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Ministers are failing to protect women in the military from bullying and assault | Stephanie Peacock

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I recently heard the story of a servicewoman in the armed forces who a few years ago was subject to an act of alleged assault by a colleague. The incident was reported to the military authorities and a wealth of evidence was provided, including pictures of bruising, eyewitness accounts and a detailed video statement. Justice has still not been served. Not only was the case reduced to a disciplinary matter in the military court system, but the alleged offender was allowed to continue his service. Sadly, this case is not a one-off. Though most of our servicewomen have fantastic, fulfilling […]

American Express champions the vital role of small businesses

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Why litigation is a game of chess

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DWF senior associate Paul Maddock explains how his passion for board games helps in his day-to-day legal life Image credit: Unsplash The reason Paul Maddock, senior associate, DWF, enjoys commercial litigation so much is that it’s all about strategy and solving problems. “I like board games and strategy games from chess to Monopoly,” he says. “Litigation is a similar thing because you’re trying to do the best you can with the hand you — or your client — have been dealt. On the first day, the client gives you the documents and the facts, you piece them together and give […]

Court backlog 'will remain a problem for years to come' – National Audit Office

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The government’s own modelling suggests the Crown court backlog may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025 at the earliest, the public spending watchdog has revealed. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office also said the Ministry of Justice and HM Courts & Tribunals Service were ‘not yet working towards shared, strategic objectives for recovering in criminal courts’ and had a ‘poor understanding’ of how the court recovery programme has affected vulnerable and ethnic minority users. According to the report, the Ministry of Justice’s latest models indicate that the backlog could be between 17% and 27% higher than […]

Kids of divorce at risk over vaccine litigation

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SHARE THIS STORY                               Children in divorce are at risk in vaccine litigation. Attorney Jeffery M. Leving discusses why its an important issue that must be addressed. Leving’s website is www.DadsRights.com. By Jeffery M. Leving I appreciate the feeling of powerlessness expressed by parents, especially divorced and separated fathers who want to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, but who are encountering resistance from their ex-spouse. Many divorce decrees or custody arrangements have some degree of shared parenting, and in certain instances, […]

Jailing of most mothers for non-violent crimes should stop, says report

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The imprisonment of many mothers serving sentences for non-violent and relatively minor crimes should be ended and community women’s centres used instead, according to research that has found separation can increase the risk of children being exploited and cost hundreds of thousands of pounds for just a single case. A report from UK crime and justice consultancy Crest Advisory, called Counting the Cost of Maternal Imprisonment, has tracked the impact of the imprisonment of mothers on both them and their children and, for the first time, worked out the financial cost. One of the cases that was tracked involved a […]

Ombudsman proposes outsourcing and higher pay to beat backlog

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The legal ombudsman wants to draft in agency staff to plug a persisting backlog in unresolved complaints – as well as an end to the office’s pay freeze.  In a consultation on its business plan for the 2022/23 year, the complaints handler revealed that the pool of cases yet even to be investigated stood at 5,677 by the end of September, 9% more than had been forecast at the start of this year. The scale of the backlog was larger than the entire output of the organisation in 2020/21 and remains a ‘critical factor’ after several difficult years. The unopened […]

Dating After Divorce At 50: What To Wear, What To Say And Other Tips

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When I was 49 years old, I ended a six year relationship. Single again at 49 and dating again was nauseating to think about, but I did it. Is dating after divorce at 50 easy? Um… How can I say this delicately? HELL NO. That said, there are many many benefits to dating after divorce at 50! Soooooo many!! It’s really fun and you definitely care a lot less about what people think of you. Despite all the baggage and the tainted outlook some people over 50 have, I think people dating after divorce over 50 are so much more […]

Wilson Elser Study on Litigation Management Practices Finds Strong Support for Strategic Use of Virt…

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NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — National law firm Wilson Elser today announced that a study it commissioned on the impact of COVID-19 on litigation management practices found that 80% of participants indicated organizations have “seen sufficient benefit from virtual activities” in order to continue them post-COVID-19 and are looking to include them in their guidelines going forward. “Wilson Elser lawyers have had considerable experience with virtual litigation over the past 18 months and have seen firsthand how interviews, meetings, depositions, mediations and even trials can be accomplished virtually in an efficient and productive manner,” says Mathew Ross, a […]