Finally – insurers get it in the neck for not passing on whiplash savings – Legal Futures

‘The insurance industry had a taste of its own PR medicine over the weekend after The Times accused insurers of “cheating motorists” by not passing on whiplash savings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2016

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Bar Council blames court fee rises for fall in CCJs – Litigation Futures

Posted August 30th, 2016 in barristers, county courts, courts, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘There was a 19% fall in the number of debt judgments against businesses in England and Wales during the first six months of 2016, which the Bar Council says is evidence of the negative impact of rising court fees.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2016

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Separated couple called daughter by different names, court hears – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, news, parental rights by sally

‘A separated couple called their three-year-old daughter different names, a family court judge has heard.’

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The Independent, 30th August 2016

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FSA: 4,000 major breaches of animal welfare laws at UK abattoirs in two years – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in animal cruelty, food hygiene, news, regulations, reports, slaughter by sally

‘There were more than 4,000 severe breaches of animal welfare regulations over the past two years at British slaughterhouses, according to data released by the government’s food watchdog under freedom of information laws.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2016

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Stalker Sandra Danevska jailed for trying to frame ex – BBC News

‘A stalker who filed more than 100 bogus reports to police in a vendetta against her ex-boyfriend has been jailed for five years, police in London have said.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2016

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Activists occupy CPS offices over Kingsley Burrell’s death – The Guardian

‘Activists have occupied the lobby of the Crown Prosecution Service offices in Birmingham, calling for police officers to be prosecuted over the 2011 death of a student.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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What do points mean? (No prizes) – Nearly Legal

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, homelessness, housing, interpretation, local government, news by sally

‘Another allocation judicial review, related, but perhaps distinct from the line of ‘reasonable preference’ cases we have previously seen. The issue, in part, Islington’s use of a ‘points threshold’ for allowing bidding for properties, though not for qualification to the register.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th August 2016

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Lift police visible tattoo bans, says federation – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2016 in freedom of expression, news, police by sally

‘Police officers should be allowed to have tattoos on their hands, neck and even faces, the Police Federation of England and Wales says.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2016

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Suspended sentence for optometrist who missed boy’s fatal condition – The Guardian

‘An optometrist who failed to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition during a routine eye test of an eight-year-old who later died has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Are you aware of the impact of the Insurance Act? – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2016 in contracts, disclosure, fraud, insurance, legislation, news by sally

‘You may not have picked up on it, but the recent change to The Insurance Act 2015 is the most significant update to commercial insurance law in the last 100 years, overhauling principles originally laid down by the Marine Insurance Act 1906. The consequences are far-reaching and mean that it is not just your regulator that is interested in ensuring you have adequate risk management in place. Whilst insurers tell us the intention of the new Act is to create a more balanced relationship between insurer and customer, it seems to be a potential landmine for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2016

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Mother is spared jail as judge says looking after her five-year-old daughter left paralysed by crash is ‘a greater punishment than any court could impose’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A mother who killed a great-gradmother and left her own five-year-old daughter paralysed in a head-on horror crash has escaped jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2016

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Lack of UK law requiring lifeguards on all beaches means ‘varied presence’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in accidents, health & safety, holidays, local government, news by sally

‘After a number of water-related deaths in the past week, industry groups call for more safety information for beachgoers.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Couple told they must adopt own baby after failing to check tick box on form – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2016 in adoption, assisted reproduction, documents, news, parental responsibility by sally

‘A centimetre of ink” nearly came between a couple and their child when the pair were told by a hospital they would have to adopt their child after failing to cross a tick box on a fertility treatment form.’

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The Independent, 29th August 2016

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Sexist hate crimes given second-class status, says senior Tory MP – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in crime, gender, harassment, hate crime, news, police, women by sally

‘Gender-related hate crime has been given second-class status while sexist behaviour online, in the street and in the classroom has been going unchallenged, according to Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities select committee.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2016

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Employment law: Post-Brexit – OUP Blog

Posted August 30th, 2016 in EC law, employment, news, referendums, regulations, transfer of undertakings by sally

‘The Leave vote in the EU referendum presents several potential challenges for employers which are of far more immediate and practical importance than speculation about the future direction of employment law in a post-EU environment. An issue over which a considerable amount of ink has been spilled, both before and after the referendum. These challenges include how employers should best seek to manage employee uncertainty and anxiety about the possible impact of the Leave vote on their business; how economic uncertainty will affect recruitment policy, perhaps pushing employers towards more temporary and agency and less permanent recruitment; the impact on employers’ ability to attract and retain skilled staff from overseas of potential changes to immigration laws as part of Brexit; how to reduce the risks of increased disputes in the workplace based on differing views of the merits of Brexit; and ensuring that any relocations or restructurings that the changed climate necessitates are handled so as to minimise exposure to claims. As the UK proceeds with the process of extracting itself from the EU, the impact on free movement and immigration laws will also be crucial for many employers.’

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OUP Blog, 30th August 2016

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UK data privacy regulator to monitor WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK’s data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook under a new privacy policy.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Breck Bednar murder: Insufficient evidence in killer ‘contact’ probe – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, evidence, internet, murder, news, sexual grooming by sally

‘Police say they cannot take further action over claims from the mother of a murder victim that she is being taunted online by the killer.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2016

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Canines in court: therapy dogs making the wait for a verdict ‘more human’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in animals, courts, dogs, family courts, mental health, news by sally

‘Unique in the UK, Chelmsford county court hosts therapy dogs each week, to reduce stress and make court less intimidating.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2016

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Woman who used conveyancers to litigate probate dispute told to repay money lost to estate – Legal Futures

Posted August 26th, 2016 in administrators, fees, news, probate, repayment by sally

‘A woman who obtained a grant of letters of administration and then used a firm of licensed conveyancers to defend herself against a claim from other potential beneficiaries, has been told by the High Court that she has to pay back to the estate nearly £87,000 given to the firm that has been lost.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2016

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Does a judge have to consider Article 8 in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Fiona McDonald was a private sector tenant. The landlords were her parents who had purchased the property by obtaining a secured loan from a private company. They fell into arrears of the monthly payments, and the company sought possession pursuant to a s.21(4) Housing Act 1988 (‘HA 1988’) notice. The arrears were not substantial, but they had persisted for some time.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th August 2016

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