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August 2020

International

Unilever : Tea Workers Escalate Fight for Reparations to UN Market Screener 1.8.20, Kenyan tea workers file UN complaint against Unilever over 2007 ethnic violence Exec Review 1.8.20, Lawyer Monthly 4.8.20, Post Courier 3.8.20
 
Rihan v EY: The Case that Shook the Big Four and Beyond Law.com 20.8.20

Niger Delta communities fight for justice over oil spills African Business 26.8.20
 

Human rights

 
Campaigners challenge extension to permitted development rights Construction Index 28.8.20, Building Design 27.8.20, Inside Housing 26.8.20, Housing Today 26.8.20, Government hit by legal challenge over new permitted development rules Local Government Lawyer, The Big Issue 26.8.20, Building 27.8.20
 
Legal challenge over UK's exclusion of incinerators from emissions target Guardian 26.8.20
 
Windrush payout scheme not fit for purpose, say lawyers Guardian 27.8.20
Majority of Windrush scandal compensation claimants are still without payment after scheme pays out £1million to 143 victims - despite 1,480 applications Daily Mail 27.8.20
 
A-level results chaos to end in court battle Times 16.8.20, The London Economic 16.8.20, Ministers face judicial review over A-level results Telegraph 15.8.20Chronicle Live 17.8.20, A-level chaos after exam regulator withdraws appeal guidance as parents start legal action over downgraded results Politics Home 16.8.20, CityAM 16.8.20, Keir Starmer calls on ‘invisible’ Boris Johnson to take responsibility for A-level chaos Independent 17.8.20, Guardian 16.8.20
 
Seychelles: New Setback for Chagossians in Seychelles As UK Court Rejects Resettlement Appeal All Africa 14.8.20, Seychelles News Agency 13.8.20
 
TV green campaigner vows to continue HS2 legal battle Construction News 3.8.20
 
Campaign granted permission for judicial review of £27 billion roads programme in England Ekklesia 6.8.20, Bucks Free Press 9.8.20, Advertiser & Times 8.8.20, Campaigners get green light for judicial review of government decision to go ahead with £27bn roads programme Local Government Lawyer 7.8.20
 
‘The virus piggybacked on racism’: why did Covid-19 hit BAME families so hard? Guardian 8.8.20
 
MPs threaten to sue Boris Johnson over Russia 'failings' The Herald 21.8.20
MPs pushing for Russian interference inquiry threaten to sue Boris Johnson Guardian 21.8.20, Surrey Comet 21.8.20, The London Economic 21.8.20
 
 

Product liability & consumer

A-level grading: legal threat to universities wrestling with extra offers The Times 19.8.20, Telegraph 18.8.20, IT Pro 17.8.20, The Lawyer 17.8.20
UK Authority 17.8.20, Universities could face legal action from A-level students if they have to defer a place for a year after receiving an offer, say lawyers Mail online 19.8.20, Mail online 19.8.20, The Sun 20.8.20
 
Woodford investors rally to take action The Times 16.8.20, Second law firm ‘actively considering’ case against Link in Woodford scandal Portfolio Adviser 4.8.20, Proactive 4.8.20, Investors launch case against Hargreaves Lansdown for role in Neil Woodford scandal Telegraph 5.8.20, Telegraph 8.8.20
 
Mercedes car owners one step closer to receiving compensation over alleged cheating devices Yorkshire Live 19.8.20 + Leeds Live 19.8.20, Host of Firms to Launch Dieselgate Scandal Class Action Claims Against Mercedes-Benz Law.com 21.8.20Fleet News 21.8.20, Market Screener 20.8.20, Honest John 11.8.20, Market Screener 11.8.20, UK lawyers welcomes Daimler agreement to pay $2billion settlement in US emissions scandal Taxi Point 14.8.20, Court of Appeal refuses VW permission to appeal Dieselgate ruling Litigation Futures 7.8.20, This is money 10.8.20
 
 

Personal injury

Court rejects JR over LASPO post-implementation review Litigation Futures 3.8.20
 

Employment

Uber drives into autumn of discontent The Times 30.8.20

Topshop owner accused of potential legal breach over redundancy terms Guardian 24.8.20
 
Taken to the cleaners Wokingham Today 27.8.20, Tesco cleaning duties unfair Barking & Dagenham Post 30.8.20, Almost 200 supermarket workers in Nuneaton join fight for equal pay Coventry Live 25.8.20, Stoke Sentinel 27.8.20, Now they want employees to clean Tesco Express and Metro stores Islington Tribune 21.8.20, NW Evening Mail 25.8.20, Redditch workers join legal fight for equal pay Redditch Advertiser 14.8.20, The Equal Pay Act Fifty Years On, Why Are We Still Gender-Blind? Forbes 14.8.20
 
Statutory sick pay for workers who are shielding ends TODAY The Sun 1.8.20
 
Legal net tightens around Uber on 'self-employment' Transport Network 11.8.20
 
KEEP COOL You can stop working from home if it’s too hot – your rights explained The Sun 10.8.20
 
Airbnb curb on under-25s could be discriminatory, UK lawyers warn Guardian 14.8.20, Smart Company 17.8.20
 

Clinical negligence 

Woman whose endometriosis went undiagnosed for 15 years wins £0.5m pay-out BMJ 18.8.20, Birmingham Live 19.8.20, YEARS OF PAIN Woman whose endometriosis went undiagnosed for 17 YEARS wins £500k payout The Sun 24.8.20, 'They took 18 years to confirm I had endometriosis... by then it had wrecked my body': Are thousands of women in agony with this disease because MALE doctors refuse to believe they have it? Daily Mail 15.8.20
 

R&D 

Ex-SDT chief urges ‘fitness to practise’ regime to help solicitors with mental health problems Legal Futures 25.9.20



