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Leigh Day in the news 2019

March 2019


Gemfields gains 3% on Friday after plummeting on export duty news SAfrica 25.3.19, Gemfields confirms $60m full-year loss Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 25.3.19, TXF 25.3.19, Gemfields gains 3% on Friday after plummeting on export duty news IOL 25.3.19, Gemfields Saw $60M Loss in 2018 Diamonds.net 26.3.19, Gemfields : shares continue to lose ground on the JSE Market Screener 26.3.19

Human Rights

Hackney licensing campaigners won't give up without a fight Morning Advertiser 27.3.19
Update: Molly Russell family granted legal aid for inquest on appeal LSG 12.3.19
Telegraph 12.3.19,Mail online 13.3.19, Molly Russell’s family granted legal aid for inquest after appeal AOL 12.3.19, BBC News 12.3.19, LEGAL FUND U-TURN Molly Russell’s family to receive funds for suicide inquest after legal aid chiefs make embarrassing U-turn The Sun 13.3.19, Molly Russell’s family granted legal aid for inquest after appeal Express & Star 12.3.19
Court of Appeal to hear campaigners’ case against Horton downgrade consultation Banbury Guardian 13.3.19
UK Government 'right to rent' scheme breaches human rights laws The National 1.3.19

Government’s provisions for blind voters to be challenged in the High Court Able 6.3.19

Fracking: Government guidance 'unlawful' rules High Court BBC News 6.3.19, Ekklesia 7.3.19, Government fracking policy declared unlawful by High Court Independent 6.3.19, Times 7.3.19, Global Citizen 6.3.19, Morning Star 6.3.19

New UK Government guidance on fracking rejected Energy Voice 6.3.19, Anti-fracking campaigners dig in over injunction that ‘silences protest’ The Times 6.3.19

Man from Witham challenges voter ID trials Heart 7.3.19, Government’s voter ID plans to face High Court legal challenge after crowdfunding campaign Independent 7.3.19, ‘Dangerous’ plan could discourage people from voting, campaigner claims East Anglian Daily Times 7.3.19

Mum living on £8.98 a month CAN take Universal Credit fight to High Court Liverpool Echo 7.3.19, + widely in local press, Armed Post 7.3.19, Universal Credit: Mum left with £8.98 wins permission to fight DWP in High Court Mirror 7.3.19, Freelance UK 8.3.19, COURT FIGHT Mum on Universal Credit leads legal challenge to change rules which take cash from 400,000 self-employed Brits The Sun 7.3.19

Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins Guardian 11.3.19, Ekklesia 11.3.19

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators ENDS Report 14.3.19
Wild Justice challenges Natural England's licences that allow bird killing Ekklesia 25.3.19
Chris Packham group seeks ban on shooting pigeons and crows Farmers Weekly 22.3.19
Human rights fury as UK licenses £75m of spyware exports Guardian 17.3.19
Legal aide who gave bad advice to pay £260,000 Times 18.3.19, Unqualified legal adviser to pay £337,000 in negligence ruling LSG 18.3.19, Unregulated adviser held to same standard as qualified lawyer Legal Futures 18.3.19, Fresh call for McKenzie friends ban LSG 25.3.19

Inquest finds multiple failures in care of autistic woman Ekklesia 22.3.19, Multiple failures in care of autistic woman hit by lorry, inquest finds Guardian 21.3.19

Product liability

Court of Appeal discharges injunction banning firm from VW group case LSG 6.3.19, Pre-trial hearing to consider ‘defeat device’ in VW group action case LSG 7.3.19.
Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link Guardian 10.3.19, Women ponder litigation over Allergan breast implants link to rare cancer Medical Brief 13.3.19


Equal pay disputes: what does latest ruling mean for retailers? Grocer 2.3.19
Commonwealth: Tribunal Rules Against Secretariat – Again Plus Company Updates 21.3.19

Personal injury

How working as a joiner caused a devoted dad's death - and left him terrified for his family's lives Manchester Evening News 24.3.19
Asbestos cases rise among hospital staff and teachers Times 9.3.19
US court awards $29 million damages for asbestos-related cancer allegedly caused by talcum powder Ekklesia 15.3.19

Clinical negligence

Revealed: NHS has had to pay out more than £3million after blunders saw a number of men have the WRONG testicle removed Mail online 31.3.19, NHS balls-up after more than £3million paid out on removing the WRONG testicles Daily Star 30.3.19, NHS forced to pay out more than £3m after numerous men have WRONG testicle removed The Sun 31.3.19
NHS Resolution data dive and mediation dominate discussion at Clinical Negligence Debate Claims Media 4.3.19



February 2019

Clinical negligence

Lawyer representing family of 49-year-old who died claims health system 'is broken' The Leader 14.2.19

Julia Spindler Tweet

Suzanne White spoke about fixed costs at the Clinical Negligence Debate 2019 run by Claims Media. 


