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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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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...

Preventing and tackling bullying - advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies

Mike Pemberton
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The department of education has recently updated guidance on how schools should deal with bullying, in July 2017. Bullying, is described by the guidance, as ‘behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time, which intentionally hurts...

Does the general election result spell the end of the Human Rights Act 1998?

Adam Quick
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On Wednesday 7th June 2017, a day before the election, Theresa May announced her intention to “rip up human rights laws”. It was largely announced in line with the fight against terrorism, although repealing the Human Rights Act 1998 has long...

Council fined £150,000 for data privacy breach

Stuart Crook
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Basildon Council has recently been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) following a breach of data protection which led to the online publication of a family’s sensitive personal data.   ...

Police misconduct - are the police really becoming more transparent?

Adam Quick
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On 12 th March 2015, Theresa May announced proposed radical changes to the policing system, through the introduction of The Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (2015 amendments). The focus of the proposals suggested that more transparency and...

Serious data protection failures in adoption proceedings

Stuart Crook
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I have recently acted for a number of adoptive parents who, whilst in the process of adopting children, have been victims of data protection breaches by either the local authority or the courts. In all of these cases, sensitive personal information about...

Police to interview suspects using body cameras away from the police station

Colin Rawson
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Police officers are now able to interview suspects on the street using their body cameras for low level offences such as shoplifting and minor criminal damage offences. It has been widely reported that the police is having to deal with budget cuts. Andy...

High Court makes landmark judgment on disclosure of criminal offences

Mike Pemberton
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The High Court has today (January 22nd) handed down its judgment in a challenge to the disclosure of more than one minor offence under the Police Act 1997 and Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order 1974. Both claimants in the case have two...

Withdrawal of life sustaining medical treatment for a child - case study

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Our Community Care and Court of Protection team deals with complex cases relating to the withdrawal of medical treatment. This is a case study providing a summary of one of our recent cases, highlighting the very difficult and sensitive nature of these...

Government discusses transgender prisoners

Colin Rawson
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According to the recent data by the Ministry of Justice there are 85,977 male and 3,935 female prisoners in the UK. Currently, transgender prisoners are not recognised but it is estimated that there are around 80 transgender people incarcerated across...

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