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Suicide verdict from Coroner in Truro

5th February 2016

A brief verdict, from the Coroner in Truro Coroner’s Court yesterday confirmed Christine McClean’s suicide. She was discovered drowned in the Penryn River in November 2014. Christine McClean, known to all as Tina was born in Omagh, Co Tyrone where she grew up to be a respected child care worker, community leader and active church…

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Inquest finds that prison’s failure to address bullying issues contributed to young prisoner’s death

29th January 2016

A jury at the inquest into the death of a 21-yearold Bromsgrove man who died whilst in custody at HMP and YOI Swinfen Hall in Staffordshire, has found that a number of failings by prison and healthcare staff contributed to his death. Luke Hughes was transferred to HMP and YOI Swinfen Hall from HMP Hewell,…

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LIBOR acquittals response

28th January 2016

Five men have been found not guilty of all charges by a jury at Southwark Crown Court today following a four month trial into LIBOR rigging. Ruth Harris, criminal partner, Hodge Jones & Allen says: “It was always anticipated that these prosecutions would be difficult for the SFO and so it has proved. The SFO…

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Hodge Jones & Allen bolster civil liberties team with double hire

28th January 2016

Law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen has bolstered its civil liberties team with the hire of two new solicitors specialising in actions against the police. Saoirse Kerrigan and Joanna Bennett join from Saunders Law and Guile Nicholas Solicitors respectively. Their appointments grow the civil liberties team to 14, including three partners, two associates and five…

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Court of Appeal ruling restricts legal aid funding for false imprisonment claims

27th January 2016

A Court of Appeal ruling has today overturned an earlier decision, effectively preventing those bringing claims against the police and other public bodies for unlawful acts from accessing legal aid funding, unless they can show that the public body intended to act unlawfully or acted dishonestly. Lord Justice Elias, overturning the decision of Mr Justice…

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