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Report into rape prosecutions shows glacial pace of change at a time when redress under the Human Rights Act is threatened

It will be with a sense of deep concern, frustration and possibly even exhaustion that victims, campaigners and lawyers will read the recommendations of Dame Elish Angiolini QC’s recent report…

June 12, 2015
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What constitutes an unreasonable, but not “grossly disproportionate” use of force?

A recent Court of Appeal case shines a light on the use of Section 329 Criminal Justice Act 2003 by police forces seeking to defend the use of unreasonable force…

June 5, 2015
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Beyond Special Measures – NHS Services in Essex to be subject to a new Success Regime

Failing NHS services in three areas of the country are to be subject to new “whole systems intervention” by NHS regulators. Service providers in Essex, North Cumbria and North East…

June 5, 2015
Opinion

10 good reasons to leave a Will

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. It directs what should happen to your assets when you die and who should be responsible for…

June 3, 2015
Opinion

Scrapping the Human Rights Act

Plans to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) in just 100 days, replacing it with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, have been sparking intense debate since the Conservatives…

May 28, 2015
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Don’t be caught out by the new Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014

About 6 months ago, much ado was made about the new tax disc changes which come into effect on 1st October 2014. But not many will know that at the…

May 26, 2015
Opinion

Vulnerability redefined

It’s worth taking a moment to feel sorry for beleaguered and underfunded local authorities, especially those in London. They have a whole host of duties that they have to comply…

May 14, 2015
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Who’s afraid of the big, bad Google?

In a modern day David and Goliath battle, three UK home internet users are challenging the misuse of their private information by the US corporate giant, Google. The individuals decided…

May 14, 2015
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Election 2015 – HJA Housing Team’s first reactions

The official government statistics on statutory homelessness, released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), paint a sobering picture of the combined effect of five years of Coalition…

May 13, 2015
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Limitation in professional negligence: Chinnock v Veale and Rea

The basic ingredients for a professional negligence claim are: A Duty of Care Breach of the duty Resulting loss caused by the breach A duty of care against a legal…

May 12, 2015
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Happy Families

Those starting a family or making new additions to their family have much to be happy about. Forget needing to take old fashioned maternity and paternity leave. The law, which…

May 6, 2015
Opinion

In defence of the Human Rights Act

After 7 May, the protection of human rights in the UK could fundamentally change. This hasn’t been high on the election agenda, and that may in itself be a reflection…

May 6, 2015
Opinion

Professional negligence against surveyors and estate agents

The Law Gazette last week published an article on how the level of professional negligence claims against surveyors and estate agents have fallen in 2014 by 65% from the previous…

May 5, 2015
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The election manifestos – what do the main parties offer those seeking greater police accountability and reform?

With party manifestos now well thumbed, and some votes already cast, those with an active interest in human rights and civil liberties will be watching keenly the results of the…

April 30, 2015
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Parking charges on private land – the implications of Parkingeye Limited v Barry Beavis (2015)

When you park on private property (commonly car parks at shopping centres and supermarkets or a private road) you enter into a contract with the landowner regarding permission to park…

April 27, 2015
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Marriage v’s Cohabitation

Alan Rickman has revealed to German newspaper Bild that he has wed his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton. But this is probably an exception as more and more people…

April 27, 2015
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Justice at last for child-abuse victims of former deputy head teacher

The former deputy head teacher of a North Devon boarding school for vulnerable young boys has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of carrying out a two…

April 24, 2015
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What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

As a personal injury lawyer, I deal with many different types of injuries caused by a variety of accidents. In particular, I specialise in repetitive strain injury cases also known…

April 23, 2015
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What is ‘Fundamental Dishonesty’ and how will it impact on Personal Injury Claims?

In the Law Society Gazette this week (20th April 2015) the incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intends to turn the tables on insurers over ‘fundamental dishonesty…

April 23, 2015
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A new public inquiry into undercover policing finally gets the go-ahead

On 12 March, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, finally set in motion plans for establishing a public inquiry into undercover policing and related issues. This follows allegations of unlawful practices…

April 22, 2015
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