Alison Tobin

Alison Tobin


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Enforcement of EU Law: is there anything new under the sun? (PART 1) – Dr Melanie Smith and Dr Sara Drake

Posted on 5 September 2014 by Alison Tobin

There is little positive commentary in the media regarding the enforcement of EU obligations (or the EU more generally of course) despite the fact that member states’ infringements tend to undermine citizens’ rights: from air passenger rights to holiday pay, to clean beaches and cleaner air, EU enforcement has generally been a force for rights’
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The Care Quality Commission Raises Concerns About ‘Blanket Rules’ In Mental Health Services – Lucy Series

Posted on 29 January 2014 by Alison Tobin

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a legal duty to monitor how mental health services are exercising their powers under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) – a legal framework governing detention and compulsory treatment of people with mental health problems. Yesterday the CQC published its annual report, raising lots of very important issues. I
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The Francis Inquiry Report into Events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust: The Proposed Duty of Candour – Professor Vivienne Harpwood

Posted on 12 February 2013 by Alison Tobin

Those with long memories will have read The Francis Report with a sense of déjà vu. The Report, published on February 6th 2013, contained echoes of recommendations made in the Kennedy Report into children’s heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2001.  Both reports were the culmination of many months of investigating and sifting
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Chaplin, Eweida, Ladele and McFarlane: the judgment – Frank Cranmer, Honorary Research Fellow

Posted on 17 January 2013 by Alison Tobin

On 15 January the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in what began as four cases involving four separate claimants who argued, as committed Christians, that the actions of their employers had violated their rights to manifest their religion under the terms of the European Convention of Human Rights: Shirley Chaplin, Nadia Eweida,
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David v Goliath – David Dixon

Posted on 4 December 2012 by Alison Tobin

The third week of November was one of the most momentous weeks in the history of Wales.  On the Monday the Silk Commission published its first report.  It recommends that certain tax raising powers (including the variation of income tax should such a proposal be accepted in a referendum) should be devolved to Wales.  On
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