Budget rejection lays bare Legal Ombudsman crisis – Legal Futures

Posted March 31st, 2020 in budgets, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, ombudsmen, standards by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has hit crisis point again after it was forced to backtrack on its request for a 20% budget rise, with the Legal Services Board (LSB) describing its performance as unacceptable.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2020

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Inquest concludes into death of IPP prisoner Charlotte Nokes seven years over original tariff – Garden Court Chambers

Posted March 24th, 2020 in chambers articles, death in custody, inquests, news, sentencing, standards by sally

‘The inquest into the death of Charlotte Nokes has concluded with the jury finding her death was by ‘natural causes’. Charlotte was 38 when she was found dead in her cell in HMP Peterborough on the morning of 23 July 2016. She was serving an indefinite Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence and was over seven years over the minimum tariff when she died.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th March 2020

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Agriculture Bill: “The chickens will win every time” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 24th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, standards by sally

‘Good news from the crisis front, although I’m afraid not the one we’re all thinking of: the government’s Agriculture Bill, which sets out its major post-Brexit agricultural policy, has recently passed committee stage and will soon (coronavirus permitting) be presented to the House of Lords. It shows ambition from the government to develop a post-Brexit agriculture policy with laudable commitments to harnessing the power of farmers to help address the climate crisis, and helps to address issues such as food security. Along with the Environment Bill, discussed here, it constitutes some of the core legislation aimed at achieving the government’s Net Zero by 2050 goal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2020

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UK has multiple social rights failings, finds Council of Europe – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2020 in human rights, news, reports, standards by sally

‘The UK’s low age of criminal responsibility, minimum pay rates for young teenagers and the failure to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment breach Council of Europe standards for social rights, according to its latest report.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2020

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Inquest jury concludes multiple failures at HMP Nottingham contributed to self-inflicted death of Ben Ireson – Garden Court Chambers

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in death in custody, inquests, juries, news, prisons, standards, suicide by sally

‘Benjamin Ireson, known as Ben, was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was found hanged in his cell at HMP Nottingham on 13 December 2018. He was 31 years old.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 9th March 2020

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Ava-May Littleboy: No safety procedure in place, finds jury – BBC News

‘An inquest jury has criticised the safety management of an inflatable trampoline which exploded and threw a three-year-old girl to her death.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2020

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Grenfell Inquiry: Aesthetics v safety v money – BBC News

‘Grenfell was the worst residential fire in UK peacetime history, with 72 people losing their lives. We now know what happened – the report on phase one of the public inquiry has been published – but the next phase is spending months investigating why it happened, and considering who might be to blame.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2020

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‘Lacklustre’ response to suicides at London jail despite warnings, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2020 in drug abuse, news, ombudsmen, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘A prison in London has shown a “lacklustre” response to self-inflicted deaths despite major warnings that it must improve and widespread concerns over failures across the penal estate to respond to inmate suicides.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2020

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Forensic science failures putting justice at risk, says regulator – The Guardian

‘Innocent people are being wrongly convicted and criminals are escaping justice because of the failure of the forensic science system to meet basic standards, the regulator has said.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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Prisons: what’s gone wrong & how to fix it – Counsel

‘An abysmal mess? What our prisons tell us about our country today – by Nick Hardwick.’

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Counsel, February 2020

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Review launched into East Kent NHS trust after baby deaths – The Guardian

‘The government has announced an independent review into maternity services at an NHS trust where a number of babies have died.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2020

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Sexual assault claims ‘gagged’ by UK universities – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2020 in bullying, news, non-disclosure agreements, sexual offences, standards, universities by tracey

‘UK universities are using “gagging” clauses to stop students from going public with complaints of sexual assault, bullying and poor teaching.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Government ‘to ban’ placing children in unregulated homes – BBC News

‘The government is set to ban the placement of children in care under the age of 16 in unregulated homes in England, following a BBC investigation.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Regulator Ofcom to have more powers over UK social media – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2020 in internet, news, ombudsmen, regulations, standards, suicide, young persons by sally

‘New powers will be given to the watchdog Ofcom to force social media firms to act over harmful content.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Standards watchdog calls for guidance on governance and coherent regulatory framework for those in public sector using AI – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 11th, 2020 in artificial intelligence, local government, news, reports, standards by sally

‘The government needs to identify and embed authoritative ethical principles and issue accessible guidance on AI governance to those using it in the public sector, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th February 2020

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Grenfell Tower inquiry backs protection for refurbishment firms giving evidence – BBC News

‘The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has backed a request from firms that refurbished the building that evidence they give should not be used against them in criminal prosecutions.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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Two in five prisons in poor condition, watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘The government is failing in its efforts to improve prison conditions, with record levels of safety breaches and “huge” backlogs in repairs, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found. The National Audit Office said plans to “provide and maintain safe, secure and decent prisons” had not been carried out.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2020

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Rogue surgeon report does not pretend there are easy answers – The Guardian

‘Report makes some sensible recommendations but critics say it could have gone further.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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People who worked on Grenfell Tower ‘could face life sentences’ – The Guardian

‘People who worked on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment could face the threat of being jailed for life, their lawyers have said, with witnesses interviewed by police believing they could be charged with manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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London Borough of Southwark v Royce & Nicoue [2019] UKUT 331 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

‘The First Tier Tribunal had been entitled to reach the conclusions it had as to the degree of separation between two heating systems on adjoining estates. On that basis, the interpretation they had reached of the service charge provisions in the relevant leases was correct, as costs incurred replacing pipes on one estate were not costs “incidental” to the provision of services on the other.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 21st January 2020

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