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Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsChange to car booster seats and cushions “better for the safety of younger children” (23 February 2017)

 

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that existing child booster seats and cushions for cars are not affected by new rules, which came into force 9 February 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLive-in partner convicted of murder of children’s author (23 February 2017)

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has called Ian Stewart’s attempts to disguise the murder of his partner, author Helen Bailey, “cynical and deceitful”. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProposal to rate mental health trusts on use of financial resources “may undermine quality of care delivered” (23 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a consultation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement on their proposals to change how they rate a trust based on the use of financial resources. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPrisons and Courts Bill published (23 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled the Prisons and Courts Bill, which the government says paves the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation and the delivery of a world-class court system. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPublic Authority Obligations in Medical Treatment cases (23 February 2017)

 

A person is in state detention if he or she is compulsorily detained by a public authority. The Queen, on the Application of Ferreira [2015] EWHC 2990 considered deprivation of liberty as a result of medical treatment. Section 5 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 enables a hospital to give treatment to a person’s lacking capacity to consent to it where the treatment is in the patient’s best interests. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCarbon credit company directors disqualified for misrepresentation (22 February 2017)

 

An investigation by the Insolvency Service has led to four directors of the carbon credit investment company World Future Limited being disqualified for a total of 42-and-a-half years for misselling. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPublic policy can impact positively on parenting, says new report (22 February 2017)

 

New research by the Social Mobility Commission has found that public policy can have an impact on parenting behaviour and achieve positive outcomes for children – but there is currently a lack of evidence regarding the measures that work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£678,500 penalty after worker dies from head injury after fall from height (22 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a London bus company, after a worker suffered fatal head injuries after falling from a ladder. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind calls for review of benefits sanctions which “impact negatively” on mental health patients (22 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a government report recognising the negative impact that benefit sanctions have on people suffering from mental illness. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSettlement conferences in public law children cases - realistic? (21 February 2017)

 

A pilot scheme took place between June and October 2016 in selected courts across the UK, introducing the concept of ‘settlement conferences’ in both public and private law child matters and testing their use and effectiveness over these 5 months. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for roofing contractor, after worker dies in fall (21 February 2017)

 

A self-employed businessman has been prosecuted, after his employee fell from the flat roof of a building and died from his injuries. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsYouth Rehabilitation Order for teenager convicted under Explosive Substances Act (21 February 2017)

 

A 17-year-old convicted of making explosives contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 at Leeds Crown Court in January has been sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDay service for mental health patients in Reading saved (21 February 2017)

 

A day service for mental health patients in Reading has been saved after the council and its partner Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) met to discuss options for the continuation of the service. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFilm company directors disqualified for total of 22-and-a-half years after misleading investors (21 February 2017)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has resulted in three directors of international film company Handmade Films being disqualified for a total of 22-and-a-half years, after a judge found that investors had been misled. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News15-year bankruptcy restriction order for director who traded whilst an undischarged bankrupt (20 February 2017)

 

A former financial adviser has been handed a 15-year bankruptcy restriction order – the maximum limit – for trading while an undischarged bankrupt. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsClaimants of Housing Benefit locked out of the rental market (20 February 2017)

 

Tenants who are claiming housing benefits are finding it difficult to find rented accommodation as landlords are increasingly operating a no DSS claimant (housing benefit) policy. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHillingdon Council praised for SEND services by Ofsted and CQC (20 February 2017)

 

Hillingdon Council has been praised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for its work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMerseyside road safety initiative leads to 320 road traffic offences being enforced (20 February 2017)

 

Merseyside Council has said that its latest road safety enforcement operations and engagement events have resulted in 320 road traffic offences being enforced. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsArrests made after Newcastle City Council cracks down on loan sharks and money laundering (20 February 2017)

 

Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards Department and Northumbria Police have executed warrants at two home addresses in a crackdown on loan sharks. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPublic support for suspending Right to Buy in Wales (20 February 2017)

 

Cardiff Council is considering an application by the Welsh Assembly to suspend Right to Buy. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCab driver prosecuted for invalidating insurance and over-charging (20 February 2017)

 

