Jeremy Lewis on NHS Applicant Whistleblowers: wider implications and mis-steps en route – Littleton Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in consultations, disclosure, employment, health, news, regulations, whistleblowers by sally

‘On 20 March 2017 the Government published draft Regulations with a view to providing whistleblowing protection to applicants for NHS employment [1]. A consultation has been launched. Some two years after the publication of the report by Sir Robert Francis QC into whistleblowing in NHS, Freedom to Speak Up, the draft Regulations aim to implement the recommendation that consideration be given to outlawing discrimination against whistleblowers in recruitment by NHS employers. (Legislation giving power to make these regulations – s.49B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 – has been on the statute book since 6 May 2015).’

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Littleton Chambers, 21st March 2017

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Undercover policing inquiry ‘not sabotaged’ by Met Police – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2017 in anonymity, disclosure, inquiries, investigatory powers, London, news, police by tracey

‘The judge chairing a public inquiry into undercover policing has dismissed claims by campaigners that the Met Police have tried to sabotage it.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2017

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Gender pay gap reporting: Government’s new rules will not tackle financial inequality, critics warn – The Independent

Posted April 6th, 2017 in disclosure, employment, equal pay, news, reports, women by tracey

‘Experts, including employment lawyers, HR professionals and campaigners, are warning that the Government’s new rules on gender pay reporting won’t do enough to tackle considerable financial inequality still overshadowing a multitude of industries.’

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The Independent, 5th April 2017

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First ‘snapshot’ of gender pay gap due as reporting requirements come into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 5th, 2017 in disclosure, employment, equal pay, news, Northern Ireland, regulations, statistics by sally

‘Large UK employers will begin publishing their gender pay gaps over the coming months, based on the pay which their employees receive within the pay period in which today’s date falls.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th April 2017

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Man becomes first in country to have to tell police every time he starts a new relationship – Daily Telegraph

‘A man is believed to be the first in the country to have to tell the police when he starts a new relationship so they can inform future partners about his violent history.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2017

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UK’s gender pay rankings will put discrimination under spotlight – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in disclosure, employment, equal pay, news, sex discrimination, statistics by sally

‘The naming and shaming of employers is welcome, but the fight for equal pay for women has just begun’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2017

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Former Adams family gang boss loses cash case appeal – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2017 in appeals, certificates of inadequacy, confiscation, disclosure, gangs, London, news by tracey

‘Former gangster Terry Adams has lost his appeal over how much he must repay from his days of crime.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2017

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Jeremy Bamber still waits for the evidence that might clear his name – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2017 in complaints, disclosure, evidence, news, police by sally

‘Thirty years on, Essex police continue to withhold crucial material related to one of Britain’s most infamous criminal cases.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2017

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Migrant teachers and nurses face overseas crime checks – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in criminal records, disclosure, news, nurses, social services, teachers, visas by tracey

‘Teachers, nurses and social workers from outside the European Union are set to face criminal record checks before being allowed to work in the UK.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017

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NHS data loss scandal has prompted five inquiries, ministers say – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, documents, health, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The NHS’s loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence is so serious that it has triggered five separate investigations, ministers have admitted.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2017

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Miners’ strike policing inquiry ‘would have been witch hunt’ – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in disclosure, documents, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police by sally

‘The Thatcher government feared a “witch hunt” if a public inquiry were held into policing of the 1984-5 miners’ strike, declassified files show.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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Yet another subject access judgment… – Panopticon

Posted March 8th, 2017 in appeals, costs, data protection, disclosure, documents, judgments, news, reasons, universities by tracey

‘So, as the saying goes, you wait months for a subject access judgment, and then three come along at once.’

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Panopticon, 6th march 2017

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EU referendum campaign spending probed – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, disclosure, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2017

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Banns of marriage – their development and future – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Church of England, disclosure, marriage, news, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales by sally

‘The legal requirement to read banns for couples intending to marry in church services was considered by members of the Church of England General Synod on 14 February 2017. Though Synod rejected moves that sought to end this “ecclesiastical preliminary” to marriage, important arguments were cited both for their retention and for their removal. In this post, we summarize the development and current usage in England and Wales, Scotland and the two jurisdictions in Ireland, and examine possible future directions.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd February 2017

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Court of Appeal: law firms must comply with data requests even if purpose is to aid litigation – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in appeals, data protection, disclosure, documents, news, privilege by sally

‘Law firms must comply with data requests even if the purpose for seeking the documents is “assisting in litigation”, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Appeal court rules firm wrong to refuse disclosure of privileged information – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in appeals, data protection, disclosure, news, privilege by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ordered international firm Taylor Wessing to comply with an application for information it held about parties embarking on litigation despite the firm’s claim that the data was covered by legal professional privilege.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, February 2017

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Legal professional privilege can protect businesses that fall victim to cyber attacks, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 21st, 2017 in computer crime, computer programs, disclosure, electronic mail, news, privilege by sally

‘Businesses risk the disclosure of damaging IT forensics reports if they fail to take advantage of legal professional privilege in light of a cyber attack.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th February 2017

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Martin Fodder on Whistleblowing: The Importance of Asking the Right Questions – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 20th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, dismissal, employment tribunals, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The judgment of the EAT in Eiger Securities LLP v Korshunova [2016] UKEAT 0149_16_0212, 6th December 2016 has attracted a fair amount of comment. It concerned the claims by a broker, Ms Korshunova, that 3 client accounts had been allocated away from her and she had then been dismissed because she had made a protected disclosure as to the impropriety of her manager (Mr Ashton) using her password and terminal. The ET upheld claims of detriment and dismissal for whistleblowing. The EAT (Slade J) remitted the case allowing 3 of the 5 grounds of appeal. ‘

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd January 2017

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Katherine Apps on New Data Protection Case from Court of Appeal – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 17th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, employment, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘Following the case of Durant v Financial Services Authority [2004] FSR 573 it became common for an employer to resist providing disclosure to an employee who makes a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998 wholly or mainly in order to obtain material which would assist in pursuing litigation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 16th February 2017

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Court of Appeal criticises expert who failed to disclose “close connection” with defendant – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in disclosure, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news by sally

‘A medical expert who failed to disclose that he had trained the defendant on whose behalf he was giving evidence and that they had “worked together closely for a substantial period” has been criticised by the Court of Appeal’

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2017

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