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Facebook facing maximum ICO fine

Stuart Crook
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It has been reported that the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner, intends to impose a financial penalty of £500,000 on Facebook for allegedly failing to ensure that another company, Cambridge Analytica, had...

Case comment: FIFA disciplinary committee decide that players are not to be considered a 'third party'

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Third party ownership (TPO) in football concerns a club not owning, or not being entitled to 100% of the future transfer fee of one of its players. Why is it a problem? This became a serious problem for football when third parties owned a percentage of...

Nurse struck off for 'shovelling' food and displaying abusive behaviour

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A nurse was recently brought before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (‘NMC’) due to allegations of professional misconduct whilst working at a hospital. At the final hearing, the panel deemed it necessary...

Can you obtain CQC registration with a conviction?

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that an 82 year old woman was permitted to register as a manager of a 25 bed care home for elderly residents by the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) in 2010, despite the CQC’s knowledge of her previous conviction...

Article 64 of the FIFA disciplinary code - a new approach

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On 23 rd May 2018, procedural changes will be made to the application of Article 64 of the FIFA disciplinary code (“the code”) in all disciplinary cases. One of the core tasks of the FIFA disciplinary committee (“the committee”)...

Fines of £2 million for firms involved in death of worker

Alison Marriott
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On 18 th April 2018 Sheffield Crown Court handed down fines of £1 million each to a civil engineering firm and a district heating firm who were found guilty of health and safety breaches, which resulted in the death of a 36 year old man. The...

Case comment: UKAD v Zak Hardaker

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On 8 th September 2017, Zak Hardaker (“the respondent”) was selected for in-competition testing after a match between Castleford Tigers RLFC and Leeds Rhinos RLFC. A notice of charge under article 2.1 of the WADA code was served on the...

Improvements to the fitness to practise process aim to reduce stress for doctors

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In 2015 the GMC appointed Professor Louis Appleby from the University of Manchester as an independent expert to advise the GMC on how to reduce the impact and stress of a fitness to practise investigation and on making improvements to its investigations...

How can I challenge a CQC inspection report?

Laura Hannah
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Following an inspection by the CQC, the first challenge which providers are likely to encounter is a factual accuracy challenge against a draft inspection report. Before the CQC’s inspection report is published, providers are given the...

Commercial landlords beware!

Alison Marriott
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On 24 th April 2018 the High Court heard an appeal by way of case stated in the matter of Stone and Salhouse Norwich Ltd. v Environment Agency [2018] EWHC 994 (Admin). The case was brought after magistrates convicted the landlord and the directors...

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