July 2020

International

Widow of Bangladeshi ship-breaking worker free to sue UK-based firm New Age 22.7.20, Shipbreaking Worker's Widow Brings Case Against UK Shipowner Maritime Executive 14.7.20, Turkish Maritime 14.7.20, Case for negligence against a maritime agency English for the death of a worker at a demolition site Bengali naval InfoMare 14.7.20, Infomarine 14.7.20, Widow of Bangladeshi ship-breaking worker free to sue UK-based firm Sight 14.7.20, The National 13.7.20, Splash 14.7.20, Reuters 14.7.20, alKhaleej Today 14.7.20, Negligence claim brought by Bangladeshi ship-breaker's widow approved by High Court Guardian 14.7.20, Scottish Legal News 15.7.20, Bangla Mirror 15.7.20, Juldians 16.7.20, Safety4Sea 15.7.20
 
Victims Of Violence At Unilever Tea Plantation File Complaint With UN Kahawa 30.7.20, Victims of violence at Unilever plantation complain to the UN that company failed to take protective and redress measures Business Human Rights 30.7.20, Sight 31.7.20, The Grocer 31.7.20, Kenyan Unilever tea workers escalate fight for reparations to U.N. Reuters30.7.20
 

Human rights

 
Wild Justice takes up the fight for Badgers Bird Guides 2.7.20, Chris Packham leads wildlife campaigners' legal case to challenge humaneness of badger cull Devon Live 10.7.20
 
Transport Action Network permitted to challenge Government road building plans Transpot Xtra 26.7.20
 
Green light given for judicial review challenge of £350 million hospital redevelopment plan Local Government Lawyer 8.7.20
 
Self-employed mothers launch legal action against Chancellor for indirect sex discrimination Telegraph 13.7.20, Mothers’ charity sues Chancellor over self-employed support Inside Croydon 14.7.20, Government to be sued in maternity leave row Your Money 15.7.20
 
Disabled woman given permission for legal challenge to care charging policy Ekklesia 15.7.20, Mirror 15.7.20, Express 16.7.20
 
Islington child abuse scandal: Council pays £35,000 out of court settlement after being sued by victim Islington Gazette 17.7.20, Islington Tribune 17.7.20
 
Family of 5-stone man who starved to death win permission to fight DWP in High Court MSN 16.7.20, The Voice 17.7.20, Family of Errol Graham granted permission for judicial review challenging DWP Ekklesia 20.7.20, Family of Errol Graham who starved to death in Nottingham win permission to fight DWP in High Court Nottinghamshire Live 18.7.20
 
Windrush compensation scheme ‘too slow’ for victims FT 18.7.20
 
Mum and daughter win right to High Court battle with Norfolk County Council Eastern Daily Press 13.7.20
 
Campaigner granted permission for judicial review of planning permission for Surrey oil wells On the Wight 21.7.20, Permission granted for judicial review of approval for Surrey oil wells Ekklesia 23.7.20, Ecologist 23.7.20
 
Coronavirus: Matt Hancock to take action on ‘do not resuscitate’ orders after growing concern on use of notices during Covid-19 crisis Independent 14.7.20, Government promises new national guidance on DNACPR orders Nursing Times 14.7.20, Government will issue advice on do not resuscitate orders after family threatens lawsuit Express 14.7.20, Cambridge Live 14.7.20, Politics Home 14.7.20, Government will issue new advice on do not resuscitate orders after family who won landmark lawsuit threatened to sue over their use on Covid patients Daily Mail 14.7.20, GM 14.7.20, Fight over Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders forces government climb down amid Covid-19 pandemic Nottingham Live 14.7.20
 
Covid-19: Government to issue new guidance on DNAR orders after legal challenge BMJ 15.7.20
 
We’re taking the government to court for indirect sex discrimination – Pregnant Then Screwed Women's Grid 20.7.20
 
Government Ordered To Reveal More Secrets About Post-Brexit Trade Talks Sun News 28.7.20
 

Product liability & consumer

Cumberlege inquiry: ‘It felt like they washed their hands of me,’ mother who had mesh surgery says Independent 8.7.20
 
Investors’ £160m claim may break Woodford supervisor Telegraph 11.7.20
 

Employment

BACK TO WORK Can you refuse to go back to work if you’re worried about coronavirus – your rights explained The Sun 17.7.20
 
Uber drivers in High Court for key employee test case Employee 21.7.20, CityAM 20.7.20, Personnel Today 20.7.20, Ex-Uber drivers set for 'final showdown' in court case BBC News 21.7.20, Uber drivers' fight for workers' rights reaches UK supreme court Guardian 21.7.20, Union urges Uber to end court fight over drivers’ rights and enter talks Witney Gazette 21.7.20 + widely in local press, Supreme Court asked to decide whether Uber drivers are workers Independent 21.7.20, Asian World News 16.7.20, Uber in final UK court appeal that its drivers are not employees FT 19.7.20,
 
Addison Lee drivers could soon claim thousands in workers' rights compensation says law firm Taxi Point 12.7.20
 
More than 30,000 Asda workers take fight for equal pay to the Supreme Court today in landmark case that could lead to supermarkets paying out £8billion Daily Mail 13.7.20, Mirror 12.7.20, Asda equal pay battle heads to Supreme Court FT 12.7.20, New video celebrates the vital work of supermarket staff in Leeds Leeds Live 8.7.20, Walmart’s Asda Comes to U.K. Supreme Court in Equal-Pay Fight Bloomberg 13.7.20, ‘They just got away with paying men more …’ Milestone looms in Asda equal pay fight Observer 12.7.20
 
Jan Wilkes, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, has worked at Tesco for nearly 30 years. International Supermarket News 6.7.20, Asda equal pay row heads to the Supreme Court Evening Standard 13.7.20, Express & Star 13.7.20, Iron Blade online 13.7.20, Walmart’s Asda Comes to U.K. Supreme Court in Equal-Pay Fight Bloomberg 13.7.20, Asda workers lead £8BILLION battle for pay equality Express 14.7.20, Times 14.7.20, Personnel Today 13.7.20, Asda begins Supreme Court equal pay fight with supermarket staff Aberdeen Evening Express 13.7.20 Rolling back unequal pay Socialist Worker 14.7.20, WAGE FIGHT More than 30,000 Asda workers take the supermarket to the Supreme Court in row about wages The Sun 13.7.20, Asia Insurance Post 14.7.20.
 

