Worcester loan shark burned to death by debtor – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2013 in assault, burglary, debts, fire, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

“A man who burned to death a loan shark to whom he owed money has been jailed for 10 years.”

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BBC News, 8h November 2013

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Five men guilty of sexually abusing vulnerable 15-year-old girl in Rochdale – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2013 in children, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

“Two trials reveal how girl’s reports of sexual contact with older men were not passed on by social care and health professionals.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2013

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Royal Marine found guilty of ‘executing’ Afghan insurgent – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2013 in Afghanistan, anonymity, armed forces, courts martial, execution, news, sentencing by tracey

“A Royal Marine has been found guilty of murder following the killing in cold blood of a badly wounded suspected insurgent in Afghanistan. A court martial board in Bulford, Wiltshire, acquitted two other marines of the murder of the Afghan national in Helmand province in September 2011.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2013

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Bexleyheath killer Nicola Edgington loses appeal bid – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2013 in appeals, attempts, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

“A psychiatric patient who stabbed a woman to death in a London street has lost a bid to appeal against her conviction and sentence.”

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BBC News, 8th November 2013

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Stafford Hospital nurse given caution for putting patients at risk – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 8th, 2013 in cautions, disciplinary procedures, hospitals, news, nurses, professional conduct by tracey

“A nurse who worked at Stafford Hospital has been given a five year caution after she was found guilty of putting patients in danger, angering families who want ‘someone held responsible’ for the scandal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2013

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted November 8th, 2013 in parliamentary papers by tracey

Forensic science: Government response to the second report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee session 2013-14 HC 610, Cm 8750 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

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Decision to cut youth services by 70% was unlawful, says Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2013 in appeals, education, equality, local government, news, young persons by tracey

“A council acted unlawfully in 2012 when it cut youth services by more than 70% over a three-year period, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th November 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Equal Treatment Bench Book – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted November 8th, 2013 in diversity, documents, equality, judiciary, news by tracey

“The Equal Treatment Bench Book, a guide for judges, magistrates and all other judicial office-holders, has been revised and updated.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th November 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Consultation on new powers for the Forensic Science Regulator – Home Office

Posted November 8th, 2013 in codes of practice, consultations, forensic science by tracey

“A consultation on strengthening the powers of the Forensic Science Regulator has been launched today.”

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Home Office, 8th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Riot (Damages) Act: independent review – Home Office

Posted November 8th, 2013 in criminal damage, damages, legislation, reports, violent disorder by tracey

“This independent review by Neil Kinghan contains a series of recommendations to reform the Riot Damages Act following the riots in August 2011.”

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Home Office, 8th November 2013

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The “uneasy” co-existence of public interest immunity and closed material procedure – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 8th, 2013 in closed material, damages, human rights, news, public interest immunity, torture by tracey

“CF v Security Service and others and Mohamed v Foreign and Commonwealth Office and others [[2013] EWHC 3402 (QB). The High Court has today made the first court ruling on the use of the Justice and Security Act 2013 in a civil claim for damages.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th November 2013

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Government to review legality of “intimidating” trade union leverage campaigns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 8th, 2013 in harassment, illegality, news, trade unions by tracey

“The Government is right to consider a review of the civil and criminal laws surrounding so-called ‘leverage campaigns’, with a view towards making it harder for trade unions to engage in ‘industrial intimidation’ during labour disputes, an expert has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2013

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Niqabs in the witness box: yes or no? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 8th, 2013 in criminal justice, freedom of expression, juries, news, witnesses, women by tracey

“Niqab-wearing defendants should be obliged to remove their veils before giving evidence say 90% of my colleagues in a poll conducted by the Bar Council for The Times (although personally I’d like to see what the participation rate was for that). Former justice secretary, Ken Clarke, agrees, likening wearing a full-face veil in the witness box to giving evidence ‘in a bag’. The Lord Chief Justice says that trial judges should be able to decide whether a defendant may give evidence wearing a face-veil or not, but promises to provide guidance.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th November 2013

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 8th, 2013 in legislation by tracey

The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (No. 8) Order 2013

The Transport Holding Company (Capital Debts) (Revocations) (England and Wales) Order 2013

The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

The Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2013

The Designation of Schools Having a Religious Character (Independent Schools) (England) (No. 2) Order 2013

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Regina (Elosta) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Law Society and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Elosta) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Law Society and another intervening): [2013] EWHC 3397 (Admin);   [2013] WLR (D)  422

“A person detained for examination under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 had the right to consult a solicitor privately ‘in person, in writing or on the telephone’ before being interviewed.”

WLR Daily, 6th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Smith-Evans v Smailes – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2013 in bankruptcy, individual voluntary arrangements, insolvency, law reports by tracey

Smith-Evans v Smailes: [2013] EWHC 3199 (Ch);   [2013] WLR (D)  423

“Where the chairman of a creditors’ meeting summoned under section 257 of the Insolvency Act 1986 had reported the meeting’s approval of a proposed voluntary arrangement to the court, the only route of challenge was under section 262 of the 1986 Act. That was so even if the meeting itself had not approved the arrangement, because the chairman had exceeded the terms of proxies that he held so there had in fact not been a 75% majority in favour of approval.”

WLR Daily, 29th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Regina (JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Child Poverty Action Group and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Child Poverty Action : [2013] EWHC 3350 (QB);   [2013] WLR (D)  425

“The ‘benefit cap’ set in the Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012, amending the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, did not unjustifiably discriminate against women and large families contrary to article 14 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 5th November 2013

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Sneller v DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij NV – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2013 in EC law, insurance, law reports, legal representation by tracey

Sneller v DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij NV: Case C-442/12;   [2013] WLR (D)  426

“Article 4(1) of Council Directive 87/344 on legal expenses insurance precluded a legal expenses insurer, which stipulated in its insurance contracts that legal assistance would in principle be provided in-house, from also providing that the costs of legal assistance provided by a legal representative chosen by the insured would be covered only if the insurer took the view that the handling of the case had to be subcontracted to an external lawyer.”

WLR Daily, 7th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 8th, 2013 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Lawson Builders Ltd & Ors v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Anor [2013] EWHC 3368 (Admin) (07 November 2013)

AB, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 3453 (Admin) (07 November 2013)

Gibson, R (on the application of) v Harrow District Council [2013] EWHC 3449 (Admin) (07 November 2013)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Gulati & Ors v MGN Ltd [2013] EWHC 3392 (Ch) (06 November 2013)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Guidance Investments Ltd v Guidance Hotel Investment Company BSC [2013] EWHC 3413 (Comm) (07 November 2013)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council v Bunning [2013] EWHC 3390 (QB) (07 November 2013)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Finance and Divorce November 2013 Update – Family Law Week

Posted November 8th, 2013 in civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

“Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in October.”

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Family Law Week, 7th November 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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