Year: 2015

Inquest finds hospital’s neglect and lack of observation contributed to young woman’s death

An inquest into the death of a young woman who was admitted to a psychiatric unit as a suicide risk, has found that the hospital’s neglect and lack of continuous observation contributed to her death. Becky Jones was taken to the Lister psychiatric unit in Stevenage, Hertfordshire as a place of safety under s. 136 […]

Professional Conduct proceedings against “Trojan Horse” teachers have started in Coventry this week

A Professional Conduct Panel in Coventry has commenced hearing the case brought by the National College for Teaching and Leadership against five of the teachers who taught at the so-called “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham. The proceedings are expected to last until December 2015. Examples of media coverage can be found here. Claire Darwin is […]

Ministry of Justice ordered to pay 52,500 GBP for failure to protect prisoner from attack by other prisoners

The Ministry of Justice has been ordered to pay £52,500 in damages to a vulnerable, high-profile prisoner for negligently failing to prevent three other prisoners from holding him down and cutting his throat, leaving him with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. The attack was planned retaliation by radicalised Muslim prisoners: the successful claimant, Radislav Krstić, was […]

Call from the Legal Community for Urgent Action on the Refugee Crisis

Over 40 former judges, QCs, professors and junior barristers from Matrix Chambers have signed a statement calling for an urgent, humane and effective governmental response to the refugee crisis. Over 300 lawyers including former law lords and retired judges have signed up to this statement which calls for the UK to take a fair and […]