January 2015 Archive

Defaming the dead

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has rejected a complaint by one of Joseph Stalin's grandsons about an article that appeared in a Russian newspaper in which the dictator was accused of being a 'bloodthirsty cannibal'. More …

A DBOM revival

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Penny Rinta-Suksi looks at the revivial of the ‘design build operate and maintain’ contract (DBOM). More …

Technology addiction and digital detoxes

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Tim Forer, a barrister and employment law specialist at Blake Morgan LLP answers a few questions on technology addiction and digital detoxes. More …

Ten myths about Shared Parental Leave and Pay

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The regime for Shared Parental Leave and Pay begins for children expected or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. How well do you think you know the details? More …

What happens to your online life after you die?

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We are increasingly living our lives online – but what happens to our social media profiles, internet accounts, digital photos, e-books and music files after we die? More …

Decoding? What’s new in the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (2015)

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Last week, the revised Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice was published, providing updated guidance to mental health professionals. The Code provides guidance on how professionals can ensure that their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 are carried out in a manner that ensures the delivery of safe and high quality care to patients. More …

After Cheshire West – Where now?

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The Cheshire West case is primarily of interest as it looked to clarify the point at which a person who has lost mental capacity is being deprived of his liberty by their carers. The Court of Protection decision was overturned by the Supreme Court. More …

Obesity may be a disability following court ruling

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The UK’s obesity problem has been described as a ticking time bomb and it is estimated that half the population will be obese by 2050 at a cost of £50 billion a year. But that’s not the only implication of obesity. More …

Managing "connected party transactions" and the "at cost" principles

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The end of 2014 saw the National Audit Office highlighting concerns about the high level of "related party transactions" entered into by academy trusts. More …

Fit for Work service launched and guidance published

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In 2011, Dame Carol Black undertook a review of sickness absence to identify ways of minimising absence and to improve the sickness absence and benefits system. A lack of access to occupational health services was identified. More …