Song labelling gay couple ‘fairy’ and ‘fag’ is not homophobic, court rules – The Independent

‘A song labelling gay men as “fairies” and “fags” is not homophobic, a court has ruled.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2017

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Concern over Met police use of spit hoods on black detainees – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2017 in London, news, police, race discrimination, restraint, statistics, women by sally

‘Eight of the 11 women restrained with spit hoods by the Metropolitan police have been black, according to figures that show a racial disproportionality in the use of the devices since they were piloted and rolled out across custody suites in London police stations.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2017

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Met Police payouts to Lords over child abuse claims – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, London, news, perverting the course of justice, police by sally

‘The Metropolitan Police Service has paid compensation to retired field marshal Lord Bramall and the family of the late Lord Brittan over false accusations of child sex abuse.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: lawyers warn Theresa May she may be breaching inquiry laws – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2017 in equality, fire, inquiries, legislation, London, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Lawyers acting for the family of one of the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster have written to the prime minister, warning her that she may be in breach of key laws relating to the public inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2017

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More London sixth-form schools face threat of legal cases for exclusion – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2017 in complaints, examinations, London, news, school exclusions by sally

‘Lawyers acting for families who claim their children have been illegally excluded from St Olave’s grammar school are considering launching proceedings against a number of other London schools after being contacted by parents.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2017

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Met Police used ‘necessary’ force on man Tasered 11 times – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2017 in firearms, London, news, offensive weapons, police by tracey

‘Officers who Tasered a man armed with two knives 11 times, hit him with a car and shot him used reasonable force, the police watchdog has found.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2017

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Ruling over ‘Muslim foster case’ girl – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2017 in children, Christianity, family courts, fostering, Islam, London, news by sally

‘A judge has ruled a Christian girl should live with a family member in a case in which it was claimed she was placed with a Muslim foster family.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2017

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Woman deceived by police spy refuses to pay Met legal bill – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2017 in costs, enforcement, London, news, police by tracey

‘An environmental campaigner who was deceived into forming a long-term intimate relationship with a police spy is refusing to pay Scotland Yard a £7,000 legal bill incurred during her quest for the truth.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2017

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Woman jailed for 10 years for making series of false rape claims – The Guardian

‘A woman who made a series of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2017

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No secure care place available for ‘dangerous’ teenager, UK judge told – The Guardian

‘A senior judge has expressed concern after being told there is no secure accommodation anywhere in the country for a “troubled and dangerous” teenager believed to be involved in serious gangland activity.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2017

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Homeless man jailed for Hyde Park murder – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2017 in deportation, homelessness, immigration, imprisonment, London, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A homeless man has been jailed for at least 26 years for murdering a “kind and peace-loving” carer in London’s Hyde Park after the authorities failed to deport him on at least six occasions over two years.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2017

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Schizophrenic ‘Muslim killer’ not guilty by reason of insanity – BBC News

‘A man with schizophrenia who repeatedly stabbed a train passenger after yelling “I want to kill all the Muslims” has been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

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BBC News, 22nd August 2017

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Grenfell Inquiry: terms of reference ‘won’t satisfy government’s legal obligations’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2017 in fire, housing, inquiries, judges, legal aid, London, news by sally

‘Terms of reference for the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire may not satisfy the government’s legal obligations to investigate the full circumstances of the tragedy, lawyers representing some of the victims have warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th August 2017

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Parks police dismissal does not engage article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘The recent case of Vining & Ors v London Borough of Wandsworth [2017] EWCA Civ 1092 represents an attempt to circumvent restrictions on certain types of officers from enjoying employment law rights – in a claim of unfair dismissal and for a protective award in respect of an alleged failure in collective consultation relating to their redundancies.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th August 2017

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‘Disturbed’ sexual predator who attacked five women in weekend rampage jailed for eight years – The Independent

Posted August 7th, 2017 in assault, imprisonment, London, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A “dangerous and disturbed” man who sexually assaulted five women in a single weekend, subjecting his final victim to a “horrific” knife-point attack, has been jailed for eight years.’

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The Independent, 6th Augut 2017

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People who carry out ‘life-changing’ acid attacks face life sentences – The Guardian

‘Criminals caught with acid can expect to receive the same prison sentences as those convicted of carrying a knife, according to new judicial guidelines that have come into effect.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2017

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London borough wins appeal over housing policy favouring working families – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Ealing has won an appeal over to its policy of reserving certain homes for “working families” and “model tenants”.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Metropolitan Police use force disproportionately against black people in London, new statistics reveal – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in London, news, police, race discrimination, restraint, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police used force more than 12,600 times in just three months, with a disproportionate amount of incidents involving black people, new statistics have revealed.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2017

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Litigation trends: Can London retain its litigation crown? – New Law Journal

Posted August 1st, 2017 in costs, disclosure, electronic filing, legal services, London, news by sally

‘The impact of Brexit, the outcome of the latest Jackson costs review and taming the “monster” of e-disclosure are of critical importance if the UK is to retain its standing as the dominant legal centre.’

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New Law Journal, 28th July 2017

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Litigators evenly split on impact of Brexit – Litigation Futures

‘Litigation lawyers in London are fairly evenly split on whether Brexit will lead to a “significant flight of work” to other jurisdictions, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st July 2017

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