Police officer who rammed suspected moped thief off his bike with car acted “reasonably”, tribunal rules – Daily Telegraph

‘A police officer who rammed a suspected moped thief off his bike can keep his job because his actions were “reasonable”, a tribunal has ruled, as rank and file officers have attacked how he was treated.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2019

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Leading firm held liable for asbestos case blunder – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has ordered Cardiff-based Hugh James to pay six-figure damages to the family of an asbestos victim for professional negligence in abandoning their personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st May 2019

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Sectoral Regulation Without Section 21 – Nearly Legal

‘One of the interesting potential side effects of removing section 21 from the Private Rented Sector is the damage it might do to landlord regulation. Over time s21 has become a backdoor regulatory tool to help ensure landlord compliance. If the notice is removed altogether will this impact on regulation by removing a useful tool which encouraged, or compelled, landlord compliance. Or will it have little practical effect.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th April 2019

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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl – BBC News

‘The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2019

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Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2019 in health & safety, internet, medicines, news, pharmacists, regulations, standards by tracey

‘New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2019

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Prison officer gets G4S payout for brain damage after assault – The Guardian

‘A prison officer left with permanent brain damage after an attack at a children’s jail run by G4S has spoken about his continued belief in rehabilitation after receiving a “substantial” settlement from his former employer.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2019

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Vicarious liability not a “one-way street” for accident victims – Litigation Futures

‘Assessing the demands of social justice in cases involving vicarious liability is “not a one-way street” for accident victims, a High Court judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th April 2019

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Councils face a losing battle as they crack down on rogue landlords – The Guardian

‘Despite dawn raids and legal action, the number of unlicensed rentals in houses of multiple occupation continues to grow.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2019

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Solicitors can recover VAT on full MRO fee, says appeal court – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor does not have to investigate whether a medical reporting organisation (MRO) is right to charge VAT on the whole of its bill, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case that it said affected “thousands” of others.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2019

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‘What do people want?’: Hillsborough safety officer is first to be found guilty – The Guardian

‘The conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989, is the first criminal or disciplinary finding against anybody in relation to the deaths of 96 people at the FA Cup semi-final that day between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.’

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The Guardian, 3rdApril 2019

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Abolish prison terms of under a year to ease safety crisis, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2019 in health & safety, imprisonment, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Offenders should no longer be given sentences of under a year to ease the “enduring” prison safety crisis in England Wales, MPs have said in a damning report.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Dorset man found guilty of illegally selling clams to high-end restaurant suppliers – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2019 in fisheries, food, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A shellfish gatherer from Dorset has narrowly escaped being jailed after being caught illegally selling clams to wholesalers who supply high-end restaurants.’

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The Guardian, 31st March 2019

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Ava-May Littleboy: No police action over girl’s death on inflatable – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2019 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Two people arrested after a three-year-old girl died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline will face no further action, police have confirmed.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2019

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Youth prison put inmates in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day – The Guardian

‘A prison for young adults has been placed in special measures by the government after it was found that inmates were locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day – a practice campaigners have described as de facto solitary confinement.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2019

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An updated driverless testing code for the UK recognises remote operators – Technology Law Update

Posted March 8th, 2019 in codes of practice, consultations, health & safety, news, road traffic by sally

‘The UK Government has published a revised Code of Practice on trials of automated vehicles. This is open for comments until 6 May 2019.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Former Royal Marine reaches agreement with MoD after suing for hearing loss – Daily Telegraph

‘A Former Royal Marine has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after suing for hearing loss, in a case that could cost the government millions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2019

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No release from gas – Nearly Legal

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Trecarrel House Limited v Rouncefield, County Court at Exeter, 13 February 2019. The gas safety certificate section 21 wars rumble on. Following Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz (our note here), we have a further County Court appeal decision. This time from Exeter and concerning s.36(7) of the 1998 Gas Safety Regulations.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th February 2019

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Case Comment: Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2019] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

‘Rory Thomson, a senior associate in the disputes team at CMS, comments on the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Perry v Raleys Solicitors, which was handed down on 13 February 2019. The judgment is a useful affirmation and clarification of the law on the assessment of causation and loss in professional negligence cases.’

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UKSC Blog, 18th February 2019

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Private AI – claims against approved inspectors – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted February 12th, 2019 in building law, defective premises, health & safety, insurance, negligence, news by tracey

‘The extent to which property owners of a defective building have a valid claim against professionals with involvement in the development is a subject that has recently seen an upsurge in interest and litigation. In the past months two TCC judgments have been published that consider the particular role and potential liabilities of approved inspectors (AIs): Zagora Management Ltd and others v Zurich Insurance plc and others and Lessees and Management Company of Herons Court v Heronslea Ltd and others.

To the disappointment of property owners, and perhaps the relief of insurers, these cases demonstrate the difficulties claimants face in succeeding against AIs.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 11th February 2019

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