Spelthorne Council in Surrey has prosecuted a taxi driver who overcharged six vulnerable adults and invalidated his insurance by accepting six passengers, when his vehicle was only licensed to take five. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOverseas students at Durham University’s International Study Centre are welcomed by Stockton Council (20 February 2017)

 

Stockton Council on Teesside has said that Durham University’s decision to open a new International Study Centre (ISC) in Stockton-on-Tees is a “great boost” for the borough. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFour-year jail sentence for rogue trader convicted of fraud offences (20 February 2017)

 

Herefordshire Council’s environmental health and trading standards service has prosecuted a local rogue trader who offered fake 50% discounts in local publications and falsely claimed to hold a Trustmark accreditation. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKent launches consultation on proposed Mental Health Promoting Independence Service (20 February 2017)

 

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a six-week consultation to hear the public’s views on the proposed Mental Health Promoting Independence Service. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWolverhampton Council reminds carers to advise council of private foster care arrangements (20 February 2017)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is reminding the public that people who are caring for someone else's child – or know someone who is – must tell the council about the arrangement. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsIslington Council scraps council tax for care leavers (20 February 2017)

 

Islington Council in north London has announced that it is scrapping council tax for care leavers so that they will not fall into debt. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHounslow Council still supports Dubs Amendment to bring refugee children to Britain (20 February 2017)

 

Hounslow Council has said it supports other London councils’ responses to the government’s decision to suspend the Dubs Amendment under which unaccompanied refugee children were allowed into Britain. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsProving Facts in Defended Divorce Proceedings (17 February 2017)

 

Tini Owens recently made headlines in the UK press following her Valentine’s Day hearing in the Court of Appeal fighting against an Oxford judge’s refusal to grant her divorce. Mrs Owens’ case is one of few divorces which was defended in recent years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for Bedford man who offered unregulated immigration advice (17 February 2017)

 

A Bedford man has been prosecuted for giving illegal immigration advice after his regulation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) expired. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence and £12,700 penalty for carrying out illegal gas work on boilers (17 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unregistered gas worker who carried out work on a number of boilers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew figures show increase in reports of domestic violence against men (17 February 2017)

 

New figures from the Mankind Initiative – a charity for men escaping domestic violence – show that the difference in numbers between incidents of domestic abuse for men and women is at its lowest since March 2005. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDirectors of restaurant banned for six years for employing illegal workers (16 February 2017)

 

The directors of a restaurant in Kingston, Surrey, have been disqualified from running a company for six years, after they were found to be employing illegal workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£60,000 penalty for recycling firm, after worker is crushed in roller shutter door (16 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a recycling firm, after a worker suffered crush injuries from a roller shutter door.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for motorist guilty of causing death by dangerous driving (15 February 2017)

 

A driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving has been jailed for three years and eight months, after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of 24-year-old Ian Wemyss by dangerous driving along the A49 in Herefordshire on 6 November 2015. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDirector of Indian restaurant banned for seven years for employing illegal workers (15 February 2017)

 

The director of an Indian restaurant in Hampshire has been disqualified for seven years for employing illegal workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsYoung boy receives fatal head injury at Topshop (15 February 2017)

 

A young boy has died following an incident in Topshop at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading. 10 year old Kaden Reddick was shopping with his Aunt when he suffered serious head injuries from a falling display near the tills in the store. The accident was caused by heavy white barriers where customers queue for the till, these tend to contain various accessories and sweets. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for building contractor after unqualified worker dies in fall from height (15 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Manchester building contractor following the death of a casual labourer who fell nearly seven metres through a fragile roof. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPrison reform “about turning people’s lives around” says Justice Secretary (14 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has set out her views on sentencing and the size of the prison population. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEight years extended bankruptcy for Warwickshire man who made false insurance claim (14 February 2017)

 

A Warwickshire man has had his bankruptcy extended for eight years, after he was found to have made a false insurance claim. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh government announces £20m funding to build innovative homes for the future (14 February 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has announced a new programme to deliver innovative models of housing to help increase the number of homes built in Wales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsIslington Council to work on identifying violent behaviour in schoolchildren to break cycle of domestic violence (14 February 2017)

 

