Attorney General’s Guidance on Legal Risk – Attorney General’s Office

‘This Attorney General’s Guidance is for lawyers advising on lawfulness and legal risk in Government. It explains the common framework to assess risk across the Government Legal Profession.’

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Attorney General's Office, 2nd August 2022

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Data watchdog reprimands government over pandemic WhatsApp use – BBC News

‘The Department of Health has been reprimanded over ministers’ and officials’ use of messaging apps and private email during the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2022

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‘It strips your humanity’: Civil servant wins six-figure sum over ‘insidious’ Ministry of Justice racism – The Independent

‘A former civil servant received a six-figure pay-out from the government over discrimination after she says was subjected to “insidious” racism during a 20-year battle with the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2022

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Judicial Review of Policies – Local Government Law

‘R (All the Citizens) v SoS (2022) EWHC 960 (Admin), a Divisional Court is concerned with whether there is a legal duty, enforceable by judicial review, to create and maintain records so that they are available for posterity, and whether policies are enforceable as a matter of public law.’

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Local Government Law, 4th May 2022

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Former civil servant convicted of stalking ex-colleague after camping outside Whitehall with ‘waiting for my Wilko’ placard – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2022 in civil servants, news, stalking by sally

‘A former civil servant has been convicted of stalking an ex-colleague after camping outside his office on Whitehall with a “waiting for my Wilko” placard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2022

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Union loses legal challenge to PM’s decision to back Priti Patel – BBC News

‘The union for senior civil servants has lost its High Court challenge to Boris Johnson’s decision to back Priti Patel over claims she bullied staff.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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FCDO racially discriminated against black senior civil servant, tribunal rules – The Guardian

‘The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office racially discriminated against a black senior civil servant after launching an inquiry into her sex life, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2021

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Toughen up rules on ministers’ conduct, says standards watchdog – BBC News

‘The rules governing the conduct of ministers and senior civil servants need to be toughened up, according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2021

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Toughen up rules on ministers’ conduct, says standards watchdog – BBC News

‘The rules governing the conduct of ministers and senior civil servants need to be toughened up, according to a new report. The Committee on Standards in Public Life – which advises the PM on ethical standards – has been carrying out a review into processes in Westminster.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2021

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Lord Chancellor unveils court staff pay deal and review of his role – Legal Futures

‘The Treasury has agreed a three-year pay deal for court staff after negotiations with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Lord Chancellor has announced.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2021

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New inquiry to be launched into civil servants taking second jobs – The Guardian

‘A new inquiry will be launched into civil servants taking second jobs, likely leading to officials facing tougher scrutiny after the Greensill scandal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2021

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Demands for ‘urgent’ reform after watchdog finds ‘no boundaries’ for civil servants in private jobs – The Independent

‘The head of a Whitehall watchdog has called for “urgent” reform of the system for vetting private sector appointments for senior civil servants and ministers, warning that “there doesn’t seem to have been any boundaries at all” for an adviser who moved straight from the heart of government to the failed finance company Greensill.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2021

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Police watchdog accused of skewing report to back protests clampdown – The Guardian

‘The official policing inspectorate showed repeated bias in favour of the police and against peaceful protesters as it compiled a report which backed a government clampdown, a whistleblower has alleged. The complainant says a report on protest released in March this year was skewed in favour of the government view, with conclusions reached before evidence was gathered and assessed.’

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The Guardian, 31st March 2021

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Civil servants union launches legal challenge over decision by PM that Home Secretary did not breach ministerial code in ‘bullying’ case – Local Government Lawyer

‘Civil servants union launches legal challenge over decision by PM that Home Secretary did not breach ministerial code in “bullying” case.

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd February 2021

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Nazir Afzal joins legal fight for new inquiry into Dominic Cummings – The Guardian

‘Nazir Afzal, a former regional chief prosecutor, has joined a legal campaign for a new investigation into Dominic Cummings over alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2020

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Director of Public Prosecutions threatened with legal action over failure to investigate Dominic Cummings – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, is being threatened with legal action over the failure to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2020

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Mike Gordon: Dominic Cummings and the Accountability of Special Advisers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘It is far from new for the conduct of Dominic Cummings to be a matter of political controversy. The man who is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s current chief adviser was the Campaign Director of Vote Leave during the 2016 Brexit referendum, an organisation which was subsequently investigated by the Electoral Commission and fined for breaking electoral spending limits. Cummings has been held in contempt of Parliament, for refusing to attend a session of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into ‘Disinformation and “Fake News”’, examining issues raised during the referendum campaign about data use and targeted political advertising. And he is widely believed to have been a key architect of the Prime Minister’s unlawful attempt to prorogue Parliament for five weeks in September 2019, in an undemocratic attempt to subvert an intransigent and hostile legislature at a key moment in the planned process of exiting the EU.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd June 2020

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Did Dominic Cummings act “Responsibly and Legally”? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in civil servants, coronavirus, news, police, regulations by sally

‘Coronavirus has struck in different ways. As well as the devastation it has reaped in taking people’s lives it has exposed an emasculated criminal justice system and political governance clamouring to justify law and guidance applying differently to those close to power from those outside.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th May 2020

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Ronan Cormacain: Instinct or rules: making moral decisions in the Cummings scandal – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted May 28th, 2020 in civil servants, coronavirus, news, rule of law by sally

‘How should individuals conduct themselves during a public health emergency, and more specifically how much reliance should we have on “instinct” and “rules”? Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, has been accused of breaking the social distancing rules. The allegations revolve around travelling from London to Durham to isolate himself and his family, as well as taking additional trips whilst in that isolation. The specific law he is alleged to have breached is regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. Regulation 6(1) provides that “During the emergency period, no person may leave or be outside of the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.” In the course of defending his adviser, the Prime Minister argued that “he followed the instincts of every father” in seeking to protect his family. In response, Independent journalist Tom Peck stated that; “There is no guidance in place anymore, none at all. Just do what Dominic Cummings did and ‘follow your instincts’ and you’ll end up in the right place”.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th May 2020

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Attorney general faces calls to resign after she defends Dominic Cummings – The Guardian

‘The attorney general, Suella Braverman, is facing calls to resign after she joined the chorus of Downing Street loyalists defending Dominic Cummings’s trip to Durham during lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2020

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