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Are whistleblowers protected enough?

Whistleblowing is a situation in which someone reports wrongdoing at their workplace. This could relate to things like law-breaking, environmental damage, health and safety concerns, or dishonesty.

It is widely recognised to be in the public interest for workers to be able to make disclosures of this nature. However, recent reports suggest that not enough is being done to protect and encourage whistleblowers, especially in the teaching profession.


Serious sentence for medical negligence

In early November 2013 consultant surgeon David Sellu was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

When presented with a patient suffering from severe abdominal pains, Sellu suspected a ruptured bowel but delayed in prescribing antibiotics and doing abdominal scans. The patient, James Hughes, went on to die and the court found that he would have stood a higher chance of surviving had Sellu treated him with the appropriate urgency.


How serious can defamation on your blog really be?

Jail serious, that’s how serious.

Stuart Syvret, a politician and former Health Minister of Jersey, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment on 4th November in connection with material published on his blog. He had made grave allegations against a nurse in a hospital with a high death rate, and against several individuals regarding historic child abuse in Jersey care homes.


Is it ok to wear religious symbols at work?

Freedom of expression with regard to religion has been in the news again this week.

The Independent reports that two British Christians appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Monday. They came to press their case for the freedom to wear a cross or crucifix at work, under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Husband spends £50,000 winnings in four months to deny estranged wife a share

Scott Brown, a 33-year-old sign manufacturer and fitter from Doncaster, spoke to the Daily Mail last week about spending £50,000 in winnings from a TV game show in only four months.

Brown was asked for a divorce by his wife, with whom he has two children, in December 2011. He alleges that she had been having an affair. By April he had moved out of the family home and was sleeping on the floor at his parents’ house.

‘Resilient’ London tube bombing survivor faces deportation

A report in the Telegraph on Sunday relates how a 70-year-old survivor of the London tube bombing in July 2005, who still has shrapnel embedded in his head, has been shocked to learn he cannot attain British citizenship.

Professor John Tulloch has been living a financially secure life, most recently residing in the Vale of Glamorgan with his British wife. He also has children who are British.


Met police take tough stance on brothels ahead of Olympics

The Guardian reports that a campaign group, Stop the Arrests, is protesting about the way the Metropolitan police are ‘cleaning up’ brothels in five London boroughs ahead of the Olympics. The Boroughs are Newham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Stop the Arrests has attracted backing from some local celebrities and politicians, such as Brooke Magnanti, the author of Belle Du Jour, a novelisation of the memoirs of a call-girl; Labour MP John McDonnell and Jenny Jones, the Green party chairperson.


Part IV of our series on alternative dispute resolution - arbitration

Part IV: Arbitration

Today is the fourth part of our blog series on alternative dispute resolution. The two previous posts have looked at mediation in general and what types of disputes are suitable for mediation.

In this post we will be looking at arbitration, which will be continued in next week’s post when the focus will be on the type of disputes commonly solved through arbitration. (more…)

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