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Abuse claims Residential care

Cygnet Woodside unit put into special measures

A hospital for men with learning difficulties has been placed into special measures following an inspection amid allegations of abuse.

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Jodey Whiting
Human rights Inquests DWP Universal Credit

Application submitted for second inquest into death of Jodey Whiting

Family of Jodey Whiting submit application to seek second inquest to investigate the role of the DWP in the events leading to her death

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Blind Tourist
Covid-19 Coronavirus Human rights Discrimination Visually impaired

Blind woman takes legal action over failure to provide accessible pandemic information

A blind woman has issued a legal case over the government’s failure to provide her with accessible shielding information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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High Court
Human rights

Severely disabled woman wins her claim that council care charges are discriminatory

A 24-year-old Down syndrome woman has won her claim that Norfolk County Council’s decision to increase her care charges is discriminatory.

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Empire Windrush
Human rights Windrush

Windrush scandal: changes to compensation scheme

Changes to the Windrush Compensation Scheme have been welcomed, but further, fundamental changes are needed for the Scheme to be fit for purpose, Leigh Day lawyers have told the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee this week.

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Malawi Tobacco Farm

Claim against tobacco giants by poverty stricken farmers in Malawi

Two of the world’s biggest tobacco companies are accused of making profits from tobacco that has been grown by child labourers and on farms where conditions force poverty stricken families into a life of debt bondage in a claim served this week.

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Human rights Planning

Mayor and Secretary of State asked to step in to halt plan for Brixton 20-storey office block

The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government are being asked to intervene to halt a plan to build a huge new office tower block alongside a conservation area in Brixton.

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Ebay Case House
Product safety Product liability Consumer law

Family believes house fire was caused by electrical products purchased on eBay

A family who lost everything in a house fire believe it was caused by a charger plugged into a battery pack both of which they bought on eBay.

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VW Factory chimneys
Industrial disease Personal injury asbestos Asbestos and mesothelioma mesothelioma

Former power station fitter secures compensation for mesothelioma diagnosis

A former power station fitter from Kent whose retirement plans have been devastated by a mesothelioma diagnosis, has settled a claim with his former employer.

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Human rights Abuse claims

Retired teacher charged with historic sex offences against pupils

A former teacher is to appear in court on charges of sexual offences against pupils at two boarding schools where he worked in West Sussex and Wiltshire between 1965 and 1985, Sussex Police has confirmed.

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Elderly Black Man
Regulatory Regulatory and disciplinary

SRA annual report again shows overrepresentation of lawyers from a BAME background

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published its latest annual report covering enforcement activities showing an overrepresentation of certain groups based on diversity characteristics.

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Tuberculosis Cats

Cats may have infected owners with tuberculosis

The five TB cases were distributed across areas of England and Scotland at low risk of endemic bovine tuberculosis, said the scientific report, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.