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Kate Cook appointed as Chair of the Legal Response Initiative

Kate Cook has been appointed as Chair of the Legal Response Initiative (LRI). The LRI provides pro bono legal support to least developed countries as well as non governmental organisations at the climate change negotiations (UNFCCC). It works through a network of volunteer advisors from law firms, barristers chambers and universities in different jurisdictions who […]

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, […]