Close dangerous fire safety loophole, London Fire Brigade says in wake of Grenfell disaster – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2017 in building law, fire, fire services, health & safety, London, news by tracey

‘A fire safety loophole means “dangerous decisions” are being made about building design that could lead to more serious blazes, the London Fire Brigade has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2017

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Met Police holding children in custody for too long, says prison watchdog – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2017 in children, custody, London, news, police, young offenders by tracey

‘Children are being held for too long in police custody once they are charged with an offence, the prison watchdog has warned. A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found that too many children in north and north-east London were being kept in cells overnight and even at weekends, despite a statutory duty for authorities to provide them with alternative accommodation.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2017

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Employee wins partial victory on harassment in pot plant case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Westminster City Council employee has won a partial victory at an employment tribunal in a case that arose over a disputed pot plant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2017

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Black cab shape not distinctive enough to be trademark, say judges – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in appeals, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘New-style taxis could soon roll on to city roads after court of appeal judges ruled that the shape of the traditional London black cab was not distinctive enough to be a trademark.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

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How long has this been going on? – settled accommodation – Nearly Legal

‘The issue in this second appeal was what amounts to ‘settled accommodation’, sufficient to break the chain of causation of intentional homelessness.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th October 2017

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High Court hears judicial review challenge over £2bn development vehicle – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has this week begun hearing a judicial review challenge to the London Borough of Haringey’s decision to establish the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), which is said to be the largest local authority development vehicle of its kind.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2017

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Police custody deaths in UK ‘should be treated like murder inquiry’ – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in complaints, death in custody, London, news, police, race discrimination, reports by sally

‘Deaths in custody should be investigated with the same urgency as murder inquiries, says a long-awaited report that aims to restore trust in the police.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2017

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Stop and search eight times more likely to target black people – The Guardian

‘The racial gap in the use of stop and search by police has grown in the past year, leaving black people eight times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

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Black former Met officer wins right to sue for discrimination – The Guardian

‘Supreme court ruling hailed as gamechanger by Race4Justice, which says professionals in many fields will now get full protection of equality legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2017

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Man jailed for fatally stabbing father on busy high street in London – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2017 in homicide, imprisonment, London, news, sentencing by sally

‘An insurance worker who stabbed a father to death on a busy high street while his seven-year-old daughter was buying sweets has been jailed for 18 years.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

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Low-level crimes to go uninvestigated in Met police spending cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2017 in budgets, crime, London, news, police by sally

‘The Metropolitan police are to stop investigating many lower level crimes as a result of spending cuts, a senior police officer has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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Ealing abortion clinic protest ban approved – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2017 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, London, news by tracey

‘An “unprecedented” ban on protesters outside abortion clinics could be introduced in a London borough. Councillors in Ealing overwhelmingly backed a proposal to stop anti-abortion groups protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017

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New court complex planned to bolster City of London after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in courts, fraud, HM Courts Service, internet, London, news by sally

‘A major court complex specialising in cybercrime and fraud cases is to be built in the City of London to promote the UK’s financial and legal services post-Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Illegal tongue splitting procedures exposed – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2017 in cosmetic surgery, licensing, London, medicines, news by sally

‘Body modification artists have been exposed carrying out illegal and potentially dangerous tongue splitting procedures.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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London Trading Standards issue £370k fines to letting agents in three months – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2017 in consumer protection, estate agents, fines, landlord & tenant, London, news by sally

‘Trading Standards departments in London have issued fines amounting to around £370,000 to lettings agents in the last three months alone, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2017

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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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