Met Police officer cleared over car chase death of 10-year-old and aunt – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2022 in dangerous driving, homicide, negligence, news, police by sally

‘A Metropolitan Police officer has been cleared over the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and his aunt following a police chase.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2022

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Appeal Begins For People Fighting For The £20 Uplift In Universal Credit Payments – Each Other

Posted December 8th, 2022 in appeals, benefits, coronavirus, disability discrimination, judicial review, news by sally

‘Two million people on legacy benefits missed out more than £1,500 in extra Universal Credit support payments during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Four claimants brought a challenge to the High Court in November 2021 in relation to the UK government’s failure to apply a similar increase to legacy benefits. Today, the Court of Appeal will heard the case.’

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Each Other, 7th December 2022

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Baby of murder-acquitted mum was unlawfully killed, coroner finds – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2022 in children, inquests, murder, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘A new-born baby whose mother was cleared of murdering him was killed unlawfully, a coroner has found.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2022

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UK woman whose children were removed against their wishes loses appeal – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2022 in appeals, children, custody, expert witnesses, family courts, news, psychiatrists by sally

‘A mother whose children were removed from her care against their wishes after an unregulated psychologist said she had “alienated” them from their father has lost a high court appeal to have her case reopened.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2022

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Pilot scheme to allow family court reporting for first time – Local Government Lawyer

‘Journalists will be able to report what happens in family courts from the end of January, under a pilot scheme taking place in Leeds, Cardiff and Carlisle.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2022

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Elizabeth A. O’Loughlin, Gabriel Tan and Cassandra Somers-Joce: The Duty of Candour in Judicial Review: The Case of the Lost Policy – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted December 7th, 2022 in constitutional law, disclosure, government departments, judicial review, news by sally

‘Earlier this year, in a Divisional Court judgment that garnered much attention from public lawyers, the Home Office conceded that its secret and blanket policy of seizing and downloading data from the mobile phones of all those arriving by small boats was unlawful: R (HM, MA and KH) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 695 (Admin). Having initially denied the existence of the blanket policy as “based on anecdote and surmise” in pre-action correspondence, a position from which the government did not resile following the commencement of judicial review proceedings, the defendant belatedly accepted in advance of the hearing that such a policy did indeed operate between April and November 2020 (para 32). The defendant ultimately accepted that their position prior to this point was “inadvertently inconsistent with the duty of candour” and offered an “unreserved apology” (para 32).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th December 2022

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Parents of man left to die in prison say care failures will haunt them for ever – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2022 in bereavement, death in custody, families, inquests, negligence, news, nurses, prisons by sally

‘The parents of a 25-year-old man left to die in a cell by a negligent prison nurse given responsibility for 800 inmates have told how the conditions in which their son died will haunt them for ever.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2022

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Children and Families Act 2014 has failed to improve lives of children and young people, peers find – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2022 in children, families, inquiries, news, reports, special educational needs by sally

‘A lack of focus on implementing and monitoring the impact of the Children and Families Act 2014, despite it being envisaged as a “landmark piece of legislation”, has led to the Act being “a largely missed opportunity”, a House of Lords committee has concluded in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2022

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UK families call for easier access to deceased children’s social media history – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2022 in bereavement, bills, coroners, families, inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘Bereaved families are calling for easier access to the social media histories of deceased children, supporting amendments to the online safety bill.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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Bar regulator faces formal LSB action over performance crisis – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has begun talking about taking formal action against the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over shortcomings in its performance, which it has emerged include how it has dealt with the Post Office scandal.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2022

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What Is The Mental Health Bill? – Each Other

Posted December 6th, 2022 in bills, detention, mental health, minorities, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is publishing a draft Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny, to modernise the Mental Health Act (MHA) for the 21st century. While the draft Bill has been welcomed by many, there must be more detail and direction on how the new legislation will be implemented at ground level.’

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Each Other, 6th December 2022

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Wait time for county court trials reaches new all-time high – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2022 in coronavirus, county courts, delay, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘The time between issue and trial for fast- and multi-track claims has now exceeded 75 weeks, the longest this century, according to the latest government figures.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2022

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Prof Brice Dickson: The UK’s Engagement With International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 6th, 2022 in human rights, news, reports, standards, United Nations by sally

‘On 10 November 2022 the UN Human Rights Council conducted its fourth Universal Periodic Review of the UK’s compliance with international human rights standards. The Council’s report was adopted just six days later and contained no fewer than 302 recommendations from other States on how the UK could improve its human rights record. That figure is up from 227 in 2017. For early accounts of the review meeting see the pieces by Marcial Boo and Robert Booth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th December 2022

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Black Londoners three times more likely to be stopped than white – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2022 in London, minorities, news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘Black Londoners are still three times more likely to be stopped and searched than white Londoners, latest figures from the London mayor’s office show.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2022

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Met police illegally filmed children as young as 10 at climate protest – The Guardian

‘Police unlawfully spied on children as young as 10 taking part in a climate strike protest in London, documents have shown.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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BSB mulls SLAPPs guidance as Zahawi’s solicitors are referred to SRA – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering following the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in issuing guidance on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2022

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Online safety bill returns to parliament after five-month delay – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2022 in bills, delay, government departments, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The online safety bill, the government’s flagship internet regulation, returns to parliament on Monday, after a five-month delay prompted by Conservative party factional warfare threatened to kill it off.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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Children growing up in households with domestic abuse to be recognised as victims – The Independent

‘Children who grow up amid domestic abuse will be treated as victims and given specialist support even if they were not present during violent attacks.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2022

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Nightclub spiking: Police apology after victim waits five months for test result – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2022 in assault, criminal justice, delay, drug offences, news, police, victims by sally

‘A woman who had been injected with morphine in a nightclub waited five months for test results after reporting the attack to the police.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2022

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‘Smash ‘n’ grab’ claims the most common for UK adjudicators – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in company law, dispute resolution, news by tracey

‘”Smash ‘n’ grab” claims are the most common currently being dealt with by adjudicators in the UK. They are usually straightforward to deal with but some recent cases provide valuable lessons for companies caught up in them.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd December 2022

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