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Threat to human rights?

Ministers from European states have been urged to agree plans to reform the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg with the increasing pressure of the UK’s potential withdrawal. Graeme Swain of Swain and Co. Solicitors has criticised talk in the UK of reforms to the Human Rights Court on the basis that they would undermine its…
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Time to celebrate: 3 Solicitors Qualify

We are so pleased to mark the achievements of our newly qualified solicitors today Claire Brophy, Nick Endean and Yas Tamiz. They all joined us in 2009 having obtained their law degrees in 2007 and completed their Legal Practice Courses in 2008. Today marks the completion of their Trainee Solicitor status where they have worked…
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Solicitors Regulation Authority ‘institutionally racist’

A hard hitting report carried out by the Legal Services Board has accused the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of being institutionally racist and abusing powers to the detriment of solicitors from ethnic minorities. The Report goes on to accuse the SRA of offering impunity to many City firms have when breach of practice rules occurred,…
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The Care Quality Commission has a long way to go

A report by MP’s claims The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a ‘long way to go’ as a regulator, despite the recent improvements. The report highlighted many previously reported criticisms, such as the lack of inspections carried out, failure to replace key members and the discontinuation of the whistleblowers helpline. Specialist community care lawyer Kelly…
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Liam Stacey’s appeal dismissed

Here at Swain & Co. we were not surprised to hear the Liam Stacey had lodged an appeal to his 56 day imprisonment sentence. The sentence appeared harsh and highly led by the publicity that surrounds this case. District Judge John Charles had stated when sentencing, that “at the moment not just the footballer’s family,…
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Lack of respect for prisoners at HMP Wymott

HMIP Inspection Report was published yesterday (23 March 2012)  revealing there were serious shortcomings in terms of self-harm and suicides, no work had been done with equality, and particularly ethnic minority prisoners who remain isolated at the prison. Perhaps the most serious, there was no real oversight of the use of force by prison officers.…
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Prosecution criticism over blunders

It has been estimated that approximately 7% of the 900,000 Crown Court cases are subject to errors. This includes the possibility of cases being dropped inappropriately, it also means that some cases will be being unjustifiably brought to trial. Swain & Co recently handled a case where the CPS acted wholly inappropriately and unlawfully in…
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Should Life mean Life for Young Offenders?

Our Criminal Defence team at Swain and Co solicitors are committed to keeping up to date with criminal cases worldwide which may change the face of the criminal justice system and establish trends in relation to youth justice. Amy Groves says; “As criminal defence specialists it is always interesting to look at rulings in other…
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Housing Benefit Ruling

Landlords are not party to tenants’ housing benefit appeals. This was the outcome of a hearing in the Court of Appeal, the decision from which was published on 28th March 2012. Specialist housing solicitor Kelly Evans of Swain & Co said, “Salisbury Independent Living Ltd. had sought to bring appeals against decisions in respect of…
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Legal Aid Reforms Challenged

Legal Aid reforms challenged The government has suffered two further defeats over its planned legal aid reforms.   Peers have voted in favour of amendments to retain funding for children and young people. Samantha Lee, a Partner and specialist Family and Childcare lawyer at Swain & Co said, “I welcome this development as it is…
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