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Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNHS spending cap feared to affect cancer and dementia patients (24 March 2017)

 

Health chiefs have announced that the NHS in England will be introducing a £20m a year cap on the cost of new drugs in an attempt to save money. The cap is aimed at giving NHS chiefs the opportunity to re-negotiate the prices of drugs with pharmaceutical companies. However, this new measure could lead to delays of up to three years before new drugs are made available. It is reported that the changes could affect one in five new treatments. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBarnet Council launches Homeshare scheme (24 March 2017)

 

Barnet Council has launched a scheme whereby residents who need help at home offer a room for rent and receive help from their tenant. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDirector of Swansea PPI claims company disqualified for nine years (24 March 2017)

 

The director of a Swansea-based company dealing in PPI claims management has been disqualified for nine years for breaching compensation regulations. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCompany and director prosecuted after construction worker suffers life changing injuries (24 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Manchester-based building contractor and a company owner, after a worker was seriously injured on a building site. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCerebral Palsy Awareness Day – 25th March 2017 (24 March 2017)

 

Cerebral palsy affects approximately 1 in every 400 babies born in the UK. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by a brain injury which can occur in the womb or during delivery. The symptoms of cerebral palsy will range from mild to severe and life-changing and children with severe cerebral palsy often have complex care needs. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLMS v East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust – New discount rate applied in first personal injury settlement (23 March 2017)

 

Schoolgirl is first reported recipient of damages under new discount rate following key changes made by Justice Secretary, Liz Truss. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDoncaster Council to build affordable homes for over-50s (23 March 2017)

 

Doncaster Council has announced that a development of 11 affordable bungalows will be built for people aged over 50, as a result of a grant by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCambridge on course to build 4,500 homes as a result of £45m HCA loan (23 March 2017)

 

Cambridge City Council has announced £45 million investment in new homes as a result of a loan from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTen-year disqualification for bankrupt who acted as director (23 March 2017)

 

A bankrupt found to be acting as the sales director of a Lincolnshire printing company has been disqualified for ten years for breaching the terms of his bankruptcy. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPublic Health England launches online reporting system to tackle effects of new psychoactive substances (23 March 2017)

 

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new online reporting system to help tackle harms from new psychoactive substances (NPS). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJustice Secretary announces four new prisons will replace old and overcrowded jails and create 5,000 new prison places (22 March 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced plans to create 5,000 modern prison places, building on the government’s commitment to create up to 10,000 modern places, aimed at reducing overcrowding and creating the right conditions for reform. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCardiff private sector landlords prosecuted for breaches of Housing Act (22 March 2017)

 

City of Cardiff Council has prosecuted two private sector landlords for offences under the Housing Act 2004. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£72,000 penalty after farm worker dies in grain store (22 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a family-owned Norfolk farming company, after an employee died at its grain storage facility. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for gang who operated “cash for brides” immigration scam (22 March 2017)

 

Croydon Crown Court has jailed a gang which flew Lithuanian women into the UK to act as brides in bogus marriages. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£1,000 penalty for operating illegal scrap yard from front garden (22 March 2017)

 

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a local resident found to be operating a scrap metal business from his front garden without a licence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThanet Council to offer loans to homeowners who buy empty properties and refurbish (22 March 2017)

 

Thanet District Council has launched a new scheme which will offer loans to homeowners looking to renovate former empty properties and then live in them. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRoad safety campaign launched to remind motorists to concentrate on the road ahead (22 March 2017)

 

Road safety experts from Road Safety GB North East are working with the police to urge motorists not to be distracted at the wheel of their cars, after new legislation came into force on 1st March that will see people issued with six penalty points and £200 fines for using mobile phones while driving. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFive-year disqualification for restaurant director who employed illegal workers (21 March 2017)

 

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has led to the disqualification of a restaurant director, after he failed to ensure that the business completed relevant immigration checks on its employees, resulting in the employment of two illegal workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBrent Council prosecutes four illegal shisha cafés and seizes 25kg of illegal tobacco (21 March 2017)

