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Prisons and Courts Bill abandoned

21st April 2017 - Solicitors Journal

Government policies kicked into the long grass ahead of UK election.

The prime minister’s calling of a snap general election has led to the government scrapping controversial legislation that would reform the personal injury sector and overhaul the courts.

Following Theresa May’s shock announcement that an election will be held on 8 June, the leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, confirmed that the Prisons and Courts Bill has ‘fallen’ due to a tight parliamentary timetable.

Senior Partner Patrick Allen comments.

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Gordon Ramsay says he won’t pass his wealth to his children – but could they challenge it after he dies? What you can do if you’re disinherited

12th April 2017 - Mirror

Your will might not be your final word after all – we take a look at how wills can be overturned by your family, and what you have a right to challenge on.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has said that his kids won’t be pocketing his fortune after he dies.

It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them,” he told the Telegraph.
The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana [his wife] is they get a 25% deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat.

Ramsay isn’t the first celebrity in recent years to publicly declare that their kids will miss out on a bumper inheritance.

Chun Wong, a head of Dispute Resolution team, comments…

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‘Neglect’ contributed to Winchester prison inmate’s death

10th April 2017 - BBC News

Neglect contributed to the death of a 22-year-old man at Winchester prison, an inquest jury has concluded.
Daryl Hargrave, who had a history of mental health problems, was found hanged in his cell in July 2015.
He had been on remand for six days, an inquest in the city heard.
The jury found there was a failure to provide treatment for psychosis, and a decision not to put him under constant supervision also contributed to his death.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, which manages healthcare at HMP Winchester, apologised for its failings and “the distress this process has caused the family”.

Clair Hilder, a Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties department, has represented Daryl’s mother at the inquest.

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Plight of Stoly and the Stansted 17

7th April 2017 - Camden New Journal

Foreigners are fair game as the May government attempts to make headlines about falling immigrant figures.

IT did not make the headlines it should have done but an extraordinary event took place last week – 17 men and women chained themselves to the wheels of a plane at Stansted Airport as it was about to take off with more than 30 West Africans about to be deported. It reminded me of what happened to Stoly, a well-known face at a popular health food shop in Kentish Town who was arrested on Friday – for the deportation chop.

Raj Chada, a Criminal Defence partner, represents the Stanstead activists.

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