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5th Nov 2020Newsletters

Police officers and the use of force – are we really all missing the point?: R (Officer W80) v Director General of the Independent Officer for Police Conduct [2020] EWCA Civ 1301

Introduction The Court of Appeal has recently delivered an interesting and potentially very significant judgment in the case of Officer W80. The case concerned the use of force by a police officer and whether misconduct proceedings could subsequently be instituted against him on the basis of his honestly held but mistaken belief.   Facts The […]

5th Nov 2020Newsletters

A non-sexually motivated sexual assault?: GMC v Haris [2020] EWHC 2518 (Admin)

Dr Haris faced allegations from two patients that he had conducted non-clinically indicated, intimate examinations without consent. He asserted forcefully that the alleged conduct simply never happened – and also called additional evidence to support his position that he was asexual. The MPT accepted the evidence of the two patients and found the majority of […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

COVID-19 & Custody Time Limits: An Update

The refusal of HHJ Raynor at Woolwich Crown Court to extend the custody time limit in two unrelated cases has been widely reported. An application to extend the custody time limit in a third case was heard by Mrs Justice Whipple, although HHJ Raynor had previously had conduct of the case. The first three defendants […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

R v Broughton Clarifying Causation in Gross Negligence Manslaughter

SUMMARY In 2017 a 24-year-old woman, Louella Fletcher Michie, died at the Bestival Music Festival, having taken 2-CP, a Class A drug, supplied by her boyfriend, the appellant. The Prosecution’s case was that having supplied the drug and remained with her, the appellant owed Louella a duty of care to secure medical assistance as her […]