 

Brent Council has prosecuted four shisha businesses operating illegally in Brent, after 25kg of illegal tobacco was seized in a joint operation between Brent Council's Food and Health & Safety Team and Wembley Police Tasking Team. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for Birmingham men convicted of possession of disguised weapons (21 March 2017)

 

Birmingham Crown Court has convicted two men on charges relating to the illegal importation of stun guns into the UK from Turkey. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News14-year disqualification for former director who sold coloured diamonds at inflated prices (21 March 2017)

 

The director of a Hampstead investment company which sold coloured diamonds has been disqualified for 14 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£160,000 penalty after two aircraft workers sustain serious injuries in fall from height (21 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an aircraft company based at Stansted Airport in Essex, after two workers 15 feet while carrying out checks on the tail of a plane. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News“Unintended operational and legal consequences” for people with mental health problems as a result of PIP changes (21 March 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that a committee of welfare experts has warned of “unintended operational and legal consequences” for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities following changes to assessment criteria for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which came into force on 16th March. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLandlord prosecuted for unlawful eviction of tenant and harassment (21 March 2017)

 

Telford & Wrekin Council has prosecuted a landlord for unlawfully evicting a tenant. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMayor of Hackney calls for Dubs scheme to remain open (21 March 2017)

 

The Mayor of Hackney has called for the Dubs scheme for child refugees to remain open and has criticised claims that local councils have not offered to help. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUnlicensed landlord prosecuted – and repays 12 months’ rent as a result (21 March 2017)

 

Blackburn and Darwen Council has prosecuted an unlicensed landlord and the council is now urging other landlords in the borough to make sure they obtain the appropriate licence for any properties they let. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£7m compensation paid out to repair poorly constructed housing by Bovis Homes (20 March 2017)

 

Bovis, one of the biggest homebuilders in Britain, were accused of pressuring customers to move into poorly built, incomplete homes in order to meet sales targets. They have been ordered to pay compensation after a group of angry customers formed a Facebook group to draw attention to the issue. The Facebook group titled ‘Bovis Home Victims Group’ has over 1,400 members. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News35 years in jail for extradited man found guilty of killing elderly couple (20 March 2017)

 

A man extradited from Luxembourg has been sentenced to a minimum term of 35 years in jail for the killing of an elderly Suffolk couple. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEarly rollout for scheme allowing victims of sexual offences to give pre-recorded evidence at trial (20 March 2017)

 

The Ministry of Justice has announced greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming, with a new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child being introduced and measures to support victims of sex crimes being accelerated. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNuisance neighbour prosecuted over loud music played on repeat (20 March 2017)

 

Harrow Council has taken action against a noisy neighbour who played loud music with explicit lyrics on repeat at high volume. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKier Construction fined £400,000 after worker is seriously injured in fall from height (20 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted leading construction company Kier Construction Limited, after a worker was injured when he fell from height. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCity of York Council enters partnership with HCA to build new homes on brownfield land (20 March 2017)

 

City of York Council has announced it is set to enter into a partnership with the government which could help deliver 5,000 much needed new homes on brownfield land over the next 15 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCambridge City Council launches loan scheme to help bring empty homes up to rental standard (20 March 2017)

 

Cambridge City Council has launched a scheme to help the owners of empty properties in Cambridge bring them back into residential use. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBexley’s children services benefits from partnership approach (20 March 2017)

 

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has visited Bexley Council’s services to support children and their families. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew report calls for changes to address homelessness in London (20 March 2017)

 

Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, unveiled a new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), in Parliament on Wednesday (March 15th), outlining the argument for easing welfare restrictions, which hinder the homeless in finding somewhere to live. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBexley Council warns of rogue trader who defrauded elderly man by removing his roof and demanding more than £40,000 (20 March 2017)

 