Clinical negligence

NHS pays out record amount in maternity negligence case Medical Brief 22.7.20, Parents whose baby was left severely brain damaged after blunders by staff on NHS maternity ward are to get £37million payout Daily Mail 20.7.20, Family wins £37m in one of the largest maternity negligence claims in NHS history Independent 20.7.20, Metro 20.7.20, Trust pays over £30m to 7 year old boy who was severely brain damaged at birth BMJ 21.7.20


June 2020           

International

British supreme court hears Nigerians’ case in Shell oil spill claim Business News Report 23.6.20, True Median 23.6.20, Nairametics 23.6.20, Court hears appeal in Okpabi Shell case brought by Nigerian plaintiffs for environmental damage Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 23.6.20, This Day Live 24.6.20, Exec Review 23.6.20, Vanguard 24.6.20, UK Supreme Court hears Nigerian communities' case against Shell Mail online 23.6.20, Energy Voice 23.6.20, Royal Dutch Shell plc.com 20.6.20, The Nigeria Guardian 20.6.20, Nigeria World 20.6.20, UK Supreme Court hears Nigerian communities' case against Shell Reuters 23.6.20, Nigerians Yearn To Sue Shell In U.K. Over Oil Pollution Orient Energy Review 24.6.20, Market Screener 24.6.20, This Day Live 25.6.20
 

Human rights

Legal bid launched against the Government over alleged inaction to safeguard people from BAME backgrounds ITV News 20.6.20
 
TV star Chris Packham HS2 appeal to be heard by court Bucks Free Press 29.6.20
 
Thousands may have died in care homes after families were ‘blocked from discharging them Telegraph 29.6.20. Emma Jones also appeared on Sky’s Who Decides Who Dies programme 27.6.20, Widower who says his wife starved herself to death in a care home after he was stopped from visiting her during the coronavirus outbreak demands an inquest Mail online 14.6.20
 
The Bureau presses Number 10 to release the delayed Russia report Bureau of Investigative Journalism 17.6.20
 
Abuse survivor receives compensation for 'shocking' cruelty at former Wisteria Lodge home Coventry Live 15.6.20
 
Why Pregnant Then Screwed is taking the Chancellor to court Labour List 16.6.20 + Anna Dews appeared on ITV London News on 16.6.20
 
Freelance mothers threaten to sue Government over 'discriminatory' state aid scheme Telegraph 11.6.20
 
Wild Justice wins judicial review into gamebird releases on protected sites Field Sports Channel 23.6.20. ENDS Report 24.6.20, Bird Guides 26.6.20, Ecologist 30.6.20
 
Legal case issued in campaign for publication of Cygnus Report Ekklesia 3.6.20, Morning Star 2.6.20, Matt Hancock faces legal claim over Government decision not to publish findings of 2016 pandemic drill Evening Standard 2.6.20, Exercise Cygnus: NHS doctor's legal bid to force Government to release papers on pandemic preparedness Telegraph 1.6.20
 
Campaigners get green light for legal challenge over felling of wood near planned nuclear power station Local Government Lawyer 4.6.20, Planning Resource 4.6.20
 
'Humiliated' disabled passenger abandoned for two hours on a plane after it had already landed is taking Manchester Airport to the High Court Manchester Evening News 1.6.20
 
Heathrow precedent used to lodge legal challenge to £27bn roads plan New Civil Engineer 5.6.20, Ekklesia 9.6.20, The Construction Index 9.6.20, Roads plan legal challenge advances Transport Xtra 12.6.20, HS2: Court of Appeal to hear challenge to project Construction News 26.6.20
 
Disabled student launches legal case for right to claim universal credit Ekklesia 30.6.20, Blind student, 22, takes DWP to High Court over thousands denied Universal Credit Mirror 28.6.20, Bristol Post 28.6.20, Inside Housing 25.6.20,
Guardian 25.6.20, DWP loses universal credit appeal against 4 single mums with 85,000 more people affected Mirror 22.6.20, DWP finally helps thousands hit by Universal Credit loophole after court defeat Mirror 25.6.20, The Sun 25.6.20, Scottish Housing News 23.6.20, Guardian 22.6.20, Ekklesia 23.6.20, Daily Record 23.6.20, Express 24.6.20, Mirror 22.6.20, Thousands of disabled universal credit claimants owed £170 each due to migration flaw Mirror 10.6.20, Ekklesia 1.6.20, Universal Credit payment: Are YOU one of 13,000 owed extra £180 a month? Express 15.6.20, Daily Record 12.6.20 + Cornwall Live 12.6.20, Universal Credit lost payments claim - are you one of 13,000 owed extra £180 a month? Birmingham Live 11.6.20, Yorkshire Post 12.6.20,Cambridge News 12.6.20
 

Product liability & consumer

Fresh legal claim launched against Hargreaves over Woodford collapse CityWire 3.6.20, International Adviser 3.6.20, Funds Insider 3.6.20, Investment Week 5.6.20
Law firm considers compensation claims against Link over Woodford collapse Professional Pensions 5.6.20, Portfolio Adviser 5.6.20, Investment Week 5.6.20, Who was to blame for the Neil Woodford scandal? Telegraph 3.6.20
Portfolio Adviser 2.6.20, 'I've had less than half my money back and I don't know why': Woodford investors still owed £550m a year after the fund's crash are warned remaining stakes may be 'almost worthless' Mail online 2.6.20
 

