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The Human Rights Act 1998 – anticipating Covid-19 claims

This is the first in a series of articles considering the Human Rights Act 1998 (‘HRA’) and the Covid-19 pandemic. The first group is designed as a general reminder/ overview of claims under the Human Rights Act 1998, in particular claims arising from alleged breaches of Article 2 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Tom Gent represents care homes at remotely attended inquests

Tom Gent has represented the interests of two care homes at two inquests (one held in Maidstone Coroner’s Court, the other in Ipswich). Each inquest was concluded within one day and neither involved a jury. Counsel and some witnesses attended remotely, with others attending the court room. Maidstone’s chosen platform was Skype for Business, whereas Ipswich used Microsoft Teams.

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Sentences Passed for Serious Driving Offences

Tom Gent has defended two drivers who faced serious charges before Bradford Crown Court.
The first had entered a guilty plea to causing death by dangerous driving following a collision between his car and a pedestrian in Halifax in 2018. The evidence established that he had been travelling at a speed at least 50% over the limit and had driven through traffic signals that were displaying a red light. The case had been delayed by lockdown, but an in-person hearing took place this week, at which the Defendant was sentenced to 32 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 3 years and 4 months.

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