Islington Council in north London says that identifying violent behaviour in schoolchildren may help stop the cycle of domestic violence. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News18-month suspended sentence for nurse who gave patient the wrong blood in transfusion (14 February 2017)

 

Southwark Crown Court has handed down a suspended sentence to a nurse who caused the death of a 76-year-old patient by giving him the wrong blood group during a blood transfusion. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind says sanctions for mental health patients will not help them back into work (13 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that the government should postpone cutting disability benefits, after publication of a report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee recommending the postponement. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDown’s Syndrome screening and possible risks (13 February 2017)

 

At the moment in the UK women are offered a ‘combined test’ which includes an ultrasound and a blood test to assess the risk of their baby having Down’s Syndrome.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsFBI meets with Croydon Council to learn from council’s FGM protection strategies (13 February 2017)

 

Members of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have met with Croydon Council’s Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) project team to learn from their work on protecting girls at risk of FGM, as well as improving the psychological and physical health outcomes for those who have been affected.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBristol Council consults on youth services (13 February 2017)

 

Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation on the future of youth services in Bristol. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail sentence for company director after worker sustains serious burns (10 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the director of a South Wales construction company, after he failed to take appropriate action which resulted in a young worker receiving serious burns.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBristol Council approves new youth housing hub to prevent young people being taken into care (10 February 2017)

 

Bristol City Council is to look at new ways of helping young people remain living with their families and resolve housing problems before they reach crisis point. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£59,000 penalty for polluting Worcestershire brook (10 February 2017)

 

An Evesham food processing company has been fined nearly £60,000, after allowing the pollution of a local brook. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew frontline service to reform offenders and cut crime to launch in April (9 February 2017)

 

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced that a new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will be launched in April 2017. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£19,162 penalty for polluting watercourse of special scientific interest (9 February 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a dairy farmer for polluting a protected watercourse. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNHS Wales “Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Plan” to be published in spring (9 February 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has confirmed his commitment to publishing an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Plan for NHS Wales. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon Assembly supports flexible working for parents and carers (9 February 2017)

 

The London Assembly (LA) has unanimously agreed a motion on flexi-working for those with caring commitments – and is calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to share the good practice of the GLA and the benefits that flexible working bring to London’s businesses by ensuring a diverse, skilled workforce.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsChild Maintenance Options “helping more parents to agree on child maintenance payments” (8 February 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that new figures show that thousands of children are benefiting from their separated parents working together on child maintenance arrangements, with the parents of more than 15,900 children having set up family-based arrangements for paying child maintenance after receiving information and support from Child Maintenance Options.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for rogue trader who defrauded bedridden client of £6,000 (8 February 2017)

 

Nottingham Crown Court has handed down a suspended jail sentence to a rogue handyman who defrauded a bedridden pensioner out of thousands of pounds for work he said he had carried out when he had not. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£8,000 penalty after worker develops hand-arm vibration injury at work (8 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a ground engineering company, after a worker contracted severe hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMental Health ‘epidemic’ in UK Prison system (8 February 2017)

 

It is apparent that the issue of poor mental health staffing levels in prisons across the UK has become a regular feature in the news of recent weeks. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News“Comprehensive and co-ordinated approach” needed to tackle the issue of migration to Europe (8 February 2017)

 

The Prime Minister has told a summit of the European Council in Malta that a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach is needed to the issue of migrants trying to reach Europe to escape civil war in their own countries.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWindsor and Maidenhead committed to protecting services for drug and alcohol users (6 February 2017)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has announced that it is committed to protecting and investing in services for residents with drug and alcohol problems.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPraise for Hampshire’s multi-agency approach to safeguarding children from domestic abuse (6 February 2017)

 

Inspectors have praised the efforts of Hampshire County Council and its partners in Hampshire for the “robust” way they are keeping children across the county protected from abuse and neglect at home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTata Steel UK to pay £73,000 for water pollution breach (6 February 2017)

 

The Environment Agency has announced that Tata Steel UK Ltd has agreed to pay £73,000 towards improving the Bottesford Beck, following a pollution incident near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsAct FAST stroke awareness campaign launched (6 February 2017)

 

