Jurisdiction of the court as well as the adjudicator under scrutiny – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Waksman J was asked by a contractor, Flexidig, to enforce an adjudicator’s decision ordering payment against its employer, M&M. Flexidig had been appointed by M&M to carry out civil works associated with the installation of new Virgin Media underground infrastructure in Lough, Lincolnshire.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th April 2020

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When Remote Justice Works – Transparency Project

‘During the current public health emergency, remote justice – hearings conducted wholly via audio/visual conferencing platforms – is the default position for all court cases. After early enthusiasm at the fact that the courts were able to acquire the technical skills and software to actually deliver remote hearings at all, there has been increasing concern about their efficacy, fairness and transparency and – in particular – about the loss of human connection and personal engagement they can entail, as described in these accounts from a judge, a journalist, and a lawyer). There has been less feedback from lay participants involved in remote justice, either as parties, or as observing members of the public.’

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Transparency Project, 4th May 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints – BBC News

‘TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus “as a priority”.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Watchdog approves use of UK phone data if it helps fight coronavirus – The Guardian

‘The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Self-isolating litigant in person appears via barrister’s mobile – Litigation Futures

‘A barrister has spoken of how a self-isolating defendant in a fast-track personal injury claim appeared before the court via WhatsApp video.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd March 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

CPS failed to tell inspectors of internal review revealing rape case failings – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service conducted a secret internal review that exposed its failings in rape cases – but failed to share it with inspectors who were conducting an official inquiry for a major government investigation into rape, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Mirror’s in-house lawyers under phone-hacking scrutiny – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid to strike out the claim by various public figures that the legal department of MGN Group knew about phone hacking at the Daily Mirror.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Phones that may hold child abuse images returned to suspects – The Guardian

‘Police are giving back to suspected paedophiles phones and computers that possibly hold child abuse images because they do not have the time or technology to search the devices, a report says.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Katrina O’Hara murder: Coroner recommends phone access changes – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2020 in domestic violence, murder, news, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘A coroner has called for domestic abuse victims to have access to mobile phones after police seized a woman’s device days before her murder.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How People In Immigration Detention Try To Cope With Life In Limbo – Each Other

Posted February 19th, 2020 in deportation, detention, immigration, mental health, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Home Office has received heavy criticism in recent weeks after it emerged people held in immigration detention centres were struggling to access mobile phone reception and could not reach lawyers to challenge their imminent deportation.’

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Each Other, 18th February 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Home Office to release information about detainees’ access to lawyers – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has agreed to release information about whether it has deported immigration detainees who did not have access to working phones to contact their lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Impact on rape victims of police phone seizures to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The impact on rape victims of police seizures of their mobile phones is to be examined as the Metropolitan police begin piloting a data inspection system designed to limit invasion of privacy.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Permitted Development (1) – payphone kiosks and advertisements – Exchange Chambers

‘Under Part 16 Class A of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 development consisting of the installation, alteration or replacement of any electronic communications apparatus is permitted development, subject to a requirement for prior approval.’

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Exchange Chambers, 12th February 2020

Source: www.exchangechambers.co.uk

Home Office told to act as detainees unable to contact lawyers – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2020 in deportation, detention, legal representation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of holding immigration detainees effectively incommunicado, with a lack of mobile signal preventing them from contacting lawyers or family, days before a mass deportation flight to Jamaica.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Abuse victims to be given second phones to boost conviction rates – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2020 in domestic violence, news, stalking, telecommunications, victims by tracey

‘Victims of domestic abuse and stalking are to be given second phones after they hand theirs over for evidence as part of an initiative intended to improve conviction rates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2020

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Fraud victims ‘failed’ as criminals ‘operate with impunity’ – report – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2020 in criminal justice, fraud, news, police, statistics, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Fraudsters “operate with impunity” as a surge in cases has left police struggling to cope, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK court allows Saudi dissident to sue kingdom over alleged hacking – The Guardian

‘The high court has given a green light to a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia that has been brought by a prominent dissident living in London who has claimed he was the victim of a sophisticated hacking campaign by the kingdom.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2020

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County lines: Call to review ‘criminal abuse’ of pay-as-you-go phones – BBC News

‘The government has been urged to consider imposing restrictions on pay-as-you-go mobile phones to prevent county lines drug gangs using them.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2020

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Three-quarters of domestic abuse victims trying to flee partner hit with ‘insidious’ technological abuse – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2020 in domestic violence, harassment, internet, news, stalking, telecommunications, victims by tracey

‘Three in four domestic abuse victims have been exposed to “controlling, humiliating or monitoring” behaviour by their former partners using technology, new figures show.’

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The Independent, 9th January 2020

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Police chief in child abuse video case lodges appeal against verdict – The Guardian

‘A decorated Metropolitan police superintendent convicted of possessing a child abuse video has formally asked the court of appeal to strike down her conviction.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com