Personal injury

Man died after not being provided with mask or protection at work Lancs Live 13.6.20
 
Getting back on your bike: cycling essentials Parts 1-5 Walk Ride GM 24.6.20
 

R&D

The pain and perils of professional life Dispute Resolution blog 17.6.20
 

Employment

Unfair treatment of UK supermarket workers leads to ground-breaking legal claim, Coventry Live 22.6.20, UK’s big supermarkets face £ billions legal claim Stoke on Trent Live 22.6.20, Stoke on Trent Live 22.6.20
 
 

May 2020

Human rights

Chagos islanders' exile is ongoing breach of human rights, court told Guardian 12.5.20USA NewsHub 12.5.20, All Africa 12.5.20, Seychelles News Agency 12.5.20
 
Universal Credit pay block: Mum's battle as benefit cap halts Covid-19 cash boost Birmingham Live 18.5.20, Woman left worse off by coronavirus cash boost challenges benefits rules Guardian 17.5.20, Ekklesia 20.5.20, Independent 17.5.20,
Universal Credit: Challenge to ‘absurd’ rules could affect benefit amid coronavirus crisis Express 19.5.20, Mirror 18.5.20, USA Today Post 18.5.20

Man who starved after benefits cut off 'had pulled out own teeth' Guardian 1.5.20, Ekklesia 2.5.20, Man who starved to death when benefits were cut ‘pulled out his own teeth’ Metro 1.5.20, The National 2.5.20, Mirror 1.5.20, Nottinghamshire Live 1.5.20, Disability News Service 7.5.20

CQC ‘breaking law’ by suspending inspections Health Service Journal 6.5.20
 
Matt Hancock could face court action over the ‘illegal’ treatment of disabled people during lockdown The Canary 6.5.20
 
Coronavirus: National charity backs legal action on do not resuscitate orders Independent 29.5.20, Coronavirus: Pensioner backs ‘do not resuscitate’ legal action against Matt Hancock after ‘brutal’ phone call with GP Independent 19.5.20, Independent 6.5.20, Mail online 6.5.20, Covid-19: Campaigner calls for national guidance to stop DNR orders being made without discussion with patients and families BMJ 7.5.20
 
UK rejects calls to publish detailed data of care-home deaths from COVID-19 KFGO 13.5.20, British Asian News 14.5.20 + WKZO 13.5.20Islington Tribune 15.5.20, Care homes facing cash crisis as fearful families 'inundate' staff with requests to withdraw their relatives after 22,000 residents die Mail online 18.5.20, Local Government Lawyer 21.5.20, Family launches first coronavirus legal claim against care home after couple's death Mirror 23.5.20, Independent 26.5.20, Coronavirus fears leading families to remove relatives from UK care homes Guardian 4.5.20, Express Digest 4.5.20, Daily Mail 5.5.20, Huff Post 6.5.20, Guardian 7.5.20
 
Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak risks legal challenge if he awards unconditional bailouts to airlines, charity warns Independent 5.5.20, Business Traveller 6.5.20, The London Economic 5.5.20, Morning Star 5.5.20, Link coronavirus help for airlines to climate change pledges, say campaigners Mirror 5.5.20, The Conversation 28.5.20 + Menafn 28.5.20, Heathrow Airport to fight legal ruling blocking third runway The ENDS Report 11.5.20, Transport Extra 15.5.20, Ecologist 6.5.20, Independent 5.5.20, Business Traveller 6.5.20, The London Economic 5.5.20, Morning Star 5.5.20,
Mirror 5.5.20
 
Blind woman launches legal action over PM’s coronavirus letter Eastern Daily Press 11.5.20
 
Judicial review sought of roads programme Transport Extra 1.5.20
 
Public law challenges: What happened next LSG 11.5.20
 
FRAUD FEARS EasyJet data breach and cyber attack: Can I claim compensation if my details were hacked? The Sun 22.5.20
 

Product liability & consumer

Hargreaves rallies despite risks of class action over Woodford cheerleading Portfolio Adviser 14.5.20, Legal fight looms over Hargreaves Lansdown's role in Woodford fund Mail online 10.5.20, Portfolio Adviser 11.5.20

Group action legal claim launched on behalf of Mercedes owners Money Savings Expert 18.5.20, Fleet News 20.5.20, The Chauffeur 26.5.20, Driving 13.5.20, Scottish Legal News 12.5.20, Business Green 12.5.20, Breaking News 11.5.20, South Wales Argus 11.5.20, Mercedes drivers could get £10,000 payouts over diesel emissions claim Times 12.5.20, Car Dealer Magazine 11.5.20, Express & Star 11.5.20, Thousands of motorists could join in a legal battle and sue Mercedes over the diesel emissions test 'cheating' scandal Daily Mail 11.5.20, VW diesel test lawyers set their sights on Mercedes Times 11.5.20, ITV News 11.5.20, Car Dealer Magazine 11.5.20, AM online 11.5.20.


