Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker – Ministry of Justice

‘New law protecting emergency workers from assault to receive Royal Assent today (Thursday 13 September 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Close dangerous fire safety loophole, London Fire Brigade says in wake of Grenfell disaster – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2017 in building law, fire, fire services, health & safety, London, news by tracey

‘A fire safety loophole means “dangerous decisions” are being made about building design that could lead to more serious blazes, the London Fire Brigade has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New government guidelines will end the practice of boomerang bosses – Home Office

Posted February 21st, 2017 in consultations, emergency services, employment, fire services, news, pensions, retirement by sally

‘New government guidelines will stop senior fire officers from being re-employed in the same or similar roles after they have retired.’

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Home Office, 21st February 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

London Fire Brigade secures first confiscation order against landlord – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 11th, 2014 in confiscation, fines, fire services, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘The London Fire Brigade has obtained a confiscation order for the first time, against a landlord who was also fined for breaches of fire safety laws.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Atherstone firefighter inquests will not reopen, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2013 in fire services, inquests, news by tracey

“A coroner has ruled the inquests into the deaths of four firefighters in a warehouse fire in 2007 will not be reopened.”

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BBC News, 16th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

London fire cuts: Councils to seek judicial review – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2013 in budgets, fire services, judicial review, local government, London, news by sally

“A group of London councils is preparing to take legal action over the decision to shut 10 fire stations as part of plans to make £28.8m savings.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wembridge Claimants and others v Winter and others – WLR Daily

Wembridge Claimants and others v Winter and others [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB); [2013] WLR (D) 334

“Regulations pertaining to health and safety in the workplace made pursuant to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 applied to fire and rescue services and were capable of amending duties under existing statutory provisions so that a breach of the regulations by a fire service employer would be actionable, save where it was expressly provided otherwise.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina (Government Actuary’s Department) v Pensions Ombudsman – WLR Daily

Regina (Government Actuary’s Department) v Pensions Ombudsman: [2013] EWCA Civ 901; [2013] WLR (D) 298

“The Government Actuary’s Department performed an important proactive role, by producing and from time to time revising the actuarial tables, which was central to the administration and proper operation of the firefighters’ public sector pension scheme, and as such was ‘concerned with the … administration of … the scheme’, within the meaning of section 146(4)(b) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993, as substituted.”

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Lakanal House fire victims’ families seek compensation – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2013 in compensation, families, fire, fire services, housing, local government, news, victims by sally

“The families of the six people who died in the Lakanal House fire are taking legal action for compensation, BBC London has learned.”

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BBC News, 4th April 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

DPP invites responses to proposed new guidance on driving offences – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today launched a public consultation on guidance about the most serious driving offences, including death by careless or dangerous driving.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th September 2012

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Police should face fewer dangerous driving prosecutions, says CPS – The Guardian

“Fewer prosecutions should be brought against police, fire brigade and ambulance staff who commit driving offences while responding to emergencies, according to draft guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fire service watch manager cleared of firefighter deaths – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2012 in fire services, health & safety, homicide, news by sally

“A fire service manager accused of the manslaughter of four firefighters killed in a warehouse blaze has been found not guilty after a judge directed a jury to acquit him.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Heroic police and firefighters protected from health and safety laws, says CPS – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 7th, 2011 in fire services, health & safety, news, police by sally

“Police officers and firefighters will not be prosecuted for breaking health and safety laws by putting their lives on the line, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS decision on Atherstone fire deaths: Three fire service managers face charges of manslaughter – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 1st, 2011 in Crown Prosecution Service, fire services, homicide, negligence, news by sally

“Three Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service managers will face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence for the deaths of four firefighters in a warehouse in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Firefighter who slept with boss wins payout – Daily Telegraph

“A woman firefighter who resorted to sleeping with her boss in a vain attempt to end a campaign of harassment against has received a payout from her former employers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Marrion and others) v Board of Medical Referees and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 9th, 2009 in disabled persons, fire services, law reports, pensions by sally

R (Marrion and others) v Board of Medical Referees and others [2009] EWCA Civ 450; [2009] WLR (D) 135

“Where a firefighter applied for a disability pension, the question to be resolved by the independent qualified medical practitioner and on appeal by the Board of Medical Referees under the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme was whether the firefighter was subject to incapacity for the performance of his operational firefighting duty and any other duties within the definition of ‘regular firefighter’ and within his contract which it was proposed that he perform, but not any additional duties. Where no redeployment away from operation firefighting was available, the question stopped with incapacity for the performance of operational firefighting. It was not within the board’s jurisdiction to give a binding decision which trespassed on issues which were not part of the firefighter’s appeal.”

WLR Daily, 8th April 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Injured firefighters in court win – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2009 in fire services, news, pensions by sally

“Injured firefighters have won a major step in their legal battle to retain the right to claim ill-health pensions.”

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BBC News, 6th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk