Court of Appeal rejects call by solicitor to quash dismissal of his claim against council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2014 in news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a solicitor’s call for an Employment Tribunal ruling – in which his claim against a local authority for race and disability discrimination was rejected – to be thrown out as not properly made, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th September 2014

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When does a righteous campaign shade into harassment? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 1st, 2014 in news by tracey

‘Merlin Entertainments LPC, Chessington World of Adventures Operations and others v Peter Cave [2014] EWHC 3036 (QB) 25 September 2014. This case explores the extent to which a campaign of criticism, conducted by internet and email, can merit restraint by the civil courts. As the judge says, whatever the aims of the campaign in question, its supporters may, in the course of their activities, annoy, irritate, and upset companies and individuals. But should the courts interfere, before the question whether the campaign is justified has been decided? And to what extent is such a campaign a criminal offence?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th September 2014

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New rights for victims of crime – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 1st, 2014 in news by tracey

‘Victims will have the right to tell the court how they have been affected by a crime as part of a major set of reforms announced by the Justice Secretary. They will also receive better information and support with the introduction of a nationwide Victims’ Information Service, making it easier for victims by establishing a single source of information and help.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th September 2014

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Council defeats claim brought on behalf of 101 year old over care home closure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2014 in care homes, elderly, equality, local government, news by tracey

‘A city council has successfully defended a High Court challenge brought on behalf of a 101-year-old resident over its decision to close her care home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th Spetember 2014

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Claimants apply to Court of Appeal over approach to deprivation of liberty cases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2014 in appeals, Court of Protection, human rights, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘An application has been made to the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal two key parts of a ruling by the President of the Court of Protection that was intended to streamline the handling of deprivation of liberty cases after the Cheshire West judgment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th September 2014

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Skyscanner: CAT quashes commitments in the online booking sector – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘In a judgment handed down on Friday, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has quashed the Office of Fair Trading’s decision to accept commitments in the online hotel booking sector. As the first case to consider such commitments, Skyscanner Ltd v CMA [2014] CAT 16 contains some helpful guidance, albeit that Skyscanner’s success actually hinged on a fairly narrow point of regulatory law.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 28th September 2014

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Grayling: ‘real plan’ on human rights imminent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling today promised a “real plan” to shake up human rights law, prompting speculation that prime minister David Cameron will fill in the details in his speech to the Conservative party conference tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2014

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Boy should be taken off life-support, rules judge – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in children, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A boy with irreversible brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite the objections of his parents, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

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Police alerted two years ago over Essex teacher who had indecent images – The Guardian

‘Police have been accused of a series of failings that left a deputy headmaster free for two years to secretly film pupils undressing using cameras hidden in an Essex school’s changing rooms. Scores of indecent images of boys aged nine to 12 were found at the home of Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend, who took his own life this month after being visited by detectives.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

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UK court annuls 180 Italian divorces registered to Maidenhead mailbox – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2014 in divorce, family courts, fraud, Italy, news by tracey

‘Maidenhead might, until this week, have claimed to be the divorce capital of Italy. One hundred and eighty Italian couples whose marriages were dissolved through fictitious residence in the Berkshire town have now had their divorces annulled by a British judge. The conspiracy to circumvent the slow-moving Italian judicial system was formally ended on Tuesday by the president of the family division of the high court, Sir James Munby.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

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Essex police apologise for failing to investigate drug-related death – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2014 in damages, drug abuse, human rights, negligence, news, police by tracey

‘A grieving family has used human rights law to force police chiefs to admit they failed to investigate the unexplained death of their son properly.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2014

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How October 1 will change your life – Daily Telegraph

‘As a number of new laws come into effect this week, we take a look at how your life will be affected.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2014

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Strasbourg court undermines democracy, says former Lord Chief Justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2014 in constitutional law, human rights, judges, news by tracey

‘Lord Judge claims that European Court of Human Rights is “a dramatic and unconstitutional extension of judicial authority.” ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2014

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Inheritance law changes come into force – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in children, families, legislation, married persons, news, wills by tracey

‘Changes to the rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will have come into force.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

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Tesco to be probed by Financial Conduct Authority – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in accountants, accounts, company directors, financial regulation, markets, news by tracey

‘Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that it is under investigation following its admission last week that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

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To Absent Friends…Part II – RTA Fraud – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 30th, 2014 in fraud, insurance, mental health, news by tracey

‘Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd v Thumber [2014] EWHC 3051 (QB). It is worth spending a short time looking at some of the comments made by the judge. By way of a refresher, this was a road traffic accident involving a vehicle valued at £6,000, with credit hire charges of £130,000. The claim was found to be fraudulent, with the Claimant sentenced, in his absence, to 12 months imprisonment, following committal proceedings commenced by the Defendant insurer.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 29th September 2014

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Intestacy Now: What you need to know about the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 – Barristers’ Hub

Posted September 30th, 2014 in intestacy, news, trusts by tracey

It doesn’t take a legal qualification to realise that the Administration of Estates Act 1925 was outdated. A statute which starts the list of a widow’s inheritance entitlement with “carriages, horses, stable furniture and effects” is not at home in a world where last year’s iPhone is considered an antique. Fortunately, from 1st October 2014, the somewhat antediluvian “rules of intestacy” are getting a makeover in the form of The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014, which brings the 1925 Act into the 21st century.’

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Barristers Hub, 29th September 2014

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Top town hall lawyer who praised Hitler keeps his job – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2014 in employment tribunals, local government, news, race discrimination, solicitors by tracey

‘A top town hall lawyer is to keep his job despite praising Hitler, winning the nickname “Piggy Eyes” because of the way he ogled women, and making up “inappropriate” nicknames for staff.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2014

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High Court to rule whether boy, 1, should be allowed to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2014 in anonymity, children, health, human rights, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge is considering whether a critically ill one-year-old boy should be taken off life-support after his father told her that no-one had the right to “take away the privilege of life from him”. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2014

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South Yorkshire police under fire for failing to protect vulnerable children – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2014 in children, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A police force criticised for turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in Rotherham has been further rebuked for “weaknesses” in its child protection procedures. South Yorkshire police had “limited understanding” of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children, while officers showed an inconsistent response to child sexual exploitation, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

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