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Human Rights Judges rule on extradition to USA

The European Court of Human Rightsin Strasbourg has today rejected the claims of five terrorist suspects that extradition to the USA would result in a breach of their human rights. The claims were made by Mr Ahmad, Mr Ahsan, Mr Bary, Mr Al-Fawwaz and Abu Hamza that extradtion to the USA would expose them to…
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Legal Aid cuts could lead to DIY litigants

Many people with civil, commercial or family disputes cannot afford a lawyer. There has already been an increase of people bringing their own cases to court and with the proposed cuts to legal aid, this is set to soar. Graeme Swain of Swain & Co. solicitors says, “Legal Aid’s purpose is to promote access to…
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Girls are less likely to commit crimes

A Home Office study in 2005 revealed that girls were less likely than boys to be involved in offending. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System carried out a year-long inquiry and has revealed that since 2008, the above statement has been proven further with the number of girls being arrested…
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Swain & Co. presentations to Action for Prisoners’ Families

Saturday 30th March 2012 saw three of Swain & Co.'s crime and prison law specialists give presentations to prisoner's families. Jemma Blomfield, Umar Khan and Rebecca Joyce volunteered to attend and participate in a presentation organised by Action for Prisoners' families. The aim of the day was to give families an idea of the processes…
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Riot police alleged to have assaulted 15 year old in racist attack

It has been alleged that a metropolitan police officer assaulted a 15 year old black boy in the custody area of an east London police station, hours after his colleague was filmed racially abusing another black man at the height of the London riots. The officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the investigation…
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Government U-Turn on internet snooping?

Legislation planned for inclusion in the Queen’s speech next month is to be put on hold. The proposals will be published in draft form so they can be scrutinised and examined fully. At Swain &Co.we welcome this approach as it reassures the public that nothing will be fast tracked through Parliament and the existing laws…
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Calls for patients to know if doctor is under supervision

A nurse, who is dying from cancer, has called for changes in the NHS against secrecy in the medical professional that allows doctors to continue working when under sanctions by the General Medical Council (GMC) or suspected of serious failings, without their patients being informed. Debbie Westwick speaks from experience when she was diagnosed with…
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Swain & Co welcomes NHS move for patients

Although there is some worry around the NHS’ move to send seriously ill patients straight toSouthamptonGeneralHospital, bypassing the Queen Alexandra (QA), here at Swain & Co. we support moves to improve patient survival rates. Southampton General has a specialist neurological department, meaning that patients can now be assessed by paramedics as to whether they have…
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Train guard discriminates against disabled passenger

Geoff Holt, a quadriplegic who holds a number of sailing records and is a pioneer for disabled rights, has claimed that he was discriminated against as he tried to board a train. Holt was told by a guard on the train in the Isle of Wight that his electric wheelchair would damage the floor of…
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Online snooping against civil liberties?

Legislation in the Queen’s speech next month proposes to force internet and mobile phone providers to record all use by customers. This is all in aid of anti-terrorism and crime investigations, but will subject everyone to the monitoring of their communications, something which clearly affects our rights to privacy. Currently, the state can gain access…
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