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Foster carer applies to Employment Tribunal for workers’ rights…

On 9 October 2017 it was reported that foster carer, Sarah Anderson has lodged an employment status and unpaid holiday claim with the Employment Tribunal against Hampshire County Council. In what could possibly be a landmark case, Ms Anderson wishes to obtain ‘worker’ status for foster carers.  Read more

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Disciplinary Proceedings and Psychiatric Harm

Case Name: Marsh v Ministry of Justice [2017] EWHC 1040 (QB)

Legal point of interest: The common law duty of care towards employees to prevent exposure to any foreseeable risk of injury and/or psychiatric damage.  Read more

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Family Court Judge Criticises The Lack Of Therapeutic Support Offered To A Mother Who Faces Losing Her Second Child

The case of A Local Authority v The Mother & Another (2017) EWFC B59 raises interesting questions. Could the public money that a Local Authority expends to remove a child from their parent, be better invested at a much earlier juncture in the social work process, in the sourcing and commissioning of therapeutic care to the struggling parent/ parent-to-be? Read more

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Queen’s Speech confirms GDPR to survive Brexit

Through yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the government confirmed that which the ICO has already indicated: that there will be data protection law in the UK post-Brexit. Alongside the Great Repeal Bill and various others, will sit a Data Protection Bill, as outlined on pages 46 & 47 of the Queen’s Speech Background Notes, the purpose of which is stated to be to “make our data protection framework suitable for our new digital age, allowing citizens to better control their data”.

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Forbes Insurance Department receives Defendant Law Firm of the year accolade at Claims Management Awards 2017

Forbes Solicitors is proud to announce our recognition as Defendant Law Firm of the year at the Claims Management Awards 2017. The awards aim to celebrate achievements and progress made by the leading professionals in the claims sector.

Forbes was recognised for its tenacious fraud team and its Social Care and Abuse claims team. Read more

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Section 20 – the latest….

The recently heard Court of Appeal case of London Borough of Hackney v Williams and Anor [2017] EWCA CIV 26 now permits local authorities to accommodate children under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 without parental consent, contrary to previous widely-accepted case law. Read more

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Victory For NSPCC’S ‘Flaw In The Law’ Campaign

Justice Secretary Liz Truss announces new law that makes sexual communication with a child a criminal offence with effect from 3 April 2017

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Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea Released

The Sentencing Council have released updated Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea. The purpose of the guidelines is to encourage those who are going to plead guilty to do so as early in the court process as possible. The Guidelines come into force from 1 June 2017. Read more

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Katie Hopkins Loses Libel Claim following Twitter Spat

Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB)

Katie Hopkins is notorious for her controversial views and her outspoken comments. Two misplaced tweets on Twitter have this week cost her £24,000 in damages and over £107,000 in legal fees. Read more

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Post-Portal PADs: The End of the Debate?

You will recall our previous blogs following the development of the argument that fixed costs apply to PADs. Forbes had been running this argument since the implementation of the fixed costs regime and of course had the first known County Court Appeal which for many firms was the end of the matter. Read more

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