Are universities breaking consumer protection laws? – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in competition, consumer protection, education, inquiries, news, universities by sally

‘Institutions making last-minute changes to courses have prompted an inquiry by the competition authorities.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2014

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Richard Clayton: The Curious Case of Kennedy v Charity Commission – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 26 March 2014 the Supreme Court gave a lengthy judgment in Kennedy v Charity Commission [2014] UKSC 20, running to 248 paragraphs. The Supreme Court decision is full of surprises. The Court decided to depart from the arguments of the parties- the majority insisted that common law rights rather than the Human Rights Act were the key to the case; and then embarked on an extended and wide ranging obiter discussion of public law issues, revealing further disagreements between the Justices.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th April 2014

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Hopkins Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – WLR Daily

Posted April 17th, 2014 in appeals, construction industry, inquiries, news, planning by tracey

Hopkins Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: [2014] EWCA Civ 470;   [2014] WLR (D)  170

‘Guidance as to how the principles of natural justice operated in the context of a planning inquiry under the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000.’

WLR Daily, 15th April 2014

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Credit card companies face FCA competition inquiry – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2014 in consumer credit, financial regulation, inquiries, news by sally

‘Credit card providers will come under the spotlight of the City regulator, amid concerns that vulnerable customers are being offered “payday loans with plastic” and paying high interest rates which subsidise wealthier borrowers.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2014

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Kennedy (Appellant) v The Charity Commission (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Kennedy (Appellant) v The Charity Commission (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 20 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 26th March 2014

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Regulating Health Care Professionals – Law Commission

‘A single clear and consistent legal framework is needed to enable the regulators of health professionals in the UK to modernise and continue to uphold their duty to protect public safety, according to the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 2nd April 2014

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Child-grooming loophole must be closed, says charity – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in child abduction, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual grooming by sally

‘A “legal loophole” in child grooming laws should be closed, the children’s charity Barnardo’s has said.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2014

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NHS ‘bad eggs’ could be struck off under new regulation plans drawn up by the Law Commission in response to Mid-Staffs scandal – The Independent

‘NHS staff who perform poorly in their job could face being struck off, under wide-ranging plans drawn up by the Law Commission.’

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The Independent, 2nd April 2014

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FOIA’s not all that: Kennedy v The Charity Commission [2014] UKSC 20 – Panopticon

‘The Supreme Court’s much anticipated judgments in Kennedy v The Charity Commission make for a long read. But they are very important. All the parties in Kennedy were represented by Counsel from 11KBW: Andrew Sharland for Mr Kennedy; Karen Steyn and Rachel Kamm for the Charity Commission and the Secretary of State; Ben Hooper for the ICO; and Christopher Knight for the Media Legal Defence Initiative and Campaign for Freedom of Information.’

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Panopticon, 28th March 2014

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Prisoners’ Legal Aid, Malayan Killings and the Role of the Judiciary – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, a challenge to the legal aid reforms by the Howard League for Penal Reform is rejected, while campaigners seeking an inquiry into the action of British soldiers in Malaya in 1948 face similar disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the most senior judges in the UK give their views on the role of the judiciary today.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2014

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Lawrence family lawyer Imran Khan: ‘We see what the state is capable of’ – The Guardian

‘Imran Khan has been routinely portrayed as an anti‑establishment troublemaker. Now, in the wake of the Ellison report on police corruption, he explains how it feels to be vindicated.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2014

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Keyu and others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and another – WLR Daily

Posted March 25th, 2014 in appeals, human rights, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

Keyu and others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and another [2014] EWCA Civ 312; [2014] WLR (D) 138

‘The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms did not impose an obligation on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs or the Secretary of State for Defence to conduct an inquiry into deaths occurring in 1948 in Malaya before the Convention was adopted and the United Kingdom acceded to the Convention. Likewise no duty arose under customary international humanitarian law which was enforceable at common law. Nor was the decision of the Secretaries of State to exercise their discretion not to establish a public inquiry vitiated on public law grounds.’

WLR Daily, 19th March 2014

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No duty to investigate in respect of civilian deaths in Malaya in 1948 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 21st, 2014 in armed forces, colonies, emergency powers, human rights, inquiries, news by sally

‘After an interesting analysis of the time limits for claims under Convention in response to a claim made in relation to actions by British soldiers in Malaya in 1948, the Court of Appeal dismissed all their human rights, customary international law and Wednesbury arguments. There was no obligation in domestic law for the state to hold an inquiry into the deaths of civilians killed by British soldiers in colonial Malaya in 1948, even though the Strasbourg Court might well hold that such a duty ensued.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2014

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Al-Sweady Inquiry: Iraq unlawful killings claims dropped – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2014 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Claims that UK soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians in 2004 have not been supported by evidence heard by a public inquiry into their deaths, lawyers for their families have said.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2014

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Court of Appeal judges to rule on 1948 Malaya ‘massacre’ – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, colonies, human rights, inquiries, news, public interest by tracey

‘Court of Appeal judges are set to rule on a long-running battle for an inquiry into the 1948 killings of 24 villagers in Malaya by British troops.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2014

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Bank of England calls in leading QC to investigate forex-rigging claims – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2014 in banking, barristers, financial regulation, inquiries, insider dealing, news by tracey

‘The Bank of England has called in one of the most respected figures in the legal world, Anthony Grabiner QC, to investigate allegations that some of its staff may have been involved in manipulating the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange markets for almost 10 years.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2014

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Lady Justice Hallett to head IRA ‘on the runs’ inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2014 in fugitive offenders, inquiries, news, Northern Ireland, terrorism by tracey

‘A judge who was a coroner at the inquest into the July 7 London bombings will lead a government inquiry into the IRA “on the runs” controversy, it has been announced. Lady Justice Hallett has been appointed to chair the review which will conclude at the end of May.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2014

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G4S may still face criminal proceedings over tagging scandal – justice secretary – The Guardian

‘G4S, the troubled giant private security company, still faces the possibility of criminal proceedings over its alleged overcharging of at least £24m on electronic tagging and prisoner escort contracts, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has said. His reminder comes as G4S makes a concerted attempt to have the current ban on bidding for fresh government contracts lifted.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2014

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Law on hospital blame ‘does not go far enough’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2014 in health, hospitals, inquiries, mistake, news by sally

‘A father who has campaigned for 24 years to hold doctors to account for the death of his son from a treatable disease has said that landmark proposals to impose a duty of candour on all healthcare organisations would be a huge advance – but do not go far enough.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2014

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Stephen Lawrence case: Theresa May orders inquiry into police spies – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2014 in inquiries, murder, news, police, racism, spying by tracey

‘The home secretary has ordered a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups after an independent inquiry confirmed that Scotland Yard had spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2014

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