Met Police officer jailed for raping teenage girl twice – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in abuse of position of trust, news, police, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A police officer has been jailed for twice raping a 16-year-old girl’

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The Independent, 1st December 2018

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Lift ban on payments for surrogates, says Sir James Munby – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in expenses, family courts, judges, news, remuneration, surrogacy by tracey

‘A ban on paying surrogate mothers should be lifted, the former head of the family court, has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2018

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Sacked vegan claims discrimination in landmark case – BBC News

‘A tribunal is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a “philosophical belief” akin to a religion, in a landmark legal action.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2018

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Bar’s ‘silence’ on sexual harassment must change, says QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, complaints, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexual harassment at the Bar is “rife”, and the profession’s response is counter-productive, a recorder told a public audience yesterday. Giving a lecture at Gresham College, London, Professor Jo Delahunty QC of 4PB, said: ‘As a senior woman at the Bar, I am in the position where I can speak out about sexual harassment without fear that by doing so I am harming my career.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th November 2018

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GPs should be trained to spot controlling behaviour, review into Spalding double murder recommends – Daily Telegraph

‘GPs and teachers should be trained to spot signs of controlling and coercive behaviour, an investigation into the murder of a mother and daughter has recommended.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2018 in confiscation, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘MPs have called on the government to confiscate properties from the country’s worst landlords after a series of revelations about tenants being exploited by rogue sections of the private rented housing sector.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2018

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Former council leader renews bid for judicial review of finding on sexual harassment – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former leader of Devon County Council has been refused permission to judicially review its decision to sanction him for sexual harassment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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CA: Statute bills do not need to include disbursements – Litigation Futures

Posted November 30th, 2018 in accounts, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor’s bill can be a statute bill without including both profit costs and disbursements, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2018

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What are your rights on university initiation ceremonies – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2018 in alcohol abuse, bullying, complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, universities by sally

‘Currently, universities don’t have to abide by any set guidelines around student initiations.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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Councils warned against using new waste crime powers to raise revenue – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 30th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, waste by sally

‘The government has this week issued guidance for councils on using new powers to fine householders up to £400 for failing to ensure they gave their waste to a licensed carrier.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Levels of innovation in law “stagnating” but future looks better – Legal Futures

‘The level of innovation in the legal market has “stagnated and fallen in some areas” in recent years, but there are a number of encouraging signs for the future, major new research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2018

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Female genital mutilation cases more than double in a year in UK – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2018 in female genital mutilation, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of girls in England who have experienced or are believed to be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) has more than doubled in a year, according to assessments by council social workers.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2018

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SRA in reminder on litigation obligations, warns against being ‘hired gun’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a reminder to solicitors to adhere to all their professional obligations when engaged in litigation, “and not to become ‘hired guns’ just carrying out instructions that are in the best interests of clients”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2018

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Teen jailed over friends’ Basshunter gig MDMA deaths – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2018 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager has been jailed for supplying the MDMA that killed two of his friends.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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A third of prisons hold at least one transgender inmate, MoJ says – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2018 in news, prisons, statistics, transgender persons by sally

‘More than a third of prisons in England and Wales hold at least one transgender inmate, official statistics have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2018

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No implied sanction for failure to serve medical report – Litigation Futures

Posted November 29th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, personal injuries, sanctions, service by tracey

‘There is no implied sanction for failing to serve a medical report, the High Court has ruled, reinstating a complex personal injury claim which had been struck out.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th November 2018

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Courts Bill: judges will decide what powers they farm out, says Gauke – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bills, courts, judiciary, legal services, news, standards by tracey

‘The independence of the judiciary will be retained despite some of their functions being delegated to court staff without legal qualifications, the government has promised MPs.
Speaking yesterday during the second reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill, justice secretary David Gauke said measures will provide the flexibility and responsiveness needed within the court system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2018

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Home Secretary gives backing to police who ram scooter criminals – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2018 in motorcycles, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘he Home Secretary has offered his backing to police who ram moped thieves from their scooters saying it is “exactly what we need”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2018

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Home Office admits it has made no attempt to inform Commonwealth deportees about Windrush taskforce – The Independent

‘The Home Office has made no attempt to inform people deported to Commonwealth countries that the Windrush taskforce exists, prompting concerns that people who were wrongly removed do not know they can have their cases looked into.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Gay rugby player facing deportation allowed to leave holding centre – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bail, deportation, homosexuality, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘A gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he says he will be persecuted because of his sexuality, has been granted bail allowing him to leave the immigration centre where he was being held.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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