What is the best way to combat legal aid cuts?

first_imgBy now many of you will be as inured to the howls of outrage from the profession over legal aid cuts as you are to the cuts themselves. Both are becoming an almost weekly, even daily, occurrence, it saddens one to report.It is apparent though, that however apocalyptic and doom-laden the profession’s language, it seems to be having little or no effect – the government just isn’t listening. Is it time lawyers responded more combatively? One suggested to us that maybe they should take a leaf out of the book of the BA cabin crew, who have planned a 12-day strike over pay, or the refuse collectors of Leeds, who went on strike for 11 weeks until their proposed pay cuts were renegotiated. If lawyers downed tools and refused to represent anyone, surely there would be more pressing things to think about than suing them over breach of competition laws. The government would have to act, and act swiftly. Professions hardly ever resort to withdrawing their labour, of course. It would hurt clients, and anyway it’s just not the done thing. In any case, apologists for the government’s tin ear on this subject might argue that perhaps things aren’t as bad as they’re sometimes painted. A survey of criminal legal aid firms carried out by the National Audit Office showed that, while one in six said they made no profit on criminal legal aid last year, the average profit was a pretty respectable 18.4%. It found that 37% made a 20% profit, and 29% made a profit of between 10-19%. Tesco’s margin is about 9%, for comparison. Time for action, or more sober reflection?last_img read more

5 minutes with… Manisha Patel, senior partner, PRP Architects

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Saatchi promises safeguards in negligence immunity bill

first_imgAdvertising magnate Lord Saatchi will today outline how he intends to protect doctors from negligence claims if they innovate in the treatment of cancer patients. In a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Saatchi will explain how doctors can be encouraged to innovate without being reckless. Saatchi was moved to introduce his Medical Innovation Bill in the House of Lords after his wife, the novelist Josephine Hart, died of ovarian cancer almost two years ago. The bill is about to have a second reading in the Lords, and Saatchi is determined to prove that current law, in which any deviation from standard practice is likely to result in a verdict of guilt for medical negligence, is a ‘barrier to progress’ in curing cancer. In his speech, Saatchi will say: ‘A doctor deciding how to treat a particular case starts with the knowledge that as soon as he or she moves away from existing and established standards within the profession, there is an automatic and serious risk that he or she will be found guilty of negligence if the treatment is less successful than hoped.’ Saatchi will reassure the legal and medical profession that his bill will not mean patients are ‘treated like mice’ in the pursuit of scientific advances. Instead, he will argue that for the first time the bill will give statutory expression to the definition of ‘proper practice’ and carefully define the process for taking decisions to innovate. Approval to innovate will be granted only by a majority verdict from a panel of senior doctors, and patients will have to be told if there was any disagreement from clinicians. Saatchi says that a doctor who innovates irresponsibly without having gone through ‘careful and structured’ consideration of all criteria will be more easily exposed as negligent. Those who follow all the correct procedures will have statutory support in justifying the decision to insurers, the General Medical Council and the courts. The bill could be debated in the House of Lords before the summer recess and will then pass to the House of Commons for consideration.last_img read more

Law centre hit by ‘unrelenting’ cuts closes

first_imgAccess to justice has been dealt another blow following the closure of a north-west London law centre which opened its doors nearly five decades ago.The Law Centres Network confirmed on Friday that Brent Community Law Centre has closed: ‘Like many charities, it has been significantly weakened by unrelenting public funding cuts while demand for its help has grown.’ The network says an orderly closure is underway, and clients and partners have been informed.According to the Charities Commission website, in the financial year ending 31 March 2019, the law centre had an income of £287,852 but it spent £333,993. Its 2018/19 annual report states that the law centre received its core funding from Brent Council via a contract with Citizens Advice Brent. The centre also provided specialist advice to clients referred by other local advice agencies. Average weekly number of staff was 8.5 (expressed as full-time equivalents). The centre was ‘in the process of restructuring its services and its finances to create a more sustainable model’.Councillor Ketan Sheth, chair of Brent Council’s community and wellbeing scrutiny committee, said the law centre was a ‘much used and appreciated lifeline for many, many Brent residents over the past decades’.Brent Council’s website states that the public authority no longer has direct access to the law centre for advice due to funding changes. People who live, work or study in the borough are told to visit Citizens Advice where they will be assessed face-to-face. If Citizens Advice is unable to help, individuals will be referred to another law centre or organisation. Alternatively, the Brent Advice Matters website has information on social welfare law, housing, immigration, work, money, health and benefits.Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, head of policy and profile at the Law Centres Network, said his organisation was ‘already exploring ways’ to re-establish a law centre service in Brent ‘and hope to do so before long’.last_img read more

