The police killing of Chris Kaba – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2022 in families, firearms, homicide, news, podcasts, police, professional conduct, video recordings by sally

‘The killing of a 24-year-old black man by firearms officers in south London comes at a time of plummeting faith in the police and serious questions about accountability for the new Met chief.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2022

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Avoiding the pitfalls of WhatsApp – Local Government Lawyer

‘Matthew Alderton examines past disciplinary cases, regulatory action and recent judicial review challenges that show the various dangers that public bodies could face by allowing staff to communicate via WhatsApp and other social media.social media.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th September 2022

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Chris Kaba: Police shooting of unarmed man treated as homicide – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2022 in criminal justice, firearms, homicide, news, police, professional conduct, racism by tracey

‘A criminal investigation is under way after the police watchdog said it would investigate the shooting of an unarmed black man as a homicide.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2022

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NEWS Flirting, banter and plying with drink: SRA sets out detailed sexual misconduct guidance – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority today set out in granular detail what will or may constitute sexual misconduct by solicitors, after a surge of complaints in the past five years.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2022

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IOPC rules out inquiry into armed police stop of Ricardo dos Santos – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has ruled out an investigation into the Metropolitan police’s treatment of an athlete who was pulled over in his car by seven armed officers.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2022

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High Court rejects challenge to SDT case management decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) was right not to order the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to seek information from the BBC on behalf of a solicitor facing prosecution, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2022

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Judges to be disciplined by lay majority panels – Legal Futures

‘Disciplinary panels hearing cases of judicial misconduct will have lay majorities, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the judiciary have decided, as part of a major overhaul of the system.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2022

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Tim Westwood: Independent barrister to review BBC’s handling of DJ allegations – The Independent

‘A prominent barrister has been appointed to lead an independent investigation into the BBC’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against DJ Tim Westwood.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2022

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Sussex PCs used baton and Taser on elderly man in wheelchair – BBC News

‘Gross misconduct notices have been served on two police officers who used a baton, a Taser and incapacitant spray on a man in a wheelchair.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2022

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Police officer who filmed woman getting changed in Primark avoids prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A Metropolitan Police officer caught spying on a woman in the changing room of a Primark store has avoided jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2022

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BSB launches a consultation on the regulation of non-professional conduct and on proposed new Social Media Guidance and publishes interim Social Media Guidance – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in barristers, consultations, internet, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The BSB is today launching a three-month public consultation on the regulator’s proposed approach to the regulation of non-professional conduct and on barristers’ use of social media. Simultaneously, interim Social Media Guidance has been published, which will be updated following the consultation. The consultation documents and interim Social Media Guidance were both developed with input from a stakeholder reference group consisting of external experts (including practising barristers) and BSB Board members.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st July 2022

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Reforming clergy discipline in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the first steps to legislate for a Clergy Conduct Measure which will replace the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The vote follows the publication of the report by the Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group, Under Authority Revisited, which sets out proposals for complaints to be allocated into three different tracks, depending on seriousness: “Grievance”, “Allegation of misconduct” and “Allegation of serious misconduct”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th July 2022

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Sheffield City Council repeatedly let down vulnerable woman – ombudsman – BBC News

‘A vulnerable young woman was told by a council investigation she could have stopped the abuse she experienced if she had spoken up sooner.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2022

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Thames Lido sex assault masseur Toshihide Nukui jailed – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2022 in imprisonment, news, professional conduct, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A masseur who felt “emboldened” to carry out increasingly serious sex attacks on clients has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2022

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Firm ordered to pay wasted costs over lack of authority to act – Legal Futures

‘A law firm has been ordered to pay wasted costs of £7,920 for not satisfying itself that the director of a company in deadlock with the other director had the authority to give it instructions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2022

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Law firm overturns costs bill misconduct ruling – Legal Futures

‘The rules on misconduct in the CPR do not apply to solicitor/client costs assessments, the High Court has decided in overturning a finding against a Manchester law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2022

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Extra powers for regulators to clamp down on rule-breaking solicitors – Ministry of Justice

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be given new powers to fine rule-breakers up to £25,000, under measures introduced today (29 June 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th June 2022

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Watchdogs condemn police response to domestic abuse claims against officers – The Guardian

‘Police forces in England and Wales are responding to reports of their own officers committing domestic abuse in a way that is “significantly harming the public interest”, with just 9% of such allegations leading to criminal charges, a joint watchdog investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2022

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Court rejects claim that instructions of counsel create conflict – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 27th, 2022 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, professional conduct, pupillage by tracey

‘A costs judge has rejected calls for claimant lawyers to be punished for alleged conflict in the way counsel was instructed to handle a case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th June 2022

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Barristers walk out of courts in strike over legal aid funding – BBC News

‘Barristers will walk out of courts across England and Wales on Monday in a dispute over legal aid funding. During the strikes, they will not accept new cases or take on work for colleagues whose cases have overrun.’

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BBC news, 27th June 2022

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