BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers – Legal Futures

‘Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), new research has shown.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2021

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Brewdog Instagram ad banned for misleading health claims – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2021 in advertising, complaints, health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The advertising watchdog, the ASA, has banned an advert by controversial brewer Brewdog for misleading claims.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2021

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Housing Ombudsman reaches 350 decisions on complaints against landlords in first three months – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 30th, 2021 in complaints, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Housing Ombudsman has published details of more than 350 individual decisions to its online casebook on complaints made against landlords since the database’s conception in March this year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th June 2021

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Ombudsman criticises London borough over failures as corporate parent to former looked-after child who alleged abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said the London Borough of Lewisham exposed a former looked after child to “significant harm” after it failed to address her claims of abuse while in foster care properly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2021

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UK Trade Remedies Authority begins operating – OUT-LAW.com

‘A new regulator, with powers to investigate and address unfair trade practices and subsidies, has begun operating in the UK.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2021

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Ex-reality TV stars’ ‘misleading’ debt ads banned – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2021 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, debts, insolvency, internet, news by sally

‘Instagram posts by three reality TV stars promising that people in financial trouble could wipe out 85% of their debt have been banned.’

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BBC News, 2nd June 2021

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Insurers must not penalise loyal customers, says FCA – BBC News

‘People renewing their home or motor insurance will pay no more than they would as a new customer from January. The new rules have been confirmed by the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), following years of complaints.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2021

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HS2 dishonest over compensation claim, says report – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2021 in compensation, complaints, compulsory purchase, news, ombudsmen, railways by tracey

‘The firm behind HS2 was “dishonest and misleading” in its handling of a compensation claim from a member of the public who had to sell their home to make way for the line, a report claims.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2021

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‘Time to buy’ bitcoin adverts banned in UK for being irresponsible – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2021 in advertising, banking, complaints, cryptocurrencies, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘An ad campaign telling the public that “it’s time to buy” bitcoin has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled that it was irresponsible and misleading.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2021

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Article 2 inquest not required where police failures had already been fully investigated – UK Police Law Blog

Posted May 25th, 2021 in complaints, human rights, inquests, news, police, stalking by sally

‘In R (Grice) v HM Senior Coroner of Brighton and Hove [2020] EWHC 3581, the High Court has summarised the scope of the requirements under article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) for an effective investigation into alleged failures of the police to protect life. The question arose where a coroner had refused to re-open the inquest into the murder of a woman by her former partner after the police had mishandled her complaints of stalking. While the criminal trial by itself had not satisfied the article 2 investigative obligation, it had been met by the combination of the criminal trial and the four subsequent investigations of police conduct.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 24th May 2021

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SRA and BSB change approaches to gender in diversity surveys – Legal Futures

‘Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) are this year changing their approach to recording the sex and gender of those they regulate, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2021

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Watchdog to examine how Met police handled Richard Okorogheye’s disappearance – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in complaints, minorities, missing persons, news, police, race discrimination by sally

‘The police watchdog is investigating complaints by Richard Okorogheye’s mother and considering whether race played a role in the way the Metropolitan police handled reports of her son’s disappearance.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2021

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Judge rejects recusal application after barristers withdraw – Legal Futures

Posted April 21st, 2021 in barristers, bias, case management, complaints, judges, news, recusal by tracey

‘A judge has rejected a recusal application on the grounds of apparent bias made after two barristers withdrew at the last minute from a hearing and complained about his conduct of the case.’

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Legal Futures, 21st April 2021

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Clergy speak out over ‘racism in Church of England’ Published8 hours ago – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2021 in Church of England, complaints, disclosure, employment, news, racism by tracey

‘Some ethnic minority staff who made complaints of racism within the Church of England have been paid off to “buy their silence”, BBC Panorama has been told.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2021

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Universities ignoring rape culture warnings, say campaigners – The Guardian

‘Universities have ignored repeated warnings to tackle rape culture on campus, and left themselves exposed to lawsuits and reputational damage, according to lawyers and campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 15th 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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Home Office ‘presenting opinion as fact’ on immigration issues, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Prominent barristers have accused the Home Office of misleading the public on immigration issues in the UK in breach of the civil service code and equating “child rapists” with “failed asylum seekers”.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2021

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Prophet Muhammad cartoon sparks Batley Grammar School protest – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2021 in complaints, demonstrations, Islam, news, school children, teachers by tracey

‘A teacher who showed pupils an “inappropriate” cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad – sparking protests outside a school – has been suspended.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2021

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UK social media influencers warned over ad rules breaches – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2021 in advertising, complaints, internet, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

‘The UK advertising watchdog has warned social media influencers that they face being named and shamed, after a spot check of posts found widespread flouting of advertising rules.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2021

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‘Unwarranted attack’ by judge on indecent assault accuser could discourage women coming forward, she claims – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2021 in complaints, harassment, judges, news, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘A woman who accused hedge fund boss Crispin Odey of indecent assault has complained about a judge’s “unwarranted attack” on her character, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2021

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