NDAs in spotlight as Court of Appeal gags newspaper – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling barring the publication of allegations that a ‘leading businessman’ sexually harassed and racially abused employees has re-ignited the debate over the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements. In ABC and others v Telegraph Media Group, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Henderson granted a temporary injunction preventing the Telegraph from publishing what the newspaper says is the result of eight months of investigation into the behaviour of an individual identified as ‘ABC’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2018

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Harassment – when new evidence isn’t – Nearly Legal

‘This was Homelets of Bath appeal from first instance judgment against them on Ms T’s claim for harassment under Prevention of Harassment Act 1997 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, and assault and false imprisonment, with damages to be assessed.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st October 2018

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End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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New chapter: ending sexual harassment at the Bar – Counsel

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘It’s not just women who are victims, not just men who are perpetrators and not just dinosaurs who are the problem. Sophie Garner and Esther Gamble outline the new Bar Council guidance on sexual harassment – busting myths, altering mindsets and powering collaborative change.’

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Counsel, October 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar Council targets chambers’ “ineffective” harassment policies – Legal Futures

Posted October 8th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The Bar Council is to publish new guidance for barristers and chambers on dealing with sexual harassment, amid claims that many chambers’ existing policies are “wholly ineffective”.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Transgender lawyer launches UK’s first ‘deadnaming’ case against Father Ted writer Graham Linehan – Daily Telegraph

‘A Transgender lawyer has launched Britain’s first “deadnaming” case in the High Court against Father Ted’s screenplay writer after he referred to her using her birth name.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2018

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Barristers not making harassment complaints to regulator – Legal Futures

‘Reports of sexual harassment at the Bar are not turning into formal complaints to barristers’ regulator, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 1 October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Serial harassers who target a new student every year working in universities, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, sexual grooming, universities by tracey

‘Universities are employing serial sex abusers who date a different student every year, a report has found. Research by campaigners the 1752 Group and the University of Portsmouth found that university staff who had had inappropriate relationships with one student or junior colleague were likely to have behaved similarly with others.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2018

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Workplace gender discrimination remains rife, survey finds – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, gender, harassment, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘Gender discrimination in the workplace remains rife, with many young women experiencing sexual harassment, job insecurity and low pay compared with male peers, a survey has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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Alice Ruggles murder: Police ‘failed to investigate concerns properly’ – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2018 in harassment, murder, news, police, stalking by tracey

‘Police officers failed to properly investigate complaints a young woman made against her former boyfriend in the days before he brutally murdered her, the police watchdog has found.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS care regulator says sexual incidents ‘commonplace’ in mental health units – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2018 in harassment, health, mental health, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexual incidents including harassment, assaults and rapes are “commonplace” in mental health units, mainly carried out by patients, the NHS’s care regulator has reported.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2018

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Review brings misogyny as a hate crime a step closer – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Campaigners have welcomed an “amazing” victory in the fight against sexist street harassment after the government announced a comprehensive review of hate crime legislation, which will consider whether to recognise misogyny as a hate crime.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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MPs to decide whether to make misogyny a hate crime – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, women by sally

‘MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Campaigners await UK decision on abortion clinic buffer zones – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2018 in abortion, harassment, news by sally

‘Campaigners calling for buffer zones to prevent harassment and abuse of women accessing abortion centres are expecting a Home Office announcement within weeks.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2018

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Proper practice on seeking permission to appeal (Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in appeals, disclosure, harassment, news by sally

‘What is the proper procedure when submitting an application for permission to appeal? Phillip Patterson, a barrister at Hardwicke Chambers, considers the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd and explains why any informal attempt to seek permission to appeal from the lower court is invalid.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 30th July 2018

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Trafficking victim awarded High Court damages in minimum wage and harassment claims – Cloisters

‘Anna Beale represented the claimant, Ms Ajayi, a migrant domestic worker, in this unusual High Court claim brought against her former employers, Mr and Mrs Abu, for payment of the minimum wage, harassment, breach of contract and personal injury. In August 2017, the court found that the “family worker” exemption to the requirement to pay the minimum wage did not apply in this case. The quantification of that claim, together with Ms Ajayi’s other claims, was dealt with in a further hearing, the final judgment from which has recently been released.’

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Cloisters, 11th July 2018

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Children’s author faces £1m payout after ‘terrorising’ actor neighbour with ‘monstrously out of control’ garden – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in compensation, harassment, injunctions, news, noise, nuisance by tracey

‘A children’s author faces a £1m payout after terrorising her actor neighbour with her “monstrously out of control” garden.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2018

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Man jailed after he banned girlfriend from using Snapchat after four-week relationship – Daily Telegraph

‘A man who banned his girlfriend from using Snapchat and controlled her use of Facebook has been jailed for his psychological abuse after a relationship that lasted less than a month’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2018

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Firms failing to tackle sexual harassment, say MPs – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Businesses, government and regulators are failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, say MPs. The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has published a five-point plan to deal with the problem.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

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CPS apologises to Girls Aloud star for not prosecuting stalker – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, prosecutions, stalking by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has apologised to Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts for not prosecuting an ex-boyfriend accused of violating a restraining order for stalking her.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com