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NHS pilots mediation service

The National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHS LA) has announced a pilot mediation scheme to resolve patient disputes.

Initially the scheme will be available for claims involving infant or elderly fatalities and care of the elderly.

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Worry over drop in family law cases since the Government’s change to legal aid

CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) figures show a drop in private law cases from July 2013 to July 2014 of 36%.

These cases tend to relate to living and shared time arrangements for children whose parents are separated.

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Bullying partners could face prosecution in the UK under new offence

Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on the creation of a new offence of domestic abuse. The proposals would include psychological abuse as well as violence.

Domestic abuse is a hugely prevalent crime in the UK. HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) figures for September 2012 to September 2013 show that it accounted for 1 million calls to police.

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales suggests 30% of women and 16% of men will be victims of domestic abuse at some point.

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Increased protection for the public from litigation to be enforced

Conservative MP Chris Grayling has announced plans for a new bill to encourage people to help others without fearing being sued.

The proposed Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (“SARAH”) will allow judges considering someone’s liability for an accident to take into account whether they are:  working “for the good of society”; have acted in a “generally responsible way”; or took action “in an emergency.”

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New Balance to sue fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld for intellectual property infringements

New Balance is having a fashion moment. Its classic 1970s trainers have been seen on the feet of just about everyone in New York, London and Paris. The brand has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity, going from somewhat nerdy to super cool.

It’s no surprise then that New Balance is more than a little annoyed at Karl Lagerfeld, the head of Paris fashion house Chanel. He has produced a remarkably similar shoe, complete with a ‘K’ logo in place of the iconic New Balance ‘N’.

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University concedes sex discrimination case to male workers

In what is a twist on the traditional assumption in sex discrimination cases, twenty-three men have been successful in their £500,000 claim against a Welsh university.

The men originally worked as tradesmen and caretakers at Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD).

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The ramifications of the Government’s criminal legal aid cuts exposed by Cameron’s brother

A serious fraud trial has today (01 May 2014) been halted due to the judge deciding that there was no prospect of a fair trial.

The reasoning is that the defendants will not be adequately represented because no barristers agreed to take on the case.

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Early conciliation for employment disputes is being made a legal requirement on 6 May 2014, but what exactly is it?

There have been a lot of changes made to employment law recently, mainly with the aim of improving efficiency, reducing the number of spurious cases and ultimately saving the government money.

The latest is the introduction of Early Conciliation, a new requirement that must take place before any claim is made to the employment tribunal.

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Could no-win, no-fee agreements be on their way out?

Concerns are mounting over no-win, no-fee agreements after a Legal Ombudsman’s report in late January 2014 highlighted abusive practices by some solicitors.

In 2013 lawyers were ordered to pay nearly £1 million in compensation to clients after agreements went wrong.

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Mass solicitor and barrister walkout against Government legal aid fee cuts

For the first time ever barristers across England and Wales have staged a refusal to work in the criminal courts, to raise the issue of the Government’s plans to cut legal aid fees by up to 30%.

They are being joined by solicitors, in what is also an unprecedented move, as they seek to highlight the two major issues at stake – the cutting of fees for legal aid work, and the belief that this will lead to poorer quality legal representation for those people not able to pay privately.

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