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City of London Police pay-out to G20 protesters but take 18 months to remove personal data from national database

18th July 2016

Eleven members of the protester group, Space Hijackers, have secured over £60,000 in damages from the City of London Police for false imprisonment, assault, and breaches of the Human Rights Act during the G20 protests in April 2009. Each protester has received between: £4,650 – £7,050 and an agreement from the police that their names…

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Inquest concludes into death of baby at St Richards Hospital

4th July 2016

The inquest into the death of a baby girl who lived for just 20 minutes after her birth at St Richards Hospital in Chichester has concluded that her death may have been avoided if a caesarian section had been performed earlier. Leilani Chute, known as Lily, was born on 5 August 2015, weighing 6lbs 14oz…

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HJA lawyer joins new advisory group to improve access to justice for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

29th June 2016

This month saw the launch of the Equality & Social Justice Unit (ESJU), aimed at improving Gypsy, Traveller and Roma access to justice and challenging unlawful discrimination and human rights abuses. Sasha Barton, civil liberties partner at Hodge Jones & Allen has been appointed a member of the Unit’s Expert Advisory Group, reflecting her experience…

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Inquest set to open into death of baby at St Richards Hospital

24th June 2016

A three-day inquest into the death of a baby girl who lived for just 20 minutes after her birth at St Richards Hospital in Chichester will open at West Sussex Coroner’s Court on Monday 27 June at 10am. Leilani Chute, known as Lily, was born on 5 August 2015, weighing 6lbs 14oz at St Richards…

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Inquest into death of 29-year-old man finds failings by Cygnet Healthcare contributed to his death on St Austell railway

20th June 2016

Today, a jury at the inquest into the death of David Knight, a 29-year-old man from St Austell in Cornwall, has found that failings in risk assessments and communication with David’s local treatment team were inadequate and contributed to David’s death. Mr Knight had been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia for a number of years and…

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