Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK – The Guardian

‘The refusal rate for people applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Criminal prosecutions fall to record low despite crime reaching all-time high – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 17th, 2018 in crime, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions have reached an all-time low despite crime soaring to a new record high, official Government figures reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th August 2018

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Hunting conviction rates fall to all time low as campaigners say act is ‘in tatters’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2018 in hunting, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Hunting conviction rates have fallen to all time low as a series of high profile cases have collapsed, it can be revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2018

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Modern slavery prosecutions rise by a quarter amid criticism of government crackdown – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘The number of modern slavery prosecutions has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, but still make up a small fraction of the thousands of potential cases flagged to authorities.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2018

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Identifiability and the Unmotivated Intruder – Panopticon

Posted August 6th, 2018 in disclosure, freedom of information, identification, news, statistics by sally

‘It is not uncommon for public authorities who hold statistical data to decline to disclose specific figures in categories for which the number is fewer than five, on the basis of a fear that the number of affected people is sufficiently small that they are reasonably identifiable. In other words, they rely on section 40(2) FOIA to withhold the number.That approach has now been considered by the Upper Tribunal in Information Commissioner v Miller [2018] UKUT 229 (AAC). That case concerned a request to (what is now) MHCLG for their information supplied by local authorities on a range of homelessness statistics. In relation to parts of the dataset which related to five or fewer individuals, section 40(2) was relied on. The FTT disagreed in a decision on the papers and the ICO appealed.’

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Panopticon, 3rd August 2018

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Slight fall in number of sentences revised up in 2017 after complaints – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2018 in appeals, attorney general, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Rapists and killers were among 137 people given tougher penalties after complaints that their original sentences were too lenient last year, official figures for England and Wales show.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2018

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Local government complaints to Ombudsman rose 3.5% in 2017-18 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2018 in complaints, local government, news, social services, statistics by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) received 17,452 complaints and enquiries about local government in 2017-18, compared with 16,863 in the previous year, its annual review of local government complaints – published today – has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2018

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Police custody deaths hit 10-year high, with experts citing austerity – The Guardian

‘Police custody deaths have hit their highest level in a decade with police, campaigners and experts warning that austerity and a crisis in mental health services have driven the figure up.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Watchdog cautions on police response to hate crime and warns of post Brexit surge in reports – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2018 in hate crime, news, police, reports, statistics by tracey

‘Police must address failings in their response to hate crime ahead of a possible post-Brexit surge in reports, a watchdog has warned. A major review found victims have been let down after being targeted because of personal characteristics such as race, religion or sexual orientation.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2018

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Young black men more likely to be prosecuted over dispersal orders – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in dispersal orders, minorities, news, statistics, young persons by tracey

‘Young black men in London are disproportionately more likely to be prosecuted for breaking public dispersal orders available to police as part of a range of measures to crack down on antisocial behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2018

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Rape and domestic violence victims at risk as police fail to record tens of thousands of crimes, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, domestic violence, news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims are being left at risk by the police’s failure to investigate tens of thousands of crimes, including rape, violence and domestic abuse, a watchdog has warned.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that almost one in five crimes reported to Lincolnshire Police were not being formally recorded, meaning they are not investigated and victims cannot access support.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Are ‘Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid?’ – Transparency Project

‘Twitter commentators asked questions last week of a BBC headline:

Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid, says parenting charity

And the ‘click-bait’ opening sentence of the story itself:

Families Need Fathers says parents are being encouraged by some solicitors to file for non-molestation orders – injunctions used in urgent abuse cases.’

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Transparency Project, 9th July 2018

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Defamation claims on the rise in London – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 28th, 2018 in defamation, media, news, statistics by sally

‘The growing use of social media could be a factor behind the 39% rise in the number of defamation claims brought before the courts in London that has been recorded, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th June 2018

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Profession keeps on growing as women form the majority – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2018 in news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘Ninety-five years after the profession admitted Carrie Morrison, women have overtaken men as a majority of practising solicitors. That is the stand-out finding of the Law Society Annual Statistics Report, which continues to track a trend of long-term and bullish growth.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th June 2018

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Grooming cases soar under new law, as police reveal 3,000 crimes against children as young as five in just a year – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, statistics by sally

‘More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2018

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Commercial court litigants up by 22%, survey finds – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in choice of forum, Commercial Court, London, news, statistics by sally

‘London’s commercial courts were busier than ever last year, with a 22% rise in the number of litigants and 7% increase in the number of cases heard, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st May 2018

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The blame game: Getting divorced in the UK – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2018 in divorce, news, statistics by sally

‘Divorce lawyer drama The Split comes to a conclusion on Tuesday while, in the real world, a couple await the verdict in what has been described as the most significant divorce case of the century.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2018

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Self-harm and violent attacks hit record high in prisons across England and Wales – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2018 in news, prisons, self-harm, statistics, violence by tracey

‘Self-harm and violent attacks have hit record levels in prisons across England and Wales as campaigners warn of a “system in crisis”. More than 11,600 prisoners harmed themselves in 2017 – a record high – and the number of separate incidents rose by 11 per cent to 44,600.’

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The Independent, 26th April 2018

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Steep rise in law firm closures and Compensation Fund payouts – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms shut by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) increased by more than a third last year from 37 to 50, figures from the regulator’s annual review have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

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Bar Council finds mixed picture of success for BME graduates getting BPTC places and pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in barristers, minorities, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The link between ethnicity and success on the Bar professional training course and in attaining pupillage is more nuanced than the big gap between white and non-white candidates presented by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Bar Council has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk