Lord McAlpine and libel reform – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2012 in bills, defamation, immunity, media, news, public interest by sally

“What the Newsnight debacle can tell us about proposed changes to defamation law.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Environmental and Planning Law Newsletter – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted November 14th, 2012 in costs, environmental protection, judicial review, news, planning, tribunals by sally

Environmental and Planning Law Newsletter (PDF)

Thirty Nine Essex Street, November 2012

Source: www.39essex.com

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 14th, 2012 in law reports by sally

High Court (Chancery Division)

Yeates & Anor v Line & Anor [2012] EWHC 3085 (Ch) (12 November 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

L, R (on the application of) v West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 3200 (Admin) (13 November 2012)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Vertase FLI Ltd v Squibb Group Ltd [2012] EWHC 3194 (TCC) (13 November 2012)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Man who put cat in tumble drier jailed – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2012 in animal cruelty, internet, news, sentencing, video recordings by sally

“A man who put his cat in a tumble drier and posted the footage on YouTube has been jailed.”

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The Independent, 13th November 2012

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UK continues to oppose new single EU data protection law regime – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 14th, 2012 in data protection, EC law, jurisdiction, news by sally

“The UK, together with a number of other EU member states, is still opposed to the creation of a new singularly applicable data protection regime across the trading bloc, according to a new report.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

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Abu Qatada: Preventing a flagrant denial of justice – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 14th, 2012 in appeals, deportation, evidence, human rights, news, terrorism, torture by sally

“Earlier today [13 November], Abu Qatada was released from Long Lartin prison following his successful appeal before the Special Immigration Appeal’s Commission (SIAC). Qatada was challenging the decision to deport him to Jordan, where he faces a retrial for alleged terrorism offences.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th November 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Former MI5 chief General Baroness Manningham-Buller backs proposals for judges to hear intelligence evidence in secret – The Independent

“Intelligence relationships between the UK and other countries could be ‘seriously jeopardised’ unless judges are allowed to hear evidence in secret, a former MI5 chief has said today.”

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The Independent, 14th November 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Unpopular Twitter accounts could escape prosecution for ‘grossly offensive’ tweets – Daily Telegraph

“Twitter account holders with few followers could escape prosecution for posting ‘grossly offensive’ messages as part of an attempt to protect free speech online, under new guidelines being developed by Britain’s most senior prosecutor.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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European court ruling could see minor criminal records withheld from employers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2012 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, human rights, news, vetting by sally

“People with minor criminal records may not have them disclosed to potential employers in future after the European Court of Human Rights condemned the lack of scope for discretion in Britain’s current vetting system.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Government acts to remove “gender bias” on parental leave and flexible working – OUT-LAW.com

“A new system of shared flexible parental leave will allow parents to choose how they share childcare responsibilities in the first year after a child’s birth, the Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

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Margaret Moran received £53,000 in bogus MP expenses, jury finds -The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2012 in expenses, false accounting, news, parliament, supervision orders by sally

“Margaret Moran, former Labour MP for Luton South, received more than £53,000 in fraudulent expenses, a jury has found, despite her being mentally unfit to stand trial.”

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The Guardian, 13th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 14th, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Communications (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Order 2012

The Trial of the Pyx (Amendment) Order 2012

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2012

The International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc.) Regulations 2012

The Community Radio (Guernsey) Order 2012

The Police Pensions (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Speech to Annual Bar Conference 2012: Fight for your future or be lost forever – Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar

Posted November 14th, 2012 in barristers, legal services, news, public interest by sally

Speech to Annual Bar Conference 2012: Fight for your future or be lost forever (PDF)

Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar

27th Annual Bar Conference Speech, 10th November 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Update on recent Tribunal decisions part 4: qualified exemptions and the public interest – Panopticon

Posted November 14th, 2012 in freedom of information, news, public interest, tribunals by sally

“In the final part of our round-up of recent decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal, Panopticon looks at the qualified exemptions, the public interest and a few other loose ends.”

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Panopticon, 13th November 2012

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Update on recent Tribunal decisions part 3: personal data of public officials and relating to court proceedings – Panopticon

Posted November 14th, 2012 in data protection, freedom of information, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

“I posted a few days ago about some recent decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal on requests under FOIA and the EIR for personal data. There have been a number of decisions on this issue of late. The following are of note, as they illustrate the types of issues very frequently encountered by public authorities. They also illustrate the nuanced and forensic approach taken by some Tribunals. There may not be a presumption in favour of disclosing personal data, but public authorities should beware assuming that Tribunals will be equally cautious about disclosing all types of personal data.”

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Panopticon, 13th November 2012

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Yeates and another v Line and another – WLR Daily

Yeates and another v Line and another [2012] EWHC 3085 (Ch); [2012] WLR (D) 319

“An oral compromise agreement was not void by virtue of section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 merely because it had a disposing effect. The compromise agreement was not an agreement for ‘the sale or other disposition of an interest in land’ within the meaning of section 2(1), so that despite being oral it was a valid contract.”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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R (Nirula) v First-tier Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber) – WLR Daily

Posted November 14th, 2012 in appeals, human rights, immigration, jurisdiction, law reports, tribunals by sally

R (Nirula) v First-tier Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber) [2012] EWCA Civ 1436; [2012] WLR (D) 318

“A person may not appeal against an immigration decision from within the United Kingdom in reliance on section 92(4)(a) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 unless he made a human rights claim or an asylum claim to the Secretary of State before instituting the appeal; where the claim is made for the first time in the notice of appeal, it is open to the First-tier Tribunal itself to take the jurisdictional point.”

WLR Daily, 8th November 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Court of Protection Update – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Court of Protection Update (PDF)

Thirty Nine Essex Street, November 2012

Source: www.39essex.com

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Why church staff are keeping an eye on lap dancer ruling – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2012 in appeals, employment tribunals, news, self-employment, unfair dismissal by sally

“A lap dancer who wants to make an unfair dismissal claim is waiting to hear whether she has won a legal fight with a firm that runs ‘gentlemen’s clubs’.”

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The Independent, 13th November 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Report #7 Human Rights law – Carl Gardner on the Abu Qatada judgment – Charon QC

Posted November 14th, 2012 in appeals, deportation, human rights, news, rule of law, terrorism by sally

“Today, I talk with Carl Gardner, ex government lawyer and author of the Head of Legal blog about the SIAC Abu Qatada decision and the wider implications for our society if we do not continue to uphold the Rule of Law – no matter how inconvenient it may be for politicians.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 13th November 2012

Source: www.charonqcuklawtour.com

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