Madaline Dunn

Articles By Madaline Dunn:

Serious blow for the “Seriously Flawed” Office

In a much-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court recently handed down its judgement that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had overreached in its attempt to seek overseas documents from non-UK company KBR (US). Over the years, the SFO has earned a reputation for systemic incompetence and inefficiency. This ruling has no doubt dealt another significant blow…

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Court case backlog pushes system to the brink

The criminal justice system (CJS) has been critically underfunded and subjected to a serious erosion of resources for years. So, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, it worsened the already fragmented nature of the system. With the nationwide lockdown placing restrictions on its functionality, the government has scrambled to find solutions, seemingly to no avail. The…

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Reform for “outdated” Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act (MHA) is nearly 40-years-old, and outlines how individuals can be detained involuntarily, as well as the treatment they will receive while in hospital. However, over the years, despite attitudes to mental illness and its treatment evolving, the legislation regulating this area has remained largely unchanged. The legislation significantly restricts the autonomy…

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The problem with the Sexual Exploitation Bill

In the UK, it is estimated that there are over 70,000 sex workers in the UK, and around 90% are women. Many of these women are vulnerable, exploited and subject to extreme poverty. This situation has of course been worsened by austerity cuts, the introduction of universal credit, and most recently the Coronavirus pandemic. As…

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The Online Harms Bill and the “new age of accountability”

At long last, after many delays, the UK government is set to introduce the world’s “first online safety laws”. This follows a consultation that began in April of last year. It also responds to concerns about the increased distribution of child sexual abuse images, terrorist propaganda, “lawful but harmful” activity and disinformation. Ultimately, while the…

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Government launches review into gambling laws

The government recently launched its review into gambling laws in the UK, its first in nearly twenty years. The review will examine whether the Gambling Act 2005 is still fit for purpose in the digital age. Specifically, it will look into the impact of gambling advertisement, potential restrictions, age and online stake limits, as well…

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NHS faces legal action over gender clinic wait

A 14-year-old transgender boy has initiated legal action against the NHS over significant delays to gender reassignment treatment. Acting on behalf of the teenager, the Good Law Project has written a letter before action addressed to the NHS. This letter highlights the unlawful nature of the delays and requests that the NHS meets its statutory…

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Government’s hostile environment policy breached equality laws, says EHRC

A recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), found that the Home Office’s hostile environment fundamentally breached equality laws, subjecting many to “serious injustices”. Responding to the deeply troubling report, the Home Office has pledged to “right the wrongs” caused by the policy. However, for many this pledge is too little, too…

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UK privacy watchdog faces legal action

Back in June 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that the Adtech industry had committed privacy violations against the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Specifically concerns were raised around its use of real-time-Bidding auction systems. In a report, the ICO gave the industry six months to make good on it’s violations, before potential regulatory…

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Legal action launched by dementia campaign group

John’s Campaign was launched back in November 2014, by London based carer Nicci Gerrard, and Julia Jones. It seeks to protect the rights of patients with dementia, and fights for extended visiting rights for family carers of patients with dementia. Of course, the COVID-19 lockdown significantly worsened the visitation situation in care homes. Many elderly…

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