No finding of discrimination for British Gurkha pension scheme – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 30th, 2016 in Gurkhas, human rights, immigration, news, pensions, race discrimination by tracey

‘British Gurkha Welfare Society and others v. The United Kingdom, Application no. 44818/11. The Court has rejected claims that the cut-off scheme for British Gurkha pensions was in violation of Article 14 in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol 1, but leaves open space for future proceedings.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th September 2016

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High Court rejects solicitor’s bid to judicially review Bar Standards Board – Legal Futures

Posted September 30th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A solicitor who made multiple complaints against two barristers who acted for the claimant in litigation in which he was a defendant, has failed in an application to judicially review the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) decision to dismiss the complaints.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2016

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Woman sentenced for illegal trade of tiger skins – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A woman has been given a six month suspended prison sentence at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for attempting to sell two tiger skin rugs illegally on eBay in 2014.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 30/09/2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross at the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Conference – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 30th, 2016 in judiciary, magistrates, speeches by tracey

‘Providing Sufficient Resources for the Courts and Judiciary as a Fundamental Constitutional Obligation.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th September 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar regulator’s complaints-handling process is thorough and fair, says Independent Observer – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 30th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The way in which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) deals with complaints against barristers and handles disciplinary proceedings is thorough and fair, says the Independent Observer’s latest report, published today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th September 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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False terror kidnap claim trio to serve an extra 6 years in jail – Attorney General’s Office

‘A West Midlands policeman and his two accomplices who claimed terrorists were going to kidnap a fellow officer were today sentenced to a cumulative 6 extra years in jail.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 29th September 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 30th, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2016

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 30th, 2016 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

NH v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2348 (Admin) (28 September 2016)

The Secretary of State, R (on the application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Norfolk & Anor [2016] EWHC 2279 (Admin) (28 September 2016)

Justice for Health Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Health [2016] EWHC 2338 (Admin) (28 September 2016)

Henry, R (on the application of) v The Bar Standards Board [2016] EWHC 2343 (Admin) (28 September 2016)

High Court (Family Division)

FD (Inherent Jurisdiction: Power of Arrest) [2016] EWHC 2358 (Fam) (28 September 2016))

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Sussex Police v Secretary of State for Transport & Anor [2016] EWHC 2280 (QB) (28 September 2016)

Middleton & Anor v Person Or Persons Unknown [2016] EWHC 2354 (QB) (28 September 2016)

Source: www.bailii.org

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MoJ told to comply with jailed drug baron’s kosher food FoI demands – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 30th, 2016 in food, freedom of information, Judaism, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘A man jailed for 25 years for his role in a drug-smuggling plot has scored a victory over the Ministry of Justice, which has been told it failed to carry out ‘reasonable research’ about imports of kosher food into prisons.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th September 2016

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One-third of family court cases have no representative at all – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 30th, 2016 in family courts, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘More than a third of cases in the family court have no legal representative for either party, new statistics show.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th September 2016

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Archer v Titchener: what would a family court decide? – Family Law Week

Posted September 30th, 2016 in change of name, children, custody, domestic violence, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘Jennifer Kotilaine, Pauline Troy, Emma Romer and Eilidh Gardner, all barristers at 42 Bedford Row, consider the family law implications for the Archer family following Helen’s much-publicised acquittal in the criminal court.’

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Family law Week, 21st September 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Cyril Smith child abuse case: No further action – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘No charges will be brought after a long-running investigation into claims former MP Cyril Smith abused boys.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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Police body cameras ‘cut complaints against officers’ – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in complaints, news, police, video recordings by tracey

‘Police body cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers, research suggests.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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MoD censured over soldier’s death on Lydd range – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in armed forces, firearms, health & safety, inquests, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been censured over the death of a soldier who was shot in the neck during a training exercise.
Fusilier Dean Griffiths, 21, of First Battalion the Royal Welsh, died at Lydd Range, Kent in September 2011.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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Woman cut out of father’s £1m will refused slice of fortune as judge tells her lack of job is ‘lifestyle choice’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2016 in financial provision, news, unemployment, wills by tracey

‘A daughter cut out of her entrepreneur father’s £1million will because he believed grown-up children should “look after themselves” has been refused a slice of his fortune by a judge. For Danielle Ames, unemployment was “a lifestyle choice” and she was fit and able to work, said Judge David Halpern QC.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2016

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G4S equality helpline contract raises serious concern, high court told – The Guardian

‘Awarding global security firm G4S the contract to run a national discrimination helpline raises “serious and legitimate grounds for concern” and risks undermining the service’s credibility, the high court has been told. A judicial review challenge supported by human rights groups and the Law Centres Network has called on the government to delay transferring operation of the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to G4S.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2016

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Top police officer told to step down because he showed ‘unacceptable insensitivity’ to Hillsborough victims – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2016 in bereavement, dismissal, inquests, news, police, sport, victims by tracey

‘South Yorkshire’s most senior police officer was told to step down because he showed unacceptable insensitivity to Hillsborough disaster victims, his police and crime commissioner has said. PCC Alan Billings suspended Chief Constable David Crompton and on Thursday asked him to resign after he delivered a controversial statement following the Hillsborough inquest alluding to “other contributory factors” to blame for the deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Ben Emmerson quits child sex abuse inquiry one day after being suspended – The Independent

Posted September 30th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The top lawyer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has quit, only a day after being suspended from his role. Ben Emmerson QC decided to step down from his post of senior counsel after two years in the job.’

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The Independent, 29th September 2016

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Attorney General to defend Brexit legal challenge – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 29th, 2016 in attorney general, EC law, press releases, referendums, trials by tracey

‘The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP, James Eadie QC, Jason Coppel QC, Tom Cross and Christopher Knight have been named as the counsel who will ask the High Court to reject a claim that legal obstacles stand in the way of Government giving effect to the referendum result and triggering Article 50.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th September 2016

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 29th, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The Gaming Duty (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Al-Qaida (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No. 4) Order 2016

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2016

The Prison and Young Offender Institution (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2016

The Town and Country Planning (Section 62A Applications) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Immigration (Variation of Leave) Order 2016

The Criminal Justice (Electronic Monitoring) (Responsible Person) Order 2016

The Capital Allowances (Environmentally Beneficial Plant and Machinery) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2016

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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