Personal injury

Could families of key workers killed by Covid-19 sue employers? Solicitors say they are investigating compensation claims Manchester Evening News 18.5.20, Here comes the first wave of coronavirus lawsuits Wired 5.5.20, Daily Mail 5.5.20
 
Family of joiner receive £200,000 payout after his tragic death from asbestos-related cancer Champion Newspapers May 2020
 

R&D

Lawyers stump up £10k to back banned junior’s appeal LSG 18.5.20, Evening Standard 18.5.20, UK Regulator Hits Back in Junior Lawyer Dispute Row Law.com 27.5.20 (subscription only), Roll on Friday 1.5.20, Legal Futures 4.5.20, Legal Futures 11.5.20
 

Employment

Success at Supreme Court could net Uber drivers £12,000 worker’s rights compensation says legal firm Taxi Point 27.5.20,  The Morning Star 27.5.20
 
Tesco employee reveals 'demoralising' working conditions during Covid-19 outbreak Hertfordshire Mercury 24.5.20, Letter: Equal pay for those keeping us fed during coronavirus The NW Mail 1.5.20, Islington Tribune 9.5.20, Supermarket staff ‘equal pay’ bid Islington Tribune 9.5.20, Local Berkshire 9.5.20 + Reading Chronicle 9.5.20, Frontline supermarket workers deserve equal pay Oldham Evening Chronicle 4.5.20
 
Uber drivers’ legal challenge proceeds to Supreme Court Ekklesia 31.5.20, Uber drivers file legal challenge against UK government claiming gig economy worker discrimination Taxi Point 8.5.20, Yahoo 8.5.20.
 
Your legal rights for going back to work safely after lockdown Manchester Evening News 17.5.20, Lincolnshire Live 18.5.20
 


April 2020
 

International

EY ordered to pay whistleblower $11m in Dubai gold audit case Guardian 17.4.20, Ex-EY whistleblower wins $10.8m in damages BBC 17.4.20, EY ordered to pay $10m to Dubai whistleblower FT 17.4.20, Exec Review 17.4.20, Compliance Week 17.4.20, EY ordered to pay £9m to whistleblower over gold smuggling ‘cover-up’ Telegraph 17.4.20, Law360 17.4.20, Whistleblower whose career was 'ruined' after he exposed British accountancy firm Ernst & Young for 'using black market gold to launder dirty money is awarded £8 million Daily Mail 17.4.20, CityAM 17.4.20.
 

Human rights 

Sikh Federation UK launches another legal challenge over Census 2021 Local Government Lawyer 24.4.20
 
Court of Appeal holds remote hearing for dispute over requirement for voter ID at elections Local Government Lawyer 24.4.20
 
Mum of disabled daughter launches High Court battle over council care cost change Eastern Daily Press 28.4.20, Woman with Down Syndrome begins legal case against care charges Ekklesia 28.4.20
 
Possible date for mine review set News & Star 9.4.20
 
How 'terrifying' Exercise Cygnus predicted the impact of Covid-19 Cambridgeshire Live 28.4.20 + Examiner Live 28.4.20, Matt Hancock urged to publish secret review of pandemic plans Guardian 28.4.20, Britain should begin easing lockdown from Monday and 'see what happens' then reopen pubs and schools by end of May if there's no large spike in Covid cases, British ex-WHO advisor says Daily Mail 28.4.20, Pandemic preparedness: doctor leads campaign for UK government to release report BMJ 29.4.20, If ministers fail to reveal 2016 flu study they ‘will face court’ Observer 26.4.20, Government facing legal threat if it does not release 2016 pandemic exercise findings About Manchester 26.4.20
 
Legal Bid Launched To Stop U.K. Government’s £29 Billion Road Building Plans Forbes 21.4.20, Government faces legal challenge over environmental impact of road building plans Telegraph 21.4.20, Campaigners take legal action over £27bn UK road-building scheme Guardian 21.4.20, Exec Review 21.4.20, Government warned to ditch road-building programme or face court battle ENDS Report 22.4.20, Government faces court challenge over £27bn roads scheme Times 21.4.20, High Court challenge to government's £27 billion plans to build roads in England Road.cc 21.4.20
 
Will inquests still take place during the coronavirus outbreak? Manchester Evening News 6.4.20
 
Disabled woman renews five-year battle over accessible vote ‘humiliation’ Disability News Service 9.4.20, Further legal action taken on provisions for blind voters Ekklesia 4.4.20,Blind woman brings legal action against government for human rights breach Eastern Daily Press 6.4.20, Norwich Evening News 6.4.20, USA News Hub 23.4.20,

UK voter ID plan disenfranchises the poor, appeal court told Guardian 23.4.20, Court of Appeal to hear legal challenge to voter ID pilot scheme Ekklesia 23.4.20
 
Chris Packham to seek permission to appeal dismissal of HS2 challenge Local Government Lawyer 14.4.20, Daily Echo 20.4.20, Work to resume at HS2’s Euston site Construction News 14.4.20, Bucks Free Press 14.4.20, The Herald 13.4.20, Chris Packham vows to continue HS2 legal battle Guardian 11.4.20, The Armenian Reporter 11.4.20, Appeal submitted over HS2 wood felling in Staffordshire after legal bid fails Express & Star 12.4.20, Chris Packham announces appeal of HS2 decision Rail Business Daily 12.4.20, Chris Packham to appeal HS2 decision Oxford Mail 13.4.20, New Milton Advertiser and Times 14.4.20
 
 

Product liability & consumer

 
Number of Woodford investors seeking legal action jumps 40% Financial News 3.4.20
 
Lawyer of the week: Bozena Michalowska Howells, who acted for motorists in Volkswagen emissions case Times 16.4.20, Infosurhoy 13.4.20, Scottish Legal News 7.4.20, Swindon Advertiser 6.4.20, Motor1 8.4.20, Taipei Times 8.4.20, Automotive 7.4.20, VW suffers big setback in one of UK’s largest consumer lawsuits FT 6.4.20, Almost 90,000 motorists move closer to £270m payout after High Court rules Volkswagen DID install unlawful 'defeat devices' in thousands of diesel cars in 'dieselgate' case This is Money 6.4.20, VW installed 'defeat devices' to subvert emissions tests, high court finds Guardian 6.4.20, Runcorn World 6.4.20, Volkswagen cheated buyers in diesel scandal, court rules Times 7.4.20, The UK Car & Bike 7.4.20, Morning Star 6.4.20, Motorists in ‘dieselgate’ legal battle with Volkswagen over ‘defeat devices’ win first court stage Express Digest 7.4.20
VW’s ‘disregard for public health’ exposed in ‘damning’ judgment, lawyers say Metro 6.4.20, Volkswagen fitted cars with emissions test 'defeat devices', High Court rules CityAM 7.4.20
 