Bexley Council’s Trading Standards department is warning of a scam in which a man offering roofing services tried to defraud an 80-year-old Sidcup man who lives alone by door-stepping him. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£460 penalty for littering and refusing to give name and address to officer (17 March 2017)

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council has prosecuted a litterer found dropping a cigarette butt. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£100,000 penalty for care home after teenager drowns on day trip (17 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Kettering-based care home company, after a 16-year-old boy drowned at a disused quarry on a day trip. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for former vicar, after sexual abuse victim uses eye tracker technology to give evidence (17 March 2017)

 

A former vicar who abused a choirboy in his care more than 35 years ago has been convicted on the evidence of a man suffering from motor neurone disease, who used Eyegaze eye tracker technology to give evidence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsScarborough Council approves Selective Licensing Scheme for private sector rental properties (17 March 2017)

 

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a Selective Licensing Scheme for privately rented properties within parts of the Castle and North Bay wards in Scarborough, which is designed to ensure that properties are safe and being managed appropriately. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThe Court of Appeal rejects a heterosexual couple’s appeal for a Civil Partnership (16 March 2017)

 

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the challenge of heterosexual couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, to be allowed to have a civil partnership. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNHS England investigating patient harm after medical documents were misplaced (16 March 2017)

 

NHS England is currently investigating whether any patients have suffered harm as a result of an administrative mix up in which half a million patient documents were misplaced. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsIslington Council secures £100k to fund Latin American Women’s Aid for victims of domestic abuse (16 March 2017)

 

Islington Council and Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) have announced that £100,000 of central government funding has been secured to support LAWA’s specialist national refuge and services for Latin American women. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK strengthens defences against money laundering (16 March 2017)

 

HM Treasury has announced that the UK is to create a new watchdog that will tackle potential weaknesses in the supervisory system which criminals and terrorists may be trying to exploit to launder money. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsVulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the housing market as rent becomes ‘out-of-step’ with incomes (16 March 2017)

 

Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget continues to receive mixed reviews. Whilst the key focus of discussions centre on a tax rise for the self-employed, Britain’s housing crisis remained largely neglected. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHampshire Council launches road safety campaign to make drivers and cyclists more aware of each other (16 March 2017)

 

Hampshire County Council has launched a campaign to encourage cyclists and drivers to be more aware of each other and stay safe on Hampshire’s roads. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK and Panama sign agreement to tackle financial crime (16 March 2017)

 

The Home Office has announced the UK has signed an agreement with Panama to tackle serious and organised crime. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPrime Minister asserts that refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach (15 March 2017)

 

The Prime Minster has given a Statement to Parliament on the March EU Council meeting and next steps in preparing to trigger Article 50. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon landlord fined for running unlicensed HMO (15 March 2017)

 

A landlord who ran an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Hampstead, northwest London has been prosecuted by Camden Counci. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHillingdon Council to agree new model to deliver children’s services (15 March 2017)

 

Hillingdon Council in Greater London has said that future plans for a children's centre programme will be decided at Hillingdon Council's Cabinet meeting on Thursday, 16 March. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£4,250 penalty and criminal records for five Nottinghamshire anglers caught fishing illegally (15 March 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted five illegal anglers in Nottinghamshire, who were find more than £4,000 in total – and who have criminal records as a result of being convicted. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCambridge City Councils sets out new vision for housing (15 March 2017)

 

Cambridge City Council has announced its vision to guide the city’s approach to providing affordable, high-quality housing in the coming years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThe Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has announced that the small claims limit will be increased to £5,000 for whiplash claims only (15 March 2017)

 

There are plans for fixed tariffs to be introduced to cap whiplash claims. Whilst there has been no decision on figures as of yet, the level of compensation is to be proportionate to the injury as suggested by the MOJ. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon Assembly supports motion to allow more child refugees into Britain (15 March 2017)

 

