Cadent handed record £44m penalty after customers left without gas – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in compensation, detention, duty of care, energy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Ofgem takes action after tower block residents had no supplies for up to five months.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2019

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Victims of rape and violence being left in dark about attackers’ whereabouts by authorities – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in news, notification, probation, rape, sexual offences, statistics, victims, violence by tracey

‘Victims of rape and violence are being “let down” and left in the dark about their attackers’ whereabouts, a report has found. The service provided by the National Probation Service (NPS) was “poor”, HM Inspectorate of Probation said in the wake of criticism over “black cab rapist” John Worboys case.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2019

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UN backs demand for Britain to relinquish Chagos islands – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in armed forces, Chagos Islands, colonies, news, United Nations by tracey

‘Britain suffered an embarrassing diplomatic defeat on Wednesday when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to hand the disputed Chagos islands back to Mauritius.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2019

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Oxbridge can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests – Daily Telegraph

‘Oxford and Cambridge universities can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, a tribunal ruling suggests.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2019

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Broadcasters in legal bind over reporting on Tory crisis during election – The Guardian

‘Strict broadcasting laws place restrictions on coverage of politics during voting periods.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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Disgraced army colonel jailed after instructing women on how to abuse their children over webcam – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in armed forces, child abuse, children, internet, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former British army officer who instructed women on how to abuse their children so he could watch via webcam has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2019

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Manchester police defend prosecution of two mentally ill people – The Guardian

‘A police force has defended its decision to prosecute two mentally ill women who were charged after they caused traffic jams when trying to kill themselves.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2019

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M25 killer Kenneth Noye to be freed from prison – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in early release, murder, news, parole, recidivists, rehabilitation, road traffic by tracey

‘M25 road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

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Number of UK child slavery cases up by nearly 800% in two years, figures show – The Independent

‘Child slavery cases in the UK have surged by nearly 800 per cent in just two years, new figures show. Data published in the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme’s annual report show there were 475 police operations into child slavery in the UK last month, compared with 53 in April 2017.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2019

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Court modernisation “undermining access to justice”, lawyers tell MPs – Legal Futures

‘Criminal and civil lawyers have spelt out to MPs on the justice select committee a catalogue of ways in which court modernisation is undermining access to justice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

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Secret ‘Torture Loophole’ Raises Serious Questions For Government, MP David Davis And Barrister Say – Rights Info

‘The government must be asked “serious questions” on how a secret policy allowing ministers to approve actions that could lead to torture was signed off, a leading QC and Tory MP have said.’

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Rights Info, 20th May 2019

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New APIL chief: Falling PI damages “an affront to justice” – Litigation Futures

‘Trends in personal injury claims since LASPO, with damages falling, are an “affront to justice”, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2019

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Meals on wheels driver jailed for elderly woman’s murder 24 years on after DNA breakthrough – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in burglary, DNA, evidence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A meals on wheels delivery driver has been jailed for life 24 years after he murdered an elderly woman, following a DNA breakthrough.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2019

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Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity – The Guardian

‘A British barrister who has given evidence to parliament is facing possible extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges over his Twitter activity.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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UK’s First Human Rights Ambassador Could Become A ‘Laughing Stock’, Barrister Warns – Rights Info

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in barristers, diplomats, human rights, news, standards by sally

‘The UK’s first ever international human rights ambassador will become a “laughing stock” if the government does not practice what it preaches, a former chairwoman of the Bar human rights committee has warned.’

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Rights Info, 20th May 2019

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Guidance on libel for the social media age – Law Society’s Gazette

‘”He tried to strangle me” – hardly innocuous words. But when Nicola Stocker posted them on Facebook in 2012 she could not have known it was the start of a 76-month libel dispute over two simple questions – questions that would reach the Supreme Court as Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th May 2019

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Judge reprimands solicitors for “imbeclic request” comment – Litigation Futures

‘A judge has criticised solicitors in a copyright infringement claim for describing a disclosure request made by the opposing side as “imbecilic”.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th May 2019

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Law firm “sacked staff member by WhatsApp”, tribunal finds – Legal Futures

‘A small law firm sacked its administrator by sending him a brief WhatsApp message – and then backdated his P45 to support an argument that he was actually fired earlier and so his claim was out of time, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

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Financial regulators focus on climate change risk – OUT-LAW.com

‘In early May the UK government became the first in the world to declare an environment and climate change emergency. The impact of climate change will affect every aspect of daily life, and generates a number of significant financial risks.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st May 2019

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Contaminated blood inquiry: Victim’s ‘life of fear and anger’ – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in blood products, hospitals, medical treatment, mental health, news, victims by sally

‘A man who was infected by contaminated blood has told a public inquiry of a life of fear, paranoia and anger.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2019

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