Underfunded and overstretched: the lawyers seeking justice for Grenfell – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2017 in bereavement, fire, housing, law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work, victims by sally

‘North Kensington Law Centre was the first in the UK to offer access to justice for the poor and vulnerable. Now fighting for financial survival, the tragedy on its doorstep has meant NKLC’s services are more in demand than ever.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2017

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Truth and Justice – Counsel

‘Arguably the most serious miscarriage of justice of our times – lessons must be learned from the iconic Hillsborough proceedings, writes Pete Weatherby QC.’

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Counsel, November 2016

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Judge bans widow from erecting gravestone saying her epitaph is “oversentimental” – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2016 in bereavement, burials and cremation, faculties, news by sally

‘A judge has banned a widow from carrying out her husband’s dying wish to place a headstone at his grave saying her loving epitaph to him is “over sentimental”.

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Daily Telegraph, 13th October 2016

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Top police officer told to step down because he showed ‘unacceptable insensitivity’ to Hillsborough victims – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2016 in bereavement, dismissal, inquests, news, police, sport, victims by tracey

‘South Yorkshire’s most senior police officer was told to step down because he showed unacceptable insensitivity to Hillsborough disaster victims, his police and crime commissioner has said. PCC Alan Billings suspended Chief Constable David Crompton and on Thursday asked him to resign after he delivered a controversial statement following the Hillsborough inquest alluding to “other contributory factors” to blame for the deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2016

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How the 96 were finally given justice – Legal Voice

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘The Hillsborough inquest took two years and a million pages of evidence. Two of the lawyers involved explain that, despite the scale of the task, they were determined to put the deceased and their families at the heart of the case.’

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Legal Voice, 22nd September 2016

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High Court calls for change in bereavement law to benefit cohabitees – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in accidents, bereavement, cohabitation, damages, news by sally

‘Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 those who live together but are not married are not entitled to damages for bereavement. The High Court has found that though this did not directly engage the right to family life and privacy under Article 8, the difference in treatment between cohabitees and those who were married or in a civil partnership could not be justified and consideration should be given to reforming the law.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Family of man who died after police Tasering receive payout – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2016 in bereavement, compensation, news, police, weapons by tracey

‘The family of a man who died after being Tasered by police while soaked in petrol have agreed to an out-of-court financial settlement.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2016

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Housing needs and household members – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of a decision by Luton Council Housing Appeals and Review Panel not to offer Mr Jones a tenancy of the property of which Mr J’s late father was the tenant, but instead offer a one bed property.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th August 2016

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests – The Guardian

‘Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, the chief coroner has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Grieving parents told to ‘not pick fight with the NHS’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2016 in bereavement, children, doctors, families, hospitals, news, standards by tracey

‘The parents of a toddler who died after doctors missed signs of sepsis were told not to “pick a fight with the NHS, you will lose” when they questioned the quality of his care. The revelation emerged following publication of a damning report that accused the organisations responsible of being incapable of accepting their shortcomings in the case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2016

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Baby ashes scandal prompts new crematoria laws – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in bereavement, bills, burials and cremation, children, families, inquiries, news by sally

‘New crematoria rules are being drafted after families were denied their baby’s ashes, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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Families hope for answers in Bristol review of hospital child deaths – The Guardian

‘The parents of young children who died on a controversial cardiac ward have spoken of their fears that they might not get the answers they crave ahead of the publication of an independent inquiry into their sons’ care.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Widow to take fight to save frozen embryos to court – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2016 in bereavement, consent, embryology, families, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The widow of a Falklands war combat medic will go to the high court on Wednesday in an effort to prevent the couple’s frozen embryos from being destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2016

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Hillsborough: the key lessons for our justice system – Law Society’s Gazette

‘What can lawyers learn from the tortuous 27-year struggle for justice?

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2016

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Relatives campaign for ‘Robin’s law’ to oblige care homes to inform family if a loved one is ill – The Guardian

‘As a new inquest approaches into the death of their autistic sister, family continues to fight for a law to boost the rights of relatives.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2016

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Bereavement damages: Unmarried Chorley woman’s legal fight – BBC News

‘A woman is taking the government to court for breaching her human rights in denying her bereavement damages after her partner died.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2016

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Hillsborough verdict sparks call to rebalance police and criminal justice system – The Guardian

‘A cross-party campaign for radical reform of the police and criminal justice system in light of the Hillsborough inquests verdict has been launched by the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Undercover police denied automatic anonymity at inquiry – BBC News

‘Undercover police officers facing claims of wrongdoing will not automatically get anonymity at a forthcoming major public inquiry.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2016

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Hillsborough: Families want ‘remedial measures’ for South Yorkshire Police – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2016 in bereavement, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Lawyers for 20 families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster have asked the home secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police. Broudie Jackson Canter (BJC) Solicitors said Theresa May should send a team in to examine the force “root and branch”.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquests: Michael Mansfield on ‘far-reaching consequences’ – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2016 in advocacy, bereavement, health & safety, inquests, news, sport by tracey

‘Leading barrister Michael Mansfield QC, who represented most of the victims’ families at the Hillsborough Inquests, has called for the creation of a permanent commission scrutinising how the police and other agencies handle crime scenes. Here he writes how the precedent of the inquests could have far-reaching consequences for the investigation of future disasters.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2016

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