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Education secretary faces legal over masks

Official guidance says masks should be worn by secondary school pupils in lessons and anywhere indoors at school where it is not possible to socially distance. However lawyers for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have sent Gavin Williamson a...

Record number of amputation negligence claims

Figures show that negligence claims against NHS trusts relating to limb amputations have risen by almost 75 per cent in 10 years. According to figures released in response to a request under Freedom of Information law, a record 122 amputation cases were...

BBC spends £1million fighting equal pay claims

THE BBC has spent more than £1 million fighting equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by its own staff. The BBC has been widely criticised over pay inequalities since a discrepancy in earnings between Carrie Gracie, its former China editor,...

Social media firms warned against smuggling

MPs have been told the Home Office will name and shame social media companies that don’t take down material advertising people smuggling. The security minister, James Brokenshire, said the Government would publish interim codes setting out what social...

Well done Rhys!

Once more the HCB Group has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading education law firms and we’re delighted that the Independent has chosen to use the firm as an authoritative source of information. Well done, Rhys!   Andrew...

Jump in teaching staff earning more than £100k

Despite vice-chancellors demanding a £2 billion bailout from the Government to cover costs during the coronavirus pandemic the number of university staff paid more than £100,000 has risen by 14 per cent in the past year. Research by the...

Criminal gangs allegedly pocketed £2 billion of furlough money

A report has found that organised crime gangs have got their hands on up to £2 billion from the Government’s furlough scheme.   The National Audit Office, which oversees government spending on behalf of Parliament, released a report which...

Proposed new motoring laws could mean life sentences

Proposed new laws announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) mean drivers who cause death while using their mobile phone at the wheel could face life sentences. The Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is proposing that maximum jail terms should be increased...

BBC warning it will enforce the law

The BBC is warning that it will “enforce the law” if pensioners refuse to pay but continue watching television.   In a task expected to take at least two months 16-page letters are being sent to 4.5 million pensioners giving the...

Video links to be used with Wills

Changes to the 183-year-old rules on wills, to be announced by the Ministry of Justice, will see legalisation changed to allow wills to be witnessed using video links. The Wills Act of 1837, passed in the same year Victoria became Queen, has for nearly two...
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