Lord Mayor’s Dinner for HM Judges July 2018: Lord Chancellor’s speech – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 6th, 2018 in courts, judiciary, London, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary David Gauke gave a speech at the Lord Mayor’s Dinner for HM Judges at Mansion House.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Uber’s appeal over London licence ban begins – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2018 in licensing, London, news, taxis by sally

‘Uber’s appeal against the decision not to renew its licence in London will begin on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Met police to defer prosecutions for some young offenders – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2018 in deferred prosecution agreements, London, news, police, young offenders by sally

‘Britain’s biggest police force is to begin deferring prosecutions for minor offences in an attempt to reduce youth crime and lessen racial bias in the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Commercial court litigants up by 22%, survey finds – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in choice of forum, Commercial Court, London, news, statistics by sally

‘London’s commercial courts were busier than ever last year, with a 22% rise in the number of litigants and 7% increase in the number of cases heard, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st May 2018

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Private hire vehicle operators lose High Court battle over TfL fee changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, fees, licensing, London, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by private hire vehicle operators over changes introduced by Transport for London to its licensing fees structure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rise in proportion of BAME suspects on Met’s gangs matrix – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in gangs, London, news, police, race discrimination, young persons by sally

‘The proportion of suspects on the Metropolitan police’s gangs matrix from minority ethnic groups has increased to nearly nine in 10, according to the force’s own figures.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

TfL wins appeal over imposition of voice contact requirement on Uber – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2018 in appeals, London, news, taxis, telecommunications, transport by sally

‘Transport for London has won an appeal over its imposition of a ‘voice contact requirement’ on Uber.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

MP calls for parliamentary inquiry into Garden Bridge – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in budgets, inquiries, London, news, parliament, transport by sally

‘An MP has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Garden Bridge project over concerns Transport for London (TfL) may have been misled to secure £7m of its funding.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2018

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The police told Stephen Lawrence’s family they’d changed. We were fooled – Imran Khan – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2018 in London, media, news, police, racism by sally

‘I’ve represented Doreen Lawrence since her son’s murder. The attack on her by a former detective in a BBC documentary makes us feel betrayed about the Met’s attitude to racism.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Stephen Lawrence murder: police say they have run out of leads – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2018 in London, murder, news, police, racism by sally

‘Scotland Yard has said it has run out of leads in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the racist killing. It will wait until a three-part BBC documentary about the case is broadcast next week to see if anyone new comes forward. The Met police said it was reviewing the case, which means it is considering closing it down.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

London borough wins appeal over body piercings and underage clients – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2018 in children, licensing, local government, London, news by sally

‘Carrying out body piercings on someone under the permitted age is a strict liability offence, the Divisional Court has said in a case punctuated by an unusual interruption by the respondent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th April 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Met Police investigated over death of arrested man – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2018 in complaints, death in custody, London, news, police by sally

‘The police watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a man who died the day after being arrested.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2018

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Hospital locksmith defrauded NHS out of £600k by hiring his own firm to supply goods at marked-up prices – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 27th, 2018 in fraud, hospitals, London, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The chief locksmith at a major hospital trust defrauded it out of nearly £600,000 by hiring his own supply firm and charging a 1,200 per cent mark-up on goods, a court heard.
Andrew Taylor, who was the main locksmith for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position at Inner London Crown Court and jailed for six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Metropolitan Police admits role in blacklisting construction workers – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in construction industry, London, news, police, trade unions by tracey

‘Scotland Yard has admitted Special Branch officers passed information to a controversial network that blacklisted construction workers. It follows a six-year battle to find out if the Metropolitan Police supplied the intelligence on trade unionists.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2018

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Stop and search harms fight against knife crime, Met officer says – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in drug offences, London, news, offensive weapons, police, stop and search by sally

‘Stop and search for suspected minor drug crimes such as cannabis possession is hampering the Metropolitan police’s ability to tackle London’s knife crime epidemic by souring relationships with the public, the chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Teenager jailed for London moped acid attacks – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2018 in hazardous substances, London, motorcycles, news, sentencing, theft, young offenders by sally

‘A 17-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 and a half years for attacking six moped riders with acid while trying to steal their bikes.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2018

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Homeowners battle freeholder over £20,000 ‘Grenfell bill’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, London, news, repairs, service charges, tribunals by tracey

‘Residents of a luxury north London apartment block are battling their freeholder over who should pay a multi-million-pound bill to replace dangerous Grenfell-style cladding, and for the wages of fire marshals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2018

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to expand across London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 1st, 2018 in alcohol abuse, care orders, courts, drug abuse, families, family courts, London, news by sally

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court ( FDAC) is to expand in London after a partnership of nine boroughs, led by Merton Council, commissioned the service from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Regional “ethos” of Business & Property Courts on show as Bristol judge refuses London transfer – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in civil procedure rules, London, news, transfer of proceedings by sally

‘The focus of the new Business & Property Courts (B&PC) structure on keeping cases in the regions and not transferring them to London unless necessary has seen a judge in Bristol refuse an application to move a piece of group litigation to the capital.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st February 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Online child sex abuse referred to Met increased by 700% since 2014 – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in child abuse, inquiries, London, news, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘The number of suspected incidents of online child sexual abuse referred to the Metropolitan police has increased by 700% since 2014, an inquiry has heard.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com