Laughing gas could be banned from sale in antisocial behaviour crackdown – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2023 in drug abuse, government departments, news by sally

‘Laughing gas could be banned from general sale with possession potentially criminalised unless someone has a “legitimate reason” to have it, according to reports.’

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The Guardian, 25 January 2023

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Vulnerable woman lay dead in Surrey flat for more than three years – The Guardian

‘A severely mentally ill woman whose dead body lay in her home unnoticed for more than three years was effectively “abandoned and left to die” by NHS and social services who missed repeated chances to save her, her family has alleged.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2023

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New ‘failure to prevent’ offence could hit lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 27th, 2023 in bills, crime prevention, disciplinary procedures, fines, fraud, news, solicitors by sally

‘The government is preparing to bring in new laws to create an offence of ‘failure to prevent fraud’ that could put solicitors at risk of facing prosecution.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th January 2023

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Paedophile given custody of girl he then abused and got pregnant – BBC News

‘A young girl who became pregnant after abuse by a convicted paedophile had been placed in his care despite authorities knowing his past, a report has revealed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

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Court of Protection judge gives suspended jail sentence to mother of P – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection has sentenced a woman to 28 days in jail for contempt, but suspended the sentence for a year on condition she does not engage in any further contempts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th January 2023

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Case Preview: Republic of Mozambique v Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding) and Ors – UKSC Blog

Posted January 27th, 2023 in appeals, arbitration, bribery, corruption, guarantees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this post, Eilidh Douglas, Senior Associate in the ICE Disputes team at CMS, previews the case of Republic of Mozambique v Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding) and Ors, which was heard by the UK Supreme Court on 24 and 25 January 2023.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th January 2023

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Rapist who threatened to kill victim’s date has sentence reviewed – The Guardian

‘The government’s top law officials are reviewing a jail sentence handed to a man who forced a woman to have sex with him to save the life of a man with whom she was on a first date.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 20223

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BSB to commission independent review of enforcement processes – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to commission an “independent end-to-end” review of its enforcement processes in a bid to improve its much-criticised performance.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2023

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Bill of Rights: Call to scrap plans to rewrite human rights law – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2023 in bills, human rights, news, select committees by sally

‘Plans to rewrite UK human rights law would “damage people’s ability to enforce their rights” inside and outside court, MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2023

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Sacked GCHQ employee launches legal claim under whistleblowing defence – The Guardian

‘A GCHQ employee who was sacked after calling publicly for the resignation of the UK’s most senior civil servant during the final weeks of Boris Johnson’s government is launching a legal claim under whistleblowing legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Government consults on statutory code to crack down on “fire and rehire” practices – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has unveiled a “crackdown” on controversial dismissal and re-engagement tactics through a planned statutory code of practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th January 2023

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New Judgment: Barton and others v Morris and another in place of Gwyn-Jones (deceased) [2023] UKSC 3 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 26th, 2023 in contracts, estate agents, fees, news, sale of land, Supreme Court by sally

‘Foxpace Limited (“Foxpace”), the Fourth Respondent, owned a property known as Nash House in London. This appeal concerns an oral agreement between Foxpace and Mr Barton, the First Respondent, about Nash House. In the High Court it was held that Foxpace agreed to pay Mr Barton £1.2 million if he introduced a purchaser for Nash House who bought it for £6.5 million. The £1.2 million represented deposits and other expenses that Mr Barton had lost on two previous attempts to buy Nash House.’

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UKSC Blog, 25th January 2023

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‘Potentially risky’ people being released after years on remand, watchdog warns – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2023 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons, probation, remand by sally

‘Potentially dangerous prisoners are spending years on remand before disappearing into the community after their release without being properly monitored, the prisons watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Bromley: Man jailed for killing father, 52, in knife attack – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2023 in guilty pleas, homicide, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for 10 years for killing his father in a frenzied knife attack in Bromley, south-east London.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2023

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NHS trust failed in care of baby who died 23 minutes after birth – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2023 in birth, guilty pleas, hospitals, news, prosecutions, standards by sally

‘The mother of a baby girl who died in hospital 23 minutes after being born has said she was “failed in the most cruel way” by an NHS Trust that has admitted failings in their care.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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How Deep Does Misogyny Run In The Met? – Each Other

‘The Metropolitan Police Service (Met) was put under “special measures” in 2022, following a series of acts carried out by serving police officers, including: the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, unethical handling of the bodies of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, the strip-search of Child Q, and a series of WhatsApp groups which cultivated rape culture. But that was the tip of the iceberg in unearthing misogyny in the Met.’

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Each Other, 25th January 2023

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Court bid to protect tenants from ‘ghost landlords’ – BBC News

‘Housing campaigners hope a Supreme Court ruling to legally define who should be deemed a landlord will help protect tenants in some of England’s worst rental properties.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

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New fire safety regulations following Grenfell Tower fire come into force in England – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 26th, 2023 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, regulations by sally

‘The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which implement the majority of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations, came into force yesterday (23 January 2023).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2023

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Tarun Khaitan: An Elected Second Chamber? Some Thoughts on the Brown Report – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 26th, 2023 in constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament, reports by sally

‘One of the key recommendations of the Brown Commission is to replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber called the Assembly of the Nations and Regions. The proposal has stimulated a broad debate. A key intervention in the debate was by the Speaker of the Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, who has argued against replacing the House of Lords with a second elected chamber because—he claims—doing so would threaten the supremacy of the Commons. In this post, I will draw upon my paper in defence of “moderated parliamentarism” to argue that—if done right—this might be a welcome reform that could combine the benefits of creating a system that checks executive power better, but without being prone to US-style legislative deadlocks and governmental dysfunction. I will argue that a properly designed elected second chamber could make the quality of British democracy better, especially by doing a better job of holding the executive to account and improving the quality of legislation. To the extent that the details for this reform in the Brown Report are sketchy and not exactly thought through, the objective of this blogpost is to provide a relatively more detailed proposal—if only to explain what is at stake and what kinds of questions need to be discussed and answered.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th January 2023

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Abel-Jax Mailey: Dad jailed for murdering his seven-week-old son – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2023 in child abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “cowardly” father who murdered his seven-week-old son has been sentenced to at least 16 years in prison.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2023

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