Judge quashes cut in community care provision for man with learning difficulties – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has quashed a council’s decision to reduce the community care provision for a 23-year-old man with learning and communication difficulties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2015

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Of Megabytes and Men: the private use exception under the judicial lens and lessons for state aid claims – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in copyright, EC law, judicial review, news, proportionality, state aids by tracey

‘On 19 June 2015, the High Court allowed a claim for judicial review against the decision to introduce a narrow “private copying” exception to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (the “CDPA 1988”). The decision is of interest to EU and competition lawyers for two reasons: (1) its examination of the standard of review in public law cases with an EU law dimension and also (2) its analysis of the state aid issues which were raised.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 2nd July 2015

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Regina (Lumsdon and others) v Legal Services Board – WLR Daily

Regina (Lumsdon and others) v Legal Services Board [2015] UKSC 41; [2015] WLR (D) 270

‘The decision of the Legal Services Board to approve the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (“QASA”), introduced by the regulators to assess the performance of criminal advocates in England and Wales, complied with the requirements of article 9 of Parliament and Council Directive 2006/123/EC and regulation 14 of the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2999), and was proportionate and lawful.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2015

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High court challenge to government over services to Saudi prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2015 in judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, tenders by sally

‘The legality of a bid by the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice to provide services for Saudi Arabia’s prisons is to be challenged in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Court of Appeal confirms neighbourhood development plans can make site allocations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 26th, 2015 in appeals, consultations, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘UK legislation relating to neighbourhood planning allows for policies allocating sites for development to be included in neighbourhood development plans (NDPs), the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd June 2015

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Judicial review: Judicial Control, Liability and Litigation – Local Government Law

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in judicial review, local government, news, state aids by tracey

‘The Judgment of Green J in R (British Academy of Songwriters, etc) v SoS for BIS [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin) is very long (106 pages, 318 paragraphs) and its subject matter (creating an exception to copyright based upon personal private use) is far removed from local government. However, it is important on judicial review generally (and on State Aid).’

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Local Government Law, 22nd July 2015

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Go away! – Nearly Legal

‘A curious case on the effect of a s.198 Housing Act 1996 referral of a homeless applicant to another Authority.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st June 2015

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‘Broader interest of justice’ can trump parties’ duty of candour in judicial review cases, says Privy Council – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in appeals, costs, disclosure, gambling, judicial review, licensing, news, Privy Council by tracey

‘Courts should not dismiss an application for judicial review solely on the grounds that one party has not complied with its duty to disclose all necessary facts and issues if doing so would not be in the interests of justice, one of the UK’s highest courts has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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Copying material for private use: is it legal? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin). An exception to copyright infringement for private use has failed to survive a challenge in the High Court. But this may not be the end of the story.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 0215

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Pressure group Cage launches legal action against Charity Commission and accuses it of acting like ‘counter-terrorism police’ – The Independent

Posted June 5th, 2015 in charities, freedom of expression, Islam, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The British pressure group which claimed the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was radicalised by MI5 has launched legal action against the Charity Commission, accusing it of acting like a branch of “counter-terrorism police”.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2015

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R (Luton Borough Council) v Central Bedfordshire Council and others – WLR Daily

R (Luton Borough Council) v Central Bedfordshire Council and others [2015] EWCA Civ 537; [2015] WLR (D) 226

‘Paragraph 83 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF”) ((27 March 2012) did not lay down a presumption or create a requirement that the boundaries of the Green Belt had to first be altered via the process for changing a local plan before development might take place on the area in question. Paragraphs 87–88 of the NPPF plainly contemplated that development might be permitted on land within the Green Belt, without the need to change its boundaries in the local plan, provided “very special circumstances” existed.’

WLR Daily, 20th May 2015

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Regina (AB) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary – WLR Daily

Regina (AB) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary [2015] EWHC 1238 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 225

‘While the disclosure by police of non-conviction material to a third party involved an interference with a person’s right to respect for his private and family life, within the meaning of article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the common law empowered the police to disclose relevant information to relevant parties, where it was necessary for police purposes such as the public protection. Moreover, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the relevant statutory and administrative codes, provided a sufficiently clear, accessible and consistent set of rules, so as to prevent arbitrary or abusive interference with an individual’s article 8 rights; such that the disclosure would be in accordance with law.’

WLR Daily, 20th May 2015

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Indemnity costs in immigration judicial reviews – Free Movement

Posted May 29th, 2015 in costs, immigration, indemnities, judicial review, news by sally

‘The substantive matter in the case of R (on the application of Kaienga) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR [2015] UKUT 272 (IAC) was agreed by way of a consent order; however costs had not been agreed between the parties in advance of the hearing. An application was made by the applicant for costs on an indemnity basis as a result of the Home Office’s conduct. UTJ Kopiecek awarded the applicant their costs, but refused to do so on an indemnity basis reiterating that such an order is not designed for punitive purposes.’

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Free Movement, 29th May 2015

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Civil procedure: costs recoverability – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A discrete but significant issue on costs recently came before the Court of Appeal in R (on the application of HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2015] EWCA Civ 203.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th May 2015

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Council defeats second judicial review challenge to nursery education decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 20th, 2015 in children, education, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Two mothers have lost a High Court challenge to a council’s decision to stop providing full time nursery education free of charge for three-year-old children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2015

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Mandatory orders in immigration judicial review applications – Free Movement

Posted May 20th, 2015 in immigration, judicial review, news, tribunals by sally

‘The issue of when the Upper Tribunal might make a mandatory order requiring the Home Office to act in a specific way was considered in the case of R (on the application of Sultana) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (mandatory order – basic principles) IJR [2015] UKUT 226 (IAC).’

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Free Movement, 20th May 2015

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Campaigners gear up for legal challenge over UK runways – BBC News

‘A charity, which successfully took the last Heathrow expansion scheme to court, says it could do the same again if ministers press ahead with a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2015

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Anti-vivisection activists win right to legal challenge over how Home Office investigated the care of animals at leading research institution – The Independent

‘Anti-vivisection activists have won the right to a legal challenge over the way the Home Office investigated the care of animals at a leading research institution.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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Wasted costs ordered against solicitor and counsel and case struck out – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2015 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, striking out, tribunals by tracey

‘In the case of R (on the application of SN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (striking out – principles) IJR [2015] UKUT 227(IAC) the President of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber not only strikes out the applicant’s judicial review claim but also goes on to make a wasted costs order against both the solicitors and counsel involved in the case.’

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Free Movement, 14th May 2015

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Former student fails in legal challenge over Oxford’s handling of rape claims – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2015 in inquiries, judicial review, news, rape, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘A former Oxford student has failed in her attempt to overturn the university’s policy on investigating complaints of rape and sexual assault.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2015

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