The London Assembly has agreed a motion calling on the London Mayor Sadiq Khan to pressurise the government into reversing its decision on child refugee numbers and adhere to the Dublin convention in the name of Humanity. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£2,500 penalty for noise nuisance from pub DJ (15 March 2017)

 

Brent Council has prosecuted the owner of gastro pub in Kensal Green, northwest London, after neighbours experienced noise from music that was so loud their plates and crockery rattled on shelving. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsChief Inspector of Hospitals describes NHS as standing on a “burning platform” (14 March 2017)

 

Chief Inspector of Hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards has warned that safety is not good enough at four out of five hospital trusts in England. He described the NHS as standing on a “burning platform” following a review carried out by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSwansea Council trials free childcare in seven communities from September (14 March 2017)

 

Swansea Council has announced that seven communities in Swansea have been chosen for a free childcare trial, with families set to benefit from 30 hours a week of free early years education and childcare, under a pilot programme that could be extended city-wide. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£12,000-worth of illegal tobacco seized from van, as retailers change tactics to conceal tobacco stashes (14 March 2017)

 

Trading Standards officers in Newcastle upon Tyne have seized illegal tobacco products worth more than £12,000 from a vehicle parked yards from a shop Trading Standards had searched the previous day. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCardiff Council offers support to tenants struggling with Bedroom Tax (14 March 2017)

 

The City of Cardiff Council has re-affirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBarnsley Council takes action against child sexual exploitation to mark CSE Awareness Week (14 March 2017)

 

Barnsley Council has announced that it is teaming up with Sheffield Futures and Barnardos to talk to town centre businesses and Barnsley residents about child sexual exploitation (CSE) during national CSE Awareness Week . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBirmingham’s first private rental sector council housing project “well underway” (14 March 2017)

 

Birmingham City Council says that the first housing project to be developed for the private rental sector by its wholly-owned company – Inreach Birmingham Limited (Inreach) – are now well underway and prospective tenants are applying to rent the apartments. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFemale mental health patients more likely to experience facedown restraint (14 March 2017)

 

New figures from Agenda – the alliance for women and girls at risk – show that vulnerable women and girls are being repeatedly restrained in the facedown position in mental health units. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFailings identified in police handling of Tower Hamlets fraud allegations during 2014 Mayoral election (13 March 2017)

 

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has published its findings and recommendations regarding allegations of fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets before and during the 2014 Mayoral election. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£18,500 penalty for unlicensed HMO landlady who put tenants at risk (13 March 2017)

 

Barnet Council in Greater London has prosecuted an unlicensed HMO landlady, who put her tenants at risk from inadequate fire safety measures and a partially collapsed kitchen ceiling. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHotel company directors disqualified for manipulating accounts (13 March 2017)

 

The directors of several hotel companies have been disqualified after an Insolvency Service investigation found they had manipulated accounts. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£105,000 fine after worker is paralysed in fall from height (13 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction company, after a worker was left paralysed following an accident at a building site. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBedfordshire launches new-look domestic abuse support website (13 March 2017)

 

Bedford Borough Council has launched a new-look domestic violence website, with a more user-friendly interface. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCornwall Council receives £17.06m from New Homes Bonus scheme (13 March 2017)

 

Cornwall Council has been allocated £17.06 million from the recently announced New Homes Bonus allocations for 2017-2018 – the second-highest allocation in the country under the government’s New Homes Bonus scheme. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBath & North East Somerset Council considers best way to commission children’s services (13 March 2017)

 

Bath & North East Somerset Council says it is currently exploring the best way to commission its Children’s Centre services as efficiently as possible, to ensure that the service is sustainable in the future. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNorthumbria Police charge seven for drugs offences involving “lethal highs” and Class A drugs (13 March 2017)

 

Northumbria Police have charged seven people with drugs offences, in a crackdown on drug supply in Newcastle city centre. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£615,000 penalty after worker sustains serious burn injuries following electrocution (13 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an Oxford-based company, after a worker sustained serious burns following electrocution from contact with a live underground cable. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHospital cuts being planned across England (13 March 2017)