Personal injury

 
Doctor with mesothelioma wins settlement for asbestos exposure in late 1990s BMJ 30.4.20
 
Eight firms named on first Mesothelioma UK legal panel Litigation Futures 20.4.20
 
Clare Campbell appeared on BBCR4 You and Yours 23.4.20 talking about holidays, travel and coronavirus; Thousands of angry Sykes Holiday Cottages customers demand action over refunds and price hikes Yorkshire Live 24.4.20, Your rights during coronavirus crisis: Travel law expert Clare Campbell answers holidaymakers' biggest Covid-19 questions, as Nigel Thompson explains  Express 25.4.20, Coronavirus: Sykes Holiday Cottages faces refunds anger Dundee Messenger 30.4.20, Yahoo News 30.4.20, USA News Hub 30.4.20, Earth Info Now 30.4.20
 

R&D

 
Solicitor struck off after losing work briefcase launches appeal crowdfunder Legal Cheek 22.4.20, Exclusive: Struck-off junior files appeal with pro bono help LSG 22.4.20, Lawyer Barred Over Lost Briefcase Launches High Court Appeal Legal Week 23.4.20
 

Employment

 
Your coronavirus legal rights on holidays, working from home and more explained Yorkshire Live 13.4.20
 


March 2020
               

International 

Children as young as eight picked coffee beans on farms supplying Starbucks Guardian 1.3.20, Starbucks coffee bean farms employing children 'as young as eight' The Jerusalem Post 2.3.20, Starbucks accused over child labour on coffee farms Times 2.3.20, Dispatches: Starbucks and Nespresso: The Truth About Your Coffee Dispatches 1.3.20, Children under 13 pick coffee for Starbucks, Nespresso: Report Telesurenglish.net 1.3.20, Children under 13 picked coffee beans for Starbucks and Nespresso Metro 2.3.20
 
Breaking Bad: Uncovering The Oil Industry's Dirty Secret BBC News, North Sea oil firm ‘linked to deadly and toxic shipbreaking industry in India’ The Herald of Scotland 16.3.20, BBC Disclosure 16.3.20 
 

Human rights

 
Nursing home probed after residents’ personal details are found in the street Disability News Service 19.3.20
 
Chris Packham kicks off crowd-funded legal action against HS2 Horticulture Week 31.3.20, Chris Packham begins legal case to halt HS2 amid coronavirus crisis Guardian 27.3.20, TV star Chris Packham is taking on HS2 in new legal challenge Bucks Free Press 5.3.20, Packham threatens legal action over HS2 Transport Network 3.3.20, Chris Packham launches legal action against UK’s HS2 project FT 3.3.20, HS2 legal challenge launched by Chris Packham Guardian 3.3.20, HS2: Chris Packham launches legal challenge to rail link BBC News 3.3.20, Construction News 3.3.20, PACK IT UP TV star Chris Packham launches legal challenge to block controversial multi-billion pound HS2 project The Sun 3.3.20, Packham launches net-zero legal challenge against ‘unlawful’ HS2 ENDS Report 4.3.20
 
Woman granted permission for judicial review of Universal Credit childcare provisions Ekklesia 8.3.20, Politics Home 10.3.20, Express 9.3.20, The Sun 9.3.20, Universal credit childcare rules could discriminate against women Nursery World 10.3.20, Mum on Universal Credit got into debt over childcare costs The Sun 7.3.20, Universal credit indirectly discriminates against women by targeting single parents, legal case to claim Independent 8.3.20
 
Wild Justice in bid to halt release of millions of gamebirds Bird Guides 2.3.20
 
 

Product liability & consumer
 

Woodford investors in line for payout from new £141.7m pot raised from liquidation of income fund This is Money 12.3.20
 
Yorkshire woman sues Marlow based company over cancer diagnosis Bucks Free Press 24.3.20, High Court action over rare breast cancer Yorkshire Post 23.3.20
 

Personal injury

 
Lawyer in the news: Thomas Jervis, Leigh Day LSG 23.3.20
 
Lawyers secure first known coronavirus High Court order LSG 17.3.20
 
Fatal crash widower calls for reversing cameras Hexhan Courant 20.3.20
 
These happy pictures show David doing a job he loved - decades later he is trying to find out if he developed a deadly cancer at work Manchester Evening News 17.3.20, Witness appeal – did you work with ambulanceman David Mellor? The Oldham Times 2.3.20
 
 
British Cycling applauds Ministry of Justice decision on Civil Liability Act British Cycling 12.3.20
 

Employment

Supermarket workers in legal battle over pay Times & Star 13.3.20 + News & Star 13.3.20
 
Barking, Dagenham and Romford supermarket workers pursue equal pay claim Romford Recorder 4.3.20, Barking Post 4.3.20,
Huddersfield supermarket workers' claim for equal pay could cost Sainsbury's £15m Yorkshire Live 2.3.20, Huddersfield supermarket workers' claim for equal pay could cost Sainsbury's £15m Examiner Live 2.3.20
 
Payout for Highways England worker sent semi-naked selfies by manager Derbyshire Live 10.3.20, Highways England boss 'sent hundreds of messages to recruit calling her hot and sexy' Mirror 7.3.20, Highways England worker, 40, wins £74,000 for sexual harassment after boss, 53, sent her semi naked selfies and 2,500 messages calling her 'hot' and 'sexy' then threatened to have her 'killed and buried' if she reported him Mail 9.3.20