Family of autistic child calls for tighter regulation of specialist schools Ekklesia 3.2.19
Improving global protection for children against sexual abuse by Alison Millar LexisNexis 5.2.19
Sex assault pupils remain in schools with their victims Times 23.2.19

Human rights

Britain found to be illegally occupying Chagos Islands The Irish Times 25.2.19, Britain should 'rapidly' give Chagos Islands back to Mauritius, UN court says ITV News 25.22.19, Witney Gazette 25.2.19 + widely in local press, UN Court Tells Britain To Give Chagos Islands Back To Mauritius Forces Network 25.2.19, Future of controversial US military base Diego Garcia hangs in the balance after UN rules the Indian Ocean archipelago was illegally seized in the 1960s by Britain and should give be given back to Mauritius Mail online 26.2.19, Mail online 26.2.19. Chagos islanders to appeal against High Court decision Seychelles Nation 19.2.19
‘We are coming for you’ - Springwatch host Packham pledges to fight crimes against wildlife East Anglian Daily Times 15.2.19

BBO Wildlife Trust tweet

Police pay damages to woman over botched sex abuse investigation Leicestershire Live 9.2.19, Derbyshire Live 13.2.19
Lawyer in the news: Merry Varney LSG 11.2.19
Leigh Day life on benefits tweet
Life on Benefits: Universal Credit? ITV 7.2.19 + programme site.
Supreme Court to hear case on the powers of social security tribunals Ekklesia 21.2.19


Ex-Goldman Analyst Says He Faced Discrimination For ADHD law 360 14.2.19
Equal pay claims lodged against Morrisons The Business Desk 14.2.19, Personnel Today 14.2.19, Chronicle Live 14.2.19, Morrison’s faces fresh claim on equal pay from store staff FT 14.2.19, Morrisons workers to take supermarket to court in latest equal pay row Mirror 13.2.19, Independent 14.2.19, Law firm announces preparations for equal pay dispute cases against Morrisons Worcester News 13.2.19
How to fix non-disclosure agreements FT 14.2.19
Asda staff equity pay case win could cost UK supermarket sector £8bn Global Payroll Association 5.2.19, The Retail Bulletin 1.2.19, UK supermarket Asda loses latest round of equal pay case Oman Observer 1.2.19, Derbyshire Live 1.2.19, HR Magazine 1.2.19, Asda workers win court of appeal hearing Food Magazine 1.2.19, People Management 1.2.19, Big four face huge bill as Asda staff win ruling on equal pay The Times 1.2.19
Workers slam parcel giant's new points-based disciplinary system brought in after courier died Daily Record 17.2.19


High Court to hear modern slavery claims on behalf of Lithuanian workers Ekklesia 18.2.19
Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars The Chronicle 21.2.19Market Screener 15.2.19, The Zambian farmers who are suing a mining company in a British court Africa is a Country 15.2.19, Muted victory for Leigh Day over Gemfields rubies Africa Intelligence 5.2.19 (subscription only), Gemfields to compensate Mozambique miners over ruby ‘abuse’ Business Day 1.2.19

January 2019 


Gemfields heads off expensive legal fracas with Montepuez community in £5.8m deal Mining MX 29.1.19, Business Report 30.1.19, Gemfields to pay $7.8m to settle human rights abuses claims in Mozambique The Art of Jewellery 30.1.19, National Jeweler 30.1.19, British ruby firm to compensate Mozambicans BBC Africa Live 29.1.19, Mining Weekly 29.1.19 + Engineering News 29.1.19, Mining.com 29.1.19, Gemfields to compensate Mozambique torture victims, denies liability Journal du Cameroun 29.1.19 + Modern Ghana 29.1.19, fin24.com 29.1.19, Thisismoney 29.1.19, Ruby miner Gemfields to pay $8.3 mn to settle Montepuez torture & murder claim Club of Mozambique 29.1.19, Channel Africa 29.1.19
Zambian villagers await outcome of UK mining firm's pollution case appeal Guardian 18.1.19, Augusta Review 17.1.19, Left Foot Forward 16.1.19, Lusaka Times 16.1.19, Diggers News 17.1.19, Open Zambia 16.1.19, Vedanta tells top British court pollution case should be heard in Zambia Business Live 16.1.19, CNBC 15.1.19, MiningMX 16.1.19, Investing.com 15.1.19, Investment Guru 16.1.19, Mareeg Media 15.1.19, Chingola Pollution Victims Await London Court Action Zambia Reports 16.1.19, The Hindu 13.1.19, The Hindu Business Line 13.1.19

