Sarah’s Law is ‘not working’, NSPCC warn – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2015 in criminal records, disclosure, news, police by sally

‘Just one in six applications to the police under Sarah’s Law is successful according to figures obtained by the NSPCC under the Freedom of Information Act.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2015

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The Seventh Veil? – New Square Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in company law, consultations, disclosure, news, regulations by sally

‘Mark Hubbard considers new legislation requiring greater transparency in the ownership and management of companies.’

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New Square Chambers, 29th June 2015

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How Interesting? The public interest disclosure requirement of s.43B(1) of the Employment Rights Act – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in disclosure, employment, news, public interest, whistleblowers by sally

‘Not everything that may be interesting to the public is likely to be ‘in the public interest’. But is that a commonly held or understood view? Does the retention of a subjective test in s.43B(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (detriment due to the making of a ‘public interest’ disclosure) mean that the purpose of the 2013 amendment to that section will not always achieve the intended aim?’
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No. 5 Chambers, 30th July 2015

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Ring Fencing – New Square Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in Crown Court, disclosure, news, self-incrimination, stay of proceedings by sally

‘There is an important question of the circumstances in which a civil trial can take place during the period when a defendant is being prosecuted for related matters in the Crown Court.’

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New Square Chambers, 29th June 2015

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Foreigners must disclose criminal records to come to UK – but European Union is exempt – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 21st, 2015 in criminal records, disclosure, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘Immigrants from outside Europe will be required to provide details of their criminal records or be refused entry to Britain, under new measures to be introduced by the Government. From September everyone applying to come to Britain under certain visa routes will have to provide proof of criminal record checks from every country they have lived in for the last 10 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2015

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Former employee found guilty over Morrisons data theft – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data. He has been sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th July 2015

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Secret ‘Practice Directions’ and Royal Wills – Panopticon

‘Mr Brown became a well-known figure in litigation circles when he sought to unseal the Will of Princess Margaret in the belief that it might reveal information showing him to be her illegitimate son. In the course of his unsuccessful litigation, it was revealed that there existed what had been described orally during the court proceedings as a “Practice Direction in respect of the handling of Royal Wills” (although there is dispute over precisely what form this document takes and whether it is really a Practice Direction at all), produced by the-then President of the Family Division following liaison with the Royal Household.’

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Panopticon, 16th July 2015

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Application for strike out inappropriate where single failure to comply and order contained no sanction for non-compliance – Zenith PI

Posted July 17th, 2015 in disclosure, news, striking out, time limits by tracey

‘ARDILA INVESTMENTS NV V ENRC NV (2015) QBD (Comm)(Leggatt J)

On 8th July 2015 Leggatt J ordered that it had not been appropriate to strike out a claim due to a claimant’s single failure to comply with a directions order for disclosure, where the order contained no sanction for non-compliance. The claimant’s failure had been serious, therefore an unless order was made giving further time for compliance, in default of which the claim would be struck out.’

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Zenith PI, 17th July 2015

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Criminal record checks: guidance for employers – Home Office

‘How employers or organisations can request DBS checks for potential employees.’

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Home Office, 14th July 2015

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Council was entitled to refuse disclosure of planning documents, tribunal rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘The First-Tier Tribunal has dismissed an appeal and held that following a freedom of information request Aylesbury Vale District Council was entitled to refuse disclosure of correspondence between its solicitor and the planning department.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th July 2015

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Tribunal rejects request for correspondence between solicitor and planning officers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The First-Tier Tribunal has ruled that a district council was entitled to refuse to disclose correspondence passing between one of its solicitors and various members of its planning department.’
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Local Government Lawyer, 30th June 2015

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Judge’s Instagram ruling a ‘practical solution’ to problems of online anonymity, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘A judge’s decision to allow a man experiencing alleged harassment over the internet to serve legal claims to the person accused of the activity via Instagram “appears to be a practical solution” to the issue of online anonymity, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th June 2015

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Greville Janner case: Alison Saunders faces calls to publish secret papers – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged child abuse victims and MPs say independent review of bungled case must be made public.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th June 2015

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‘Broader interest of justice’ can trump parties’ duty of candour in judicial review cases, says Privy Council – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in appeals, costs, disclosure, gambling, judicial review, licensing, news, Privy Council by tracey

‘Courts should not dismiss an application for judicial review solely on the grounds that one party has not complied with its duty to disclose all necessary facts and issues if doing so would not be in the interests of justice, one of the UK’s highest courts has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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Regulator opens investigations into transparency of paid online endorsements – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether a number of businesses have broken consumer protection laws by failing to disclose that they have paid others to endorse their company online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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Coroner in SAS inquest blocks release of witness statements – The Guardian

‘A coroner hearing the inquest of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in south Wales has refused to allow the release of witness statements, concluding that their publication could threaten any future criminal prosecutions. The Guardian and other media organisations argued that in the interest of open justice, statements taken by detectives investigating the tragedy on the Brecon Beacons and provided to the inquest should be released to allow the proceedings to be reported fully.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2015

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Chagos islanders go to supreme court in battle to be allowed home – The Guardian

‘Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland more than 40 years ago will take their long legal battle to the UK’s highest court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Release ‘critical’ reports into privately run immigration centres, ICO orders – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2015 in disclosure, freedom of information, immigration, news, publishing, reports by sally

‘Potentially damaging reports into the running of two immigration detention centres by private contractors must be released by the Home Office within weeks, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2015

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Chilcot report into Iraq war ‘unlikely to be published for another year’ – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2015 in delay, disclosure, documents, inquiries, Iraq, news by sally

‘The Chilcot report has taken six years and cost £10m but is “unlikely to be published for another year at least”, according to sources close to the inquiry.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2014

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Surrogacy agreement breakdowns–what are the issues? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Are new laws needed to cover surrogacy arrangements and modern family set-ups? Mai-Ling Savage, a barrister and specialist in surrogacy, same-sex parenting and fertility law at Fourteen, a specialist family chambers, analyses a recent case which highlights the lack of a clear legal framework to enforce agreements made before the birth of a child.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th June 2015

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