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Leigh Day in the news 2014

December 2014

Abuse

Leigh Day lawyers call for the resignation of two members of Theresa May's child abuse panel over threatening emails to victims. The story is reported in The Daily MailObserverGulf MediaBefore it's news.
 
BP/Tate sponsorship

The Tate is ordered to reveal details of its BP sponsorship following a landmark victory by environmental campaigners. Coverage includes pieces in ArtlystThe Guardian  and The Independent.


 
Political broadcasts

ITV is threatened with legal action following its decision to exclude the Green party from an upcoming general election debate. The story is covered by The Guardian and  hereisthecity.com.
 
Surveillance

Leigh Day lawyers call for state protection of confidentiality after UK security services admit spying.  Coverage includes reports in The GuardianThe Global Legal Post and The Scotsman.


November 2014

Employment and discrimination – The Purple Workforce

Leigh Day releases the Purple Workforce, a report into the experiences of people with disabilities in the workplace. The survey revealed that one in five employees with a disability felt they had been unsupported and discriminated against in the workplace. Coverage includes reports by Business JournalHuffington Post,Western Morning News, Liverpool Echo and Glasgow Herald.
 

   


Fracking - Balcombe

A two-day High Court hearing begins in a legal challenge by a Balcombe residents group against Cuadrilla Balcombe Limited. Coverage includes articles in The Courier, Sunday Post, The ArgusEnergy VoiceBBC News and Mid Sussex Times.
 
Intelligence Services – Abdel Hakim Belhaj

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has been told that legally privileged documents between lawyers and their clients may have been targeted by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.  Leigh Day lawyers, who are representing Mr Belhaj, bought a claim to the IPT alleging that privileged material may have been intercepted by the intelligence agencies. Read more about this story in the Daily MailLSGLegal FuturesThe RegisterThe TimesTelesur,  EkklesiaLSG The GuardianBelfast TelegraphThe Lawyer,  RT.comBBC News.

Thalidomide

Leigh Day lodge claims against Grünenthal, the German maker of morning-sickness drug Thalidomide, arguing that new evidence shows the range of deformities caused by the drug was wider than initially believed.  The legal proceedings are issued on behalf of victims who were initially rejected as victims of the morning-sickness drug. The Sunday Times reports the story.

October 2014 

CSA Inquiry

Alison Millar, head of the abuse team at Leigh Day, repeated her calls for head of Child Sex Abuse inquiry Fiona Woolf to step down after drafts of letters between Mrs Woolf and the Home Office emerged.  Fiona Woolf resigned on 31st October over her links to Westminster. Part of the coverage included articles in The Guardian, The Republic, TelegraphHuffington PostDaily Express, Independent, Evening Standard , Telegraph & Argus, Sky News, Daily Mirror, ITV News, Daily Mail, Sunday WorldIslington Tribune and this article in The Guardian about Alison Millar and the firm’s work.
 
Asda - equal pay

The Leigh Day employment team have been approached by over 19,000 people following the announcement that they were taking legal action over equal pay at Asda. Coverage included articles in Retail Week, Fashion United, ITV, BBC News, oneMK, Employee Benefits, Bitter WalletHemsworth Express, The LawyerThe Times. There were over 110 articles and reports on the mass legal action faced by Asda.
 
Colombia - BP

On October 15th Colombian farmers brought their legal fight against BP to High Court and a four month trial began over alleged environmental damage caused by an oil pipeline in Colombia. The news was reported by International Business Times, Vice NewsNew Law JournalFinancial TimesGuardianEnergy Voice, Agencia Prensa RuralBloomberg Business week , E&TEl Espectador.


 
Libya - Abdel Hakim Belhaj

The Court of Appeal on 30 October 2014 ruled that the legal case against the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and a senior MI6 officer, which alleges that they were unlawfully involved in the torture and illegal rendition of a Libyan man and his pregnant wife to Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004, can be heard in an English Court. You can read some of the coverage in Middle East online, Guardian, Vice News, Libya Business InfoGuardian (30 October), Yahoo News, Ekklesia, Independent , BBC News, The Times, Daily MailBloomberg, The Gulf Today and The Guardian. Sapna Malik, Mr Belhaj’s lawyer, was interviewed by BBC News and Al Jazeera.
 

Clinical Negligence - Saatchi Bill

Clinical negligence lawyer Suzanne White was interviewed by Sky News on 20th October to discuss the Saatchi Bill.


September 2014

Personal Injury - Cycling

On 1st September the lorry driver who hit and killed cyclists Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace  in July 2013 was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. The charity cyclists were raising funds for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust. Sally Moore, head of the personal injury team at Leigh Day, represented their widows. The news was covered in Road.ccBBC NewsCambridge NewsThe Times.

Employment – Sports Direct

250 employees of the sportswear retailer, who are represented by Elizabeth George from the employment law team at Leigh Day, are taking legal action against their employer over bonus payments which excluded workers on zero-hour contracts. The IndependentGuardian4TradersCIPDRetail WeekRecruiter, Law on the Web, Bitter Wallet and Drapers all reported the Sports Direct bonus payments story.

Product Liability - Beko

Jill Paterson from the Leigh Day product liability team,  represented the family of Mr Santosh Benjamin at the inquest into his death following a house fire. The fire was caused by a faulty Beko fridge freezer. The verdict was delivered on Friday 26 September with the Coroner recommending a series of measures to prevent further incidents and deaths, meaning a radical overhaul in the way that all household appliances in the UK are sold and regulated. Extensive coverage included reports from The Sunday TimesGet West LondonBBC NewsThe Sunday Times and ITV News.

