High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in gender, news, passports by tracey

‘A campaigner has lost a High Court challenge calling on the government to provide gender-neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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Government ratifies Lanzarote Convention to tackle child sexual exploitation – Law & Religion UK

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in child abuse, news, prostitution, sexual grooming, treaties by tracey

‘The UK government has issued the following announcement on its ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (a.k.a. “the Lanzarote Convention”).’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st June 2018

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Grove v S&T cited as court dismisses winding up petition (Chancery Division) – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in news by tracey

‘In Victory House General Partner Ltd, Re A Company [2018] EWHC 1143 (Ch), the court dismissed a party’s winding-up petition as the employer’s cross-claim was bona fide and the debt was disputed on substantial grounds.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 22nd June 2018

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Slamming the door on system failure in medical negligence inquests – Jeremy Hyam QC – UK Human Rights Law Blog

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in news by tracey

‘R (Parkinson) v. HM Senior Coroner for Kent and Others. If anyone had the lingering hope that the door to argue “system failure” in any but the most exceptional case of medical negligence remained ajar after the decision of the Grand Chamber in Lopes de Sousa, then the recent Divisional Court decision in Parkinson shows the door has been well and truly slammed shut.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 19th June 2018

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Court of Appeal cracks down on misconduct in detailed assessment in “watershed ruling” – Litigation Futures

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down what one of the lawyers involved has described as a “watershed” ruling on the conduct of detailed assessment proceedings, which saw a successful claimant lose half of her profit costs for claiming a higher hourly rate than she was entitled to.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd June 2018

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Do I have to pay child maintenance if my child lives abroad? – Family Law

‘Parents have a duty to maintain their children irrespective of the amount of time they spend with them or what country they live in. However international payment can be difficult to enforce. Parents cannot enforce an arrangement made informally between them, it must be made legally binding first.’

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Family Law, 21st June 2018

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How far will the Supreme Court go as it tackles Owens v Owens? – Family Law

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in divorce, marriage, news, statutory interpretation, Supreme Court by tracey

‘On 17 May, the Supreme Court heard the case of Owens v Owens. It is the first time that the ‘fault based’ divorce provisions in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) have been considered by the highest court.’

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Family Law, 21st June 2018

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Rikki Neave death: No charges over schoolboy murder – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in evidence, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a six-year-old boy almost 24 years ago will not face charges, prosecutors have said.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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FCA must act in wake of judge’s criticism of failure to bring top bankers to book for Libor scandal – The Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in banking, financial regulation, interest, news by tracey

‘A judge’s sharp criticism of the Financial Conduct Authority for its failure to go after top bankers has put a cat right into the middle of the City regulator’s pigeons.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2018

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Sir Philip Green launches legal bid to gag BHS-related report – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in auditors, injunctions, news, reports by tracey

‘Sir Philip Green is seeking a gagging order to prevent the full publication of a watchdog’s report that casts fresh light on the BHS scandal. On Thursday, Green launched a high court bid to stop the Financial Reporting Council publishing its damning report on the failures of the auditors responsible for checking BHS’s accounts.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2018

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Church of England makes last-minute approach to abuse survivors – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in child abuse, Church of England, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England has made last-ditch efforts to engage with sexual abuse survivors before a report of how it recorded cases of abuse is published next month.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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Hundreds of whistleblowers claim they faced recriminations as NHS fears repeat of Gosport scandal – The Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, hospitals, news, victimisation, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Data collected by NHS whistleblowing body shows 7,000 staff came forward with patient safety or bullying concerns in 2017-18 but this is “just the tip of the iceberg.”‘

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The Independent, 22nd June 2018

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Hampshire police hand investigation into Gosport hospital deaths to another force after admitting failings – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in doctors, homicide, hospitals, news, police, professional conduct, prosecutions by tracey

‘Hundreds of deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital are to be investigated by a new force after Hampshire’s chief constable admitted its inquiries were not fit for purpose.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2018

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Government must overhaul ‘mess’ of privatised probation system, inquiry finds – The Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in contracting out, news, probation, select committees by tracey

‘The government must overhaul its “mess” of a botched programme to privatise probation that is failing against every measure and may threaten public safety, MPs have said.
An eight month inquiry by the Justice Committee found that the controversial Transforming Rehabilitation scheme had created a “two-tier” service seeing vital services outsourced to loss-making contractors.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2018

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FDAC unit closure threatens future of problem-solving courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, families, family courts, local government, news by tracey

‘Days after it emerged that a national board set up to improve the performance of the family justice system and chaired by government ministers had not met for 17 months, a national unit set up only three years ago to support a pioneering problem-solving court service for families is shutting down due to lack of government support.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2018

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£2.4m spent on House of Commons gagging clauses – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in bullying, confidentiality, disclosure, news, parliament by tracey

‘The House of Commons spent £2.4m on “gagging clauses” for former staff since 2013, BBC Newsnight has learned. Fifty-three departing members of the House of Commons Service signed contracts compelling them not to reveal information about the Commons.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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Appeal judges uphold ruling on ministerial failure to take into account earlier decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 21st, 2018 in appeals, ministers' powers and duties, news, planning by tracey

‘The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was wrong to decide a planning appeal without referring to a decision he reached shortly before on a similar issue in the same area, the Court of Appeal has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th June 2018

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Villiers – a cross border conundrum – Family Law Week

Posted June 21st, 2018 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, jurisdiction, news, Scotland by tracey

‘Lucia Clark, Partner (dual-qualified in English and Scottish family law) and Alex Critchley, Solicitor, both of Morton Fraser LLP consider the implications of the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Villiers v Villiers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th June 2018

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Preston free range egg fraud farmer to pay back £500,000 – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in agriculture, appeals, fraud, news, penalties, sentencing by tracey

‘A farmer who deliberately mislabelled barn eggs as pricier free range ones must pay back his £500,000 profits.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder ‘could have been avoided’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, racism, reports, social services by tracey

‘The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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