 

A recent BBC analysis of local plans has found that nearly two thirds of hospital services in England could be cut or scaled back. The NHS proposals, which are sustainability and transformation plans, have been made as part of a national programme to transform the health services and cut costs in 44 areas. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCrown Censure for MoD after agency driver is killed in vehicle accident (10 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with a Crown Censure after an agency driver working for the MoD was killed in an accident involving a reversing vehicle. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSpring Budget’s extra funding for social care and A&E GPs “will benefit metal health patients” (10 March 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2017, welcoming additional funding which the charity says will benefit mental health patients. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail term for persistent domestic abuse offender (10 March 2017)

 

Hull Crown Court has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order, putting his former partner in fear of violence, assault by beating and dangerous driving. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFamily taking legal action after a woman died as the result of an error during routine heart surgery (10 March 2017)

 

It is reported that Sheila Hynes, a 71 year old grandmother and great-grandmother, died as the result of massive internal bleeding during what should have been a routine operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£38,000 penalty for fisheries offences (10 March 2017)

 

A vessel master and owner have been prosecuted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for persistent fisheries offences. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHomelessness charities are reporting non-UK rough sleepers to the Home Office, resulting in their removal from the UK (10 March 2017)

 

In London, more than 50% of rough sleepers are not from the UK and last May the Home Office circulated a new guidance on removing rough sleepers who are not UK nationals . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUnderstaffing in care homes leading to patient negligence (10 March 2017)

 

A care home in Leeds was forced to close its nursing wing last month due to a shortage of staff, and last August, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported that a care home in Derbyshire was so short-staffed that residents resorted to caring for each other. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSurgeon facing charges for wounding with intent (10 March 2017)

 

It is alleged that Judith Conduit, 47, was falsely diagnosed with Dercum’s disease in 2001 and told she would have to have a bilateral mastectomy. She subsequently had to return to hospital 94 times over the course of a year due to post-operative complications. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThe Department for Communities and Local Government warned against using misleading homelessness data (10 March 2017)

 

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been told to refrain from using potentially misleading data by the UK Statistics Authority, and warned that the UK Statistics Authority will be monitoring future statements made by the DCLG on the issue of homelessness. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsChancellor announces extra £20m funding to help domestic violence victims (9 March 2017)

 

The Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2017 has set out plans to increase funding to help protect victims of domestic violence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSpring Budget announces measures to crack down on business crime and benefit fraud (9 March 2017)

 

The government has announced a number of measures in the Spring Budget 2017 to combat tax avoidance, financial fraud and benefit fraud and errors. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for gang members who carried out £1.7m carbon credit investment fraud (9 March 2017)

 

A cold call gang which defrauded victims of £1.7 million has been jailed by Southwark Crown Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsChancellor increases social care and NHS funding with more GPs in A&E departments (9 March 2017)

 

The government’s Spring Budget 2017 has announced more funding for social care and to ease pressures in A&E departments in the Spring Budget 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsImmigration Income Barrier ruled as Legal (8 March 2017)

 

The long awaited judgement in the Supreme Court case of MM & Others in relation to the minimum income requirement (MIR) for partner/spouses was handed down on 22 February 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon Mayor’s concern short-term lettings in London may impact on capital’s housing market (8 March 2017)

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on short-term online letting agents to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts from renting out homes in the capital for more than 90 days. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRemoval of the Five Year Limit for Domestic Violence Claims is a Victory for Victims of Domestic Abuse (8 March 2017)

 

The news today that the Government are scrapping time limits for obtaining appropriate written evidence of domestic abuse victims is a victory for all those who have been victims of domestic abuse. This will go a long way in ensuring that vulnerable persons are eligible for legal aid, particularly in cases involving children in which a period of time has passed since incidents of domestic abuse. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£600,000 fine for London company, after worker dies in lift shaft fall (8 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured after falling six storeys through a lift shaft. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£200,000 penalty after waste firm causes odour at Leeds and Bradford sites (8 March 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a waste firm for causing persistent odour at its sites in Bradford and Leeds. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind may mount legal challenge to government’s changes to PIP for mental health patients (8 March 2017)