 

February 2020


International

 
UK to host spyware firm accused of aiding human rights abuses Guardian 6.2.20
 
Malawi urged to turn over new leaf amid tobacco lawsuit African Business 12.2.20
 
A Wake-Up Call for Garment Companies Human Rights Watch 4.2.20
 
Lungowe v. Vedanta: How to hold multinationals liable for harmful activities  Daily Hunt 4.2.30 + Made for Minds 4.2.20
 
 

Human rights

 
UK Appeal Court Scraps Heathrow's Third Runway Plan Engineering News Record 27.2.20, The Global Legal Post 27.2.20, Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change concerns Building 27.2.20, The Construction Index 27.2.20, Legal Business 27.2.20, Court of Appeal rules against Heathrow expansion on environmental grounds Advance 27.2.20
 
'Judge me fairly': man who starved to death's plea to welfare officials Guardian 27.2.20, Errol Graham: Family begin legal action against DWP over man who starved to death Disability News Service 27.2.20, DWP set to face legal action over man who starved to death after benefits were stopped Mirror 27.2.20, Family of Nottingham man who starved to death launch legal action against government Nottinghamshire Live 27.2.20, Tessa Gregory appeared on the Today programme talking about Errol Graham's case 28.2.20
 
Universal Credit Implementation Scheme Discriminated Against Severely Disabled People, Court of Appeal Confirms - by Carolin Ott Oxford Human Rights Blog 27.2.20
 
Call for answers over British government financing of palm oil firm Farm Land Grab 18.2.20
 
The DWP is facing Universal Credit court action from over 150 people The Canary 20.2.20, Birmingham Live 21.2.20,Disability News 20.2.20, Ekklesia 21.2.20, The DWP is now fighting the High Court over Universal Credit The Canary 19.2.20, Universal credit ruling in favour of disabled claimants Third Force News 3.2.20, Huff Post 2.2.20
 
Fight against oil drilling in Surrey Ecologist 13.2.20
 
Meat inspection petition with 216,000 signatures given to FSA Food Safety News 15.2.20
 
Chris Packham considering legal challenge following HS2 decision Ekklesia 14.2.20iNews 14.2.20, TV naturalist Chris Packham ponders legal action over HS2 decision Hillingdon Times 13.2.20, iNews 11.2.20, Expected HS2 approval raises environmental ire ENDS Report 11.2.20, The Bucks Herald 13.2.20
 
Wild Justice issues legal case to halt release of more than 50 million gamebirds Ekklesia 27.2.20, Wild Justice to take on Natural Resources Wales over general licences Bird Guides 6.2.20
 
CAAT lawyers question legality of Saudi arms ship due to dock in UK Independent, Middle East Eye 5.2.20, Morning Star 5.2.20, Don't let Saudi arms ship dock in UK, say campaigners Guardian 5.2.20, Yellow Ad 5.2.20, Basildon Standard 5.2.20
 
Government to be challenged in court over Prevent reviewer Guardian 6.2.20
 
Environmental campaigners are launching a judicial review against Cumbria County Council for giving the go ahead to what would be the UK’s only deep coal mine. New Civil Engineer 6.2.20, News & Star 8.2.20
 
Sex predator doctor branded 'master of deception' as he is handed three life sentences Daily Record 7.2.20, Cambridgeshire Live 7.2.20, Manish Shah GP: Tributes paid to bravery of sexual predator's victims as police encourage any more to come forward Romford Recorder 7.2.20 + widely in local press, Isle of Wight County Press 7.2.20, Times 7.2.20, GP gets three life sentences for 90 sex offences against patients BMJ 7.2.20, Daily Mail 7.2.20
 
 

Product liability & consumer

 
Law firms report contact from 3,700 Hargreaves clients over Woodford City Wire 10.2.20, Telegraph 5.2.20, Unsold Woodford assets spark questions from investors' lawyers - reports Investment Week 5.2.20, Law firms probe Hargreaves Lansdown as part of Woodford challenge ProActive 5.2.20, 3,700 Hargreaves clients contact law firms over Woodford City Wire 6.2.20
 

Clinical negligence

 
Suzanne White was interviewed by BBC Kent 4.2.20 about the Ian Paterson scandal
 

Personal injury

 
Doctor and mum-of-two has months to live due to asbestos-related cancer after exposure at Coventry hospital Coventry Observer 27.2.20, Dying doctor warns of asbestos ‘hidden epidemic’ caused by NHS failures Independent 9.2.20
 
Fiat UK showroom worker got deadly asbestos exposure TUC Risks February 2020
 
Scaffolding company boss convicted after “one in a million” family man killed on building site in Kensington London News online 12.2.20, Bucks Free Press 6.2.20, Roofing Today 7.2.20
 
 

R&D

 
XR protest set to target Slaughters first, with more to come Legal Futures 27.2.20
 

Employment

 
‘You never stop grieving’: why bereaved parents need more than two weeks off work Guardian 3.2.20
 
A clause for concern in the workplace LSG 24.2.20
 
Thousands of Birmingham supermarket workers could be set for £10,000 in back pay Birmingham Live 24.2.20, Former Wigan supermarket staff can join equal pay claim Wigan Today 21.2.20, Group claim for equal pay made Sleaford Standard 5.2.20




January 2020


Stonewall top 100 employers list ranks 2020’s most LGBT-inclusive law firms Law Careers 30.1.20, The Global Legal Post 30.1.20, Metro 30.1.20, 14 law firms named in LGBT top 100 employer list Legal Cheek 30.1.20, Guardian 30.1.20, These are the most inclusive employers for LGBT people in the country Pink News 30.1.20Exec Review 30.1.20, Best LGBT inclusive workplaces in the UK are revealed News Puddle 30.1.20, Forbes 29.1.20
 

