Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2018 in case management, health & safety, Judaism, judiciary, mental health, news, standards by sally

‘Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th November 2018

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NHS bosses failed to act over scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2018 in hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by sally

‘NHS bosses failed to act over a scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, a report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2018

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Supreme Court deals blow to second medical use patents – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 15th, 2018 in appeals, disclosure, intellectual property, medicines, news, patents, standards, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in a case that should provide clarity on patent law surrounding claims for new medical uses for a protected drug. In judgment handed down this morning the court allowed an appeal by generic drug makers Actavis and Mylan. The decision means Pfizer’s patent covering a second medical use for its product is invalid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2018

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Baby death review into scandal-hit NHS trust widens to 215 cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, news, standards by sally

‘A scandal-hit NHS trust where dozens of deaths are being investigated in order to protect mothers and babies has seen the number of cases of alleged poor care more than double to 215.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2018

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MoJ sets minimum standards to improve probation performance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 12th, 2018 in contracting out, news, probation, standards by tracey

‘The government expects probation providers to offer monthly face-to-face meetings with offenders during the first year of supervision, the lord chancellor has told MPs concerned about the government’s approach to rehabilitation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2018

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Shropshire baby deaths hospital trust in special measures – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, news, standards by tracey

‘A hospital trust being investigated over baby deaths and subject to repeated warnings over patient safety across two sites has been put into special measures.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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CPS slammed over victim letter errors – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, mistake, news, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Victims of crime have been sent too many letters containing spelling mistakes, wrong addresses and other errors, inspectors have found. Letters from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) were deemed “unsatisfactory” with more than three quarters not properly written.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Naomi McLoughlin Discusses the Recent Case of Surrey County Council v Hilliard (2018) – Park Square Barristers

‘The legal test in considering a breach of s41 remains to be found in James v Preseli Pembrokeshire DC [1993] PIQR P114 and Jones v Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC [2008] EWCA Civ 1497. Whilst the appellant was successful on the basis two pieces of evidence had not been considered with the correct weight, the lower Court had nonetheless applied the correct legal test.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th October 2018

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Car washes to be given kitemark scheme to crack down on modern slavery – Daily Telegraph

‘Car washes will be given a Kitemark-style scheme to crack down on modern slavery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2018

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BSB will be “held to account” over poor criminal advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) was told yesterday that it will be held to account over how it deals with poor-quality criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2018

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Police watchdog investigating ‘serious corruption and malpractice’ in Scotland Yard’s own standards unit – The Independent

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in corruption, news, police, standards by tracey

‘The police watchdog is investigating allegations of “serious corruption and malpractice” within Scotland Yard‘s own standards unit, a director has revealed.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2018

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Legal Services Board slaps Law Society with first ever public censure – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in Law Society, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, standards by sally

‘The Legal Services Board has handed out a public censure for the first time, after finding that the Law Society had governance arrangements in place that could have interfered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2018

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Failure to act against ‘dangerous’ midwives resulted in deaths – report – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2018 in inquiries, midwives, news, reports, standards by sally

‘Babies and mothers died after a health regulator failed to act against midwives suspected of providing dangerously poor care, despite the police raising concerns about their conduct, a damning report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2018

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Watchdog launches review of local government ethical standards – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 31st, 2018 in local government, news, standards by sally

‘The Committee on Standards in Public Life has launched a review of local government ethical standards with a call for evidence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th January 2018

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Law Society accreditation scheme advert ‘misled’ public – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, conveyancing, law firms, Law Society, news, solicitors, standards by sally

‘The Law Society misled the public over the expertise of solicitors in a scheme set up to help property buyers and sellers in England and Wales, the advertising watchdog has ruled.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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CQC improving but must tackle issues in regulation activities: watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2017 in auditors, community care, health, news, standards by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has improved as an organisation, but must overcome “some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities”, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2017

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Construction of Terms in Cross-Licensing Agreements: Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others – NIPC Law

‘In FRAND 8 Oct 2017 I discussed the terms upon which patents for inventions that are essential to a standard are licensed. I noted that courts around the world had held that those terms should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory – in other words, FRAND. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 1526 (11 Oct 2017) concerned the construction of a clause licensing such patents. It is important to note, however, that none of the judges who heard the appeal mentioned the acronym, FRAND, and it appeared only twice in the judgment of the trial judge.’

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NIPC Law, 13th October 2017

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FRAND – NIPC Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in competition, EC law, inventions, licensing, news, patents, public interest, standards by sally

‘FRAND stands for “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. It refers to the terms upon which the owner of a patent for an invention that is essential to a standard (“standard essential patent” or “SEP”) should license its use.’

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NIPC Law, 8th October 2017

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Supreme Court to consider legal standard on adequacy of reasons in planning – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, reasons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next month consider the correct legal standard to be applied in assessing the adequacy of reasons provided by local planning authorities when granting planning permission.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2017

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Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com