The Justice Gap http://thejusticegap.com A magazine about law & justice - and the difference between the two Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:51:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Justice for Grenfell – what does it mean? http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/justice-grenfell-mean/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/justice-grenfell-mean/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:50:51 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15136 Justice for Grenfell – what does it mean? Think for a moment about what – practically – the victims of the Grenfell disaster are facing. Perhaps very few of them have had any experience of the legal system before, but as a result of last week’s fire they will all have to contend with virtually […]

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Benefit cap unlawful and causes ‘real misery for no good purpose’, rules High Court http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/benefit-cap-unlawful-causes-real-misery-no-good-purpose-rules-high-court/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/benefit-cap-unlawful-causes-real-misery-no-good-purpose-rules-high-court/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:02:15 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15132 Benefit cap unlawful and causes ‘real misery for no good purpose’, rules High Court The cap on benefits for people who work less than 16 hours per week was ruled to be unlawful in its discrimination against lone parent families by the High Court yesterday. Delivering the judgment, Mr Justice Collins said that the policy […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: tenants’ rights and the gaps in the law http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-tower-fire-tenants-rights-gaps-law/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-tower-fire-tenants-rights-gaps-law/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:39:08 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15128 Grenfell Tower fire: tenants’ rights and the gaps in the law The Grenfell Action Group and residents raised repeated concerns about the apparent neglect of health and safety legislation. Whilst there are several potential causes of action, the reality for tenants is that they would have struggled to bring a claim for a number of […]

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Prisons inspector calls decision to drop reform programme from Queen’s Speech ‘missed opportunity’ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/prisons-inspector-calls-decision-drop-reform-programme-queens-speech-missed-opportunity/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/prisons-inspector-calls-decision-drop-reform-programme-queens-speech-missed-opportunity/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:58:30 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15123 Prisons inspector calls decision to drop reform programme from Queen’s Speech ‘missed opportunity’ The Chief Inspector of Prisons has called Theresa May’s decision to jettison its prison reform programme from a trimmed down Queen’s Speech ‘a missed opportunity’. In a strongly worded response, Peter Clarke pointed out that the Prisons and Courts Reform bill ‘enjoyed […]

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Grenfell residents must not be ‘excluded’ from their own inquiry, warns Michael Mansfield QC http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-residents-must-not-excluded-inquiry-warns-michael-mansfield-qc/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-residents-must-not-excluded-inquiry-warns-michael-mansfield-qc/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:36:03 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15119 Grenfell residents must not be ‘excluded’ from their own inquiry, warns Michael Mansfield QC A leading human rights lawyer has called on the Grenfell Tower residents to insist that they were not ‘excluded’ from any forthcoming inquiry. Michael Mansfield QC called on victims of the Kensington tower-block blaze which killed at least 79 people to act immediately: […]

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#CCRC20: Our lives were destroyed that day http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/ccrc20-lives-destroyed-day/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/ccrc20-lives-destroyed-day/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:10:32 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15115 #CCRC20: Our lives were destroyed that day Another family’s story: The following account is by Susan, a South Wales Against Wrongful Convictions member. This is part of on 20 years of the CCRC I am a proud sister to Colin, who has been convicted of a “crime” that never happened. I could be any of […]

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Eligible legal aid clients left without local representation – one reason we’re taking part in the Brighton Legal Walk http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/eligible-legal-aid-clients-left-without-local-representation-one-reason-taking-part-brighton-legal-walk/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/eligible-legal-aid-clients-left-without-local-representation-one-reason-taking-part-brighton-legal-walk/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:48:37 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15112 Eligible legal aid clients left without local representation – one reason we’re taking part in the Brighton Legal Walk You might think that those asylum seekers and immigrants who qualify for state-funded legal advice and representation, following cuts to the scope of legal aid in 2013, are the lucky ones. But even where legal aid […]

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Legal challenge begins over unaccompanied child refugees http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/legal-challenge-begins-unaccompanied-child-refugees/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/legal-challenge-begins-unaccompanied-child-refugees/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:50:20 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15109 Legal challenge begins over unaccompanied child refugees A legal challenge to the Government’s failure to implement the Dubs Amendment begins today in the High Court. The charity Help Refugees is represented by Leigh Day solicitors will argue that the government’s closure of the Dubs scheme, after so few children have so far benefited from it, constitutes […]

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Legal lacuna prevented Grenfell Tower residents taking action http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/legal-lacuna-prevented-grenfell-tower-residents-taking-action/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/legal-lacuna-prevented-grenfell-tower-residents-taking-action/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:57:10 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15103 Legal lacuna prevented Grenfell Tower residents taking action A gap in the law left the Grenfell Tower residents with no legal redress before disaster struck, housing law specialists have claimed. Seven months before the blaze at the 24-story tower block in North Kensington on Wednesday morning, which police fear may have killed as many as […]

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Grenfell Towers: Beware the culture of denial and institutional defensiveness http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-towers-beware-culture-denial-institutional-defensiveness/ http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/grenfell-towers-beware-culture-denial-institutional-defensiveness/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:21:46 +0000 http://thejusticegap.com/?p=15098 Grenfell Towers: Beware the culture of denial and institutional defensiveness In the immediate aftermath of the terrible disaster at Grenfell Towers Pete Weatherby QC from Garden Court North Chambers provides his view on what urgent steps must be taken next Now the valiant rescue efforts of firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services has come to […]

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