Asylum seekers ‘too afraid’ to seek NHS care, report says – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in asylum, data protection, health, human rights, immigration, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who need NHS care have been left in “considerable fear” because of the government’s “hostile environment” policies, according to the human rights watchdog.
In a highly critical report the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says people have gone without medical help since ministers forced the NHS in England to impose upfront charges to access care last year.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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Former postman wrongfully convicted of attempted rape to sue police force over forensic failings – The Independent

‘A former postman who was wrongly convicted of attempted rape is suing West Mercia police after it emerged that the force had failed to detect another man’s DNA on the victim’s clothing.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in enforcement, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘Almost 90% of local authorities failed to use new powers to fine rogue landlords last year, in the latest finding to suggest tenants are being failed by a lax enforcement regime.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2018

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Services at scandal-hit Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals ‘inadequate’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2018 in codes of practice, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, pregnancy, standards by tracey

‘A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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Online gambling firms fined in crackdown – BBC News

‘Three online casino companies have been fined and one has been prevented from operating in the UK following a crackdown by the industry regulator. The Gambling Commission has fined three firms almost £14m for not having “effective safeguards” to prevent money laundering and harm to customers from gambling.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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Watchdog to launch investigation into UK funerals over ‘unjustified’ price hikes – The Independent

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bereavement, budgets, burials and cremation, competition, news, statistics by tracey

‘The UK funeral market could be the subject of the competition watchdog’s next investigation, after the regulator said it had “serious concerns” with the sector due to “unjustified” price hikes of more than 66 per cent over the last 10 years.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2018

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Workshy dairy farmer son who ‘hates cows’ loses out on £1m inheritance – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2018 in agriculture, families, news, wills by tracey

‘A dairy farmer’s workshy son who “hated the herd” and “made cows nervous” will be thrown out of his home after losing a High Court claim to inherit his parents’ £1million farm.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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Man who bit police officer is first person to be jailed under new law to protect emergency workers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2018 in assault, emergency services, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A landscape gardener who bit a police officer has become the first person to be jailed under new laws to protect emergency workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2018

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“All you need is fraud?”: stays of execution and adjudication enforcement – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 28th, 2018 in dispute resolution, enforcement, fraud, news, stay of execution by tracey

‘Earlier this year, Fraser J gave a significant judgment in which he: confirmed the circumstances in which fraud could be a successful ground to resist the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision; developed a new circumstance, or principle, in which a stay of execution of an adjudicator’s decision may be granted. This post focuses on, and analyses in further detail, Fraser J’s so-called “principle (g)”.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 28th November 2018

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Men jailed for selling unlicensed medicines to sick patients – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 28th, 2018 in licensing, medicines, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Four people who manufactured and sold an unlicensed drug to patients suffering from conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and autism have been sentenced today (27 November).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th November 2018

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Solicitors warned about acting as ‘hired guns’ for dubious clients – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Regulators have vowed to take action against any solicitor found to have neglected their wider obligations simply to keep a client happy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2018

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Solicitors win on appeal over status of costs bills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 28th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a challenge from a law firm whose former clients wanted a full assessment of more than £200,000 in billed costs. Lord Justice Newey overturned a High Court ruling which had held that a statute bill served by a law firm should contain details of disbursements.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2018

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Singer who toured with Little Mix jailed after killing cyclist in road crash – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in bicycles, careless driving, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A singer who toured with Little Mix has been jailed after she killed a cyclist in a road crash when she failed to stop at a roundabout.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2018

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Government to review safety advice amid new high-rise cladding fears – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in building law, construction industry, fire, health & safety, news, regulations by tracey

‘The government has ordered a review of building safety advice amid concerns that scores of tall buildings fitted with combustible cladding and insulation may have been missed by a testing programme following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Student accepts more than £10,000 after dentist incorrectly fitted braces on her teeth – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2018 in compensation, dentists, negligence, news by tracey

‘A university student has accepted more than £10,000 after a dentist incorrectly fitted braces on her teeth which she wore for four years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2018

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Architect who offered free advice about couple’s garden wins case after they tried to sue her for £265,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2018 in duty of care, news, volunteers by tracey

‘An architect who offered free help to her friends has won her case after they tried to sue her for £265,000 when the garden landscaping went wrong.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2018

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Home Office to be challenged in High Court over ‘shameless’ fee for UK-born children to become British citizens – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in children, citizenship, fees, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Government fees of more than £1,000 for UK-born children to register as British citizens are to be challenged in the High Court, after campaigners won permission to apply for judicial review.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Man who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs jailed for threatening population species – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in birds, environmental protection, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “one-man crime wave” who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been jailed for 18 weeks.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Watchdog hangs up on excessive directory inquiries charges – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in consumer protection, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The price of directory inquiries calls will be capped from April to protect consumers from excessively high charges, with some firms currently charging almost £20 for a 90-second call.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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Women launch legal challenge to ‘irrational’ universal credit system – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, debts, families, news by tracey

‘Four women have launched a high court legal challenge to universal credit, arguing that an arbitrary design flaw in the payment system for the new benefit is “irrational and discriminatory” and leaves some families hundreds of pounds a year worse off.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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