‘What do people want?’: Hillsborough safety officer is first to be found guilty – The Guardian

‘The conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989, is the first criminal or disciplinary finding against anybody in relation to the deaths of 96 people at the FA Cup semi-final that day between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.’

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The Guardian, 3rdApril 2019

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The Inheritance Act and Adult Child Claimants – recent guidance from the Chancery Division – Family Law Week

‘Gwyn Evans, barrister of Tanfield Chambers, explains the court’s judgment in a recent Inheritance Act case involving an estranged adult claimant, reliant on state benefits, and defendants for whom inheritance was a windfall.’

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Family Law Week, 29th March 2019

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The rise of ‘predatory marriages’ – Family Law

Posted March 29th, 2019 in bereavement, consent, elderly, families, intestacy, marriage, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘Ethan Axelrod and Hayley Trim of Irwin Mitchell look at how vulnerable parents and a legal loophole are being exploited to rob families of their inheritance.’

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Family Law, 29th March 2019

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bereavement, civil partnerships, health, legislation, marriage by tracey

Healthcare (European Economic Area and Switzerland Arrangements) Act 2019

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Widow of Carl Sargeant wins high court challenge over sacking inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bereavement, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, suicide, Wales, widows by sally

‘The widow of the former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant, who died while facing sexual misconduct allegations, has won a high court challenge over the legality of an inquiry into his sacking.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2019

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Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death – BBC News

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in August 2011, are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2019

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What’s in a name? High Court considers anonymity order in sensitive claim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Claimant became pregnant in 2012 but, tragically, the baby died in utero and was stillborn in May 2013. The Claimant claimed damages to represent the loss of the pregnancy and also for a psychiatric injury which she suffered due to the stillbirth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th March 2019

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Diversion of a Business Opportunity: Recovery Partners & anor v Mr Rukhadze & ors [2018] EWHC 2918 (Comm) – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court recently had reason to consider liability where individuals, who owe fiduciary duties to a company, divert for themselves a business opportunity.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 25th February 2019

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Sisters win High Court inheritance battle against millionaire brother – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2019 in bereavement, families, news, wills by sally

‘Sisters who fought their millionaire brother for a share of their mother’s estate have won a High Court battle, after a judge agreed that her traditionalist husband forced her to change her will.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Judge calls halt on parties ‘stopping the clock’ on delays – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2019 in bereavement, delay, news, time limits, wills by tracey

‘A widow has been refused permission to claim against the estate of her late husband after filing her application nearly 17 months out of time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th March 2019

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Bestival death: Ceon Broughton jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

‘A man who gave his girlfriend drugs at a festival and filmed her as she died has been jailed for her manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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Shropshire baby deaths: Families could pull out of inquiry – BBC News

‘Families who have alleged failings at an NHS trust could pull out of an inquiry into their babies’ deaths.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2019

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James Bulger: Father of murdered toddler in legal bid to reveal more details about killer’s new life – The Independent

‘The father and uncle of murdered toddler James Bulger have begun a legal battle for information about one of the killers, Jon Venables, to be made public.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Birmingham pub bombings: Inquests into 1974 deaths to resume – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2019 in bereavement, coroners, explosives, inquests, murder, news, Northern Ireland, terrorism by tracey

‘Inquests for the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings are set to reopen later after a long legal fight by families.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2019

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CPS mulls charges over burning effigy of Grenfell Tower – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, Crown Prosecution Service, fire, internet, news, public order by sally

‘Prosecutors are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a group of men who were filmed burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2019

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Families threaten to boycott IRA Birmingham pub bombs inquest – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2019 in bereavement, explosives, inquests, legal aid, news, terrorism by sally

‘Bereaved families and lawyers are threatening to boycott the long-awaited inquests into the 1974 IRA Birmingham pub bombings because of concern over missing documents, lack of legal funding and what the process can deliver.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2019

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Death certificate to treble in price – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2019 in bereavement, documents, fees, news by sally

‘The price of a getting a death certificate will nearly triple from this weekend in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2019

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LASPO Review: Bar Council reaction – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has reacted to the Ministry of Justice’s LASPO Part 1 review, published today. Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said: “The Bar Council is disappointed with the Government’s post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“LASPO”), published today. When the Bar Council gave evidence to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) last year on the impact of the LASPO cuts to legal aid we identified five priorities to help reverse the decline in legal aid provision over almost six years. (See notes to editors). Few have been addressed.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 7th February 2019

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Fury over MoJ ‘betrayal’ on legal aid at inquests – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has been accused of betraying those campaigning to ensure an equality of arms between bereaved families and the state at inquests.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th February 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk