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Race is ‘significant contributory factor’ to deaths in police custody, according to independent review

3rd November 2017 - The Justice Gap

The long awaited independent review into deaths in custody has found ethnicity to be a ‘significant contributory factor’ in relation to fatalities. The wide-ranging report calls for reform of the police watchdog the Independent Police Complains Commission including the ‘phasing out’ of ex-police officers leading investigations; an end to the conferring between officers before they make statements; and legal aid for families whose relatives have died in custody. Sarah Foss reports

Clair Hilder, a senior associate in the Civil Liberties department comments…

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Sister of young Londoner who died after psychotic breakdown attacks lack of mental health resources

13th October 2017 - Evening Standard

The sister of a young Londoner who suffered a psychotic breakdown and died after a mental health bed could not be found today warned further tragedies were “inevitable”.

Louise Phuong, 29, said the way her brother Joseph was treated by the NHS and the Met police highlighted the lack of support available.

An inquest last week heard that Mr Phuong, a 32-year-old “computer whizz” with a 10-year history of paranoid schizophrenia, died on June 5, 2015, after being restrained on numerous occasions, secluded and tranquillised.

Nancy Collins, a partner in civil liberties department, represented Mr Phuong’s family at the inquest.

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Hodge Jones & Allen duo shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017

11th October 2017 - Society of Asian Lawyers

We are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Vidisha Joshi and Raj Chada, a partner in the criminal defence team have been shortlisted for Society of Asian Lawyers awards 2017.

Vidisha has been nominated in two categories, in the Rising Star category and Civil/Commercial Lawyer of the Year, and Raj as a Criminal Lawyer of the Year.

The Awards ceremony, where winners will be announced, is taking place at The Lancaster Hotel, Nine Kings Suite, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY on Saturday 28th October 2017.

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