Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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Smile: High Court judge uses emoji in official ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, judges, judgments, news, terrorism by tracey

‘It is the kind of document in which one might expect to find daunting legal terminology, interspersed with Latin phrases or even a smattering of Norman French.But one High Court judge has gone to previously unheard-of lengths to make a judgment in a family court case comprehensible even for the children it affects – by replacing dry terminology with a battery of down-to-earth phrases and even a smiley face symbol.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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CA orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death – UK Human Rights Blog

‘C (a child) [2016] EWCA Civ 798. This is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th August 2016

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In re X (A Child) (Reporting Restrictions: Guidance) – WLR Daily

In re X (A Child) (Reporting Restrictions: Guidance) [2016] EWHC 1668 (Fam)

‘Those applying for reporting restriction orders in family proceedings need to comply meticulously with the obligation to adequately notify the media in accordance with the FPR Practice Direction 12I—Applications for Reporting Restriction Orders and associate Cafcass practice note (paras 10, 25–28).’

WLR Daily, 4th July 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Expanding the Frontiers of Indirect Discrimination: Disadvantage and Associative Discrimination – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in appeals, EC law, employment, employment tribunals, equality, judgments, news by sally

‘This paper address recent developments where the courts have considered the fundamental concepts of discrimination law and, the case law has both expanded the frontiers of discrimination whilst at the same time created some difficult hurdles for Claimants. The issues can best be considered by way of a factual example, which is set out below, and which will be considered at each stage of the paper.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th June 2016

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High court refuses to publish Ben Butler judgment from 2014 – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has refused to publish a 2014 judgment on the death of Ellie Butler on the grounds that her father, who has been jailed for life for her murder, might in the future face a retrial.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Richard Kirkham: JR55: Five Activist Strategies a Judge Should Avoid – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The ruling of the Supreme Court in JR55 raises a host of issues which deserve a much fuller analysis than can be developed in this post. The best reading of the case is that its impact is largely isolated to the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints scheme involved, an ombudsman scheme which closed on 1st April as a result of the Public Services Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th May 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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Free Speech Explained In 5 Human Rights Cases – RightsInfo

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in freedom of expression, human rights, judgments, news by sally

‘Freedom of speech, often called freedom of expression, is thought of by many as the cornerstone of a liberal democracy.’

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RightsInfo, 26th May 2016

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Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd v Ray [2015] EWCA Civ 1247 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted April 26th, 2016 in appeals, evidence, judgments, leases, news, valuation by sally

‘A previous decision of the Upper Tribunal is admissible evidence of what it decided and it is a question of what weight a subsequent tribunal should give it. The extent to which the previous decision is a decision on general points of interest rather than specific facts and the cogency of the reasoning will impact on the weight to be given to a particular decision.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 19th April 2016

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Joint enterprise law wrongly interpreted for 30 years, court rules – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2016 in appeals, evidence, interpretation, joint enterprise, judgments, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘A key test imposed by judges in assessing guilt in so-called joint enterprise killings has been wrongly interpreted for the past 30 years, the supreme court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2016

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Part III and the Maintenance Regulation: Clash of the Titans – Family Law Week

Posted January 29th, 2016 in divorce, EC law, financial provision, judgments, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘Charles Hale QC and Henry Clayton, both of 4 Paper Buildings, outline the debate which the Court of Appeal declined to resolve in the recent case of Ramadani v Ramadani [2015] EWCA Civ 1138.’

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Family Law Week, 24th January 2016

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Section 20 Children Act 1989: Consent, Not Coercion – Issue or be Damned – Family Law Week

‘Jacqui Gilliatt, barrister, and Amy Slingo, pupil, both of Four Brick Court, set out lessons to be learned from the recent judgments concerning section 20.’

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Family Law Week, 24th November 2015

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Even a Single Page Missing … – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 16th, 2015 in case management, copyright, evidence, judgments, news by sally

‘A ruthless and salient reminder in procedure – make sure every page is in the bundle before the trial!’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th November 2015

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Radicalisation: a proportionate response – Family Law Week

‘Sarah Williams, Legal Team Leader, Social Care Team, at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, considers the high-profile cases recently heard in the Family Division of the High Court where children or families have been considered at risk of radicalisation and, in some cases, travelling to Syria or Iraq, together with the judicial responses to those cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th October 2015

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Some Guidance on Interpretation of the Effect of the Enterprise Act – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 6th, 2015 in employment, health & safety, judgments, news, personal injuries, regulations by sally

‘Personal injury specialists have long awaited clear guidance on how the changes effected by Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 will be interpreted by the courts.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 2nd October 2015

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Bridge court case: No date given for ruling – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2015 in judgments, news, sport by tracey

‘Judgement has been reserved in a challenge against funding body Sport England’s refusal to recognise the card game bridge as a sport. Mr Justice Dove gave no indication when he would give his ruling at the end of the High Court hearing.’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2015

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Court refuses bid to reconsider ruling because of missing page in bundle – Litigation Futures

Posted September 18th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, copyright, damages, evidence, judgments, news by tracey

‘A party that accidentally omitted an important page from its trial bundle has failed in its attempt to persuade the judge to reconsider his ruling. The claimant in Absolute Lofts as West London Ltd v Artisan Home Improvements Ltd & Anor (No2) [2015] EWHC 2632 (IPEC) made the application the day after His Honour Judge Hacon handed down his decision.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th September 2015

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Law books aren’t dull – they’re crammed with jaw-dropping tales – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2015 in judges, judgments, legal education, news, trials by sally

‘Studying law doesn’t mean burying your nose in huge dusty tomes. Case law shows how theory applies directly to real life.’
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The Guardian, 21st August 2015

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Duties and liabilities of trustees: Lessons from recent cases – New Square Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, judgments, news, trusts by sally

‘There have been a number of recent cases which provide useful guidance in considering the scope of trustees’ duties when faced with decisions as to whether or not to sell or retain land, or to incur expenditure on repairs, or to take legal action.’
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New Square Chambers, 26th May 2015

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Requesting a court revisit its judgment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2015 in amendments, judgments, legal representation, news, time limits by sally

‘The recent case of Heron Bros Ltd v Central Bedfordshire Council (No 2) [2015] EWHC 1009 (TCC) considered the extent to which a court may exercise its discretion and revisit its judgment in the light of a new point.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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