Public access to local authority information: transparency with teeth – Panopticon

Posted November 21st, 2014 in documents, freedom of information, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations are the dominant statutory regimes for public transparency, but they are of course not the only ones. A good example is the regime under the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), particularly sections 100A-K. Those provisions govern public access to local authority meetings, as well as the public availability of minutes, reports, background documents and so on for such meetings, subject to provisions for exempt information (Schedule 12A). A recent judgment of the Admin Court (Cranston J) in a planning matter, Joicey v Northumberland County Council [2014] EWHC 3657 (Admin) illustrates the importance of compliance with that regime for public access to information.’

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Panopticon, 20th November 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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The “extraordinary” tale of the lawyer who faked his client’s litigation – Legal Futures

Posted November 20th, 2014 in documents, fraud, news, setting aside, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has set aside an order made against a litigant after it emerged that his solicitor had duped him by conducting “fictitious” litigation that included faked judgments and telephone conferences involving the impersonation of his senior partner and of leading counsel.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Home Secretary’s oral statement on child abuse inquiry – Home Office

‘With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the independent panel inquiry into child abuse, which has been established to consider whether institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.’

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Home Office, 3rd November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Wanless review ‘fails to find Dickens’ dossier’ – BBC News

‘An inquiry into the Home Office’s handling of child sex abuse claims in the 1980s has failed to uncover any of the missing documents that prompted the probe, BBC Newsnight has been told.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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The Dickens Dossier: Secret file on establishment paedophiles may be opened – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2014 in child abuse, disclosure, documents, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A secret file which is said to contain the names of paedophiles with links to the British establishment and which is rumoured to be locked away in archives at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, could be made public as part of the Government’s child abuse inquiry.’

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The Independent, 5th November 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Standard Chartered Bank v Dorchester LNG (2) Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted October 28th, 2014 in banking, bills, carriage of goods, contracts, documents, law reports, shipping law by sally

Standard Chartered Bank v Dorchester LNG (2) Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1382; [2014] WLR (D) 440

‘The expression “completion, by delivery of the bill, of any indorsement of the bill” in section 5(2)(b) of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992 meant that completion of an indorsement by delivery required the voluntary and unconditional transfer of possession by the holder to the indorsee and an unconditional acceptance by the indorsee.’

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Finding your way – New Law Journal

Posted October 28th, 2014 in budgets, case management, disclosure, documents, law firms, news by sally

‘Jeffrey T Shapiro & James Morrey-Jones examine how law firms should budget for e-discovery post-Jackson.’

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New Law Journal, 27th October 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another: [2014] EWHC 3322 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 424

‘Communications made at a time when there was no dispute could not, with retrospective effect, be made subject to the without prejudice privilege by subsequently rasing a dispute.

WLR Daily, 10th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Rectification of Wills Following Marley v Rawlings – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in appeals, documents, news, rectification, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘David Mtichell, member of No5 Chambers Commercial & Chancery Group, recently gave a talk titled ‘Rectification of Wills Following Marley v Rawlings’ at the No5 Estates Seminar held on 25th September.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 15th October 2014

Source: www.no5.com

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Commission criticised for withholding information on UK internet surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2014 in disclosure, documents, EC law, intelligence services, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The European Commission must publish documents containing information about the UK’s communications surveillance operations or “properly justify” its reasons not to do so, an EU watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Secret trial defendant pleads guilty to possessing terrorist document – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2014 in closed material, documents, guilty pleas, news, reporting restrictions, terrorism by sally

‘One of the defendants due to face charges in a partly secret trial has pleaded guilty to possessing a terrorist document.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Strack v European Commission – WLR Daily

Posted October 7th, 2014 in documents, EC law, freedom of information, law reports, proportionality by sally

Strack v European Commission (Case C‑127/13 P) ECLI:EU:C:2014:2250; [2014] WLR (D) 40

‘An institution of the European Union could, in exceptional circumstances, refuse access to certain documents on the ground that the workload relating to their disclosure would be disproportionate as compared to the objectives set by the application for access to those documents. However, reliance on the principle of proportionality could not allow the time-limits laid down by Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (OJ 2001 L145, p 43) to be changed without creating a situation of legal uncertainty.’

WLR Daily, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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High Court attacks “unreasonable and opportunistic” defendants in relief from sanctions ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted October 6th, 2014 in appeals, costs, delay, disciplinary procedures, documents, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has overturned a cost judge’s refusal to grant relief from sanctions that prevented claimant lawyers from recovering their success fees, and instead accused the defendants of “unreasonable and opportunistic” conduct.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th October 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Relief from sanctions- Some further guidance – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 6th, 2014 in appeals, costs, delay, disciplinary procedures, documents, news by sally

‘How should we approach applications for relief from sanctions made by the other side? Elliot Kay considers a recent and useful decision of the High Court.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 6th October 2014

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

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Missing people law changes – Ministry of Justice

‘Families of missing people will have new rights following law changes taking effect from today, 1 October 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Advertising watchdog bans three ‘copycats’ of government websites – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2014 in advertising, birth certificates, documents, internet, news, passports, visas by tracey

‘The advertising watchdog has banned three “copycat” websites masquerading as government channels for health insurance cards, passports and birth certificates, leaving consumers thousands of pounds out of pocket.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Practice Note: Chancery Chambers Changes 1st October 2014 – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘From 1 October 2014 the Chancery Division in London will commence using the new CE-File electronic court file and some data stored on the old IT system will be transferred to CE-File.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 11th September 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Woman wins permission to look at late father’s adoption files – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2014 in adoption, birth certificates, disclosure, documents, family courts, grandparents, news by sally

‘A woman has been granted permission to look at court files relating to her father’s adoption to discover the identity of her grandmother, in a ground-breaking judgment that sets a precedent for revealing secret family histories.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Iraq inquiry will tell ‘whole story’ insists Heywood – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2014 in delay, documents, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports by sally

‘The Iraq Inquiry report will “not be a cover-up in any shape or form”, the UK’s top civil servant has insisted.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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SRA investigating nine criminal law firms over failures in advice to asylum seekers – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is investigating nine criminal law firms over failures in advice to asylum seekers, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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