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Our human rights law and civil liberties team regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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Court of Protection protects teenage boy from his own 'impulsivity'

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In the case of Buckinghamshire County Council and RT (by their guardian KT ) [2018] EWCOP 12, the Court of Protection has ruled that a 17 year old boy be deprived of his liberty at a specialist unit in order to protect him from his own ...

The Court of Appeal prevents the identification of a protected party at the centre of Court of Protection proceedings

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The Court of Appeal have upheld a ruling made by the Court of Protection refusing to allow journalists to identify a protected party at the centre of proceedings. The case concerned RW, a 77 year old man with a diagnosis of end stage dementia. RW is...

Was my arrest unlawful?

Adam Quick
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At Stephensons, we pursue civil claims for compensation for unlawful arrest. It is probably the most common type of action that our actions against public bodies department pursue. The most common question we receive is, was my arrest unlawful? ...

Met Police under urgent review over 'forensics mishandling'

Adam Quick
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The Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) has today announced that the Metropolitan Police will be subject to an urgent review, following the alleged mishandling of 33 cases by the laboratory department. A statement from the Met said: "An...

An acquittal isn't always the end of the matter following a criminal allegation

Mike Pemberton
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The Manchester Evening News has recently reported details of a case in which an ex-teacher has been acquitted of allegations of a sexual nature. For many, acquittal at a criminal trial is seen as the end of a stressful ordeal and an opportunity to move...

Secretary of State seeks guidance from the Court of Protection - Skripal case

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It is said that the Court of Protection creates a level playing field between the powerful and the powerless. The majority of the cases decided by the Court of Protection relate to people whom are never identified beyond a set of initials to ensure...

Met Police lose 'landmark' Supreme Court appeal

Adam Quick
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Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Appellant) v DSD and another (Respondents) [2018] UKSC 11 On appeal from [2015] EWCA Civ 646 Justices : Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Hughes The Supreme Court has today given...

Primary school admissions deadline

Mike Pemberton
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The deadline for primary school admissions for the school year commencing in September 2018 expired on the 15th January 2018. It is still possible to apply for a primary school place after this time but the application will be dealt with as a late...

The IPCC becomes the IOPC - what are the key changes?

Adam Quick
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As of 8th January 2018, the former Independent Police Complaints Commission changed to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The change was agreed through the Police and Crime Act 2017. It is certainly not the first time there has been a proposed...

Additional services to be made available by the Disclosure & Barring Service

Mike Pemberton
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Beginning in 2018, the DBS will offer a service for a basic DBS check. This is in addition to the standard and enhanced level checks already provided as well as the information relating to the protection of vulnerable groups (barring register). The basic...

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