Disclosing criminal convictions at work.

Many convictions are irrelevant or so past there rehabilitation period to be of no practical use. For this reason the CIPD have issued guidelines for employers. https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/recruitment/pre-employment-checks-factsheet http://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/may/09/childhood-crimes-over-30-years-ago-show-dbs-checks-study

Have your say. Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation inquiry – UK Parliament

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation — Read on http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/dangerous-dogs-breed-specific-legislation–17-19/

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.’

Draft Regulatory Action Policy | ICO — Read on ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/ico-and-stakeholder-consultations/draft-regulatory-action-policy/

Is it time to extend FoI requests to suppliers of services to Local Authorities?

In its latest report, The Continuing Importance of Ethical Standards for Public Service Providers, the CSPL said there had been little real progress on measures to enforce ethical standards in outsourced public services.

Interesting case that has potential ramifications beyond the court. Security guard did not have authority to accept [court] informations ruled Admin Court

Local Government Lawyer – Security guard did not have authority to accept informations: Admin Court — Read on http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

Pair were shadow directors but didn’t breach duties, says court

LEGAL UPDATE: Two men were shadow directors of an insolvent property development company and so did owe the company fiduciary duties but their behaviour did not breach those duties, the High Court in England has ruled. “The judge said that it was clear that de facto directors had the same duties as regular directors andContinue reading “Pair were shadow directors but didn’t breach duties, says court”

Man “forced” to leave council house in Laindon hours after his partner of 10 years, lost her battle with cancer. Unfair, definitely.

A DAD whose fiancée died the day before they were due to get married claims he was “forced” to leave his council home hours after her death. — Read on http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/16197554.Man__forced__to_leave_council_house_hours_after_fiance_s_death/

Tough reading, a persoective: “Britain: The Empire that Never Was”

“Why Brexit is the culmination of a British national project which weaponises imperial amnesia and nostalgia. Brexit sold the country a dream; ostensibly a project built on anti-migrant sentiment, it also invoked delusions of grandeur, rooted in reanimating the glorious days of imperial rule and global British” You can see where this is coming from,Continue reading “Tough reading, a persoective: “Britain: The Empire that Never Was””

Employment tribunals face ‘months’ of delay, lawyers claim – good time to mediate

Employment Lawyers Associaiton writes to president of the employment tribunals over ‘intense strain’. — Read on http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/employment-tribunals-face-months-of-delay-lawyers-claim-/5065834.article

The happy ending for this family does not help the thousands of other UK-born children whose pardon might not have British citizenship

Had the appeal been entertained, it would have determined whether children born in the UK but without British citizenship count as “persons from abroad” for the purposes of section 185 of the Housing Act 1996. — Read on http://www.freemovement.org.uk/case-on-housing-rights-of-uk-born-children-dismissed-as-academic/

Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles

The Guardian today reports that lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation. In my experience as a mediator, this is very true but not just for couples divorcing but forContinue reading “Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles”

Good news for those appealing conviction arising from the Magistrates’ Court

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have worked very hard: 133 new Recorders being appointed & taking office with effect from 4 April 2018. “It is anticipated that more appointments will be announced in the coming months.” Why is this significant? Recorders often sit with two Magistrates listening to appeals from the lower court (Magistrates’ Court).Continue reading “Good news for those appealing conviction arising from the Magistrates’ Court”

The Probate Service is now accepting online applications (no more need for intermediaries)

The Probate Service is now accepting online applications from personal applicants based on the criteria below: 1 applications where up to 4 executors are applying 2 there is an original will available even if the person who died made up to 4 changes to that will (these changes are known as codicils) 3 the personContinue reading “The Probate Service is now accepting online applications (no more need for intermediaries)”

Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored

There is no such thing as a typical grievance – each one’s different and this means that it’s far more difficult for employers to make plans in advance. However, there are underlying themes to any grievance and one of the most important is confidentiality. Grievance procedures involve matters that, whilst relatively ro — Read onContinue reading “Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored”

Appeal against the refusal on the part of the ET to grant a witness order. Appeal allowed.

The Claimant claimed that the reason for his dismissal was not, as the Respondent said, because his performance was unsatisfactory, but because of the racial dislike of the Claimant on the part of his line manager. The line manager no longer worked for the Respondent but had been in communication with them concerning his partContinue reading “Appeal against the refusal on the part of the ET to grant a witness order. Appeal allowed.”

Potentially defective divorce petitions/decrees (and a note on the future of online divorce)

Information about the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of England and Wales. Read the latest judgments, news and speeches. — Read on http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/publications/defective-divorce-petitions-decrees/

“Children don’t appreciate they are in court, not on a computer game” | Penelope Gibbs | LinkedIn

“Children don’t appreciate they are in court, not on a computer game” | Penelope Gibbs | LinkedIn — Read on http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/children-dont-appreciate-court-computer-game-penelope-gibbs/

Man who lost job over immigration status has right to be in UK confirmed | UK news | The Guardian

Case of Michael Braithwaite, who has lived in UK since 1961, was expedited after media exposure — Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/18/michael-braithwaite-man-who-lost-job-over-immigration-status-has-right-to-be-in-uk-confirmed

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog — Read on blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/enquire/2018/04/17/systemic-violence-wanted-unwanted-migrant-workers-urban-night/

In Defence of the Lay Bench. – MINTED LAW

“You. Yes You. Don’t drink from that. This is not a Public House”. It was a London District Judge at Bexley. (A DJ – a professional not a lay magistrate). Startled I looked around to find the beer swilling/cider drinking miscreant. But there was none to find. I suddenly realised that the offender… — ReadContinue reading “In Defence of the Lay Bench. – MINTED LAW”

Tell us why you think young people in Britain are so unhappy | Society | The Guardian. Get it off your chest…..

With research saying that the happiness of young Brits has never been lower we’d like to hear what you think — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/06/tell-us-why-you-think-young-people-in-britain-are-so-unhappy

Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society | UK news | The Guardian

Study finds low-income families cannot afford representation due to freeze in means test threshold — Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/20/poorest-priced-out-of-justice-by-legal-aid-rules-says-law-society