High Court judge dismisses challenge to Ealing shopping centre planning permission – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 20th, 2014 in appeals, local government, news, planning, substitution by tracey

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a challenge to Ealing Council’s approval of plans to redevelop the Oaks Shopping Centre in west London, after disagreeing with claims that the substitution of a councillor on the Council’s planning committee was unlawful.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th November 2014

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Employment tribunal did research on Wikipedia “to help litigant in person” – Litigation Futures

‘An employment tribunal which decided to carry out its own internet research, apparently to help a litigant in person, has been condemned by Mr Justice Langstaff, president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).’

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Litigation Futures, 20th November 2014

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Software patents – the lines of communication are no clearer – Technology Law Update

Posted November 19th, 2014 in appeals, computer programs, EC law, news, patents by sally

‘Patents for computer programmes are not patentable in Europe. That seems like a simple statement. But a recent high level decision shows that it is far from simple to apply.’

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Technology Law Update, 18th November 2014

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Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, consumer credit, disclosure, insurance, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd and another [2014] UKSC 61; [2014] WLR (D) 487

‘An agreement for payment protection insurance was unfair within the meaning of section 140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, as inserted, when the debtor had not been told, before concluding the agreement, that over 70% of the one-off £5,780 premium would be used to pay commission to various parties.’

WLR Daily, 12th November 2014

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Regina (Stirling) v Haringey London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, consultations, council tax, law reports, local government, Supreme Court by sally

Regina (Stirling) v Haringey London Borough Council [2014] UKSC 56; [2014] WLR (D) 486

‘A public consultation under paragraph 3(1)(c) of Schedule 1A to the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as inserted, about a proposed council tax reduction scheme was unlawful if it did not involve inviting and considering views about possible alternatives to the scheme favoured by the local authority.’

WLR Daily, 29th October 2014

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Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (trading as LexisNexis) and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, defamation, law reports, limitations, time limits by sally

Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (trading as LexisNexis) and another [2014] EWCA Civ 1411; [2014] WLR (D) 474

‘Where a court was determining whether to exercise its discretion under section 32A of the Limitation Act 1980 to disapply the one-year limitation period applying by virtue of section 4A of the 1980 Act to a claim for libel, the claimant’s ignorance of the limitation period would rarely if ever be a factor which carried any or any significant weight given the policy reasons underlying the one-year limitation period for libel claims.’

WLR Daily, 30th October 2014

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Sims (Appellant) v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Sims (Appellant) v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 63 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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R (Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 60 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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Plevin (Respondent) v Paragon Personal Finance Limited (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, consumer credit, disclosure, insurance, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

Plevin (Respondent) v Paragon Personal Finance Limited (Appellant) [2014] UKSC 61 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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R (on the application of ZH and CN) (Appellants) v London Borough of Newham and London Borough of Lewisham (Respondents) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of ZH and CN) (Appellants) v London Borough of Newham and London Borough of Lewisham (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 62 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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Article 6 – the Right to a fair trial – and discrimination in the Armed Forces – Cloisters

‘At a time when the UK’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (“ECHR”) and our domestic Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) is a hot political topic, it is timely that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has handed down a judgment considering Article 6 ECHR in relation to special time limit provisions for discrimination complaints brought by those in the Armed Forces: Duncan v Ministry of Defence.’

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Cloisters, 23rd October 2014

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Holiday pay: What about back pay? – Cloisters

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, holiday pay, news, remuneration by sally

‘Ahead of this week’s EAT judgment in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others and Amec Group Limited v Law and others, employers feared the prospect of crippling retrospective pay claims dating back up to 16 years.’

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Cloisters, 7th November 2014

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Software Patents – Lantana v The Comptroller – NIPC Law

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, computer programs, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘Lantana Ltd. (“Lantana”) is a California company that offers communication cable services, telephone systems and services and computer and data network services mainly to customers in Southern California. One of the company’s employees invented a “method, systems, and computer program products for retrieving a file of machine readable data” for which Lantana applied for patents in the USA and around the world under the Patent Co-operation Treaty.’

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NIPC Law, 17th November 2014

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When a system of inspection simply isn’t enough – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, housing, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The circumstances of the claim are as follows. The Claimant had been visiting her parents who had lived for some years in sheltered housing owned by the Defendant. The Claimant’s parents’ accommodation had a back entrance, which was approached by way of a tarmac path, beside which were an area of patchy grass. There was a difference in level between the path and the earth of approximately two and a half inches. At trial the Judge found that the edge of the path was clear and did not need to be marked. He accepted that the Claimant had stepped half on and half off the path which has caused her ankle to cockle and for her to fall.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th November 2014

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Fortification Fortified: The Court Of Appeal’s Decision In EVP Ltd V Malabu Oil And Gas – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, damages, injunctions, news by sally

‘Grahame Anderson discusses the recent Court of Appeal decision in Energy Venture Partners Limited v Malabu Oil and Gas Limited [2014] EWCA Civ 1295 (9 October 2014).’

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Littleton Chambers, 17th October 2014

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My Achy, Breaky Tenancy: Supreme Court rules it human rights-compatible for one tenant’s unilateral Notice to Quit to end a joint tenancy – Zenith Chambers

‘Something that can take some housing practitioners by surprise is a Notice to Quit served, not by a landlord on a tenant, but by a tenant on a landlord (sometimes referred to by housing officers as a “notice to terminate”).’

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Zenith Chambers, 13th November 2014

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Errors, damn errors, and statistics: Ajilore v Hackney LBC – NearlyLegal

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, statistics, suicide by sally

‘With the Supreme Court set to look at priority need this December, Ajilore v Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 1273 may prove to be a brief footnote in the evolution of the bloated Pereira test. But, at least for the next four weeks, it tells us something about the construction of the “ordinary homeless person” against which, post Johnson v Solihull [2013] EWCA Civ 752, applicants for homeless assistance are assessed.’

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NearlyLegal, 16th November 2014

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Alleged extremist stripped of citizenship appeals to Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, citizenship, international law, news, Supreme Court, terrorism by sally

‘A Muslim convert, stripped of his British citizenship because of alleged extremism, is appealing to the Supreme Court that he has been left stateless.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2014

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Allegations Of Bias In Long And Complex Cases – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, bias, judiciary, news, recusal by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down guidance on the approach to take to allegations of bias in long-running cases where a judge has substantial involvement in the prior stages of a case’s history.’

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Littleton Chambers, 27th October 2014

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Status: The Court of Appeal’s Decision in Halawi v World Duty Free [2014] EWCA CIV 1387 – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 17th, 2014 in appeals, EC law, employment, news, religious discrimination, substitution by sally

‘Fashions are a feature of so much in life, and employment law is no exception, where for the moment at least: Status is in vogue. In recent years the appellate courts have considered a range of relationships, and been asked to answer the question: what is the legal characterisation of the claimant’s relationship with the respondent? The question is put more specifically in each case; was the claimant an employee, a worker, an office holder, or truly self-employed as an independent provider of services? But this is merely to particularise the general question: what is the claimant’s status?’

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Littleton Chambers, 31st October 2014

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