Human Rights - Spying

“Five Eyes” surveillance treaty challenged at the ECHR:  The human rights team at Leigh Day is representing Privacy International (PI), which campaigns on issues of surveillance, in a challenge to the UK Government for its refusal to disclose documents which outline the spying alliance between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Here is some of the coverage in RT.comThe GuardianWorld BulletinMotherboardBureau of Investigative JournalismBIJ, and TechDirt.


 

August 2014

UK Government and Israel Arms

The UK Government is facing legal action over arms export licence to Israel. Since 2010, the UK has reportedly granted 131 licences worth over £41.5m to British arms manufacturers, to export military hardware, and military communications equipment to Israel. Read coverage by The Guardian/Observer, RT, Huffington Post, Albawaba and The Scotsman.


 

Deprivation of liberty

Leigh Day threatened legal action against Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of two autistic pupils with learning difficulties who were allegedly detained at their community special school in a cupboard sized ‘calm room’ for lengthy periods without access to toilet facilities.  Coverage included reports by the BBC, Autism Daily Newscast, Local Government Lawyer and Stoke Sentinel.

Product liability

The inquest into the death of a man who was killed in a house fire linked to a Beko fridge freezer in Wealdstone, North London in November 2010 started at the beginning of the month. The product was not recalled until after Mr Benjamin's death; London Fire Brigade wrote to the company after a number of fires involving similar models. Get West London, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, ITV News reported the story.

July 2014

Abuse – Missing Westminster dossier

There is widespread coverage of the Westminster abuse case throughout the month with the news dominating national and international headlines in The Daily Mail, BBC News, Express & Star, The Scotsman, Daily Mail 7.7.14, The Telegraph, Independent, BBC News 6.7.14, Daily Mirror, Evening StandardMSN News, Mail online, BBC News 9.7.14, Wall Street JournalThe Huffington Post  and ITV News amongst many others.



 
Abuse – BA pilot

Legal action is taken against British Airways after allegations of child abuse in Africa and the UK by BA pilot who was found dead last year after being charged with criminal offences. See part of the coverage by the Daily MirrorDaily MailBBC, Washington Post, The GuardianDaily TelegraphITV and a front page in the Metro.

 
Libya rendition case

Legal challenge of Libyan politician Abdul-Hakim Belhaj moves to the Court of Appeal and the news is covered by EkklesiaTruth Out, The Morung Express, IOLGuardianEl ArabiyaToday onlineInternational Business Times and  Oregon Herald.

June 2014

Shell Nigeria

The London High Court rules that Shell Nigeria could be liable for the illegal bunkering of its pipelines.  The story attracts extensive international press coverage with reports by The Canadian PressAll AfricaBusiness ReportTurkish WeeklyBusiness NewsBusiness DayVoice of AmericaBBC NewsGuardianABC NewsReutersQatar Tribune, Punch Nigeria, Fairfax MediaGulf TimesSudan VisionBusiness ReportSouth China Morning Post  and Nigerian Bulletin.

Asbestos – M&S

Janice Allen, a former Marks & Spencer employee who was exposed to asbestos when she worked on the shop floor of one of the London stores, wins High Court case. The news is covered by The GuardianHereisthecityDaily Mail4 TradersGulf Times, The Sun and Health and Safety at Work.


Right-to-die

A historic judgment from the Supreme Court indicates that guidance on assisted suicide should be revised and clarified. You can read a selection of some of the coverage here:  IndependentBTGuardianGuardian 17.6.14BBCYahoo NewsThe CourierSky NewsDaily MailIndependent.
 
 
Do Not Resuscitate case 

The Court of Appeal finds that doctors acted unlawfully when they placed a Do Not Resuscitate order on Janet Tracey without consultation. Reports on the case can be found in Christian InstitutePharmacy Choice and Care Home.
 

May 2014

Product liability

Leigh Day client Danny Nash appears on ITV News to talk about the house fire that devastated his home. According to the fire incident report the fire started within the door of a Hotpoint dishwasher in the kitchen of Danny’s house.





 
Afghanistan
 
The High Court rules that the UK’s detention policies in Afghanistan breach Afghan law and the UK Human Rights Act. A selection of the international coverage was found in the following publications: ABCGuardianThe Courier,  ITV NewsBefore It's News,  ITV Newsuruknet.info.
 

Do Not Resuscitate case

The Do Not Resuscitate case is taken to the Court of Appeal as Janet Tracey’s family fight for a consistent policy across the UK. Coverage includes reports by BBC NewsLife Site News, Bedford Today, Hertfordshire MercuryGuardian,  ITV News.

April 2014

Shell in Nigeria

Shell appears in UK Court for the first time over key issues in Nigerian oil spill case. The historic legal hearing begins on 29th April 2014, hearing evidence from the UK lawyers representing 15,000 Nigerian fishermen from the Bodo community against the oil giant to determine the key legal issues to be considered in one of the largest ever environmental law cases, which is due to take place in May 2015. Extensive global coverage includes reports by The FT, GuardianBlue & Green Tomorrow, Global Post, Royal Dutch ShellAll Africa, The NamibianOne News PageThis Day Live, Africa Review

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