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Track and Trace – how safe is our personal data?

Sasha Barton

Posted by Sasha Barton | Partner
On 4th August 2020

We have been told repeatedly that the only way to ease the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions safely is to have a workable contact tracing system in place, ensuring that those showing symptoms are swiftly identified and those who have been in contact with them alerted, thereby ensuring that the virus does not again start to spread exponentially.

No one can dispute that a workable Test and Trace system is imperative and urgent. But any system must be designed and implemented in a way which protects our right to privacy.

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Policing in lockdown is disproportionately affecting Black communities in the UK

Aniesha Obuobie

Posted by Aniesha Obuobie | Paralegal
On 25th June 2020

We are three months into the lockdown and largely none the wiser about a lot of the new rules, particularly the extension of police powers in this time.

The police were given exceptional powers under the Health Protection Regulations, under which they are able to arrest and fine people for evading the lockdown restrictions. They were also given powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to be used to support Public Health where necessary and proportionate.

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The duty to investigate COVID-19 deaths in the UK care sector

Jocelyn Cockburn

Posted by Jocelyn Cockburn | Partner
On 22nd June 2020

Despite the Chief Scientific Adviser reportedly warning the Government as early as January 2020 that the care sector in the UK was particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, it has been accused of -neglecting care homes and failing to promptly implement necessary measures. Many of the bereaved families of frontline workers and residents are now looking for answers as to how and why their loved ones were put at risk, despite the Government’s knowledge of the threat posed.

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The impact of COVID-19 on inquests

Aneka Thirurajah

Posted by Aneka Thirurajah | Trainee
On 3rd June 2020

Many inquests, in common with many other types of hearings, have had to be adjourned as a result of COVID-19, particularly where a jury is involved. The Chief Coroner of England and Wales issued guidance to coroners, stating inquests which were due to begin between 31 March and 28 August 2020 and involved a jury had to be adjourned. Pre-inquest reviews are being adjourned too, meaning further delays are being caused to more complex cases.

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