Pilot guilty of endangering life after crashing illegal commercial flight – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 21st, 2019 in aircraft, negligence, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘A pilot has today been found guilty of breaching aviation laws after his overloaded plane crashed near the M62.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th February 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Defined penalties gives Pensions Regulator powers to protect defined benefit schemes – Doughty Street Chambers

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd MP has announced that the government will introduce two new criminal offences to penalise the mismanagement of pension schemes.

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th February 2019

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Case Comment: Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2019] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

‘Rory Thomson, a senior associate in the disputes team at CMS, comments on the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Perry v Raleys Solicitors, which was handed down on 13 February 2019. The judgment is a useful affirmation and clarification of the law on the assessment of causation and loss in professional negligence cases.’

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UKSC Blog, 18th February 2019

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Solicitor “tried to get assault complainant to withdraw statement” – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who tried to get someone he employed to persuade the alleged victim of a sexual assault to withdraw her statement has been struck off by a tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 15th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Seven-year jail terms unveiled for pension fund mismanagement – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in company directors, news, pensions, professional conduct, sentencing by tracey

‘MPs and pension experts have welcomed government plans to introduce lengthy jail sentences for executives who recklessly mismanage pension funds, in an effort to avoid a repeat of recent scandals like BHS or Carillion.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2019

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Innocent people caught up in serious police investigations due to data-handling errors, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2019 in mistake, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Innocent people were wrongly caught up in serious police investigations such as child pornography and paedophile grooming because of data-handling errors, a watchdog found.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2019

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Judge refuses to publish list of political groups spied on by police – The Guardian

‘A public inquiry examining undercover policing is refusing to publish a list of more than 1,000 political groups that have been spied on since 1968.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Barrister who failed to pass on fees to colleague suspended – Legal Futures

‘A public access barrister who failed to pass on fees payable to a colleague has been suspended by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 25th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Hundreds of deaths under review at London NHS hospital where whistleblower was mailed dead animal – The Independent

‘The deaths of up to 250 patients after heart surgery at an NHS hospital wracked with internal staff disputes and quality issues are under review by regulators. An independent panel has been set up to examine the treatment of every cardiac surgery patient who died between April 2013 and September 2018 at St George’s University Hospital Foundation Trust in London.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

SRA pays Leigh Day £1m in costs to end disciplinary case – Legal Futures

‘The highly contentious Leigh Day disciplinary case has come to an end with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) paying the firm £1m in costs after the regulator’s unsuccessful appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police misconduct: Watchdog ‘bringing wrong cases’ – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, statistics by tracey

‘Only five police officers in England and Wales were dismissed in the last three years following misconduct cases ordered by the police watchdog.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ep. 60: Doctor knows best? – Law Pod UK

Posted January 8th, 2019 in doctors, evidence, negligence, news, professional conduct by sally

‘James Badenoch QC has spent thirty-five years fighting medical negligence cases. He talks to Rosalind English about the “doctor knows best” rule of evidence, and how that has come under attack in recent years.’

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Law Pod UK, 7th January 2019

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“Cruel” solicitor jailed for stealing from severely injured clients – Legal Futures

‘A struck-off solicitor who admitted stealing more than £700,000 from two vulnerable people while in practice has been jailed for four years.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitor “led judge to believe” she was a barrister – Legal Futures

‘An experienced solicitor-advocate has been struck off for misleading a judge that she was a barrister and then misleading the solicitors on the other side who questioned her behaviour.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judge criticised for telling barrister to “get a life” – Litigation Futures

Posted December 13th, 2018 in accidents, appeals, barristers, damages, judges, news, professional conduct, road traffic by tracey

‘A judge who told a barrister to “get a life” has been criticised by a recorder who overturned his decision on appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th December 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism- 4 New Square

‘This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the judgment by lawyers have been critical, regarding it as a harsh decision which missed an opportunity to reflect developing attitudes to wellbeing in the workplace.’

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4 New Square, 16th November 2018

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SRA v James: When “I was driven to it” is no defence – 4 New Square

‘It is well-known that if a solicitor is guilty of dishonesty in and about the work he or she does, they will be struck off unless they can show “exceptional circumstances”. For a while it was thought that extreme and intolerable work pressure giving rise to mental health issues, in turn giving rise to an act or acts of dishonesty, might suffice.’

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4 New Square, 13th November 2018

Source: www.4newsquare.com

Former trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid) criticised after investigation finds serious mismanagement – Charity Commission

‘The Charity Commission has found serious mismanagement on the part of the former board of trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid), as set out in an inquiry report published today.’

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Charity Commission, 6th December 2018

source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

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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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

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk