Unravelling – the effect of a debt moratorium on enforcement steps taken during it. – Nearly Legal

Posted May 16th, 2022 in damages, debts, enforcement, housing, leases, mental health, news, repossession by tracey

‘Lees v Kaye (2022) EWHC 1151 (QB). This is another judgment on the operation of the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England & Wales) Regulations 2020. (The first was part of the Brake v Axnoller litigation, the denouments of which I have yet to write up). The case highlights the potential impact of a moratorium and the importance of paying attention to them, because it can give rise to great difficulty in unravelling what has been done.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th May 2022

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Unequal impact of Covid should be part of UK inquiry, says chair – The Guardian

‘The chair of the UK Covid-19 public inquiry has urged the prime minister to significantly widen its scope to better examine the pandemic’s unequal impact on minority ethnic people, on children and on mental health.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2022

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Capacity to litigate – Family Law

‘The Court of Appeal has considered the question of whether it is fair and appropriate for a Court of Protection Judge to visit the person who lacks mental capacity and about whom the Judge is being asked to make a best interest decision.’

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Family Law, 5th May 2022

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Ombudsmen release joint guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients – Family Law

‘The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.’

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Family Law, 5th May 2022

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Lawyer who injected food with his blood in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco was insane, jury finds – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2022 in assault, criminal damage, food, mental health, news by tracey

‘A lawyer who injected food with his blood at a series of supermarkets in a £500,000 rampage has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2022

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Donald Wood jailed for sending threatening letters to MPs – BBC News

‘A man who sent threatening letters to three Labour MPs before fleeing to Morocco has been jailed for 21 months.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: ‘Jurors should be offered support’ – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, juries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘Jurors who have to see and hear harrowing evidence during a trial should be given more support, an academic has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Priory hospital neglect contributed to death of patient, jury finds – The Guardian

‘The death of a 23-year-old man who ran away from a Priory mental health hospital and was killed by a train was “contributed to by neglect” on the part of the institution, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Number of prisoners stuck in solitary confinement a real worry, prisons watchdog warns – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in coronavirus, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘The prisons watchdog has warned of the “long-term price” of restricting offenders’ time out of cells, as reports show many are living in conditions equal to solitary confinement.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2022

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London teacher awarded £850,000 after pupil’s attack – The Guardian

‘A London teacher has been awarded £850,000 in compensation after being punched in the face and kicked during a science lesson by a pupil with a history of violence towards other children and teachers.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2022

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Ombudsmen release joint guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients – Family Law

‘The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.’

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Family Law, 11th April 2022

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NHS pays out £20m in clinical negligence claims over children’s mental health care – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2022 in assault, children, compensation, hospitals, mental health, negligence, news, self-harm by tracey

‘The NHS has paid out at least £20m over poor care in children’s mental health services, a leaked report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2022

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Neurodiversity and the Bar – Counsel

‘An introduction to neurodiversity and why the Bar ought to embrace it – by Oliver May.’

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Counsel, March 2022

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High Court judge refuses to block trip by vulnerable adult abroad but urges her not to go – Local Government Lawyer

‘A young adult with a lifelong serious mental illness should not be prevented from visiting a man in Brazil suspected of grooming her, but should very carefully consider the wisdom of doing so, a Deputy High Court judge has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2022

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Police failed woman who killed herself in Blackburn cell, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘Police officers failed a vulnerable and suicidal woman after arresting her and putting her in a police cell where she killed herself, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2022

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Can Arslan found guilty of murdering neighbour – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2022 in expert witnesses, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A man who subjected his neighbours to years of anti-social behaviour before stabbing one of them to death has been found guilty of murder.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2022

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Limiting the scope of psychiatric evidence in criminal trials – Case Analysis – R v BRM [2022] EWCA Crim 385 – 4 King’s Bench Walk

‘The case related to the murder of Ollie Stephens, the trial of which occurred at Reading Crown Court in June to July 2021 and was widely reported in the national media. Mr Raggatt and Mr Moss appeared on behalf of BRM, instructed by Heather Howe of Andrew Storch Solicitors, a 14 year-old boy, 13 at the time of the killing, with a longstanding diagnosis of Asperger’s/Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An intermediary assisted him throughout the trial and during the giving of evidence.’

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4 King's Bench Walk, 1st April 2022

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Inquiry investigates deaths of 1,500 NHS mental health patients in Essex – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2022 in bereavement, families, inquiries, medical treatment, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The first inquiry of its kind held in England is investigating the deaths of 1,500 people who died while being cared for as patients of NHS mental health services in Essex.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2022

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Three girls in England held in male offender institution for months – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, women, young offenders by sally

‘Three girls have been held in an all-boys prison for at least eight months owing to “appalling” and systemic failures in the prison system, MPs and campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2022

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Woman detained under mental health law can make abortion decision – judge – The Independent

‘A pregnant woman detained under the terms of mental health legislation is capable of deciding whether to have an abortion even though doctors say such a move would not be in her best interests, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 14th March 2022

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