Tribunal lifts restrictions on solicitor who “carved out new area of expertise” – Legal Futures

Posted April 4th, 2018 in client accounts, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, solicitors, tribunals by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has removed the conditions on the practising certificate (PC) of a solicitor fined for allowing improper payments to be made out of client account.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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GMC to investigate racism as black doctors face greater number of complaints – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 29th, 2018 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘Health chiefs will investigate whether black and other ethnic minority (BME) doctors are the victims of racism after revealing they are more likely to be hauled before disciplinary tribunals than white colleagues. The General Medical Council (GMC) said there has been a persistent “overrepresentation” of complaints against ethnic minority doctors in recent years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2018

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Clerical abuse of spiritual power and authority: Penalty – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 27th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, penalties, tribunals by tracey

‘Our post on 12 March 2018 reported the announcement by the Diocese of Oxford that a two-year penalty had been imposed on the Revd Timothy Davis, following the recent penalty hearing, Decision of the CDM Tribunal, 8 December 2017, (“the Abingdon case”). The Determination of the penalty has now been published formally by the CofE and in this post we examine aspects of “clerical abuse of spiritual power and authority”, raised in this decision and in the evidence given to the IICSA hearing on the Anglican Church.’

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Law & Religion UK, 26th March 2018

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National law firm fined £20,000 for using client account as banking facility – Legal Futures

‘National law firm Laytons has been fined £20,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for using its client account as a banking facility for a European network of law firms, a foreign client and a tax practitioners’ group.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2018

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Nurse and midwife misconduct hearings may be held in secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, midwives, news, nurses, private hearings by tracey

‘Nurses and midwives will rarely be subject to public misconduct hearings and could avoid any sanctions for errors if they admit blunders early, under controversial new plans.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to replace “cumbersome and adversarial” fitness to practice processes with a system that could mean most cases being heard behind closed doors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2018

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Solicitor struck off after ‘heinous’ attempt to cover up litigation error – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor whose corporate client had a summary judgment entered against them because he failed to attend a court hearing, has been struck off after making a false statement denying he knew about it in advance.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th March 2018

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Officers accused of spying on sister of man who died in police custody cleared – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in death in custody, disciplinary procedures, news, police, spying by tracey

‘Two police officers accused of spying on the sister of a former paratrooper who was unlawfully killed in police custody have been cleared by a disciplinary panel.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Barrister who lied about LLM and death penalty experience to gain pupillage disbarred – Legal Futures

‘A barrister has been disbarred for lying about her qualifications and experience, including a claim that she had saved 10 men from the death penalty in Malawi.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2018

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Solicitor who lied about property during own divorce is struck off – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, disqualification, divorce, news, solicitors, tribunals by sally

‘A partner in a South Yorkshire law firm who failed to disclose on the financial statement for his own divorce proceedings ownership of a second property has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 21st February 2018

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‘My printer broke’: Barrister escapes suspension after PC blunder – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news by michael

“A barrister who appeared for a client in court despite not holding a practising certificate has avoided suspension after a disciplinary tribunal accepted her arguments that IT troubles prevented her from applying to renew it on time.”

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Law Society Gazette, 13th February 2018

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‘Dishonest’ would-be solicitor given new hearing to enter profession – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, disclosure, news, solicitors by michael

“A would-be solicitor has been granted a fresh hearing into her suitability to enter the profession after being denied the chance to explain herself in person.”

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Law Society Gaxette, 12th February 2018

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Top police officer faces dismissal over loss of confidential papers – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2018 in confidentiality, disciplinary procedures, dismissal, news, police by michael

“A senior counter-terrorism police officer who had top-secret documents stolen from his car has been recommended for dismissal over the error by a disciplinary panel.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2018

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High Court: SRA should have held oral hearing before deciding not to admit would-be solicitor – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has ordered the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to make a fresh judgment of a would-be solicitor’s character and suitability to join the profession after finding that it had wrongly denied her an oral hearing to explain an issue that it decided showed dishonesty.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2018

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When to adjourn a misconduct hearing – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 12th, 2018 in adjournment, disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, regulations by tracey

‘When must a police misconduct hearing adjourn the proceedings for the attendance of the respondent officer or even a witness?’

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UK Police Law Blog, 9th February 2018

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Repair company employee convicted for passing on customer details for PI cold calls – Legal Futures

‘A former worker at an accident repair firm who downloaded and sold the personal data of motorists to nuisance callers has been convicted under the Data Protection Act of unlawfully obtaining and disclosing data.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 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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Bawa-Garba latest: Jeremy Hunt orders review into manslaughter by gross negligence rulings in the NHS – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, homicide, negligence, news by tracey

‘Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review into whether manslaughter laws in healthcare are fit for purpose after a junior doctor was struck off for mistakes leading to the death of a six-year-old boy.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2018

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High wire walking without a mat: doctors, patient safety and public confidence – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 4th November 2015, Dr Bawa Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter of a 6 year old boy. She was sentenced to two years of imprisonment suspended for two years. On 29 November 2016 the Court of Appeal Civil Division refused her leave to appeal against her conviction.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th January 2018

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Jack Adcock: Doctor struck off over six-year-old’s death – BBC News

‘A doctor who was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a six-year-old boy has been struck off.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2018

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Practical consequences of misconduct panel liability for discrimination – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 24th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disciplinary procedures, immunity, news, police by tracey

‘What are the practical consequences of the removal of judicial immunity for police misconduct panels in discrimination cases? This article considers that the acts that give rise to a cause of action, the common scenarios in which these could arise and the practical steps to take to address or avoid such issues.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 23rd January 2018

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