 

Mental Health charity Mind has responded to government changes in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), saying that the changes “call into question” the government’s commitment to treating mental health on a par with physical health. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£372,000 in fines, after four Somerset estate agents admit to price fixing (8 March 2017)

 

An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that four Somerset estate agents colluded to set minimum commission rates for residential property sales at 1.5%, with a view to denying local homeowners selling their properties the chance of securing a better deal. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCouncils urged to share views of co-operative and community-led housing (8 March 2017)

 

Councils are being urged to share their views and experiences of co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH) by a local government network, in order to identify additional ways of tackling the housing crisis. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRemoval of the Five Year Limit for Domestic Violence Claims is a Victory for Victims of Domestic Abuse (8 March 2017)

 

The news today that the Government are scrapping time limits for obtaining appropriate written evidence of domestic abuse victims is a victory for all those who have been victims of domestic abuse. This will go a long way in ensuring that vulnerable persons are eligible for legal aid, particularly in cases involving children in which a period of time has passed since incidents of domestic abuse. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£3,000 penalty for selling produce falling below minimum quality standards (7 March 2017)

 

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has prosecuted a fresh produce retailer from Newcastle, following an investigation by Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCompany director disqualified for seven years, after failing to deliver up company accounts to the Liquidator (7 March 2017)

 

A company director has been disqualified for seven years after an investigation found he had breached his statutory obligation to co-operate with the Liquidator and deliver the company’s accounting records. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCQC to prosecute Southern Health over alleged failure to protect patients at risk (7 March 2017)

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will be prosecuted over an alleged failure to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to a patient – and other patients being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBrent Council launches scheme to help those with mental health conditions find employment (7 March 2017)

 

Brent Council has launched a pilot service to give employment support to those with common mental health problems. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£280,000 penalty after butler suffers fatal crush injuries in lift accident (7 March 2017)

 

The operators of one of Britain’s most iconic stately homes have been prosecuted and sentenced, after a butler was crushed to death in a lift accident. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News90% of children now living with a working adult as the number of parents out of work falls (7 March 2017)

 

Figures from the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) show there has been a rise in the number of working households, with around nine in ten children living with at least one working adult. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew analysis finds London employment market tends to attract skilled migrants (7 March 2017)

 

PwC and London First have published a first-of-its-kind analysis of the role of migration on London’s economy – Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSpinal cord injury; What is it and key steps to be taken. (7 March 2017)

 

The spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs down the middle of a person’s back. It carries signals back and forth between the body and brain. The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCanterbury City Council leads successful bid for £70,000 funding for victims of domestic abuse (6 March 2017)

 

Canterbury City Council has announced that more support will be available for victims of domestic abuse in east Kent, following a successful bid for £70,000 of government funding. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsImmigration procedures for children and young people “not child friendly” – and lack of Legal Aid may place them at risk (6 March 2017)

 

The Migrant and Refugee Children's Legal Unit (MiCLU) says that undocumented children are falling through bureaucratic, legislative and systemic cracks because the immigration system is not child friendly. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£7,000 penalty for landscaping company after 16-year-old loses finger while unsupervised (6 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a landscaping company for failing to properly train and supervise work on a dangerous machine, which led to a teenage boy on work experience having his little finger amputated while working unsupervised on a log splitter. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£45,000 penalty, after woman dies from food poisoning following pub meal (6 March 2017)

 

Cornwall Council Environmental Health Officers have prosecuted a food company, after an elderly woman died from symptoms of food poisoning after consuming unfit food. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGovernment proposals on making anonymous registration scheme more accessible to domestic violence survivors (6 March 2017)

 

