Research Briefing: The Supported Housing (Regulated Oversight) Bill 2022-23 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 17th, 2022 in benefits, bills, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, parliament by tracey

‘Bob Blackman’s Private Members Bill will receive its second reading on 18 November 2022. This paper explains how the bill aims to strengthen regulation of supported exempt housing in England.’

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House of Commons Library , 15th November 2022

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Prenatal paternity testing for court: your questions answered – Family Law Week

Posted November 17th, 2022 in children, DNA, expert witnesses, families, family courts, forensic science, news by tracey

‘Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, answers some of the most common questions about prenatal paternity testing for legal matters.’

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Family Law Week, 14th November 2022

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Alcohol monitoring technology: what you need to know – Family Law Week

Posted November 17th, 2022 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, electronic monitoring, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Rachel Davenport, Co-founder and Director at AlphaBiolabs, discusses alcohol monitoring technology, and how it can be used to evidence levels and patterns of alcohol consumption or sobriety.’

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Family Law Week, 14th November 2022

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British Army soldier convicted of sexually assaulting colleague on night out – The Independent

Posted November 17th, 2022 in armed forces, courts martial, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A British Army soldier has been convicted of sexually assaulting a colleague after he groped her breast and slid his hand up her skirt during a night out.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2022

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Manchester youth leader jailed over ‘conspiracy’ texts denied permission to appeal – The Guardian

‘A youth leader who addressed MPs in parliament has been denied permission to appeal against the eight-year sentence he was given for sending text messages as part of a violent conspiracy.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2022

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Leicestershire Police needs to improve staff vetting, report says – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2022 in news, police by tracey

‘Inspectors have said Leicestershire Police needs to improve the way it monitors decisions on vetting its officers and police staff.’

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BBC News, 17th November 2022

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Sex education: Wales’ curriculum legal challenge launched – BBC News

‘Campaigners have taken the Welsh government to court over sex education lessons they claim give prominence to LGBTQ+ themes.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2022

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Supreme Court to rule on indyref2 powers next week – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2022 in devolution issues, news, parliament, referendums, Scotland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will deliver its judgement next Wednesday on whether the Scottish Parliament can hold a second independence referendum without Westminster’s approval.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2022

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Sex abuser swimming coach Robert Rixon jailed 25 years – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2022 in child abuse, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A 75-year-old swimming coach has been jailed for 25 years for sexually abusing pupils he taught.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2022

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An Avoidable Death – Nearly Legal

Posted November 16th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘“Every death was avoidable” said Richard Millett KC at the closing submission to the Grenfell Inquiry. Now we know from the inquest verdict into the death of two year old Awaab Ishak’s that this death was also thoroughly avoidable,and we know the catalogue of failures that caused the tragedy.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th November 2022

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Belsner faces £130k costs payment but Checkmylegalfees “has a future” – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2022 in costs, indemnities, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has signalled the possibility of a non-party costs order in the Belsner case after ordering the claimant to make an interim costs payment of £130,000.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2022

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Home Office’s ‘out-of-date’ grasp of fraud highlighted by watchdog – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2022 in fraud, government departments, news by sally

‘The Home Office has an incomplete and out-of-date grasp of the cost of fraud in the UK and a poor understanding of who commits the crime, a public spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2022

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Hacking victim retains anonymity in ‘persons unknown’ action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2022 in anonymity, computer crime, judgments, news, victims by sally

‘A company working in “security-sensitive and highly classified projects of national significance” has succeeded in having its identity withheld from a summary judgment against the unknown perpetrators of a $6.8m “ransomware” attack. In XXX v Persons Unknown, Mr Justice Cavanagh agreed that a derogation from open justice was needed to prevent the court itself becoming “the instrument of harm”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2022

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Suffolk Police apology over sex abuse victims’ data on website – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2022 in anonymity, data protection, internet, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘An investigation has begun after the personal details of sexual abuse victims appeared on a police website.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2022

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Open Justice : Court Reporting In The Digital Age – Transparency Project

Posted November 15th, 2022 in civil justice, family courts, law reports, media, news by sally

‘On 1 November 2022 the House of Commons Justice Committee published their report : Open Justice: court reporting in the digital age.’

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Transparency Project, 12th November 2022

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Mental health may be biggest factor in UK homicides, study finds – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2022 in gangs, homicide, mental health, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Mental health problems may more often be a factor in homicides than gang membership, with most killings potentially preventable, a study suggests.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2022

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High Court refuses to extend interim injunctions stopping hotels from accommodating asylum seekers – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has refused to extend ‘without notice’ interim injunctions obtained by Ipswich Borough Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council that blocked the acccommodation of asylum seekers in local hotels.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2022

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Four London gang members jailed over armed heists targeting cash vans – The Guardian

‘Four members of an organised crime gang that stole £400,000 in a series of armed robberies targeting cash vans have been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2022

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Identity of those instructing solicitors not protected by litigation privilege – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2022 in anonymity, news, privacy, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘There is no general rule that the identity of those instructing solicitors on behalf of a corporate client is protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2022

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The UK should be ashamed of ‘joint enterprise’ convictions. America has put us on notice – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2022 in imprisonment, joint enterprise, news, racism by sally

‘Six years ago the supreme court ruled these cases were unfair and racially biased. But, as the New York Times has noted, they keep on coming.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2022

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