CPS review findings for first year of coronavirus prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS has now reviewed a full year’s worth of cases charged under the coronavirus legislation, as part of our commitment to ensuring the laws are being applied consistently and correctly. Prosecutors checked 1,821 finalised cases under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations between 26 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th May 2021

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Hundreds of women forced to ‘wear face masks while giving birth’ – The Independent

‘Hundreds of women were forced to wear face masks while giving birth despite this violating formal rules, a new study has found.’

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The Independent, 14th May 2021

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Less Notice! More Forms! End of eviction ban! – Nearly Legal

‘The Govt announced that from 1 June 2021 there will be new notice periods for NTQs/notice seeking possession on tenancies. Rather than reverting to the pre pandemic notice requirements, there will be a further period from 1 June 2021 to 30 September 2021 in which 4 months notice will be required, down from 6 months.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th May 2021

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High Court judge explains £250k cost-capping order in PPE procurement proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has given her reasons for making a costs capping order of £250,000 in respect of both the claimants, the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, and the defendant, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the procurement challenge over the award of contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Part Four: The Future of Human Rights in the UK – Each Other

‘As has become apparent amid the tumult of COVID-19, our understanding of human rights is constantly developing. We have published a mini-series of explainers reviewing the history of our rights and where these leave us standing today. Part 1 looked at the modern history of human rights themselves. Part 2 asked what is the link between social justice and human rights? Part 3 looked at how COVID-19 has affected our human rights. This fourth and final part of our human rights explainer series touches upon the future of human rights in the UK.’

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Each Other, 5th May 2021

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UK Covid-related cybercrime fuels 15-fold rise in scam takedowns – The Guardian

‘The UK’s cybersecurity agency has taken down more scams in the last year than in the previous three years combined, with coronavirus and NHS-themed cybercrime fuelling the increase.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

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Review of Bar exam chaos points finger at BSB and Pearson VUE – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and electronic testing company Pearson VUE have both come under fire from the independent review of last year’s Bar professional training course (BPTC) exams.’

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Legal Futures, 7th May 2021

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Judge criticises Priti Patel over policy for asylum seekers in pandemic – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has criticised the British home secretary in court and said he found it “extremely troubling” after one of her officials admitted the Home Office might have acted unlawfully in changing its asylum accommodation policy during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2021

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Parents of disabled child win fight against UK hotel quarantine – The Guardian

‘A severely disabled child who was forced to go into hotel quarantine after returning from a “red list” country has been allowed to return home to complete their period of self-isolation after a legal challenge.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

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Face masks in schools: Schoolgirl loses court fight – BBC News

‘A girl has lost a High Court battle to prevent her school from “requiring or encouraging” pupils to wear a face mask.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2021

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Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19 – Legal Futures

‘Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 5th May 2021

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Netflix star fined £3,000 for abusing BA staff on flight and ranting: ‘Look up who my mum is’ – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2021 in airlines, alcohol abuse, coronavirus, fines, news, regulations by tracey

‘A Netflix reality TV star and son of a former attorney general has been fined nearly £3,000 for being abusive to staff on a flight and refusing to wear a mask.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2021

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Hospitality bosses lose court battle over indoor opening – BBC News

Posted May 4th, 2021 in coronavirus, food, licensed premises, news, regulations by tracey

‘Hospitality bosses have lost a legal challenge for a faster reopening for indoor dining in England.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2021

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Meetings of local authorities in England must be face to face from 7 May, judges rule – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 29th, 2021 in coronavirus, local government, news, regulations, time limits by sally

‘Meetings held by local authorities in England under the Local Government Act 1972 must take place in person from 7 May when emergency regulations introduced in the early stages of the first lockdown expire, the Divisional Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2021

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Ep 142: Vaccine Hesitancy and the Court of Protection: Who Decides? – Law Pod UK

Posted April 28th, 2021 in coronavirus, Court of Protection, mental health, news, podcasts, vaccination by sally

‘What happens, if someone lacks capacity under the Mental Capacity Act, and their family for whatever reason objects to the Covid vaccine? Amelia Walker discusses three recent cases with Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 27th April 2021

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Lockdown fines: Fixed penalty notices should all be reviewed – MPs – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, fines, news, penalties, regulations by sally

‘All fixed penalty notices for Covid lockdown breaches, which can be as high as £10,000, should be reviewed – according to a parliamentary committee.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2021

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Home Office to resume evicting some asylum seekers ‘with immediate effect’ – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in asylum, coronavirus, government departments, homelessness, housing, news by sally

‘The Home Office is starting the process of evicting some asylum seekers from their accommodation “with immediate effect” after a pause of almost a year because of the pandemic, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2021

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Judge criticises firm’s failures in defending solicitor’s dismissal claim – Legal Futures

‘A conveyancing solicitor has won her unfair dismissal and discrimination claim against a well-known Essex law firm by default after it filed its defence two days late.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2021

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Law firm takes up case of nurse fined £10,000 for 1% pay protest – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, fines, law firms, news, nurses, police, remuneration by tracey

‘One of the UK’s biggest police forces is refusing to back down after being accused of wrongly issuing a £10,000 fine to a nurse who was protesting over the government’s 1% pay rise for NHS workers, reigniting concern over new powers to inhibit protest.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2021

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Court case delays left assault victim waiting over a year – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in assault, budgets, coronavirus, criminal justice, Crown Court, delay, news, trials, victims by sally

‘The government has announced emergency funding to help tackle huge delays in court trials.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2021

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