The Care Act 2014: Eligibility Criteria, Duties and Powers in Respect of Adults in Need of Care and Support – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This section deals with the eligibility criteria and the powers and duties in respect of adults in need of ‘care and support’. The new powers and duties in relation to those who provide adults with care are dealt with separately.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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The Care Act 2014: The Duty to Assess Need – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This paper considers the duties to undertake assessments of care needs in the Care
Act 2014 (“the Act”), including the primary duty under section 9, the duty to assess
carers under section 10; the transition assessment duties and the out of area
transfer duties under sections 58 and 37 respectively.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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Regina v Doran and another – WLR Daily

Regina v Doran and another [2015] EWCA Crim 384; [2015] WLR (D) 129

‘A surveillance operation mounted by Revenue and Customs because they suspected that a consignment of cigarettes were being imported with the purpose of evading the duty payable did not result in a disconnection between the goods and the importers. Revenue and Customs were thereby monitoring the import, not controlling it, so that a judge was entitled to find that the importers were “holding” the goods within the meaning of regulation 13(1) of the Tobacco Products Regulations 2001 and, by that means, were retaining their connection with the goods at the excise duty point.’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2015

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All proportionality defences are equal, but some are more equal than others – Zenith Chambers

‘The Supreme Court, in the case of Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd [2015] UKSC 15, have provided some much needed and helpful clarification of the practicalities of raising and potentially defeating a defence based on discrimination on a summary basis. In the event, events overtook the appeal, and Mr Akerman-Livingstone’s appeal was dismissed, but had it not been for a suitable offer of accommodation and the superior landlord serving notice to quit on the Housing Association and requiring vacant possession from them, the result would have been different.’

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Zenith Chambers, 12th March 2015

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Hydrotherapy in the home – Cloisters

Posted March 17th, 2015 in birth, costs, damages, disabled persons, news, proportionality by sally

‘In the recent case of A (A Child) v University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 366 (QB) the claimant was awarded the cost of installing a hydrotherapy pool in her home. Here we look at the circumstances in which a defendant will be ordered to pay such expensive costs.’

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Cloisters, 9th March 2015

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Lawyers, Social Workers and the Proportionality Test – Family Law Week

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the President’s judgment in A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 and the lessons to be derived by practitioners.’

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Family Law Week, 9th March 2015

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Public protest, private rights – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Catt) and R (T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 9. A majority of the Supreme Court has held that the retention by police of information on the Domestic Extremism Database about a 91 year-old activist’s presence at political protests was (1) in accordance with the law and (2) a proportionate interference with his right to a private life under Article 8(1) of the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th March 2015

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Coulson J slashes “entirely unreliable” costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m – Litigation Futures

Posted March 9th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, proportionality, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has slashed a claimant company’s costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m, describing it as “entirely unreliable” and “deliberately manipulated”.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th March 2015

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Speech by Mr Justice Hickinbottom: Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘The Hon Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave a speech at The First Administrative Court in Wales Lecture on “Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution” on 20 February 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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RAC: Millions in private parking fines ‘charged illegally’ – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2015 in appeals, enforcement, fines, news, parking, precedent, proportionality by sally

‘Millions of pounds of parking fines could have been charged illegally, according to the RAC Foundation.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2015

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Supreme Court to hear QASA appeal – but rejects claim of threat to advocate independence – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2015 in advocacy, appeals, barristers, news, proportionality, public interest, quality assurance by tracey

‘The barristers challenging the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates have today been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court declined permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s finding that the principle of independence of the advocate was not infringed by QASA, saying it did not have a real prospect of success.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2015

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Supreme Court: legal expenses insurance premium could not be recovered with costs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, costs, expenses, insurance, news, proportionality, Supreme Court by sally

‘The successful party in a civil court case is not entitled to recover the cost of any ‘after the event’ (ATE) legal expenses insurance premium from an unsuccessful opponent, no mater how “reasonable” it was to have taken out the policy in the first place, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2015

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Proportionality rule bites as High Court slashes costs claim by more than half – Litigation Futures

Posted January 16th, 2015 in barristers, fees, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has more than halved a successful party’s costs on summary assessment on the basis of proportionality, with the fees charged by the partner running the case hit particularly hard.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th January 2015

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Asking for relief – NearlyLegal

‘This is a housing case, but the procedural issue in this decision is only tangentially related to that. Nonetheless, it is a matter worth noting.’

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NearlyLegal, 10th January 2015

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A landmark decision for brand owners: Court rules ISP blocking orders extend to trademark rights – RPC IP Hub

‘The High Court has recently granted Richemont a blocking order requiring the five largest ISPs in the UK to prevent access to various third party websites from advertising and selling goods which infringe Richemont’s trade mark rights. This was the first time that such a blocking order had been sought against ISPs on the basis of trade mark infringement anywhere in the EU (other than, perhaps, in the Danish case of Home v Telenor).’

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RPC IP Hub, 8th January 2015

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Regina (M) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (M) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 1651 ; [2014] WLR (D) 541

‘Informal visits by the police officers to a registered sex offender’s home seeking entry by consent were in accordance with the law. The scheme for the protection of vulnerable persons from sex offenders as a whole was not disproportionate.’

WLR Daily, 18th December 2014

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, and judicial review being a last resort – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 18th, 2014 in charities, data protection, human rights, judicial review, news, proportionality by sally

‘Judicial review is an excellent and flexible remedy, filling the gaps when statutory and other appeals do not provide a remedy for unlawful administrative acts or omissions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th December 2014

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Recovering Inquest Costs in Civil Proceedings – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 17th, 2014 in costs, damages, disclosure, inquests, legal representation, murder, news, proportionality by sally

The Senior Court Cost Office has handed down a decision in the above case offering additional guidance as to when and what costs of attending an inquest can be recovered in subsequent civil proceedings.

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th December 2014

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QASA barristers in last throw of the dice with appeal to Supreme Court – Legal Futures

‘Four criminal law barristers have appealed to the Supreme Court in their judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – despite a costs bill which already totals £215,000, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2014

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R (Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 60 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 12th November 2014

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