Mayson to lead review of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2018 in legal services, news, reports by tracey

‘The Centre for Ethics & Laws at University College London is to hold an independent review into the regulatory framework for legal services. It will be led by Professor Stephen Mayson, a leading commentator on legal regulation.’

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legal Futures, 12th July 2018

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Police and prosecution lawyers fail to correctly disclose evidence in nearly half of cases, watchdog says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 13th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Police and prosecution lawyers are failing to correctly disclose evidence in nearly half of court cases, watchdog review has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th July 2018

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Prisons squalid and dangerous due to staff cuts, report says – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2018 in health & safety, news, prison officers, prisons, reports, violence by sally

‘Prisoners in England and Wales are enduring some of the most disturbingconditions ever seen as violence and self-harm rockets due to stretched resources and staff shortages, the chief prisons inspector has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2018

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Prisoners to get phones in cells in bid to curb violence – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2018 in human rights, news, prisons, reports, telecommunications, violent disorder by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners will be able to make calls from their cells, as part of government plans to reduce violence and crime in prisons in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2018

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UK counter-terror bill risks criminalising curiosity – watchdog – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2018 in bills, human rights, news, reports, select committees, terrorism by sally

‘Academics, journalists and those with “inquisitive and foolish minds” would be at risk of prosecution and prison sentences of up to 15 years under proposed counter-terrorism laws, a parliamentary human rights watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2018

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BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th July 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Illegal levels of air pollution linked to child’s death – BBC News

Posted July 4th, 2018 in children, inquests, news, pollution, reports by sally

‘A nine-year-old girl’s fatal asthma attack has been linked to illegally high levels of air pollution.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2018

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Electoral Commission ‘accuses Vote Leave of breaking law’ – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2018 in elections, expenses, news, referendums, reports by sally

‘The elections watchdog has accused Vote Leave of illegal coordination with a student organisation, according to the campaign’s former chief executive, who took the extraordinary step of pre-empting the official investigation.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2018

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Windrush victims detained ‘unlawfully’ by Home Office – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in colonies, detention, immigration, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Immigration officials detained members of the Windrush generation “unlawfully and inappropriately” despite their right to be in the UK, MPs have found.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2018

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Sir Philip Green launches legal bid to gag BHS-related report – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in auditors, injunctions, news, reports by tracey

‘Sir Philip Green is seeking a gagging order to prevent the full publication of a watchdog’s report that casts fresh light on the BHS scandal. On Thursday, Green launched a high court bid to stop the Financial Reporting Council publishing its damning report on the failures of the auditors responsible for checking BHS’s accounts.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2018

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Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder ‘could have been avoided’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, racism, reports, social services by tracey

‘The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in doctors, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, news, prosecutions, reports by tracey

‘More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2018

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HMP Woodhill has ‘staggering’ rate of self-inflicted deaths – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2018 in news, prisons, reports, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘A prison where 20 men have taken their lives since 2011 has a “staggering” death rate and is still failing vulnerable inmates, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2018

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Care Crisis Review publishes report setting out options for change – Family Law

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, family courts, news, reports, social services by sally

‘The Care Crisis Review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by the Family Rights Group, has published its report. The report considers how to address the crisis in children’s social care and the family justice sector, and explores the factors which have contributed to it.’

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Family Law, 13th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Care Crisis Review Launch – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 14th, 2018 in care orders, family courts, judges, reports, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Care Crisis Review Launch.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th June 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Delaying disclosure for effective investigation – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 12th, 2018 in delay, disclosure, news, police, reports by sally

‘The Family Division of the High Court in G v G (Chief Constable of Dorset Police intervening) [2018] EWHC 1100 (Fam) ordered that the service and disclosure of a CAFCASS report be delayed for a week in order to allow an effective police investigation into allegations that the father had sexually abused one of the children. The judgment of 4 May 2018 was delivered in private and Holman J gave leave for an anonymised version to be published one week later, stating that the decision had been made upon the Court “being asked to take a very unusual course” in “a very unusual application”.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 11th June 2018

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High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

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CPS publishes outcome of sexual offences review – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today (5 June) published the outcome of its review of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th June 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New report from the Bar Council reveals true impact of struggling justice system on barristers’ profession – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s new report ‘Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Barristers’ attitudes towards their working lives, released today, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are struggling with a number of factors affecting their overall working lives, such as workload, stress, and work-life balance.’

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The Bar Council, 29th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Domestic abusers still able to cross-examine victims in court – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts more than a year after the government promised to stop such ordeals, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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