been fitted to a man who had been found guilty of drunken affray. The introduction of the tags, which monitor consumption of alcohol by the wearer, is part of a year-long pilot scheme to tackle alcohol-related reoffending.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Plans to relax licensing laws lambasted by doctors and alcohol groups – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2014 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, bills, charities, doctors, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘Ministers are under fire because of plans to let the Women’s Institute, bed and breakfasts and charities start selling alcohol, which doctors and local councils warn could worsen Britain’s drink problem.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2014

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Regina v Williams (Dean Arthur) – WLR Daily

Posted December 19th, 2013 in alcoholism, appeals, diminished responsibility, homicide, law reports, mental health by tracey

Regina v Williams (Dean Arthur): [2013] WLR (D)  497

‘For the purposes of establishing the defence of diminished responsibility, the concept of mental responsibility, within section 2(1) of the Homicide Act 1957, described the extent to which a person’s acts were the choice of a free and rational mind.’

WLR Daily, 13th December 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘Crank’ admits making explosives in Cheltenham garage – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2012 in alcoholism, explosives, news by tracey

“An electrical engineer described by a judge as a ‘crank’  has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting making explosives in a lock-up garage.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2012

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Woman sentenced for killing lover – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2011 in alcoholism, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A hammer-wielding pregnant woman who battered her lover in the head was jailed today for his killing.”

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The Independent, 14th November 2011

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Stoke Newington cigarette row: Two jailed over killing – BBC News

Posted November 15th, 2011 in alcoholism, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Two people have been jailed over the killing of a housemate in north London.”

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BBC News, 14th November 2011

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How a specialist court is helping families riven by addiction – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2011 in alcoholism, care orders, drug abuse, families, news by sally

“The family drug and alcohol court is making a difference in breaking the intergenerational cycle of self-destructive behaviour.”

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The Guardian, 26th May 2011

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Hair test ‘nearly cost mother baby’ – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2010 in alcoholism, children, news, social services by sally

“A hair test on a mother who nearly lost her child over alcohol allegations has been criticised by the High Court – potentially calling into question some tests done in similar cases.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

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Exeter knife woman taunted by park boys escapes jail – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2010 in affray, alcoholism, community service, news, offensive weapons by sally

“A woman who threatened a group of young boys with a knife in a Devon park, has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

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All-day drink law was a mistake, says Sir Hugh Orde – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2010 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, ASBOs, licensed premises, licensing, news by sally

“The 24-hour drink licensing laws were a ‘mistake’, Association of Chief Police Officers president Sir Hugh Orde says.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2010

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Drugs test for claimants sparks row over unemployment benefits – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2009 in alcoholism, benefits, drug abuse, human rights, news, privacy by sally

“Controversial government plans to allow Jobcentre staff to ‘order’ benefit claimants to undergo tests for drug and alcohol dependency are in breach of European law and unlikely to work, according to leading addiction charities.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk