Walsh v CP Hart & Sons Ltd [2020] EWHC 37 (QB) (13 January 2020) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in chambers articles, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant sustained serious head injuries when he fell from the back of a vehicle when delivering goods in the course of his employment with the Defendant. The tail lift on the vehicle had been lowered by the Claimant. Shortly afterwards he had either stepped backwards or lost his footing, falling approximately one metre to the ground.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 3rd February 2020

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People who worked on Grenfell Tower ‘could face life sentences’ – The Guardian

‘People who worked on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment could face the threat of being jailed for life, their lawyers have said, with witnesses interviewed by police believing they could be charged with manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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Grenfell Tower fire: Firms want immunity over evidence – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2020 in evidence, fire, health & safety, immunity, inquiries, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Firms involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have asked the public inquiry into the fire for a guarantee that anything they say in the hearings will not be used for any prosecution.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2020

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Bolton Fire Highlights Ongoing High-Rise Health And Safety Issues – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Posted January 28th, 2020 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, reports by sally

‘It could easily have been another Grenfell Tower. On Friday, 15 November 2019, over 100 people were forced to flee The Cube in Bolton, Greater Manchester, after a fire broke out and spread with devastating speed through the upper floors.’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 24th January 2020

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Government to set up new regulator for oversight of high-risk buildings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has unveiled plans for a new regulator to oversee the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, January 2020

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Grenfell Tower fire: Second phase of inquiry to begin – BBC News

‘The second phase of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry is to begin later, days after one of its panellists resigned.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2020

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New building safety regulator for England to be set up immediately – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in building law, construction industry, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Planned measures to improve high-rise residential building and fire safety in England will be speeded up, the UK government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd February 2020

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Uber driver banned after passengers hold ladder out of window – BBC News

‘An Uber driver caught on camera carrying passengers holding a ladder out of the window of his car has had his licence suspended.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2020

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Scores of tower blocks with Grenfell-style cladding have no plan in place to remove it, figures show – The Independent

‘Two and a half years on from fatal Kensington blaze, more than 21,000 households still living in flats wrapped in flammable cladding that allowed fire to rapidly spread’

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The Independent, 16th January 2020

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Human rights court dismisses MI6 informant Wang Yam’s appeal – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2020 in appeals, closed material, health & safety, intelligence services, murder, news by tracey

‘The European court of human rights has dismissed the appeal by the former Chinese dissident and MI6 informant Wang Yam that he had not had a fair trial because his defence evidence was held in secret on grounds of national security.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2020

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Sikhs, beards and “hygiene”: Sethi – Law & Religion UK

‘In Mr R Sethi v Elements Personnel Services Ltd [2019] ET 2300234/2018, the Claimant, a practising but unbaptised Sikh, applied for a job with the Respondent: a specialist agency providing temporary staff for the hospitality industry, mainly at five-star hotels. He attended an induction course at which he was asked to sign various documents including the Respondent’s standard Contract for Agency Workers, which included the Respondent’s Code of Conduct. The Code provided, înter alia, that “No beards or goatees are allowed”. He explained that he would not be able to shave off his beard for religious reasons.’

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Law & Religion UK, 15th January 2020

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Electrical safety checks – soon with added regulation – Nearly Legal

Posted January 14th, 2020 in electricity, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by sally

‘The draft of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 has been laid in Parliament. The regs require a resolution of each house, so this will not be an immediate approval, but should be soon – it looks like the intention is for the Regs to be in force from 1 April 2020.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th January 2020

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Timetable set for new inquest into ‘air quality’ death of child – Local Government Lawyer

‘A new inquest into the death of 9 year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah will be held November or December this year, following the ordering of a new inquest by the high court last year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd January 2020

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Council fined £500k after first prosecution by CQC over failure to provide safe care – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derbyshire County Council has been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution that the Care Quality Commission has brought against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and treatment in 2015.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2019

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Coroner warns theme parks to act on ride danger after girl’s death – The Guardian

‘A coroner has warned theme park operators about the risk of future deaths unless they address safety concerns over water rides, after an inquest into the drowning of an 11-year-old girl.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2019

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Birmingham lorry driver Robert Bradbury jailed for killing doctor – BBC News

‘A lorry driver who killed a doctor because his cluttered dashboard obstructed his view has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2019

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Council fined £1.4m after child suffers life-changing head injury in “easily preventable” incident – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2019 in fines, health & safety, local government, news, personal injuries, roads by sally

‘Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a six-year-old girl playing on an unsecured street bollard suffered a life-changing head injury.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2019

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Hillsborough victims’ families criticise CPS over handling of case – The Guardian

‘Bereaved Hillsborough families have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service and called for a review of how it conducted the case against David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent acquitted on Thursday of manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2019

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Hillsborough: The thirty-year search for justice – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news, police, prosecutions, sport by sally

‘On a spring afternoon in 1989, a crush developed at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans attending the club’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2019

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Camden Council obtains first rogue landlord banning order in London – Local Government Lawyer

‘Camden Council is reported to have obtained London’s first rogue landlord banning order against a man who repeatedly placed tenants’ lives at risk through letting unsafe housing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk