‘Register Our Marriage’ Roadshow in Newcastle

29th February 2016

We are delighted to be partners in this very important event taking place at Trinity Chambers on 23rd March 2016. The event concerns the fate of very vulnerable women and children who fall foul of having an unregistered marriage. Organiser and speaker at the event, Aina Khan, has written this briefing on the topic: Briefing […]

Police Officers Jailed Over Murder Case

25th February 2016

Two Police Officers were jailed on 9 February 2016 for misconduct in a public office after a jury decided they made such serious errors over the death of Bijan Ebrahimi that the conduct amounted to a criminal offence. Mr Ebrahimi was punched and kicked to death outside of his Bristol home and then his body […]

Never Events in the NHS

24th February 2016

The Press Association have recently revealed figures that suggest around 300 patients each year are the victims of medical negligence that is so clear cut they are classed as NEVER events. These can range from the retention at the time of an operative procedure of equipment such as scalpels, tubing and packing to other serious […]

Prisoner Suicide Risk

On 15 February 2016 the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman warned the clues that prisoners may take their own lives are too often missed.  Known risk factors such as a history of suicidal behaviour or the circumstances of their offence are sometimes overlooked. The Guardian newspaper commenting on the news referred to the recent deaths in […]

Police Sack Detective

23rd February 2016

On 11 February 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported that a Merseyside Police Officer who pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in public office had been dismissed from the Force. DC Michael McMillan made persistent contact with victims of crime for his own sexual purposes. On 11 February 2016 following a misconduct […]

NHS to Transform Mental Health Services

Six years after David Cameron pledged to put mental wellbeing at the centre of his Government a taskforce set up by NHS England has reported that approximately three-quarters of people suffering from mental health problems received no help at all. Despite one in four people experiencing a mental health problem less than a tenth of the […]

The Cases Behind the Recent Joint Enterprise Decision

22nd February 2016

One of the more curious aspects of the recent decision on Joint Enterprise was that it was related to two cases – one was an English case and the Supreme Court is the highest court for England. The other case however originated in Jamaica and was being heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy […]

Joint Enterprise Wrongly Interpreted for 30 Years

19th February 2016

You may have seen there has been a lot of media coverage since yesterday about a change in the law about “joint enterprise”. This article hopefully helps to explain what has happened. If you think you have been or may be affected by this issue or this judgement and want to discuss it then please do […]

Stanley Simpson Abuse Claims

On 11 February 2016 former advice worker from Sunderland Stanley Simpson was found guilty at Durham Crown Court of twenty nine counts including serious sex attacks and rapes.  Stanley Simpson will appear before Durham Crown Court at a later date to be sentenced.  The Judge stated he was considering a life sentence for Simpson. Simpson, […]

Victory On Domestic Violence Evidence

18th February 2016

Rights of Women win significant victory over the Government at the Court of Appeal on Legal Aid Domestic Violence Evidence Requirements. In the August 2015 roundup I wrote about the ongoing issues with Legal Aid and domestic violence regulations both at a national level and at an international level with the United Nations CEDAW Committee. […]

Pressure sores in hospital. What can we do?

Question: My elderly mother was in hospital for a routine knee replacement operation. The operation went very well but she ended up staying in far longer than she was expecting as she developed pressure sores on her heels and at the bottom of her back. The wounds now need to be regularly dressed and she […]

Northumbria Police Criticised For ‘Not Doing Job’

On 15 February 2016 The Chronicle reported local Councillor Gavin Jones criticised Northumbria Police for allegedly referring a complaint to him rather than dealing with the matter themselves.  The complaint was from a resident regarding antisocial behaviour.  The resident complained of being hit with sticks and having a bench stolen among other issues. Councillor Jones […]

Medomsley Detention Centre Update – February 2016

16th February 2016

Durham Constabulary has been contacted by over 1000 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. Victims report that they were physically and sexually abused by members of staff at the detention centre between the 1960s and 1980s. The investigation named ‘Operation Seabrook’ is the biggest investigation into child abuse in the UK. As part of the […]

Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

15th February 2016

On 8th February 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported a Police Officer was due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of misconduct in public office following an IPCC investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against PC Steven Walters from the West Midlands […]

Disposable Women

12th February 2016

Abandonment as a Form of Abuse – Research done by University of Lincoln I would encourage you all to read this highly insightful and educative report about the situation of abandoned transnational spouses. In our practice as workers with gender violence this is knowledge that we all need. It is a report that should be […]

Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Event in Newcastle this Month

11th February 2016

The recently formed ‘Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association’ in the North East is holding its next event on 24th February 2016. Known as ‘LAGLA’ the group is holding its first event of 2016 at Newcastle Law School. Entitled ‘LGBT equality in the Legal Profession: Learning from the past’ the event includes a panel discussion focusing […]

Officer Guilty of ‘Sexual Act with Sex Worker’

10th February 2016

On 5 February 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported that Temporary Police Sergeant David Andrew Gibson was found guilty following trial at Liverpool Crown Court of engaging in a sexual act with a sex worker whilst on duty.  The Police Officer was given a 2.5 year custodial sentence. IPCC Commissioner, Carl Gumsley is […]

Cyclist Hit and Run Caught on Video

5th February 2016

A cyclist recently posted a video which was reported online on 3 February 2016 concerning a hit and run Road Traffic Accident on 15 November 2014.  After what appears to have been a lengthy Police investigation the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the driver.  The video appears to show […]

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

1st February 2016

The 5th February 2016 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This is a day we can all come together and discuss the issues, answer questions and share knowledge as well as best practice. If anyone is interested in attending the event please see the details on the below poster.