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its Act FAST stroke awareness campaign, to remind people of the main symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 999 immediately. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNewcastle Trading Standards seize illegal tobacco and cigarettes worth £10,000 (6 February 2017)

 

Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards Team have raided a shop in Byker, after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public that illegal cigarettes were being sold from the premises . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon Mayor to put female offending at heart of policing strategy (6 February 2017)

 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he is to put tackling female offending at the heart of his policing strategy and will invest £500,000 in improved services to support women at risk of re-offending. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK announces £30.3m fund to help protect vulnerable refugees and prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking (6 February 2017)

 

The UK Government and Department for International Development are stepping up their work to protect women and girls from trafficking and provide winter care for vulnerable refugees . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£42,000 penalty after engineering worker suffers life changing injury after being struck on head (6 February 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering firm for safety breaches, after a worker suffered life changing injuries. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsParents “locked out of the workplace” by rising costs and deposits for nursery places, says London Mayor (6 February 2017)

 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on employers across the capital to help make childcare more accessible for working families, as figures show parents are being “locked out of the workplace” by rising costs and expensive upfront deposits for nursery places.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMoD confirms Britain’s co-operation with Egypt over counter-terrorism (3 February 2017)

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach have reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to tackle regional security threats alongside Egypt. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKent mattress recycler prosecuted for failing to comply with relevant waste exemptions (3 February 2017)

 

The operator of a Kent recycling site – which recycles mattresses and beds – has been found guilty for failing to comply with relevant waste exemptions. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThe Dangers of Occupational Asthma (3 February 2017)

 

Occupational asthma could be caused by inhaling certain substances in the course of your work. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDfT announces changes to child booster seats will not affect existing seats (3 February 2017)

 

The government has announced that existing child car booster seats will not be affected by new rules coming into force on 1 March.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHartlepool Trading Standards warns of iTune vouchers telephone payment fraud (2 February 2017)

 

Hartlepool Council Trading Standards Officers are warning the public about the dangers of unsolicited phone calls, after one local resident lost several thousands of pounds to a telephone fraudster.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsUK watchdogs have warned that current protocol regarding migrant nurses is putting the public at risk as sufficient checks are not being carried out to ensure medical competence and thus protect patient safety (2 February 2017)

 

The number of nurses coming into Britain has nearly tripled since 2011, however due to an EU directive to support freedom of movement only nurses coming to the UK from outside the EU are required to complete competency-based tests. Currently, nurses and midwives from Europe are being automatically registered as safe to work without any checks, even in cases where they have not practised in years. Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons stated that “EU rules forced the health service to accept lower standards”. Ministers are being urged by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to use the Brexit process to readdress the safety risks and propose ways of testing nurses’ skills, regardless of where they are coming from. This comes ahead of a Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday during which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be questioned about the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLondon Assembly Transport Committee meeting to discuss bus safety (2 February 2017)

 

The London Assembly Transport Committee is to debate the safety of buses on Thursday (02/01/17), after new figures show that the safety of buses has deteriorated over the last year. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWho Do You Think You Are? How Ambiguity Surrounding Employment Status Can Affect Employment Rights (2 February 2017)

 

Employment status is central to the exercise of employment rights. How an individual is categorised affects the rights that an individual can assert and the remedies that can be sought. The different types of status that exist – “employee”, “worker” and “self-employed” – creates confusion and uncertainty on both sides of the relationship. The lack of clear statutory definition for each category only reinforces this ambiguity. The status of “employee” provides the greatest statutory rights. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£84m in compensation paid out through Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (1 February 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that more than £84 million in compensation has been awarded as part of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail time for Judge and Assistant convicted of £1m Fraud (1 February 2017)

 

A former district judge and his assistant who defrauded nearly £1 million from clients at their law firm have been jailed at Southwark Crown Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPolicing and Crime Bill receives Royal Assent (1 February 2017)

 

The Home Office has announced that the Policing and Crime Bill received Royal Assent on 31st January 2017. The government says the Policing and Crime Act 2017 will enhance the democratic accountability of police and fire and rescue services. Additionally it will improve the effectiveness of emergency services through closer collaboration and building public confidence in policing. Read more...