Victims of gagging clauses to get a voice as Parliament launches inquiry in wake of Sir Philip Green scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims forced to sign gagging clauses could be given a voice as Parliament today launches a new inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements following the scandal surrounding Sir Philip Green.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2018

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NDAs in spotlight as Court of Appeal gags newspaper – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling barring the publication of allegations that a ‘leading businessman’ sexually harassed and racially abused employees has re-ignited the debate over the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements. In ABC and others v Telegraph Media Group, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Henderson granted a temporary injunction preventing the Telegraph from publishing what the newspaper says is the result of eight months of investigation into the behaviour of an individual identified as ‘ABC’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2018

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End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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Sandhurst cadets allegedly waterboarded fellow recruit – report – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, news, torture by sally

‘Military police are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded a fellow recruit at Sandhurst military academy.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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Pte Sean Benton: Deepcut soldier’s death was suicide, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 23 years ago was suicide, a coroner has ruled after a new inquest.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2018

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Transgender van driver sues for gig economy discrimination – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2018 in bullying, employment, harassment, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A transgender woman who worked as a van driver in the gig economy is bringing a discrimination claim against courier company Gnewt Cargo.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2018

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MPs’ anti-bullying rules will cover Speaker, Leadsom suggests – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in bullying, news, parliament, professional conduct by tracey

‘New rules to stop MPs from bullying and harassing staff will cover the office of the Speaker, meaning that any future complaints about John Bercow would have to be investigated, the leader of the Commons has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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“Significant increase” in barristers reporting bullying, harassment and discrimination – Legal Futures

‘A third of women barristers, those from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background and disabled barristers have experienced harassment, bullying or discrimination in recent years, new Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2018

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Time to get tougher on harassment and bullying, says Bar Council as it publishes new report on Barristers’ Working Lives Survey – The Bar Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘New figures from the Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Harassment and bullying report, released by the Bar Council today, indicate that reports of harassment or bullying and discrimination within the barristers’ profession, as well as reports of observations of harassment or bullying and discrimination, have increased in comparison with previous years.’

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The Bar Council, 26th June 2018

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£2.4m spent on House of Commons gagging clauses – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in bullying, confidentiality, disclosure, news, parliament by tracey

‘The House of Commons spent £2.4m on “gagging clauses” for former staff since 2013, BBC Newsnight has learned. Fifty-three departing members of the House of Commons Service signed contracts compelling them not to reveal information about the Commons.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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“We need to bring judicial bullying into the open,” says Bar Council chair

Posted June 20th, 2018 in bullying, judiciary, news by sally

‘There needs to be a culture of awareness and openness about bullying by judges, the chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2018

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Ambit of Code of Conduct – Local Government Law

Posted May 24th, 2018 in bullying, harassment, judicial review, local government, news, ultra vires by tracey

‘The main issue in R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council (2018) EWHC 1151 (Admin) was an issue as to jurisdiction, namely a dispute between the parties as to whether it was open to the Council to proceed against a member outside its Code of Conduct under the Localism Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”). Cockerill J held that the Council by doing so acted ultra vires. It was contrary to the intention of Parliament as expressed in the 2011 Act to run a process in tandem with or as an alternative to the Code of Conduct process envisaged by the 2011 Act.’

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Local Government Law, 23rd May 2018

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John Bercow: Probe into Commons Speaker bullying claims blocked – The Independent

‘A probe into allegations John Bercow bullied members of staff has been blocked by MPs. The Commons Standards Committee voted three-two against allowing Parliament’s watchdog to investigate the claims.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2018

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Speaking up on bullying judges – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2018 in barristers, bullying, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Amid reports of judicial bullying of barristers, Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, commented: “As the representative body for all barristers in England and Wales, we strongly condemn any bullying or inappropriate treatment of our members by judges, or by any other legal professionals they encounter. We know it can happen, and we have resources available to support barristers on our Wellbeing at the Bar website, and we can give advice and guidance via our confidential helplines.”‘

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2018

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UK army investigators under fire as bullying trial collapses – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, news by sally

‘A judge has criticised military investigators after the collapse of a case against army instructors who were accused of bullying teenage recruits.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Rude judges bully lawyers in court, QC complains – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, complaints, judiciary, news by sally

‘Rude judges are “bullying” lawyers in courtrooms, a top QC has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2018

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Highbridge’s Mendip House staff ‘engaged in cruel behaviour’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2018 in autism, bullying, care homes, care workers, disciplinary procedures, news, reports by tracey

‘Autistic residents were subjected to “cruel behaviour”, bullying and humiliation at a care home in Somerset, a safeguarding report has found.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2018

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Parliament survey: one in five experienced sexual harassment – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2018 in anonymity, bullying, complaints, harassment, news, parliament, reports, sex discrimination by tracey

‘One in five people working at Westminster have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour in the past year, it found. The report calls for urgent reform of a culture of harassment and bullying at Westminster, with new a complaints procedure and an investigation mechanism independent of parties.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2018

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Family of Pte Sean Benton hope to learn truth of his death at Deepcut Barracks – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, news by sally

‘Pte Sean Benton’s mother suspected he was being bullied the last time she saw him, no matter how much he refused to confide in her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2018

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Ministry of Justice staff lay out their complaints, with significant levels of discrimination and bullying – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2017 in bullying, civil servants, employment, harassment, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by sally

‘One in seven civil servants at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) claim that they have faced discrimination in their job, and one in eight say they have been bullied or harassed.’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk