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  The world is still reeling from Saturday’s shocking images of women being held down by Metropolitan police officers as they attended a peaceful vigil in memory of Sarah Everard. There have been many calls for the resignation of the Chief Commissioner, Cressida Dick which misses a more significant and pressing issue. These events provide a very disturbing backcloth to today’s debate in Parliament concerning the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021. This is…
My first guest blog post! Thoughts on the Philip Rutnam settlement from my friend and Employment Law Expert, Steve Pinder of  Stephen Pinder – Employment Law Matters  Philip Rutnam resigned from his role as the senior civil servant in the Home Office raising allegations of bullying against his boss, Secretary of State Priti Patel. He alleged that there had been a vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign against him after trying to get Ms Patel…
  Very few readers will need me to tell them that the so-called reforms of whiplash claims will come into force from 31st May 2021 and that relevant rules were published on 25th February 2021. This is the culmination of government plans to effectively wipe out such claims that date back to 2015 when former Chancellor George Osborne announced a total abolition of the right to claim damages for such injuries – https://thestevecornforthblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/osborne-small-claims-up-to-5k-and-no.html The tone…
  In 2019 I was at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering, a small festival that focusses on faith, arts, music and activism. I was drawn to a session featuring the case of the Stansted 15 at which the speaker was fellow Solicitor, Melanie Strickland. I have to say that I became more and more angry as she spoke. The story began as a familiar account of peaceful action. In March 2017 a controversial flight was…
I used to be a fan of review sites. I would rarely book a holiday without first checking what previous users had to say about it. I began to have my doubts when we had a particularly unpleasant short stay at an apartment in Greece a few years ago. Think cockroaches, damp, unpleasant staff etc. What was alarming was that there were very contrasting reviews. Some had an experience as unpleasant as ours. Others seemed…
  I was on holiday last week! I just wanted to get that particular gloat out of the way. In the few days that I have been back we have again seen two very contrasting outcomes for lawyers who have got themselves into trouble. The first was the case of the Solicitor and Tipp-ex – https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/solicitor-who-changed-dates-of-charges-with-tipp-ex-struck-off I have to confess that I was unaware that any firms still used this 1980s style correction fluid. Nicholas…
  I have to confess that I have been ranting past myself this week. But not without cause. The ill-informed attacks on the legal profession are hardly likely to reduce the strain on my laptop keyboard, to say nothing of my blood pressure. But after some reflection, there do seem to be early signs of something sinister afoot.  In the space of a few days, we have had the Home Secretary attacking immigration lawyers. I…
I have written a letter to Robert Buckland QC. A real one, in an envelope with a stamp! It may or may not be read but I am sending it just the same. Others might want to do the same. Someone once said that a single snowflake melts on your nose, but enough of them working together can close motorways. This is what I have sent. Mr Robert Buckland QC, House of Commons London SW1A 0AA…
A few weeks ago, I talked about the tweet posted by the Home Office which attacked ‘activist lawyers’.  https://thestevecornforthblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/concerning-home-office-tweet-spilt.html This bizarre statement from a government Department was met with universal condemnation from across the legal profession. Law Society President Simon Davies said – ‘It is vital in a democratic society that each case is judged on merit and it is the role of the justice system to determine the validity of claims. This function is…
  In October 1980 – 40 years ago!! – I started work at the Vauxhall Law Centre, just off Scotland Road in Liverpool. It was to be a life changing experience. In fact, it was a life changing weekend as my eldest son, now a Solicitor, was born the day before! So, what better time to post something about a case from the early days, that highlights what Law Centres have done for us?! This…