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Shaw Report on Immigration Detention: A Review (21 August 2018)

Patrick Page, senior caseworker in the Duncan Lewis’ Harrow Public Law Team, and editor of No Walls, takes a look at some of the salient aspects of Shaw 2.0, rounding off with an assessment of the statement made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid which accompanied the report’s release.   Read more...

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Legal Aid ‘deserts’ making access to justice increasingly more complex (20 July 2018)

The Ministry of Justice has promised to review the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, after recent pressure from MPs and peers who have identified numerous legal aid ‘deserts’. An issue solicitors at Duncan Lewis have already identified as a concern and acted upon for some time.   Read more...

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Government spent £52m on deportation flights to the Caribbean prior to Windrush scandal (29 June 2018)

According to figures provided by immigration minister Caroline Nokes, nearly 1000 flights were booked to deport people to the Caribbean between 2015 and 2017 before they were halted in the wake of the Windrush scandal.   Read more...

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Anti-abortion protests to be reviewed by Home Office (7 December 2017)

The Home Office has announced that it will be assessing the protests held by anti-abortion campaigners outside abortion clinics, following concerns that their actions are harassing women seeking advice and treatment.  Read more...

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Terminally ill man wins the right to bring a High Court challenge over right-to-die law (18 April 2017)

Noel Conway, a retired college lecturer with motor neuron disease, has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying  Read more...

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Parents lose battle to keep their baby on life support (13 April 2017)

A High Court Judge has ruled that doctors can withdraw life support from a baby with a rare genetic condition and brain damage against his parents’ wishes  Read more...

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A Practical Guide: IMCA and RPR Obligations and how they differ (28 February 2017)

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 ensures that people who lack the mental capacity to make specific important decisions must have a party to do so on their behalf. This could be a Relevant Persons Representative (RPR), or an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)  Read more...

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Public 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...

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UK 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...


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