International

'Mollah’s life was typical': the deadly ship graveyards of Bangladesh Guardian 31.1.20
 
Dissident takes claim he was hacked by Saudi Arabia to court Independent 25.1.20, Saudi dissident to sue kingdom over alleged hacking Al Khaleej Today 24.1.20Middle East Eye 24.1.20, The New Arab 24.1.20, Saudi Arabian satirist sues Kingdom in UK court over alleged phone hacking Telegraph 24.1.20, Dissident takes claim he was hacked by Saudi Arabia to court Independent 24.1.20, The Hill 23.1.20, CityAM 16.1.20, New York Times 3.1.20
 
 

Human rights

Carolin Ott appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Show BBC 30.1.20 (c.22 minutes) Single mum takes DWP to High Court after Universal Credit led to childcare debt Manchester Evening News 28.1.20, Single mum takes DWP to High Court after Universal Credit hurled her into childcare debt Mirror 28.1.20iNews 29.1.20, DWP loses court fight over treatment of severely disabled Guardian 29.1.20Ekklesia 30.1.20

Universal Credit: Government loses appeal against claimants with severe disabilities Express 29.1.20, Thousands of Universal Credit claimants discriminated against by government, case finds Birmingham Live 29.1.20. Government loses appeal against Universal Credit rulings which said it unlawfully discriminated against disabled Chronicle Live 29.1.20.

Windrush man who served in British army for nine years told there is no record of him Independent 23.1.20
 
Sikh Federation UK issue appeal in ethnic tick box base Sikh Siyasat News 26.1.20
 
Chris Packham welcomes Lord Berkeley's review of HS2 Ekklesia 6.1.20, Chris Packham poised to take legal action against Government of HS2 nature destruction The Bucks Herald 31.1.20, This is Local London 31.1.20, ENDS Report 15.1.20
 
The DWP is facing court action over a claimant’s death The Canary 8.1.20, Expert links DWP ‘fitness to work’ decision to death of Jodey Whiting Disability News Service 16.1.20, Disability News Service 9.1.20, Teesside Live 7.1.20, Family seeks fresh inquest to examine role played by DWP in death of Jodey Whiting Ekklesia 8.1.20, Manchester Evening News 6.1.20, Mum fights for justice for daughter who took own life after benefits freeze Mirror 7.1.20
 
Family fighting for answers as investigation into fatal Bexleyheath Police Station shooting takes step forward Bexley Times 13.1.20
 
Wild Justice pursues DEFRA over gamebird releases Bird Guides 21.1.20
 

Product liability & consumer

Mother of tragic allergy girl, 18, lashes out at NHS blunders after call handlers DOWNGRADED her daughter's fatal anaphylaxis leaving her without emergency treatment for almost an hour Mail on Sunday 19.1.20
 
Woodford investors to get back as little as half their savings as the disgraced manager's wrecked fund is salvaged Telegraph 27.1.20, Thousands of investors plan legal action against Woodford Financial News 10.1.20Daily Mail 7.1.20, New Model Adviser 6.1.20, Express Digest 7.1.20, 3,500 Woodford investors sign up for legal action over collapse of flagship fund Telegraph 9.1.20, Mailonline 3.1.20
 
Anger as Britain fails to ban breast implants that have been linked to the deaths of at least 61 women Mail online 8.1.20, Anger over UK's failure to ban breast implants linked to 61 cancer cases Guardian 7.1.20
 
Whirlpool recall: is your machine a fire risk, and what should you do? Guardian 10.1.20
 

Clinical negligence

Emmalene Bushnell was interviewed by the BBC on 23.1.20, East Kent Hospitals: Baby deaths 'could have been prevented' BBC News 23.1.20,
 
Suzanne White was interviewed by Jeremy Vine at 1200 on 21.1.20 about patient safety. 
 

Personal injury

Newborn baby was first victim of Legionnaires outbreak Evening Standard 8.1.20
 

R&D

Firms lacking investigation cover ‘dangerously exposed’ LSG 13.1.20, Legal profession "dangerously exposed" amid underinsurance Insurance Business 15.1.20, Firms “risking financial ruin” over SRA prosecutions Legal Futures 14.1.20, Insurance Business 15.1.20, Legal Futures 14.1.20, Best form of defence Times 16.1.20
 

Employment

Asda and Sainsbury's store workers invited to equal pay event in Bristol Bristol Live 31.1.20, 'We deserve a fair wage for what we do' - Co-op faces equal pay claim from Lincolnshire store staff Lincolnshire Live 31.1.20, Co-op Group staff launch equal pay claim Co-op News 28.1.20, Worcester News 27.1.20
 
Chris Benson was interviewed on the Today programme BBCR4 on 24.1.20 (1:19:48) talking about the Co-Op equal pay case.
 
Asda workers overcome latest hurdle in battle for equal pay Ekklesia 23.1.20, Independent 25.1.20, Asda equal pay campaign overcomes hurdle, lawyers say Hereford Times 27.1.20, Employee Benefits 27.1.20, Teesside Live 27.1.20, Personnel Today 24.1.20, Shop workers launch equal pay claim against the Co-op Business Matters 24.1.20, Retail Sector 24.1.20, Birmingham Live 24.1.20, Huffington Post 24.1.20, Hundreds of Co-op workers owed 'up to £10,000' in equal pay row against supermarket Mirror 24.1.20, Retail Gazette 24.1.20,Co-op faces  equal pay claims from shop workers BBC News 24.1.20, Equal pay claim launched against Co-op Group Business Live 21.1.20, Liverpool Echo 22.1.20, Ekklesia 23.1.20

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