A failure to engage – ‘Medical advisors’ on homeless vulnerability – Nearly Legal

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in doctors, homelessness, mental health, news, psychiatrists by sally

‘This is a s.204 appeal of a ‘not vulnerable’ review decision by LB Tower Hamlets. It is of particular interest because of the consideration of the role and place of the ‘medical advisors’ used by LBTH – Now Medical, and the strong criticism of the handling and consideration of medical reports.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st January 2018

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Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people – The Guardian

‘Vulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Woman jailed for setting bed on fire ‘killed herself in prison’ – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2018 in arson, bail, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A 21-year-old woman was found dead in prison while serving a sentence for arson after setting herself on fire, an inquest jury has heard.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure – Legal Futures

Posted January 10th, 2018 in forgery, mental health, news, professional conduct, solicitors, tribunals by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has decided against striking off a solicitor it found had forged correspondence and lied to both her client and her employer, after finding that a root cause of her misconduct was the firm’s culture and the pressure it exerted on her to meet billing targets.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2018

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Rape victim who overdosed on diet pills did not receive appropriate care because A&E was overcrowded, inquest hears – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 9th, 2018 in health, inquests, mental health, news, rape, suicide, victims by sally

‘A rape victim who sent a final text about overdosing on diet pills did not receive appropriate care because A&E was overcrowded, an inquest heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2018

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Triple killer Theodore Johnson jailed for 26 years – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2018 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A man who killed three former partners has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2018

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Former exec given suspended sentence for filming up women’s skirts – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2018 in mental health, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, voyeurism by sally

‘A former executive at an international entertainment company has been spared jail after he admitted filming up women’s skirts using a hidden camera.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2018

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Restitution claims for failure to pay for aftercare services – Community Care Blog

Posted December 21st, 2017 in appeals, mental health, news, repayment, restitution, social services by tracey

‘If an individual has in years past paid him or herself for mental health aftercare services, which should have been paid for by public bodies, does that person have a valid restitution claim to be refunded the monies spent? The Court of Appeal in Richards v Worcestershire County Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1998 has upheld the decision of Newey J at first instance, that a claimant can bring a private law action against public authorities under Part 7 of the CPR, when it is alleged that:
· the public authority was responsible for providing mental health aftercare services to the claimant pursuant to section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983;
· aftercare services were received by the claimant; and
· those services were paid for by the claimant themselves.
Such a claim would be brought in restitution, on the basis that the payments made by the claimant served to relieve the public authority of liabilities which they ought to have been bearing under section 117.’

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Community Care Blog, 18th December 2017

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Swindon mum of eight killer has appeal rejected – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2017 in appeals, mental health, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman jailed for murdering a mother of eight has had an appeal against her conviction and sentence rejected.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2017

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The ‘completely childish’ man hanged for murder – BBC News

‘He was one of the last two men hanged in Britain. A habitual liar convicted of murdering a man who had been his friend, and perhaps his lover. But according to a leading criminal lawyer, who has viewed documents uncovered by the BBC, he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2017

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Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2 – Family Law

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, elderly, mental health, news, witnesses by sally

‘The first article in this series of two dealt with circumstances where particular arrangements might be appropriate for children and vulnerable as witnesses in family proceedings. This article looks at the type of measure which the court can provide for such witnesses; and at how these measures are dealt with in common law and under statutory provision. As mentioned at the end of this article, the funding of assessment for, and thus the effective operation of, such measures is not something the Lord Chancellor and his Ministry of Justice seems fully – or at all? – to have put their minds to.’

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Family Law, 12th December 2017

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Suicide: How Human Rights Come into Play When the Worst Happens – Rights Info

Posted December 12th, 2017 in human rights, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘Seven years ago today, the House of Lords made a landmark judgment about the state’s duty to protect people at risk of suicide.’

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Rights Info, 11th December 2017

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The impact of acrimonious family breakdowns on children – Family Law

Posted December 12th, 2017 in children, divorce, families, mental health, news by sally

‘The issue of single parent families has attracted the attention of headline writers for more than a generation. But in the reporting of data relating to them, much of it centres on the two million single parents who comprise a quarter of all UK families with dependent children. Notably, rather less coverage is given to the 3.2m children who live with a single parent, most of whom come from a divorced family. Far less likely to make headlines is that many of these children are adversely affected by parental conflict.’

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Family Law, 11th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Aspiring barristers to benefit from bar’s wellbeing portal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2017 in barristers, internet, legal education, mental health, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Council has extended its ‘wellbeing’ initiative – originally set up to support barristers who may suffer from mental health problems – to include students.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th December 2017

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Police reveal ‘unlawful’ mental health detentions – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2017 in detention, mental health, news, police by sally

‘Police chiefs in England and Wales say they may be unlawfully detaining arrested people needing mental health care more than 2,000 times a year.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2017

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Data Breach, Group Actions, and the criminal insider: the Morrisons case – Panopticon

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, damages, data protection, mental health, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘In Vidal-Hall v Google [2015] EWCA Civ 311 the Court of Appeal held that damages claims under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) can be brought on the basis of distress alone, without monetary loss. Since that decision there has much speculation that a major data breach could lead to distress-based claims against the data controller by a large class of individuals. Even if each individual claim was modest (in the hundreds or low thousands of pounds) the aggregate liability could be substantial.’

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Panopticon, 6th December 2017

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Judges to get counselling to help them cope with sex crime cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 6th, 2017 in courts, internet, judges, mental health, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Judges are to get mental health help to deal with sex crime cases, the new Lord Chief Justice has announced, as he said we must recognise that “judges are human” too.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2017

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Undercover policeman’s son sues force after discovering his father was an officer ‘left him with depression’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2017 in compensation, families, investigatory powers, mental health, news, police by tracey

‘A man who says he suffered a depressive illness as a result of discovering his father was an undercover police officer rather than a political activist has won the latest round of a High Court compensation battle with the Metropolitan Police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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Changes to police powers relating to mental health and places of safety – UK Police Law Blog

Posted December 1st, 2017 in detention, mental health, news, police by tracey

‘On 11 December 2017, significant amendments will come into force altering the power of the police to detain people who appear to be suffering from mental disorder. This blog post is intended to highlight the fact of the amendments, outline some key changes and point to sources of further information.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 29th November 2017

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Justice – Mental Health and Fair Trial Report – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 1st, 2017 in criminal justice, mental health, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Justice – Mental Health and Fair Trial Report.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th November 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk