Knotweed: what should the legislators be doing? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2019 in environmental health, environmental protection, housing, inquiries, mortgages, news by sally

‘On 22 January 2019 the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee (“STC”) held an inquiry into “Japanese knotweed and the built environment”. It received written submissions from 27 interested parties, ranging from the Law Society and Royal Horticultural Society to companies specialising in the treatment of non-native invasive species and concerned individuals.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th February 2019

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Stephen Lawrence: How has his murder changed policing? – BBC News

‘Twenty years ago, an inquiry into the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence called for an overhaul of police procedures and attitudes towards race. But how much has changed?’

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BBC News, 19th February 2019

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Report recommends improvements to English planning appeals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2019 in appeals, case management, delay, inquiries, local government, news, planning by sally

‘An independent review of the planning appeal process in England and Wales has made 22 recommendations, aimed at halving the time taken for an appeal by June 2020.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th February 2019

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Charity Commission Inquiry: Birmingham Diocesan Trust – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 14th, 2019 in charities, Charity Commission, child abuse, inquiries, news by tracey

‘On 12 February 2019, the Charity Commission issued the following Press Release regarding a new inquiry into the charity behind the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham over safeguarding concerns.’

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Law & Religion UK, 14th February 2019

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Digital ad market under fresh scrutiny amid competition concerns – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2019 in advertising, competition, inquiries, internet, media, news, public interest by sally

‘Facebook and Google could be forced to open up their businesses and share details of how their advertising model works, after the government backed an investigation into concerns that their dominance of the online advertising business is hurting news publishers.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2019

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Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

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Sheffield tree protesters win wrongful arrest payout – The Guardian

‘Campaigners who were wrongfully detained while protesting against tree felling in Sheffield have been given a £24,300 payout by South Yorkshire police.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2019

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Judge refuses to publish list of political groups spied on by police – The Guardian

‘A public inquiry examining undercover policing is refusing to publish a list of more than 1,000 political groups that have been spied on since 1968.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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Disability hate crime: Katie Price backed over online abuse by MPs – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2019 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, hate crime, inquiries, internet, news by sally

‘Self-regulation of social media “has failed disabled people”, according to MPs who have backed a petition calling for new laws, led by model Katie Price.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2019

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SRA pays Leigh Day £1m in costs to end disciplinary case – Legal Futures

‘The highly contentious Leigh Day disciplinary case has come to an end with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) paying the firm £1m in costs after the regulator’s unsuccessful appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Child abuse inquiry refuses to publish evidence on Gove phone call claim – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2019 in child abuse, child cruelty, children, disclosure, evidence, inquiries, news by tracey

‘A public inquiry has refused to publish evidence that could shed light on an allegation that Michael Gove intervened in a child sexual abuse investigation.
He has been accused of trying, during his time as education secretary, to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abusing a boy at a boarding school.
The accusation has been made by two witnesses who have testified to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2018

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Care of mental health patient who killed man to be subject of inquiry – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2019 in inquiries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘An inquiry has been commissioned after a man with paranoid schizophrenia who had lost touch with mental health services killed a stranger in a holiday town with a throwing knife.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Parliament moves towards special inquiry into abuse of MPs – The Guardian

‘Parliament is moving towards a special inquiry into the abuse and harassment of MPs after repeated threats and other forms of intimidation in relation to Brexit and other issues.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Police spy misleads inquiry about sexual relations with women – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2019 in inquiries, news, police, spying by sally

‘A police spy appears to have misled a public inquiry about sexual relationships he had with two women while he was undercover.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2019

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Kingsley Burrell family call for inquiry after sacking of police officer – The Guardian

‘The family of Kingsley Burrell, who died in police custody in 2011, have renewed their calls for a public inquiry after one of the officers involved was sacked for lying about the events leading to the death, as well as failing in his duty of care.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2018

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Grenfell Tower: second phase of inquiry ‘could be delayed until 2020’ – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by sally

‘The next phase of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could be delayed until 2020, according to counsel for one of the core participants, raising concerns that it could be at least three years after the disaster claimed 72 lives that it will report back fully.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2018

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Judgment leaves claimants ‘hacked off’ – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 11th, 2018 in inquiries, judicial review, media, news, regulations by sally

‘By Judgment handed down on 29 November 2018 Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed the Claimants claims for Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to not embark on ‘Part 2’ of the Leveson Inquiry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2018

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: LFB ‘failed residents and firefighters’ – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2018 in fire, fire services, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Grenfell Tower residents and firefighters were let down by London Fire Brigade’s leaders, a lawyer for the victims has said.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2018

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Former trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid) criticised after investigation finds serious mismanagement – Charity Commission

‘The Charity Commission has found serious mismanagement on the part of the former board of trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid), as set out in an inquiry report published today.’

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Charity Commission, 6th December 2018

source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

Equality watchdog launches inquiry into racial harassment at universities – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog has launched an inquiry into racial harassment at universities amid mounting evidence of students and staff from minority groups facing abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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