John Bowers QC on Employment Law: November Blog – Littleton Chambers

‘This month I look at a recent case on foster carers and working time, the ethos of religion defence in the Equality Act 2010 and the Supreme Court case of O’Connor v Bar Standards Board.’

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Littleton Chambers, 29th November 2018

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Independent Case Review – Oxford Diocese – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 12th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

‘Today, 12th December, the Diocese of Oxford has issued the following Press Release on the establishment of an Independent Case Review of the diocesan safeguarding response to allegations of spiritual abuse in the case of the Revd Tim Davis.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th December 2018

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Pupil brings legal action against school’s isolation policy – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, judicial review, news, school children by sally

‘Legal proceedings have been lodged in the high court against an academy trust for its use of so-called isolation units to discipline pupils.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2018

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What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism- 4 New Square

‘This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the judgment by lawyers have been critical, regarding it as a harsh decision which missed an opportunity to reflect developing attitudes to wellbeing in the workplace.’

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4 New Square, 16th November 2018

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SRA v James: When “I was driven to it” is no defence – 4 New Square

‘It is well-known that if a solicitor is guilty of dishonesty in and about the work he or she does, they will be struck off unless they can show “exceptional circumstances”. For a while it was thought that extreme and intolerable work pressure giving rise to mental health issues, in turn giving rise to an act or acts of dishonesty, might suffice.’

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4 New Square, 13th November 2018

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What are your rights on university initiation ceremonies – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2018 in alcohol abuse, bullying, complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, universities by sally

‘Currently, universities don’t have to abide by any set guidelines around student initiations.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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BSB gains power to intervene in barristers’ practices – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, documents, enforcement, news, regulations by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) now has the power to intervene in individual barristers’ practices among a host of other new regulatory tools that have been approved by Parliament.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2018

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Barrister reprimanded for drunken behaviour at Bar Mess event – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, drunk and disorderly, fines, law firms, news by sally

‘A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for his drunken behaviour towards a pupil at an informal Bar Mess event.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Lords committee defends decision to suspend Anthony Lester – The Guardian

‘A House of Lords committee that suspended a Liberal Democrat peer who it found had sexually harassed a women’s rights campaigner has defended its decision, after the upper house voted to block the punishment.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2018

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Bus driver sacked for positive cocaine test awarded £40k as tribunal agrees drug came from students’ notes – Daily Telegraph

‘A bus driver who was sacked for testing positive for cocaine has been awarded £40,000 after a tribunal ruled the drug could have got into his system when he licked his fingers after accepting notes from students.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2018

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Peers block Lord Lester’s suspension over harassment claims – The Guardian

‘A women’s rights campaigner has said she feels “victimised all over again” after the House of Lords voted to block the suspension of a Liberal Democrat peer who was found to have promised to make her a baroness if she agreed to sleep with him.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2018

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SRA urged to tackle mental health problems with ‘fitness to practise’ regime – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs to activate a dormant power that allows it to introduce ‘fitness to practise’ rules, in the wake of yesterday’s ruling about the role of mental health in solicitors’ misconduct, regulatory experts have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2018

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Mental health problems “do not justify” solicitors’ dishonesty – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Pressure of work or extreme working conditions “cannot either alone or in conjunction with stress or depression” justify not striking off dishonest solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

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Solicitor struck off over housing benefit conviction – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2018 in benefits, disciplinary procedures, fraud, news, solicitors by sally

‘An experienced solicitor has been struck off after being convicted of fraudulently claiming housing benefit when she had savings that made her ineligible.’

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Legal Futures, 7th November 2018

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Law firm sanctioned over conveyancing conflicts – Legal Futures

‘A law firm that also owns an estate agency and acted for seller, buyer and as the seller’s agent in 14 residential conveyancing transactions has been fined over the conflict of interest this generated.’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2018

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Sex-pest policeman Simon Hurwood guilty of gross misconduct – BBC News

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in assault, disciplinary procedures, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘A former police inspector who targeted junior colleagues for sex committed gross misconduct, a panel has ruled.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2018

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Solicitor paid B&B and caravan park income into client account – Legal Futures

Posted October 31st, 2018 in client accounts, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who paid over £100,000 in income from her bed and breakfast and caravan park businesses into her firm’s client account has been fined £15,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

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Officer who Tasered Jordan Begley guilty of ‘potential misconduct’ – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, inquests, news, police, weapons by sally

‘A police officer who Tasered a man shortly before his death should not have held the trigger for such a long time, the police watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2018

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Julian Cole: Three Bedfordshire Police officers sacked – BBC News

‘Three PCs involved in arresting a man left paralysed and brain-damaged have been sacked after being found guilty by a misconduct panel.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2018

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High Court upholds suspension of barrister who stole purse – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has upheld the year-long suspension of a barrister who was captured on CCTV stealing a purse in a Cardiff night club.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2018

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