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Leigh Day in the news 2020

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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