New ‘watchdog’ and ‘monitor’ will hold reformed Highways Agency to account, says UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in bills, enforcement, fines, government departments, news, road traffic by sally

‘New bodies which will monitor the performance of the strategic road network and champion the needs of its users will be created as part of plans to hold a reconstituted Highways Agency to account, the UK government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th October 2014

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Pensions Regulator fines first employers for breaches of automatic enrolment duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in employment, enforcement, fines, news, pensions, reports by sally

‘The amount of enforcement action taken against employers for non-compliance with their automatic enrolment duties rose considerably in September, according to the Pensions Regulator, which has also recently issued its first fines for breaches.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th October 2014

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Homeowners who fail to control Japanese knotweed face criminal prosecution under new anti-social behaviour laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in ASBOs, criminal justice, environmental protection, fines, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Home Office guidance updated this week says people can be fined up to £2,500 for not controlling invasive plant in move designed to tackle problem in residential areas.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2014

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Move to introduce jail time as potential punishment for UK data protection breaches stalls – OUT-LAW.com

‘Another attempt to introduce jail sentences as a possible punishment to individuals who access or disclose personal data in breach of data protection rules has stalled in the UK parliament.

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24th October 2014

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Pop-up courts for speeding fine cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in courts, criminal justice, fines, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Ministers are considering introducing “pop up” courts for people who challenge speeding fines to be held in their own communities.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2014

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Nigel Farage fined £200 for failure to declare free office space – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in elections, expenses, fines, news, political parties by sally

‘Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, has been fined £200 for breaking electoral law after he failed to declare that he was getting office space free.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2014

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New dog laws: What pet owners need to know from today – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2014 in complaints, dogs, fines, injunctions, local government, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘A breakdown of the new legal powers police have to help prevent dog attacks.’

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Daily Telegraph,

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Dangerous dogs: tough new law to help prevent attacks – Home Office

Posted October 17th, 2014 in complaints, dogs, fines, local government, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Tough new legal powers to help prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and local authorities from Monday 20 October.’

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Home Office, 17th October 2014

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Exploitative gangmaster fined only £500 – The Independent

Posted October 9th, 2014 in appeals, fines, gangmasters, news, Northern Ireland, sentencing by sally

‘An illegal gangmaster who made Romanian workers scavenge in bins while charging them to live in an unheated shed has been fined just £500.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2014

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SRA fines firm £2,000 for £2.5m stamp duty avoidance schemes – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Leading Surrey firm Mundays has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for using stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes which saved clients over £2.5m.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2014

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Mentally ill patient dived off roof of Boston Pilgrim Hospital – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust has been fined £20,000 after a patient dived off a hospital roof, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

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A day in court for non-payment of the TV licence: ‘What do they want us to do, kill ourselves?’ – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2014 in BBC, crime, fines, licensing, media, news by sally

‘Almost 200,000 people were prosecuted last year for failing to buy a television licence. Should those who can’t afford to pay their bills be criminalised in this way?’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2014

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Mother prosecuted for forging document to win daughter school place – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2014 in education, fines, forgery, news, sentencing by sally

‘Lura Pacheco, 34, was fined £500 and sentenced to 100 hours’ community service after first prosecution for ‘education tourism’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2014

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Drivers may be able to reclaim millions in unfair parking fines – The Independent

‘Motorists could demand the refund of more than £100m in parking fines, after what experts described as an “explosive” tribunal ruling left local government traffic officials in “absolute panic”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2014

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PC Ian Terry death: GMP officer ‘required to resign’ – BBC News

‘A Greater Manchester Police officer has been forced to step down over the fatal shooting of an unarmed colleague during a training exercise.’

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BBC News, 17th September 2014

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Fine for paralegal who moved firms and took sensitive data with him – Legal Futures

Posted September 11th, 2014 in costs, data protection, fines, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal who took sensitive information from his employer when moving to a rival law firm was convicted of a criminal offence under the Data Protection Act this week.’

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Legal Futures, 11th September 2014

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‘Ignorant’ crane boss David Saunders fined over death – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2014 in accidents, fines, health & safety, news by sally

‘A company has been fined £150,000 after a worker was killed when a crane wheel he was dismantling “exploded like a bomb”.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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Case dropped against parents of boy who missed school – BBC News

‘Legal action has been dropped against parents who took their child out of school without permission, as the family has moved to the US.’

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BBC News, 8th September 2014

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Mother who kept her daughter off school over cancer fears cleared by court – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2014 in cancer, fines, health, local government, news, school children, truancy by sally

‘Kerry Capper dragged through the legal process after keeping her daughter at home fearing her cancer had returned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2014

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RBS failed in mortgage business basics and is lucky the fine was just £14.5m – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2014 in banking, financial advice, financial regulation, fines, mortgages, news by tracey

‘Bank hit with its sixth penalty in four years, showing it is still far from being in proper shape to return to the private sector.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2014

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