South Africa beats Argentina to qualify for Dubai 7s semifinals

first_imgSouth Africa Rastafarians DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Selvyn Davids of South Africa is tackled by Santiago Alvarez of Argentina during the Men’s Cup Quarterfinal match between Argentina and South Africa on Day Three of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Dubai at The Sevens Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Selvyn Davids of South Africa is tackled by Santiago Alvarez of Argentina during the Men’s Cup Quarterfinal match between Argentina and South Africa on Day Three of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Dubai at The Sevens Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)South Africa’s rugby sevens team on Saturday qualified for the Main Cup semifinals at the Dubai 7s following a 12-5 win against Argentina at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The South Africans scored their tries through Justin Geduld & Rosko Specman. Geduld successfully converted one try to give the three-times Series champions a 12-0 lead at the break.Matias Osadczuk dotted down for the Argentines in the second half but the South Africans held on for the win.The Bliztboks had earlier on Friday progressed to the quarterfinals after topping Pool D with a maximum three wins from three matches. They defeated Kenya 17-12, Spain 33-5 and England 19-14.The Blitzboks will face Samoa in the second semifinal while England will play against New Zealand in the first semifinal.Victory in the semifinal will give South Africa a chance to win the Dubai leg of the HSBC Series for a seventh time.Kenya, meanwhile, will contest the 13th place playoff against Scotland before the semifinals kick off.Shujaa has endured a disappointing outing in the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series losing all its pool matches. Kenya lost 17-12 to South Africa, 12-5 to England and 22-19 to Spain.Related South Africa Elections Coveragecenter_img South Africa budget expectationslast_img read more

Police reports relatively peaceful carnival celebration

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Thunderbirds Costume Band. Photograph shot by JPIX PhotographyThe two-day carnival street jump up was relatively peaceful police officials have said. On Monday February 11th and Tuesday 12th, Dominicans took to the streets to celebrate carnival with colorful costumes and t-shirts.Police spokesman inspector John Carbon confirmed that there were three separate wounding incidents; two on Independence Street and one on Kennedy Avenue on Carnival Monday in Roseau. “Dileon James of Goodwill sustained a laceration to his forehead with a stone by another young man about 10am on Independence Street. In a separate incident, Chad Charles 29 years of Fond Cole sustained a stabbed wound to his left side of his abdomen during an altercation with another young man while on Independent Street about 1pm. Also, Evans Daley of Salisbury sustained a stabbed wound with an ice prick to his bottom about 6 pm on Kennedy Avenue,” Carbon reported.They all were transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital where they were treated and admitted and are all said to be in stable conditions. Carnival T-Shirt Parade“We had some minor incidents nothing of any serious nature…Usually when there is carnival there is always a person who may have had one or two drinks, one too many and the police patrols out there maybe stopped one or two persons with illegal drugs and so on,” police assistant superintendant Ainsworth Irish. Mr. Irish also expressed satisfaction that the general public cooperated with the police and that carnival ended on time at 10pm. There were police officers from the Task Force Department aboard the trucks of the various bands to assist with monitoring for violent or illegal behavior.“We are extremely happy for the support and I can only hope that as we prepare for 2014, we will get that added cooperation but in a nutshell I can tell you that things went down relatively well,” Mr. Irish continued.There have been no arrests in connection with any of the incidents as the investigations into these incidents continue. Dominica Vibes News EntertainmentLocalNews Police reports relatively peaceful carnival celebration by: – February 13, 2013last_img read more

Volunteer at Busch’s market to help Farmington area charity

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A November food drive at Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Farmington Hills will benefit C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, a charity that provides a food pantry, clothing bank, and other services for people in need.Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts between November 12 and 21, making shoppers aware of the Season of Sharing Food Drive. To support the drive and fill C.A.R.E.S. food pantry shelves:Purchase a pre-made “Ready to Go” food donation bag filled with 16 items that will be given to a family in need.Make a donation of any amount.Purchase $5 gift cards for producePurchase $10 gift cards for meats.Donate your bottle return slips. To sign up, visit signupgenius.com/go/70a0844aba72ea2fc1-buschs.To learn more about C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, visit caresfh.org. Reported bylast_img read more

