New fire safety regulations following Grenfell Tower fire come into force in England – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 26th, 2023 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, regulations by sally

‘The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which implement the majority of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations, came into force yesterday (23 January 2023).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2023

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Inquiry launched into corruption claims after crowd crush at O2 Academy Brixton – The Independent

‘The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching an inquiry into corruption allegations made following the crowd crush at the O2 Academy Brixton last month when two people died.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2023

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Victims and families call for prosecutions as contaminated blood inquiry nears end – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2023 in bereavement, blood products, families, inquiries, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Victims and family members affected by the contaminated blood scandal are calling for criminal charges to be considered as the public inquiry into the tragedy draws to a close. While the inquiry, which will begin to hear closing submissions on Tuesday, cannot determine civil or criminal liability, people affected by the scandal are keen for the mass of documents and evidence accumulated over more than four years to be handed over to prosecutors to see whether charges can be brought.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Essex mental health deaths review demands legal powers – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2023 in bereavement, hospitals, inquiries, mental health, news by tracey

‘The government has been asked to decide whether to hold the first national public inquiry into mental health deaths.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2023

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Calls for public inquiry into abuses at Manston asylum centre in Kent – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2023 in assault, asylum, detention, inquiries, news by sally

‘Lawyers and human rights campaigners are calling for a public inquiry into abuse and other mistreatment at Manston, the controversial Kent processing centre for small boat arrivals, after it emerged that police were investigating allegations of assault.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2023

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Kids Company founder cleared to challenge critical watchdog report in court – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, children, inquiries, judicial review, news, reports by sally

‘The founder of the former children’s charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has won permission to go to the high court to try to overturn a charities watchdog report she claims was unbalanced, unfair and unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2022

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What is diplomatic immunity and how does it apply to Harry Dunn death by careless driving case? – The Independent

‘Here, the PA news agency looks at how diplomatic immunity affected the 19-year-old’s case, and why Sacoolas was able to appear in court via video-link from her home country.’

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The Independent, 8th December 2022

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Children and Families Act 2014 has failed to improve lives of children and young people, peers find – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2022 in children, families, inquiries, news, reports, special educational needs by sally

‘A lack of focus on implementing and monitoring the impact of the Children and Families Act 2014, despite it being envisaged as a “landmark piece of legislation”, has led to the Act being “a largely missed opportunity”, a House of Lords committee has concluded in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2022

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Cabinet minister rejects national misogyny and racism inquiry – BBC News

‘A national inquiry into institutional misogyny and racism in the workplace has been rejected by the government. The inquiry was called for by the authors of a damning report into London Fire Brigade’s workplace culture.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2022

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Royal Navy chief defends service’s handling of sex abuse allegations – The Independent

‘The head of the Royal Navy has defended the way in which the service handles allegations of rape and sexual abuse, arguing that independent investigations would take longer and “lead to less good outcomes”.’

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The Independent, 26th November 2022

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An Avoidable Death – Nearly Legal

Posted November 16th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘“Every death was avoidable” said Richard Millett KC at the closing submission to the Grenfell Inquiry. Now we know from the inquest verdict into the death of two year old Awaab Ishak’s that this death was also thoroughly avoidable,and we know the catalogue of failures that caused the tragedy.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th November 2022

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Manchester Arena attack: Key failings of emergency response – BBC News

‘The Manchester Arena Inquiry has published a catalogue of failings and mistakes by the emergency services following the terror attack in 2017.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2022

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Three girls died after major failings in NHS mental health care, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in hospitals, inquiries, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘Three teenage girls died after major failings in the care they received from NHS mental health services in the north-east of England, an independent investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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Royal Navy chief orders inquiry into sexual assault claims in submarine service – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2022 in armed forces, bullying, harassment, inquiries, news, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘The head of the Royal Navy has ordered an investigation into “abhorrent” allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the submarine service and declared that sexual assault and harassment has no place in the fleet.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2022

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SRA forced to wait for end of Post Office inquiry to take action – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is going to have to wait until the end of the Post Office inquiry before it can take formal disciplinary action against any lawyers involved in the scandal, it has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2022

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Child sex abuse: The horrific findings of a seven-year inquiry – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2022 in child abuse, children, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse was created in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal to examine how institutions responded to allegations of abuse in England and Wales – both in the past, and today.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2022

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Inquiry after Black child mauled by police dog while being detained by armed officers – The Independent

Posted October 18th, 2022 in children, dogs, inquiries, minorities, news, police by sally

‘The police watchdog is investigating after a Black child was mauled by a police dog as he was detained by armed officers.’

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The Independent, 17th October 2022

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Post Office scandal inquiry to put conduct of lawyers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The lead counsel to the Post Office Horizon Inquiry last week made clear that the role of lawyers, “some of them senior”, will be put under scrutiny in the coming months.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2022

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Bereaved families to ask Covid contract PR firms not to bid for inquiry work – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2022 in bereavement, coronavirus, families, inquiries, news, public procurement by tracey

‘Families bereaved by Covid will write to eight PR companies that received hefty government contracts during the pandemic asking them to withdraw from a tender process to manage part of the inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2022

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Turks and Caicos head said to question UK’s alleged failure to keep residents safe – The Guardian

‘A diplomatic row has broken out over the UK’s alleged delay in helping an overseas territory combat a spate of murders and untrammelled drugs trading.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2022

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