Prisoners Sentenced Under Now Abolished IPP Law ‘Give Up Hope Of Release’ – Rights Info

Posted April 12th, 2019 in imprisonment, limitations, mental health, news, parole, public interest, statistics by sally

‘Prisoners who were sentenced under the imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence are facing increasing mental health issues and a loss of trust in the justice system as they remain imprisoned without a set release date.’

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Rights Info, 11th April 2019

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Man jailed for four years over plot to bomb south London mosque – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2019 in explosives, Islam, mental health, news, racism, sentencing, terrorism, victims by sally

‘A violent racist with a history of mental health problems who admitted a terrorist offence and stockpiling equipment to bomb a mosque has been jailed for four years, one of the lowest sentences for someone plotting a potentially deadly attack.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2019

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Lawyers are second most stressed professionals, research claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 9th, 2019 in legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘Lawyers are the second most stressed professionals in the country, a survey of 1,000 British workers has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th April 2019

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Mentally ill criminals to have specific sentencing guidelines – BBC News

Posted April 9th, 2019 in mental health, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judges handing sentences to criminals with mental illnesses or learning difficulties will have to follow specific guidelines for the first time.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2019

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Victim of senior partner’s f-word tirades awarded £47,000 – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal subjected to f-word tirades by the senior partner of a London law firm has been awarded £47,000 by an employment tribunal – less than 5% of the value of her claim.’

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Legal Futures, 5th April 2019

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Sally Challen at home after murder conviction quashed – BBC News

‘A woman who served nine years in jail for her husband’s murder before her conviction was quashed has been reunited with her sons.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2019

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Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2019 in attempts, autism, detention, mental health, news, school children, suicide by sally

‘A woman whose daughter tried to kill herself while in an isolation booth at an academy school is to take legal action against the government.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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The Inheritance Act and Adult Child Claimants – recent guidance from the Chancery Division – Family Law Week

‘Gwyn Evans, barrister of Tanfield Chambers, explains the court’s judgment in a recent Inheritance Act case involving an estranged adult claimant, reliant on state benefits, and defendants for whom inheritance was a windfall.’

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Family Law Week, 29th March 2019

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Judge to rule whether man’s wife has mental capacity to consent to sex – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge is set to rule whether a man can continue to sleep with his wife of more than 20 years amid concerns over her mental capacity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2019

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Honours system under scrutiny after sex abuser kept title for years – The Guardian

‘Lawyers have called for an overhaul of the honours forfeiture system after it emerged that a sex abuser retained an honour bestowed for services to the Queen some three years after a court recognised him as a paedophile.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2019

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Council broke law over deprivation of liberty, ombudsman rules – The Guardian

‘A council deliberately broke the law by failing to properly assess whether thousands of vulnerable people were illegitimately kept under continuous and restrictive supervision by care home staff, the local government and social care ombudsman has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2019

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The rise of ‘predatory marriages’ – Family Law

Posted March 29th, 2019 in bereavement, consent, elderly, families, intestacy, marriage, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘Ethan Axelrod and Hayley Trim of Irwin Mitchell look at how vulnerable parents and a legal loophole are being exploited to rob families of their inheritance.’

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Family Law, 29th March 2019

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Care homes applying for hundreds more court orders to prevent elderly from going outside, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

‘Care homes and hospitals are applying for hundreds more elderly people to be locked inside, new data shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2019

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Can I work from home as a lawyer? – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2019 in employment, flexible working, legal profession, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Agile working is on the rise in the legal profession, with employees free to work where, when and how they choose.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2019

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Judge rules man should lose leg ‘against his wishes’ – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2019 in consent, Court of Protection, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A mentally-ill man who could die if his badly-infected left foot is not amputated should have the operation against his wishes, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2019

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Regulate social media to protect children from ‘online wild west’, say MPs – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2019 in children, codes of practice, internet, mental health, news by tracey

‘In a new report looking at the impact of social media on mental health, MPs said platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram should be regulated by Ofcom and forced to adhere to a statutory code of conduct.’

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The Independent, 18th March 2019

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Dementia as a Result of Traumatic Brain Injury: Fact or Fiction? – Byrom Chambers

Posted March 15th, 2019 in accidents, mental health, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Dementia is not one single disease. It is used to describe the group of symptoms that occur when there is a decline in brain function.’

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Byrom Chambers, 12th March 2019

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New guidance for prosecutors on mental health conditions and disorders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 14th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Guidance for prosecutors on dealing with defendants with mental health issues has been updated to reflect growing understanding of different conditions, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced today. The revised guidance is designed to assist decision making throughout the life of a criminal case, from the initial decision to prosecute, through fitness to plead to sentencing. It has been developed to understand changes in the mental health landscape such as diversion services, and community concerns about the impact on the criminal justice system. A consultation has now been launched so that the views of the public, charities, and health and legal professionals can be considered further before the guidance is finalised.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

A Brief Guide to Carrying out Capacity Assessments -39 Essex Chambers

‘This purpose of this document is to provide for social workers and those working in front-line clinical settings a brief overview of the law and principles relating to the assessment of capacity. Its focus is on (a) how to apply the MCA 2005 principles when assessing capacity; and (b) how to record your assessment, primarily in the context of health and welfare decisions.’

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39 Essex Chambers, March 2019

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The Cost Of Sickness: Mental Health Conditions Cost People Over £1000 A Year – Rights Info

Posted March 6th, 2019 in energy, internet, mental health, news, utilities by sally

‘A person suffering from mental health issues could be paying as much as £1,100 to £1,550 a year more than someone without a condition on necessities such as phone, internet and electricity bills, according to new research by Citizens Advice.’

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Rights Info, 4th March 2019

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