Tate Modern: Jonty Bravery jailed for 15 years for attempted murder – The Guardian

‘A teenager who threw a six-year-old child off a viewing platform at the Tate Modern gallery in London will serve at least 15 years in prison, the Old Bailey was told on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2020

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Solicitor fined after conviction for abusive Facebook messages – Legal Futures

‘A junior solicitor diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who was convicted after sending a woman he briefly dated a series of abusive Facebook messages has been fined £10,000 by a disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2020

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Council agrees to pay out £60k after Ombudsman report into failure to support autistic woman – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2020 in autism, compensation, local government, mental health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A council has agreed to pay a woman with autism, severe anxiety disorder and associated mental health disorders £60,000 after it failed to provide her with support for more than five years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2020

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Court overturns ‘right to sex’ ruling on man who cannot understand consent – The Guardian

‘The court of appeal has overturned a controversial ruling that a man has a “fundamental right to sex” even though he cannot understand the issue of consent.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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Campaigners in legal threat over “failure to collect data on deaths of those with learning disabilities and autism during COVID-19” – Local Government Lawyer

‘Disability campaigners have sent a letter before action to five public bodies over what they say has been a failure to mandate the collection and publication of data on the deaths of people with learning disabilities and autism during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

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Government changes how outdoor exercise guidance applies to people with specific health needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has changed its leaving home guidance to permit people with specific health needs to exercise outside more than once a day and to travel to do so where necessary, following the threat of a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th April 2020

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NICE amends Covid-19 critical care guideline after judicial review threat – Local Government Lawyer

‘The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (‘NICE’) has changed the COVID-19 guideline for clinical care after being threatened with a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st April 2020

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Families of disabled children threaten legal challenge over government limit on outdoor exercise – Local Government Lawyer

‘A pre-action protocol letter has been sent to the Government calling on it to reconsider the policy that all citizens are only permitted to leave the house for exercise once per day.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st April 2020

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Met to face judicial review over role of school police officers – The Guardian

‘A London family has launched legal action over the role of police officers in schools, amid concerns that their presence could have disproportionately negative consequences for black and minority ethnic groups.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2020

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Sarah Witham (as Executrix of the Estate of Neil Witham, deceased) v Steve Hill Ltd. What counts as a dependency under the 1976 Act and how should you value it? – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘Neil Witham died at the age of 55 from mesothelioma leaving behind his wife (the Claimant) and his two foster children. At the heart of the dispute between the parties in this case was the width and breadth of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the proper method to quantify the dependency if it fell within the scope of the Act.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 14th February 2020

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Sexual assault investigation into a child with learning difficulties not a breach of article 3 – Police Law Blog

‘In R (AB) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary [2019] EWHC 3461 (Admin), the Divisional Court considered a claim on behalf of a boy with severe learning and communication disabilities, that police had failed properly to investigate what appeared to be a disclosure by him of a sexual assault during a stay at in respite care. He argued that they had wrongly proceeded to interview him despite no witness intermediary being available and had subsequently failed to re-interview him with an intermediary. He argued that this was a breach of Article 3, and unlawful disability discrimination. The Court dismissed the claim, also giving important procedural guidance.’

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Police Law Blog, 17th December 2019

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High court to decide if children can consent to gender reassignment – The Guardian

‘A landmark test case to establish whether children can give informed consent to medical treatment for gender reassignment begins in the high court this week.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2020

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Calls to reform bail terms after lawyer stabbed to death – The Guardian

‘The case of a teenager jailed for life after stabbing a lawyer to death has raised fresh alarm about the practice of releasing violent suspects without strict bail conditions.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2019

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‘National disgrace’: Hundreds of disabled people detained in UK hospitals for more than 10 years – The Independent

‘More than 350 people with special needs have been detained in hospitals for more than 10 years, analysis has revealed.’

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The Independent, 8th December 2019

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Tate Modern balcony push: Teen admits attempted murder – BBC News

‘A teenager said he threw a boy from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern in London because he wanted to be on the TV news.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2019

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Family of murdered autistic man attack coroner’s refusal to hold ‘full and fearless’ inquest – Daily Telegraph

‘A coroner has been criticised for refusing to hold a “full and fearless” inquest into murder of autistic man killed by a dangerous criminal just out of prison on licence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2019

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MoJ data suggests 95% of SEN tribunal cases lost, withdrawn or conceded by local authorities, claims charity – Local Government Lawyer

‘Some 95% of decisions at special educational needs tribunals in 2017/18 were either won by parents, or saw local authorities withdraw or concede, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th October 2019

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Public law children cases: improving parental situations, robust case management and judicial pressure – Local Government Lawyer

‘Georgina Dalton rounds up the latest children law cases, including rulings on improvements to parents’ situations, unfair judicial pressure, and deprivations of liberty of 16-17 year olds.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th October 2019

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The Supreme Court’s Judgment on the Limits of the Exercise of Parental Responsibility – Family Law

‘The focus of this case is whether the confinement of a young person aged 16-17 years-old, found not to be Gillick (Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA House of Lords [1986]) competent, amounted to a deprivation of his liberty where his parents had consented to such confinement.’

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Family Law, 20th October 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The limits of the inherent jurisdiction (1) – Local Government Lawyer

‘Mr Justice Cobb recently handed down two important decisions on the scope of the inherent jurisdiction at the border of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In the first of two articles on these rulings, the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine a case concerning a young adult and the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise deprivations of liberty where there is no statutory framework in place.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk