‘Staggering’ Home Office disregard for innocent people saw thousands lose visas in cheating scandal, MPs say – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2019 in delay, examinations, fraud, government departments, news, universities, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office showed “staggering” disregard for innocent people during the visa scandal that saw more than 50,000 overseas students accused of cheating and cost taxpayers nearly £20m, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee found that hundreds of people were still protesting their innocence at “great personal cost” more than five years after being accused of fraudulently passing English language tests due to the Home Office’s delay in responding to indications that some may have been wrongly caught up in the probe.’

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The Independent, 18th September 2019

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Bar delays ‘anti-abuse’ written contracts for pupils – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, delay, news, pupillage, standards by tracey

‘The bar regulator has delayed the introduction of compulsory written pupillage agreements which could tackle the “abusive” treatment of pupils.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th September 2019

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BSB delays introduction of written pupillage agreements – Legal Futures

Posted September 13th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, delay, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed plans to require chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils, which were due to come into force in just two months’ time.’

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Legal Futures, 13th September 2019

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77 more courts in England and Wales to close – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in budgets, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, live link evidence, news, ombudsmen, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation scheme that is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Student had to have testicle removed after errors in medical care – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2019 in delay, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A university student was left in severe pain for six days and ended up having his right testicle removed after medics failed to act quickly enough, a report has said. An investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch found errors in the care given to the 20-year-old, known only as Ryan, including by GPs and hospital medics.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2019

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Failure to attend trial “means more than turning up late” – Litigation Futures

Posted September 5th, 2019 in appeals, civil procedure rules, debts, delay, loans, news, striking out, trials by tracey

‘The High Court has set aside an order made by a recorder striking out a claim because the claimants were two hours late for a trial in Cornwall.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th September 2019

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County to pay mother £24k after Ombudsman report into overcrowding and failure to comply with care order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in care orders, compensation, delay, families, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, standards by sally

‘A county council has agreed to pay £24,000 after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation into a case where a mother of three, who also took on the care of her two grandchildren, had to sleep on a mattress in her living room for more than 10 years because the local authority did not deliver the support it had agreed to.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

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How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit? – Garden Court Chambers

‘UK immigration reform is imminent. The Government’s 2018 White Paper proposals for a new immigration system appear to be here to stay and a no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd August 2019

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“The Trouble with Release Under Investigation”. Lesley Bates writes about the impact of release under investigation upon a client acquitted 828 days after his arrest – 23 Essex Street

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in bail, delay, news, rape, school children, sexual offences, young offenders by sally

‘Changes to the use of police bail were designed to prevent suspects remaining on pre-charge bail for months on end pending investigation and decision about charge. Criticism of the use of Release Under Investigation (‘RUI’) has mostly focussed on the high numbers of suspects it is used for, the sharp fall in charging decisions and the fewer cases reaching court.’

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23 Essex Street, 20th August 2019

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Criminal cases delayed across England and Wales as courts lie idle – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2019 in courts, criminal justice, delay, news by sally

‘Nearly half of all crown courts across England and Wales were left empty on Monday, a survey suggests, even though lawyers say they have never known the backlog of criminal cases to be so bad.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2019

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Legal charities urge government to delay whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

‘Four leading legal charities have urged the government to delay next year’s whiplash reforms over fears that litigants in person and the organisations supporting them will be overwhelmed by the new regime.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2019

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Inspectors play down CPS correspondence failings – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 13th, 2019 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, solicitors, standards by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service deals with defence correspondence quickly, according to inspectors in a report published today which, they say, “somewhat undermines” solicitors’ claims that letters go unanswered.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th August 2019

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Legal system ‘beyond the point of collapse’ as three men avoid jail – BBC News

‘The legal system in England and Wales is “beyond the point of collapse”, according to a Crown Court judge. Judge Simon Carr gave three men suspended sentences instead of sending them to jail because of how long it had taken for the case to get to court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Appeal allows stand-still agreement on claim 17 months out of time – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to throw out a widow’s delayed application to claim from her late husband’s estate.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2019

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Employment tribunal claims taking eight months to be heard – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2019 in budgets, complaints, delay, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘Employment tribunal claims in the UK are taking an average of eight months to be heard, as the system struggles under government funding cuts and a surge in complaints.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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Court rejects appeal against judgment delivered after 18 months – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 26th, 2019 in appeals, debts, delay, fraud, judges, judgments, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘Losing defendants in a civil claim have failed to overturn a judge’s ruling – despite it taking him 18 months from the end of proceedings to hand it down.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th July 2019

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Manchester Arena bomber’s brother held in UK after extradition – The Guardian

‘The brother of the Manchester Arena attacker, Salman Abedi, has been extradited from Libya to the UK to face multiple murder charges over his alleged role in the attack.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2019

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Windrush victims still waiting for payments from Home Office – The Guardian

‘The government has still made no compensation payments to Windrush victims and has failed to introduce legislation that would allow damages to be paid, 15 months after Theresa May apologised for the scandal and promised a financial settlement.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2019

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Employment tribunals “suffering from lack of resources” – Litigation Futures

Posted July 4th, 2019 in budgets, delay, employment tribunals, fees, news by sally

‘The employment tribunal system is still not coping with the increased demands on it since fees were abolished in 2017, with lawyers reporting that delays have worsened from an already parlous state a year ago.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st July 2019

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Willow Corp S.À.R.L. v MTD Contractors Ltd [2019] EWHC 1591 – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Willow engaged MTD to design and build a hotel in Shoreditch. As a result of delays in the project, the two parties agreed a revised practical completion date of 28 July 2017 (‘June Agreement’).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 28th June 2019

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