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Forced to sleep in cars, threatened with ‘intentional homelessness’ and still no money: Fresh hell for Grenfell Tower survivors with many denied £5,000 relief cash ‘because they don’t have ID’

21st June 2017 - Mail Online

Grenfell Tower survivors are being let down by the botched response effort to the horrific blaze, those helping them have said.
Nearly a week on from the tower block blaze that killed at least 79 people, some of those displaced by the fire have been forced to sleep in their cars while others have been prevented from claiming promised cash.
Some of those who lost their flats in the blaze fear being declared ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning authorities no longer has a responsibility to house them – if they refuse to a move outside the area.

Social Housing Partner Jayesh Kunwardia comments on the lack of clarity over housing policy and the unfair impact of refusing temporary accommodation could have on Grenfell survivors.

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Barclays to face fraud charges, SFO announces

21st June 2017 - The Law Society Gazette

The Serious Fraud Office has charged Barclays and four of its former executives with conspiracy to commit fraud. The charges, which also include the provision of unlawful financial assistance, were announced today. They relate to fundraising arrangements by the bank during the financial crisis in 2008 when it raised billions of pounds from Qatar to stay afloat.

According to the SFO, the charges concern Barclays’s capital raising arrangements with sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding LLC and Challenger Universal Ltd as well as a $3 billion (£2.3bn) loan facility made available to the State of Qatar acting through the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2008.

Former chief executive John Varley is among the charged as well as senior executives Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath.

Barclays plc, Varley, Jenkins, Kalaris and Boath have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in June 2008.

In addition, Barclays, Varley and Jenkins have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in October 2008 as well as with unlawful financial assistance.

Jenkins, who is now based in the US, is being represented by Brad Kaufman, of international firm Greenberg Traurig.

Barclays said it is ‘considering its position’ in relation to the developments.

The defendants are scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at on 3 July.

Raj Chada, Criminal Defence partner, comments…

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Civil servant ‘who could win Nobel prize’ honoured at Asian women awards

11th May 2017 - Evening Standard

A woman who turns girls away from extremism, a lawyer, a para-climber and a schoolteacher poet have been named as Britain’s most inspiring female Asian role models.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards were dominated by extraordinary young Londoners who showcase diversity, entrepreneurship and determination to succeed.

The chairman’s award, for the most outstanding candidate across all categories, went to Fatima Zaman, a civil servant who works with the Kofi Annan Foundation to prevent London girls from becoming radicalised and joining extremist groups.

Managing Partner Vidisha Joshi wins Asian Women of Achievement Awards #AWA2017

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Can my emotionally abusive dad go after my hardworking mum’s pension if she divorces him?

9th May 2017 - Mail Online

My mum and dad are separated and living apart now for several years. Dad was emotionally abusive and unfaithful to mum for years.
He has lost any joint money they had – savings etc. apart from their home. Dad hadn’t paid anything towards the mortgage for years when he left mum and said she could keep the house.She sold the house and what little was left over after paying the debts dad had racked up was then spent on another property.Dad has always said he’d not come after any money from mum as he behaved so badly. But he’s not a nice person and I can see him going back on this.She now wants rid of him from her life – through divorce. But she is retired and lives off her pension, which she worked hard for years as a nurse to get, plus her state pension. Dad doesn’t have a pension of his own.

Jacqueline Major, Head of the Family team, advises…

 

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Pre-charge bail: ‘Years of waiting left me feeling suicidal’

3rd May 2017 - BBC News - Victoria Derbyshire programme

People kept on police bail for months, or even years, say it left them feeling suicidal and unable to move on with their lives. New rules have changed how long people can be bailed for, but will it have the desired effect? “I was in a terribly dark place. You lose all dignity, you lose all purpose,” David Prince tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Criminal Defence partner Ruth Harris comments on changes to police bail.

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