Even the courts can fall victim to fraud and certainly did so in one case in which a disbarred barrister deceived family judges on a wholesale basis into believing that they had jurisdiction to entertain divorce petitions lodged by foreign nationals.
News Dec 7, 2017

Even the courts can fall victim to fraud and certainly did so in one case in which a disbarred barrister deceived family judges on a wholesale basis into believing that they had jurisdiction to entertain divorce petitions lodged by foreign nationals.

The case concerned 20 divorce petitions and one to dissolve a civil partnership. Some of them had proceeded to the point where decrees nisi or absolute were granted. The fraud was detected after it emerged that, in each case, the address of one or other of the divorcing parties was given as the same house in London.

That address belonged to members of the family of a former barrister who had been disbarred after being convicted of benefit frauds. Forensic analysis of the petitions suggested to varying degrees of probability that, in some cases, he had forged the signatures or sworn statements of the petitioner, the respondent, or both.

After proceedings were launched by the Queen’s…

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In a landmark litigation case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court ruled that ‘a series of systemic failures’ in the investigative process had caused avoidable delays in bringing him to justice.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims. Two of their number – referred to as DSD and NBV – launched claims against the force, alleging that mishandling of the investigation amounted to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans inhuman or degrading treatment.

Their lawyers alleged that the force had failed to conduct a reasonable and efficient investigation into the assaults upon them and, as a result, failed to apprehend and secure the conviction of Worboys for an unreasonably long period of time, during which he…

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