Judge questions ‘astonishing’ £1.3m for consultancy fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has sent a strong signal to law firms ‘sub-contracting’ disclosure work to third parties.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2015

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Challenges to ‘austerity’ cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lincolnshire County Council has recently undergone two legal challenges to its proposals for redesigning its library service in the light of ‘increasing budgetary constraints’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2015

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Jon Venables’ prison officer admits selling stories at retrial – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2015 in appeals, disclosure, media, misfeasance in public office, news, prison officers by sally

‘An ex-prison officer admitted selling stories to newspapers about James Bulger killer Jon Venables despite a previous conviction being quashed.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2015

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Operation Elveden: Ex-prison officers jailed for tabloid leaks – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2015 in disclosure, media, misfeasance in public office, news, prison officers, sentencing by tracey

‘Two former prison officers have been jailed for leaking information about inmates to newspapers.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2015

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Conveyancing solicitors acting for both sides must report crucial details to lenders, appeal judges rule – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2015 in conveyancing, disclosure, mortgages, news, solicitors, valuation by tracey

‘Solicitors acting for both sides in property transactions are under a duty to disclose crucial details to lenders, the Court of Appeal has ruled..’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update November 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd November 2015

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Ex-prison officer jailed for selling George Michael stories to the Sun – The Guardian

‘A former prison officer has been jailed for 12 months for selling stories about George Michael’s time behind bars to the Sun.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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Where now for the rule of law? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 30th, 2015 in costs, disclosure, judicial review, news, rule of law by sally

‘The reforms to judicial review proceedings in Part 4 of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015 have been closely analysed in a timely report by JUSTICE, the Public Law Project and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th October 2015

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Bank Mellat and disclosure in closed material proceedings

‘Bank Mellat is an Iranian bank, initially subjected to a 2009 order which prohibited anybody in the UK from dealing with it – until the Supreme Court quashed it: here, and my posts here and here. ‘

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th October 2015

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Statements made in open offer do not constitute admissions, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted October 27th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘A party cannot use part of an open offer made during litigation as an admission by their opponent, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th October 2015

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FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory – The Guardian

‘A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Supreme Court divorce appeals allowed: ‘fraud unravels all’ – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 19th, 2015 in appeals, disclosure, divorce, financial provision, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed two wives to have financial settlements set aside on the basis that their former husbands failed to provide full and frank disclosure.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th October 2015

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Women get right to reopen divorce settlements after supreme court ruling – The Guardian

‘Two women who said that their ex-husbands misled judges about how much they were worth win right to have settlements re-examined.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2015

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Divorce ruling: Women await hidden wealth decision – BBC News

‘Two women who want their divorce settlements increased because they say their ex-husbands misled courts are to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling later. Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil say the men hid the true extent of their wealth when the deals were made. The BBC’s Clive Coleman said it was the “first time in a generation” the court had examined how much a person can lie about assets before a divorce deal can be scrapped or renegotiated.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update October 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 11th October 2015

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‘Fair presentation of risk’ and the Insurance Act 2015 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in construction industry, disclosure, insurance, news by sally

‘The Insurance Act 2015, which does not come into force until August 2016, changes the way in which insurance is conducted. The delay in commencement of the Act is intended, at least in part, to give insurers time to change their policy wording and procedures. It is likely that some of the new policy wordings and procedures will give rise to disputes and in the context of construction insurance in particular, there are likely to be issues relating to the concept of fair presentation of risk that is introduced by the Act.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 14th September 2015

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Trumping the Trump – or how to meet a claim to privilege following discontinuance in a fundamental dishonesty claim – Park Square Barristers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in disclosure, evidence, news, personal injuries, privilege by sally

‘It is common practice for an unscrupulous claimant, to run a doubtful personal injury claim to the door of the court, hoping to force a settlement, and then, at the last minute, to discontinue, in order to avoid the risk of failure, a finding of fundamental dishonesty and a costs liability.’

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Park Square Barrister, 18th September 2015

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‘Vilified’ doctor cannot publish patient’s private information – Panopticon

‘In the Matter of C (A Child) (Application by Dr X and Y) [2015] EWFC 79 involved, in the words of Munby J, an unusual and indeed unprecedented application. It pitted the right to defend one’s reputation against the privacy and confidentiality rights of others. In this case, the latter won.
Dr X had treated C and C’s mother; he had also been an expert witness in the family court care proceedings concerning C. C’s mother was unhappy about the treatment given by Dr X. She complained about him to the GMC, whose Fitness to Practise panel in due course found the allegations against Dr X to be unproven. C’s mother also criticised Dr X publicly in the media.’

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Panopticon, 1st October 2015

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CJC “conceptually” against new financial information rules for judicial review claimants – Litigation Futures

Posted September 29th, 2015 in Civil Justice Council, consultations, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has made it clear that it remains “conceptually” opposed to the new financial information rules for judicial review applicants, despite their passage into law in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th September 2015

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