Mobile Communication Antennas Market to Grow 10% every year from 2017-2021

first_imgAccording to a report published by Technavio, the global mobile communication antenna market is expected to show a CAGR of over 10% during the 2017-2021 period. The report forecasts, the increasing demand for network capacity to access connected services is one of the key factors triggering this growth of the market.The research report ‘Global Mobile Communication Antenna Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. It also includes an up-to-date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions. The market research analysis categorizes the global mobile communication antenna market into Smart antenna, LDS and BTS.In 2016, the smart antenna segment accounted for 59% of the global market and is projected to decline to 58% by 2021, exhibiting almost 1% decrease in market share. The growth of complementary technologies such as SDN and NFV is an emerging trend in the mobile communication antenna market space. By 2020, approximately 2.2 billion mobile connections will be using LTE technology out of the total 8.5 billion mobile connections.This growth in mobile data traffic is driven by an increase in the number of data capable devices and high-bandwidth applications. It is expected that the global mobile data traffic will surpass 30 exabytes by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 59% from 2015 to 2020. Software-defined networking (SDN) enables new revenue streams to telecom operators by re-examining network architectures, introducing virtualization and providing intelligence solutions. SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) enables more flexibility and seamless integration with infrastructure layers. NFV leverages advancements in server virtualization and enterprise IT virtualization; whereas, SDN allows logical centralization of control functions.last_img read more

Pinnick v Chris Giwa: NFF lawyer, Festus Keyamo provides details, reveals FIFA’s position

first_imgLawyer to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Festus Keyamo, has given full details on the crisis rocking the Nigerian football house.Speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday morning, Keyamo said Giwa was facing a worldwide ban from FIFA and cannot be the NFF President.Keyamo said that the Supreme Court never ordered Amaju Pinnick to vacate the NFF office for Chris Giwa to take over.According to him, “Chris Giwa has never been a party to any case in court. And Amaju Pinnck has also never been a party to any case in court.“As I speak to you, Giwa and Pinnick have never been parties to any case in court, whether at the Federal High Court or the Supreme Court.“So What happened was that when the Attorney-General looked at the judgement of the Supreme Court in April, he gave an opinion that there was nothing to enforce and advised all parties to go back to the lower court to determine the case on the merit.“It was after this suggestion by the Attorney General that Giwa went back to the lower court and in an es parte motion, there was no contest – there was no service of paper on Amaju Pinnick or any of his lawyers – an es parte motion, only Giwa was heard. and the court ordered that Giwa, who was not party to the case should take over NFF and that the election that produced him should be recognised.“Let me say this to all Nigerians, Giwa is on a journey to nowhere. It will end the way it had started.” He warned that the Giwa is only poised to bringing down FIFA’s hammer on Nigeria.In an earlier statement, Keyamo had said, “While our client respects the sanctity of court orders, unfortunately the said court orders are not binding on FIFA, the world football governing body. The NFF is an affiliation of FIFA. It should be noted that FIFA has consistently maintained that same matter has been taken to the highest Court of Sport Arbitration in Switzerland by this same individuals and they have lost.“FIFA is only bound by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports and does not tolerate or entertain decisions by local courts in footballing nations worldwide.“Hence, FIFA has since upheld the decision of the court of Arbitration on this matter and recognised the NFF board led by Amaju Pinnick. Nigeria has a duty to comply to that decision.“In addition, for the indiscretion of those individuals like Chris Giwa to approach the local court, FIFA has since imposed a worldwide ban on them from all football activites.”last_img read more

Showa Modern outruns favorite at Yasuda Kinen

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Showa Modern, eighth in the pre-race odds, covered the 1,600-meter turf track in 1 minute, 31.7 seconds.Super Hornet and Smile Jack made it close in a photo finish for second and third. Reach the Crown placed 14th in the 18-horse field.“He (Show Modern) got rid of some fatigue from the previous race and his break at the end was fantastic. I was confident in his ability. The race went just as I had imagined,” said Goto.A Shin Forward took the lead in the early going before Triumph March made a move on the outside to go neck and neck on the final straight, but Showa Modern broke to the front and held off desperate charges by Super Hornet and Smile jack.The six-year-old won his first Grade One race and earned 100 million yen for the first prize. It was Goto’s second career victory at the Yasuda Kinen.“It is somewhat late in his career to win a Grade One race, but I believe he still he has a lot of fight in him,” said Goto.Showa Modern paid out ¥1,390 on a ¥100 wager. Long-shot Showa Modern won the Yasuda Kinen by a comfortable margin while top favorite Reach the Crown faded into the distance on Sunday.Jockey Hiroki Goto led his horse out of the pack on the final furlong to cross the finish a half length ahead of sixth pick Super Hornet, with fifth favorite Smile Jack in third at Tokyo Racecourse.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more