High Court judge dismisses office-to-home challenge by London boroughs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2014 in appeals, housing, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘The Government’s procedure in deciding which areas to exempt from recently introduced permitted development rights allowing offices to be transformed into homes without planning permission was fair, a High Court judge has decided.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th January 2014

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Street performers mount legal challenge against Camden council’s decision to licence busking – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2013 in licensing, local government, London, news, performing arts by tracey

‘Camden council’s decision to licence busking across the borough faces a legal challenge from the Association of Street Artists and Performers.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2013

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Elizabeth House judicial review granted – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 11th, 2013 in environmental protection, judicial review, local government, London, news, planning by michael

“A High Court judge yesterday granted permission to an application by Westminster City Council and English Heritage for a judicial review of the decision by the Secretary of State (SoS) not to call in proposals for a £800 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House near London’s Waterloo Station.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2013

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London fire cuts: Councils to seek judicial review – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2013 in budgets, fire services, judicial review, local government, London, news by sally

“A group of London councils is preparing to take legal action over the decision to shut 10 fire stations as part of plans to make £28.8m savings.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2013

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Met police failing to deal effectively with racism complaints, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2013 in complaints, London, news, police, racism, reports by tracey

“A report by the police watchdog has found Scotland Yard is failing in the way it handles complaints of racism and discrimination against officers, a decade after the force vowed to stamp out prejudice in the ranks.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2013

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Police had ‘no power’ to take ‘kettled’ woman’s details – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2013 in demonstrations, investigatory powers, London, news, police by sally

“Police officers who took the personal details of a woman ‘kettled’ during a trade union rally in 2011 acted unlawfully, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2013

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Suspected Jamaican rapist banned from UK for a decade as police employ new tactic – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2013 in burden of proof, deportation, immigration, London, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A suspected Jamaican sex-offender charged five times but never convicted for allegedly raping vulnerable women has been banned from Britain for a decade in a controversial new police tactic to target foreign criminals.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2013

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Met crackdown on foreign suspects raises fears justice will be denied – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2013 in crime, criminal justice, deportation, immigration, London, news, police, tribunals by tracey

“Lawyers say police could ‘circumvent criminal justice’ by using intelligence in civil immigration courts to increase deportations.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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Lawyers warn privatisation of courts could damage City’s status as disputes centre – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2013 in courts, dispute resolution, legal profession, London, news by sally

“City lawyers have warned that London’s status as an international litigation centre will come under threat should the Government push ahead with proposals to privatise the courts service.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2013

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Council wrongly classed asylum seeker children as adults – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2013 in asylum, children, costs, immigration, local government, London, news by sally

“A London council has had to pay out more than £1m in costs for wrongly assessing asylum seeker children as adults. These wrong decisions have condemned some children to homelessness, prevented them from going to school and led to some being unlawfully held in adult detention centres.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2013

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Met Police’s Sapphire rape units facing shake-up – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2013 in child abuse, complaints, London, news, police, rape, sexual offences by tracey

“The Metropolitan Police teams that specialise in rape and sex assault cases are
to undergo a major reorganisation after a series of failed investigations, the
BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 26th April 2013

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Met rape unit encouraged woman to drop case against murderer – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2013 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, London, news, police by sally

“A police officer at a sex crime unit encouraged a woman to drop a rape claim against a man who went on to murder his two children, a report has said.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2013

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Metropolitan police pays out over flawed rape investigation – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2012 in compensation, investigatory powers, London, news, police, professional conduct, rape by sally

“The Metropolitan police has made a landmark compensation payout over a flawed rape investigation by one of its elite Sapphire sexual assault units.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2012

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New approach to Community Payback begins in London – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 1st, 2012 in community service, London, news by sally

“A new approach to Community Payback that will see offenders completing tougher, more intensive punishments begins today [31 October] in London.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st October 2012

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Case law argues London’s priced out tenants are ‘homeless’ – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2012 in homelessness, housing, London, news, rent, reports by sally

“Legal precedent demands that tenants unable to meet unaffordable housing costs are legally homeless. What does this mean in today’s London?”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2012

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Fast-track court system planned for London Olympics – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2012 in courts, London, news, sport by sally

“Measures have been drawn up to fast-track the trials of people accused of offences linked to the Olympics, based on the way offenders were processed after last summer’s riots.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2012

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Plans to regenerate London’s Crystal Palace Park upheld – The Independent

Posted June 12th, 2012 in housing, London, news, planning by sally

“Multi-million pound plans to regenerate historic Crystal Palace Park were upheld by the High Court today.”

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The Independent, 12th June 2012

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Mayor Boris Johnson to review police anti-racism measures – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2012 in diversity, inquiries, London, news, police by tracey

“London mayor Boris Johnson has ordered a review of anti-racism reforms within the Metropolitan Police. It will look at measures put in place as a result of the race and faith inquiry – set up by the mayor in 2008.”

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BBC News, 31st May 2012

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Peace campaigner evicted from Parliament Square using new law – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 17th, 2012 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, London, news, repossession by sally

“On 27 April 2012, Maria Gallastegui, a peace campaigner and resident of the East pavement of Parliament Square since 2006, lost her legal battle to continue her 24 hour, tented vigil in protest against the folly of war and in particular the UK’s involvement in armed conflict.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th May 2012

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Judges allow Parliament Square tent removal – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2012 in demonstrations, injunctions, local government, London, news by sally

“The High Court has lifted an injunction preventing the removal of the last anti-war protest tent near the Houses of Parliament.”

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The Independent, 3rd May 2012

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