The Orphanage Business Rebekah Read spoke on BBC Radio 4's File on Four on 13.1.19

Regulatory & disciplinary


Product liability and consumer

Tougher food labelling proposed to prevent allergy deaths Telegraph 25.1.19, Government pushes for tougher labelling on food allergies Leigh Journal 25.1.19 + widely in local press, BT.com 25.1.19, Mail on Sunday 25.1.19, Armed Post.com 26.1.19

Human rights

UK group fights Ineos fracking permit Upstream 25.1.19

NHS campaigners take fight against Accountable Care contracts to Supreme Court Yorkshire Post 25.1.19 + in local press
The government might ban Instagram over self harm content Dazed 29.1.19, Bereaved father of Molly Russell says new laws may be needed to police 'disturbing content' on social media Evening Standard 26.1.19, Brinkwire 26.1.19, Revealed: how Big Tech pushes teens like Molly Russell to suicide The Sunday Times 27.1.19, Western Telegraph 23.1.19 + widely in local press, Mail online 23.1.19
Activist groups win right to challenge immigration data exemption  IT Pro 18.1.19
Anorexic girl 'may not have intended to die', coroner says BBC News 16.1.19
Family of war hero who died after injury in hospital gets £15,000 payout Mirror 12.1.19
Legal proceedings launched against government over voter ID trials Independent 12.1.19, HuffPost 11.1.19, Mirror 11.1.19

High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments Scottish Housing News 14.1.19, Tessa Gregory went on Radio 5 live and was interviewed live in the studio for the BBC 5 o clock News on 11.1.19, Independent 11.1.19, Guardian 11.1.19, Education News 13.1.19, Day Nurseries 11.1.19, Inside Housing 11.1.19, Mirror 11.1.19, WomensGrid 11.1.19, Gloucestershire Live 12.1.19, Craven Herald 11.1.19, The National 12.1.19, Four single mothers win legal battle with government over universal credit CityAM 11.1.19, LocalGov 111.1.19
Shrewsbury residents bring judicial review against council over homes plan Shropshire Star 3.1.19
Campaigners bid to take NHS payment mechanism row to Supreme Court Local Government Lawyer 2.1.19


Asda retail workers win equal pay row ruling Drapers 31.1.19, Asda loses court battle over worker pay Talking Retail 31.1.19, UK court rules against Walmart-owned Asda in pay dispute Windsor Star 31.1.19, Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle Sky News 31.1.19, Asda awaits verdict in legal dispute with staff over equal pay Yorkshire Evening Post 31.1.19, Asda loses appeal over equal pay BBC News 31.1.19, Mirror 31.1.19, CityAM 31.1.19, Retail Gazette 31.1.19, Asda shopworkers win landmark ruling in equal pay dispute Guardian 31.1.19, Business Matters 31.1.19, Employee Benefits 31.1.19, Asda awaits ruling in long-running staff battle over equal pay Express & Star 31.1.19, BT.com 17.1.19, Mail online 17.1.19, Barry & District News 17.1.19 + widely in local press, UK court rules against Walmart-owned Asda in pay dispute Houston Chronicle 31.1.19 + other US titles, HR Review 31.1.19, Retail Sector 31.1.19, European Supermarket Magazine 31.1.19, Mail online 31.1.19, Personnel Today 31.1.19, Retail Gazette 31.1.19

Grocer Asda loses ruling in equal-pay case  FT 31.1.19
NDAs now commonplace in employment disputes, parliamentary committee hears People Management 24.1.19
Employers that neglect mental wellbeing pay the price FT 17.1.19
Equality watchdog needs further legal powers, MPs are told Disability News Service 17.1.19
London borough acted unlawfully in dismissing three housing officers, tribunal rules  Local Government Lawyer 11.1.19, Planning & Building Control Today 4.1.19, Barking Post 8.1.19

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