Minister for the Constitution Chris Skidmore has published new proposals that will make the anonymous registration scheme in England and Wales more accessible to those escaping domestic abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCBI calls for “honest debate” about immigration and how skills gaps will be closed when UK leaves EU (6 March 2017)

 

CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn has called for an honest debate about immigration as the UK leaves the EU. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsContractor fined for putting himself and others at risk of asbestosis (6 March 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bedfordshire-based contractor who failed to carry out suitable assessment of asbestos removal work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGuilty plea for man who committed rape on his wedding day (6 March 2017)

 

A man who committed rape on his wedding day has pleaded guilty, after submitting his victim to a two-hour ordeal before marrying his long-time girlfriend. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh Assembly announces £1m funding to help care leavers become independent (3 March 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced funding of £1 million to local authorities across Wales to help young people who have been through the care system.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentences for directors of building companies which supplied inadequate work (3 March 2017)

 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has prosecuted two builders who supplied inadequate work to customers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPolice to publish data on use of Tasers (3 March 2017)

 

The Home Secretary has announced that police forces will be required to collect and publish detailed data on all their use of force – including the use of Tasers – from April. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£5,600 in penalties for illegal fishing in Staffordshire (2 March 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted eight anglers for illegal fishing in Staffordshire, after they were found fishing without a rod licence by Environment Agency officers on regular patrols. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEEA doctors working in NHS feel insecure about immigration status following Brexit vote (2 March 2017)

 

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said that as it stands 25% of NHS doctors are from overseas and the government, the NHS and the public need to value and support all NHS staff, wherever they are from. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDirectors disqualified for total of 43 years after £1m VERs investment “scam” (2 March 2017)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in three directors of a carbon credit trading company being disqualified for a total of 43 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMore GP surgeries in Wales offering extended hours appointments on weekdays (2 March 2017)

 

The Welsh government has announced that new figures show that more GP practices in Wales are open between 8am and 6.30pm during the week and more early morning and evening appointments are being made available.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News27-year jail term for “predatory” sex offender (2 March 2017)

 

Teesside Crown Court has jailed a sex offender who carried out attacks on four women and girls over a period of more than 30 years, to 27 years' imprisonment. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsConcern among Londoners over lack of housing at “highest recorded level” (2 March 2017)

 

The London Assembly has found that concern over housing among Londoners is at its highest recorded level, with 37% of Londoners citing it as one of the most important issues facing the country. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£1m fine for DFS after employee sustains serious injuries in work accident (2 March 2017)

 

Furniture company DFS Trading Limited has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after safety failings led to a worker sustaining serious neck and head injuries. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSouthwest councils win funding for more children’s social workers (2 March 2017)

 

Somerset County Council has announced that is has led a partnership of southwest local authorities in a successful bid for government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew penalties for driving while using a mobile phone (1 March 2017)

 

The Department for Transport has announced that motorists using a mobile phone while driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew figures show spike in London’s suicide rate (1 March 2017)

 

New figures from the London Assembly Health Committee show that, every week, an average of 14 Londoners choose to end their own lives. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLincolnshire Trading Standards issues warning over cold callers selling fake memory foam mattresses (1 March 2017)

 

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning householders to be aware that fake memory foam mattresses are being sold door-to-door in Lincolnshire. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFive found guilty in 7.5 million mile “car clocking” fraud (1 March 2017)

 

A Trading Standards investigation has led to five individuals being convicted of operating a widespread system of clocking cars in their possession. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProsecution for landlord who breached prohibition order for poor condition of rental property (1 March 2017)

 

Peterborough City Council has prosecuted a landlord for breaching a prohibition order preventing him letting accommodation that had been found dangerous by the council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail sentence and disqualification for rogue trader who defrauded customers of £9,500 (1 March 2017)

 

A rogue trader from Manchester has been jailed for fraud, after customers in Oldham and surrounding areas complained to Trading Standards that kitchen components they had paid for were neither supplied nor fitted, or were found to be defective. Read more...