PSQB Spring Newsletter 2021 – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 5th, 2021 in chambers articles, news by sally

‘The Spring edition of the PSQB Newsletter is now available for download.’

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Park Square Barristers, 3rd March 2021

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Cauda Equina Syndrome and Referrals for Investigations: High Court Rejects Claim for Delayed Scan – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

‘In Jarman v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 323 (QB), the Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant hospital for failing to promptly diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome (“CES”).’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 25th February 2021

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Trusts, Probate and Estates: Non-Contentious Commentary – Wilberforce Chambers

‘The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget yesterday afternoon. A number of tax measures were introduced to ease the financial burden on businesses and individuals. Some were simply extensions of short-term tax relief, including a holiday on business rates for 3 months, maintaining the £500,000 SDLT nil-rate band, and a freeze on alcohol and fuel duties. In this update, I focus on some longer-term measures designed to promote a post-Covid rebound.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 4th March 2021

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Women in UK armed forces face ‘hostile environment’ if they report bullying – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2021 in armed forces, bullying, complaints, equality, harassment, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women who serve in the armed forces find that they face “a hostile environment” when they are victims of bullying or harassment and try to complain, according to candid testimony given to a parliamentary committee on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2021

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Staff ‘pushed patient over’ at mental health unit, CQC report finds – BBC News

‘A mental health patient was pushed to the floor as hospital staff used “disproportionate and unauthorised techniques”, health inspectors said.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2021

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A Restrictive Interpretation? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted March 5th, 2021 in appeals, chambers articles, contracts, covenants, news, restraint of trade by sally

‘Andrew Butler QC assesses the recent Court of Appeal decision in Quantum Actuarial LLP v Quantum Advisory Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 227, in which he appeared for the Appellant. The case concerned covenants in restraint of trade, arising in an unusual context.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 2nd March 2021

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Police will not launch criminal investigation into Martin Bashir’s interview with Princess Diana – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2021 in BBC, deceit, documents, inquiries, news, police, professional conduct, royal family by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police will take no further action over BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s controversial interview with Princess Diana in 1995.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2021

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Miscarriage of justice body’s workload doubled despite severe cuts – report – The Guardian

‘The miscarriage of justice watchdog has suffered the “biggest cut” of any part of the criminal justice system since 2010 and its caseload has more than doubled over the same period, according to a parliamentary investigation.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2021

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Call for vulnerable victims to give video evidence amid courts backlog – The Guardian

‘Up to 10,000 vulnerable victims facing long delays for trials should be allowed to give evidence by video in an attempt to stop them falling out of the system, according to the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2021

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UK broke law by ‘systematically and persistently’ breaching air pollution limits, top court rules – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2021 in brexit, EC law, environmental health, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘The EU’s top court court has ruled that the UK broke the law by “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2021

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Hammer killer Hunnisett loses appeal against conviction – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2021 in appeals, child abuse, domestic violence, mental health, murder, news by tracey

‘A Sussex killer who bludgeoned a lover to death with a hammer has lost an appeal against a murder conviction.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2021

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Priti Patel bullying case dropped after civil servant receives undisclosed settlement – The Independent

‘Home secretary Priti Patel is coming under intense pressure to reveal how much taxpayers’ money was spent on settling a bullying claim from her former top civil servant, who dropped an employment tribunal case after receiving a sum believed to run into six figures.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2021

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Covid-19 Has Highlighted Why Secondary Legislation Needs Reforming – Each Other

Posted March 4th, 2021 in coronavirus, news, parliament, regulations by sally

‘Every year, Parliament makes hundreds of changes to UK law with little to no scrutiny from elected MPs. Partnering with EachOther, the legal charity Public Law Project has launched a video – available to watch below – calling for this process to be reformed. In this article, Alexandra Sinclair, the Public Law Project’s research fellow, explains more about the campaign.’

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Each Other, 4th March 2021

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Brown Clee Hill: Moses Christensen guilty of walker murder – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2021 in diminished responsibility, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A man who “roamed around” a beauty spot looking for someone to kill has been found guilty of a walker’s murder.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2021

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Late night coding: who owns the results? – Mills & Reeve

‘In a recent dispute over employees and copyright ownership – Penhallurick v MD5 Limited – ownership of copyright in software created out of hours and on a home computer was in question. Did the employee have the right to take it with him when he left or was it owned by his employer?’

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Mills & Reeve, 3rd March 2021

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The government is hell-bent on diluting the Human Rights Act. We must protect it – Kate Allen – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2021 in coronavirus, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

‘These rights have been central to many key justice fights in the past 20 years, and we can’t allow politicians to take them away.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2021

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Doctors acted unlawfully in deciding on eligibility for drug – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 4th, 2021 in children, evidence, judicial review, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘Sophie Basma (“Sophie”) is 10. She suffers from Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”). SMA is a rare, genetic, neuromuscular disease which progressively leads to sufferers being unable to walk or sit unaided with devastating consequences on their quality of life. Sophie can no longer walk. There is medication for SMA sufferers which would have had the potential of helping Sophie regain her ability to work. But the NHS Trust had concluded that Sophie did not meet the eligibility criteria for this new medication, “Nusinersen”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th March 2021

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Ex-Tory MP fails in bid to appeal against jail term for sexual assault – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2021 in appeals, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘The former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has failed in an attempt to seek leave to appeal against his two-year sentence for sexual assaults against two women.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2021

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M (A Child): Live streaming from the Court of Appeal on Thursday 4th March – Should a journalist be able to see the court documents behind a flawed decision that a child needed adoption? – Transparency Project

‘This is a short blog to introduce the people and issues, and explain the lead up, ahead of the live-streamed appeal in M (A Child) tomorrow. It aims to give non lawyers a bit of orientation and some links when tuning in to the court of appeal proceedings.’

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Transparency Project, 3rd March 2021

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Errol Graham: Starved man’s family loses High Court benefits case – BBC News

‘The family of a man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped has lost a High Court challenge against the government.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk