Pregnant In Prison: ‘I Told Them The Baby Was Coming And Ended Up Giving Birth In My Cell’ – Rights Info

‘A newborn baby recently died in prison after a woman gave birth alone in her cell at night.’

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Rights Info, 16th October 2019

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HMP Bronzefield baby death ‘subject of 10 investigations’ – BBC News

‘The death of a newborn baby whose mother gave birth alone at Britain’s largest women’s prison is the subject of 10 investigations, a justice minister has told the Commons.’

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BBC News, October 2019

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Merricks v Mastercard: £14bn appeal to be heard by Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court will rule on a landmark case that will test the standards applied to a Collective Proceedings Order in a major competition claim. Permission has been granted for the defendant in Merricks v Mastercard Incorporated & Anor to bring its appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling from April this year.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th October 2019

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Neglected NHS cancer hospital is unfit for purpose, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in cancer, hospitals, inquiries, news, standards by tracey

‘An NHS cancer hospital has such crumbling buildings, out-of-date equipment and staffing problems that patients’ safety and quality of care are at risk, a bombshell report for health service bosses has warned.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2019

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First police force found to be ‘failing’ in all areas as watchdog finds performance worsening across country – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2019 in budgets, crime prevention, Ministry of Justice, news, ombudsmen, police, standards, statistics by tracey

‘A scandal-hit police force has become the first to be branded “failing” in all areas after inspectors found it was not preventing crime or protecting vulnerable people.’

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The Independent, 27th September 2019

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Bar delays ‘anti-abuse’ written contracts for pupils – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, delay, news, pupillage, standards by tracey

‘The bar regulator has delayed the introduction of compulsory written pupillage agreements which could tackle the “abusive” treatment of pupils.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th September 2019

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BSB passes regulatory test on advocacy quality – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has said the Bar Standards Board (BSB) now meets the standard it set for improving the quality of advocacy – unlike the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation (CR), whose work is ongoing.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

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County to pay mother £24k after Ombudsman report into overcrowding and failure to comply with care order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in care orders, compensation, delay, families, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, standards by sally

‘A county council has agreed to pay £24,000 after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation into a case where a mother of three, who also took on the care of her two grandchildren, had to sleep on a mattress in her living room for more than 10 years because the local authority did not deliver the support it had agreed to.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

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High Court refers law firm to SRA over “bogus claims” – Legal Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in immigration, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, standards by sally

‘The High Court has referred an immigration law firm to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after complaining about “wholly bogus claims are advanced by firms of solicitors who are either inexpert or incompetent, or where the staff are not properly supervised”.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

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CBA chief criticises senior judiciary over wellbeing failure – Legal Futures

‘The outgoing chair of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has criticised senior judges for failing to follow their Family Division colleagues in adopting email and sitting hours protocols to aid wellbeing.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2019

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Investigation prompts rapid upgrades to asylum seekers’ homes – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of asylum seekers crammed into a network of “guest houses” provided by a Home Office contractor that are overrun by cockroaches, rats and mice have seen a raft of improvements in the past few days after the Guardian exposed their dire living conditions.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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Inspectors play down CPS correspondence failings – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 13th, 2019 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, solicitors, standards by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service deals with defence correspondence quickly, according to inspectors in a report published today which, they say, “somewhat undermines” solicitors’ claims that letters go unanswered.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th August 2019

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Written pupillage agreements may help counter “shocking abuse” – Legal Futures

Posted August 5th, 2019 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘Requiring chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils may help to counter “shocking” instances of abusive treatment, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2019

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Junior doctors win “significant victory” in rest breaks appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, doctors, health & safety, news, precedent, standards, trade unions by tracey

‘Junior doctors in Derby have won a ‘precedent setting’ Court of Appeal case over the monitoring of rest breaks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st July 2019

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CQC places two Priory Group hospitals in special measures – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2019 in hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

Two hospitals run by the Priory Group have been placed in special measures in a fresh controversy over state-funded private contractors’ treatment of people with mental illness or learning disabilities.

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The Guardian, 30th July 2019

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Army criticised for ‘organisational failings’ over death of soldier – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2019 in armed forces, bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, standards by tracey

‘The father of a soldier who collapsed and died during a fitness test on a hot summer’s day has said there were organisational failings in the way the exercise was run.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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UK Heatwave: What Are Your Rights At Work? – Rights Info

‘With temperatures soaring in the UK, workplaces can become uncomfortable and, some argue, downright dangerous. While some may sit smugly in air-conditioned offices, others are not so lucky. What are your workplace rights when the mercury rises?’

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Rights Info, 24th July 2019

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Minister urged to intervene over Feltham youth jail violence – The Guardian

‘Urgent intervention is needed at Feltham young offender institution, the chief inspector of prisons has warned, after a review uncovered rocketing levels of violence and self-harm.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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Report calls for better regulation of criminal defence work – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in advocacy, criminal justice, fees, news, standards by sally

‘An “effective system” is needed for monitoring the quality of criminal defence lawyers, a report by charity Transform Justice has found.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2019

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Body-worn cameras to be compulsory for bailiffs – BBC News

Body-worn cameras are to be compulsory for bailiffs under government plans to improve the treatment of people in debt.

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BBC News, 22nd July 2019

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