Council did not have power to ban live animal exports, says judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 4th, 2014 in animals, compensation, local government, news, proportionality by sally

‘A district council faces having to make a significant payout to exporters of live animals after a High Court ruled that the authority did not have power to impose a temporary ban on shipment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Taxi sex attacks: John Worboys’ victims win payout bid – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2014 in compensation, human rights, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘Two women who were sexually assaulted by London taxi driver John Worboys have won a High Court victory in their bid to get compensation from the police.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2014

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Judge approves Savile compensation scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2014 in banking, compensation, executors, news, trusts, victims by sally

‘Victims of serial sex offender Jimmy Savile are a step closer to getting compensation after a judge sanctioned a scheme to award payouts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2014

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Prisoners paid compensation for socks and stereos – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 26th, 2014 in compensation, complaints, news, ombudsmen, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘ Taxpayers’ money is being wasted on paying prisoners compensation for damaged stereos and missing socks, a watchdog has revealed. Jail staff need to take greater care of prisoners’ property to avoid complaints being made and redress having to be paid to inmates, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th February 2014

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British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 21st, 2014 in compensation, jurisdiction, law reports, licensing, media by sally

British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications and others [2014] EWCA Civ 133; [2014] WLR (D) 79

‘The Office of Communications had jurisdiction under section 316 of the Communications Act 2003 to impose conditions in broadcasting licences where the practices of licenceholders made it appropriate to impose such conditions to ensure fair and effective competition.’

WLR Daily, 17th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Clark and another v In Focus Asset Management & Tax Solutions Ltd (Financial Ombudsman Service intervening) – WLR Daily

Clark and another v In Focus Asset Management & Tax Solutions Ltd (Financial Ombudsman Service intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 118; [2014] WLR (D) 76

‘The doctrine of res judicata precluded a complainant who had accepted an award made by the Financial Ombudsman Service from starting legal proceedings to pursue complaints which had already been submitted to the ombudsman service and which the ombudsman had decided. Further, section 228(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 did not exclude the operation of res judicata.’

WLR Daily, 14th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Most train users unaware of rights, says rail regulator – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2014 in codes of practice, compensation, consumer protection, news, railways by sally

‘Most train passengers are unaware of their rights to compensation after cancellations or delays, the rail regulator has said.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2014

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Customers lose right to sue after taking ombudsman compensation – Daily Telefgraph

Posted February 17th, 2014 in compensation, financial advice, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Financial services customers who have accepted compensation from the ombudsman can no longer sue for further redress in court following a landmark Court of Appeal ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2014

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Private Prosecutions: The foundations are laid – Six Pump Court

Posted February 14th, 2014 in abuse of process, compensation, confiscation, fraud, news, police, private prosecutions by sally

‘The headline in The Guardian on Wednesday 29th January 2014 (“Metropolitan Police accused of acting on behalf of big business”) would undoubtedly have caused a stir amongst private prosecutors, public prosecutors, the police, the Home Office and others interested in the issue of commercial organisations seeking redress in the criminal courts in relation to crimes committed against them. The story, based upon observations made by the Lord Chief Justice in a recent Court of Appeal case, queried the efficacy of private prosecutions brought in such circumstances and – quoting labour MP Tom Watson and Jenny Jones, a London assembly member for the Green party – suggested that they represented the “…creeping privatisation of policing…”. The former spoke of “…two tier-policing where corporate interests can buy the time of the police…” whilst the latter complained, “I hate the thought that if you are rich you can buy more justice than if you are poor…”. And yet at a time when funding for public bodies – and in particular prosecuting authorities – is under such severe strain, it is inevitable that there will be a growing demand for the private sector to operate in areas that were once solely or mainly inhabited by the state. Private prosecutions are here to stay – that much is clear from the case concerned. But are the criticisms levelled against them fair? And what is the real impact of the case on private prosecutions, confiscation and compensation and the very real problem of fraud on commerce? ‘

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Six Pump Court, 5th February 2014

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Supplier tries to stick the boot in to its commercial agent – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, news, small businesses by sally

‘We have been meeting with a number of smaller software suppliers and tech start-ups recently who have been grappling with the challenge of boosting their geographical reach. We use the word ‘challenge’ because (a) there are only 24 hours in a day, (b) smaller businesses tend not to have a raft of sales executives in their employment and (c) it is difficult to achieve global domination when you still want to focus on product development and manufacturing issues.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse family seeks payout – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2014 in accidents, compensation, health & safety, insurance, news, theatre by tracey

‘A family injured when the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapsed is suing the theatre’s owners for compensation.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2014

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Ex-soldier sues Ministry of Defence for alleged failure to tackle bullying – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, compensation, complaints, harassment, news, ombudsmen, standards, statistics by tracey

‘A former British private is suing the Ministry of Defence over allegations the army allowed severe bullying which led to him attempting to take his own life five times.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2014

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Mesothelioma Act 2014

Mesothelioma Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, law reports, regulations by sally

Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd [2014] EWHC 47 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 32

‘A clause in an agency agreement which dealt with an agent’s entitlement to compensation or an indemnity on termination of the agreement was neither consistent with nor permitted by regulation 17(2) of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Police for hire: Judge hits out at Met’s agreement to aid Virgin Media in a private prosecution – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2014 in compensation, fraud, news, police, private prosecutions by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge has criticised a deal that saw the Metropolitan Police agree to help Virgin Media in a private prosecution of a gang of fraudsters in exchange for a share of the compensation, it was reported.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2014

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Two jailed for Twitter abuse of feminist campaigner – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2014 in compensation, harassment, internet, news, sentencing, threatening behaviour by sally

‘Two people were jailed on Friday for subjecting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to abuse on Twitter.

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014

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Law could be changed to allow fracking below houses without owners’ permission – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in compensation, consent, energy, environmental protection, news, trespass by sally

‘Ministers are reportedly reviewing laws that would allow fracking to be carried out underneath houses without the permission of the owners.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

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State immunity upheld against human rights challenges in Strasbourg – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Strasbourg Court has ruled that the inability of four men to bring torture compensation claims against Saudi Arabia in UK courts did not breach the Convention. The Court held that a “grant of immunity to the state officials in the present case reflected generally recognised rules of public international law” and that there had been no violation of Article 6 (right of access to court).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th January 2014

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Ex-couple jailed for spending £450,000 of daughter’s disability fund on cars and jewels – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2014 in compensation, disabled persons, families, negligence, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A divorced couple have been jailed after they stole almost £500,000 from their severely brain damaged daughter’s £2.6 million compensation fund, to finance their “greed and indulgence”.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2014

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Justice for asbestos victims moves forward – Litigation Futures

Posted January 17th, 2014 in asbestos, bills, compensation, industrial injuries, news, personal injuries by sally

‘In early December, I wrote about the new HMRC policy doing nothing but stifle access to justice for asbestos victims. And my opinions on that side of things still hold true.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th January 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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