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Year: 2015

Inquest into overdose death at leading London psychiatric hospital finds systematic failures by medical staff

A jury at the inquest into the death of a 39-year-old father of two, from Croydon who died whilst under section at Bethlem Royal Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Beckenham, South London, has found that ‘systematic failures in training and procedure’ by medical staff contributed to his death. The inquest began on 2 March and […]

High Court holds Lord Chancellors Guidance on Funding for Inquests to be unlawful

Joanna Letts sought legal aid to be represented at an inquest into her brother’s death, who committed suicide following his discharge from a psychiatric hospital. Joanna was refused legal aid and challenged that decision, together with the lawfulness of the Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on funding representation at inquests. The Legal Aid Agency conceded the claim, […]

Water and sewerage companies are required to provide environmental information to the public (which they have previously refused

Fish Legal, the legal arm of the Angling Trust had asked United Utilities Water plc and Yorkshire Water Services Ltd for information relating to discharges, clean-up operations and emergency overflow from their sewage works. The companies denied that they were under a duty to provide the information under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (SI No 3391) […]

Government admits that regime for handling legally privileged communications is illegal

The Government has admitted that the intelligence agencies’ regime for handling legally privileged communications is illegal. This admission has been made in an ongoing legal claim brought by Amnesty International and rendition victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj. It is claimed that legally privileged communications may have been unlawfully intercepted and been used to provide the Government with an […]