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  • Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training
    A London chambers has made it compulsory for all members to attend “anti-oppression” sessions covering the range of protected characteristics. The post Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • Name of whiplash portal revealed as registration opens
    The name for the new whiplash portal was released yesterday as registration formally opened, amid warnings from insurance lawyers that motor fraud is moving into other areas. The post Name of whiplash portal revealed as registration opens appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • “Disorganised” housing solicitor fined £25,000
    A “disorganised” legal aid lawyer who said he wanted “to direct his time and focus to the legal work” of his practice has been fined £25,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The post “Disorganised” housing solicitor fined £25,000 appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • Law Society: Legal services productivity on the rise
    Productivity in the legal services sector rose by 17% in the five years from 2013 to 2018, a report by accountants KPMG for the Law Society has found. The post Law Society: Legal services productivity on the rise appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • LSB launches continuing competence inquiry
    The Legal Services Board has launched a call for evidence on continuing competence, the first stage in a promised review of the issue that could lead to periodic checks on lawyers’ fitness to practise. The post LSB launches continuing competence inquiry appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • Solicitor who “completely lost control” is suspended
    A solicitor who admitted that he had “lost control of events completely” in the final months of his firm - due to his “ineptitude and incompetence” - has been suspended for two years. The post Solicitor who “completely lost control” is suspended appeared first on Legal Futures.

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  • Knife crime at record high as overall charge rate falls
    Labour says decline in suspects being charged or summonsed is ‘indictment’ of Tory cutsThe proportion of recorded crimes in England and Wales that resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed to court has fallen again, figures reveal, as knife crime surges to a record high.In the year to March 2019, 7.8% of all recorded […]
  • UN's top court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide
    Momentous pronouncement at Hague rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence of her country’s militaryMyanmar has been ordered by the United Nations’ highest court to prevent genocidal violence against its Rohingya Muslim minority and preserve evidence of past attacks.In a momentous and unanimous decision, the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague ordered Myanmar to […]
  • What my attacker’s conviction taught me about taking on the far right | Owen Jones
    He may go to jail, but what will be achieved? We need to look elsewhere for an answer to the growing fascist menaceHow do you cure a problem like violent far-right extremism? It was a thought that danced around my head last Friday as I sat in court 3 of suburban east London’s Snaresbrook crown […]
  • Call for family judge training after 'outdated comments' on rape
    Judge was criticised for finding woman was not raped because she took ‘no physical steps’ to stop manFamily court judges could get training on the “appropriate” way to deal with sex assault allegations after a woman complained about a judge’s “outdated views” on the definition of rape.The woman has won an appeal after arguing Robin […]
  • Domestic abuse cases abandoned too quickly when victims retreat – study
    Lack of police resources cited as reason for not gathering other evidence, say inspectoratesPolice and prosecutors are dropping domestic abuse cases far too readily when victims become reluctant to pursue complaints against often violent partners, an official inspectorate report has warned.Lack of police resources is the excuse commonly given for discontinuing investigations, even where there […]
  • Courtrooms lie empty as trial delays increase, say barristers
    Backlog caused by government cuts ‘undermining access to justice’ in criminal courtsCourtrooms are “lying empty” and judges are being prevented from presiding over trials while the backlog of criminal cases grows longer due to government cuts, according to a report by barristers in the west of England.The number of sitting days on the Western Circuit […]