My Left Shin – NearlyLegal

Posted July 17th, 2014 in appeals, human rights, legal aid, news, regulations, ultra vires by tracey

‘In years to come, we may all wonder what all the fuss was about, but Tuesday’s judgement in R (Public Law Project) v the Secretary of State for Justice has provided some relief and not a little amusement to legal aid practitioners girding themselves for yet another grim landmark in the legal aid story: the residence test.’

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NearlyLegal, 17th July 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

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Regina (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice (Office of the Children’s Commissioner intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 17th, 2014 in civil justice, law reports, legal aid, regulations, ultra vires by tracey

Regina (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice (Office of the Children’s Commissioner intervening); [2014] EWHC 2365 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 316

‘The proposed statutory instrument, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2014, amending Schedule 1 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 by introducing a residence test, was unlawful as it was ultra vires and discriminatory.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Legal aid residence test ‘discriminatory and unlawful’, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2014 in appeals, civil justice, legal aid, news, regulations, ultra vires by tracey

‘The government’s attempt to introduce a residence test for legal aid has been struck down by the high court on the grounds that it is discriminatory and unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 – 4 New Square

Posted June 26th, 2014 in consumer protection, contracts, news, regulations, solicitors by sally

‘With over a decade of fairly fundamental regulatory challenges brought about by the Access to
Justice Act 1999, s.58 Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (Conditional Fee legislation) and more
recently LASPO (Jackson and DBAs), not to mention the overhaul of the Solicitors Code of Conduct to
its present guise of the Handbook in October 2011, one would be forgiven for thinking that the
solicitors profession is already sufficiently regulated without yet more intricate legislation. However,
it seems not. It is now necessary for the profession to get to grips with this latest round of
regulation bestowed upon the profession by Brussels.’

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4 New Square, 11th June 2014

Source: www.4newsquare.com

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Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores and others – WLR Daily

Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores and others (Case C-345/13); ECLI:EU:C:2014:2013; [2014] WLR (D) 273

‘Article 6 of Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs meant that, in order for a design to be considered to have individual character, the overall impression which that design produced on the informed user had to be different from that produced on such a user, not by a combination of features taken in isolation and drawn from a number of earlier designs, but by one or more earlier designs, taken individually. Article 85(2) meant that, in order for a Community design court to treat an unregistered Community design as valid, the right holder of that design was not required to prove that it had individual character within the meaning of article 6, but need only indicate what constituted the individual character of that design, ie, indicated what, in his view, were the element or elements of the design concerned which gave it its individual character.’

WLR Daily, 19th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Church Comrs for England v Hampshire County Council – WLR Daily

Church Comrs for England v Hampshire County Council [2014] EWCA Civ 634; [2014] WLR (D) 207

‘Regulation 5(4) of the Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) (Interim Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2007 provided a means for curing deficiencies in an application to register land as a town or village green under section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 and once that application was so cured it was treated as duly made on the date on which the original defective application was lodged. Whether an applicant had been afforded a “reasonable opportunity” by the registration authority to put a defective application in order, for the purposes of regulation 5(4), was a question of law for the court and was not reviewable only on Wednesbury grounds.’

WLR Daily, 14th May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Letting agents ‘will have to publish their fees in full’ – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2014 in bills, consumer protection, fees, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, rent by sally

‘The government has said letting agents in England face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Council tax liability and void properties – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 13th, 2014 in charities, council tax, housing, local government, news, regulations, taxation by sally

‘Section 4 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“LGF92”) provides that council tax is payable1 on any dwelling which is not an “exempt dwelling”. A dwelling is an “exempt dwelling” if it is “of a class prescribed by an order made by the Secretary of State”2 and thereby falls into one of 23 categories provided for by the Order.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 30th April 2014

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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In re Olympus UK Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Posted May 8th, 2014 in law reports, mergers, regulations, shareholders by tracey

In re Olympus UK Ltd and others; [2014] EWHC 1350 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 184

‘A proposed cross-border merger where the shareholders in the transferor company had agreed not to receive shares or other securities in the transferee would be compliant with and effective under the Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2974).’

WLR Daily, 1st May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier, Dr Meier & Dr Guntner Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft MbH – WLR Daily

AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier, Dr Meier & Dr Guntner Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft MbH: [2014] EWHC 1085 (Comm); [2014] WLR (D) 182

‘An exclusive jurisdiction clause was a contractual benefit, the deprivation of which constituted harm suffered in that jurisdiction for the purposes of article 5(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters.’

WLR Daily, 11th April 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Early learning – New Law Journal

Posted April 10th, 2014 in arbitration, dispute resolution, employment, news, regulations, time limits by sally

‘The early conciliation scheme packs some hidden complexities notes Charles Pigott.’

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New Law Journal, 10th April 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Regulating Health Care Professionals – Law Commission

‘A single clear and consistent legal framework is needed to enable the regulators of health professionals in the UK to modernise and continue to uphold their duty to protect public safety, according to the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Brogsitter v Fabrication de Montres Normandes EURL and another – WLR Daily

Posted March 17th, 2014 in conflict of laws, contracts, EC law, law reports, regulations by tracey

Brogsitter v Fabrication de Montres Normandes EURL and another: Case C-548/12;   [2014] WLR (D)  130

‘Civil liability claims, such as those at issue in the instant case, which were made in tort under national law, had to none the less be considered as concerning “matters relating to a contract” within the meaning of article 5(1)(a) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001, where the conduct complained of could be considered a breach of the terms of the contract, which could be established by taking into account the purpose of the contract.’

WLR Daily, 13th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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The Section 5 Defamation Act 2013 Regulations: Cumbersome and of questionable benefit? – 5RB

Posted March 10th, 2014 in defamation, internet, news, regulations by sally

‘Much has been written on the mental gymnastics required by the Defamation (Operators of
Websites) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”) issued under section 5 of the Defamation
Act 2013 (“the Act”).’

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5RB, 4th March 2014

Source: www.5rb.com

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Cap on housing benefit is lawful, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected on all grounds a claim that the cap on housing benefit amounted to unlawful discrimination against women.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Legal Futures interview lands Bar Council chief in hot water with LSB – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2014 in barristers, Legal Services Board, news, regulations by tracey

‘Comments made by the new Bar Council chairman in an interview with Legal Futures have led the Legal Services Board (LSB) to doubt whether the Bar Council truly accepted the recent findings that it improperly influenced its regulatory arm.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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European Union (Approvals) Act 2014

Posted January 31st, 2014 in EC law, legislation, regulations, treaties by sally

European Union (Approvals) Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, law reports, regulations by sally

Shearman (trading as Charles Shearman Agencies) v Hunter Boot Ltd [2014] EWHC 47 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 32

‘A clause in an agency agreement which dealt with an agent’s entitlement to compensation or an indemnity on termination of the agreement was neither consistent with nor permitted by regulation 17(2) of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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United Kingdom v European Parliament and another – WLR Daily

Posted January 23rd, 2014 in EC law, financial regulation, law reports, regulations by sally

United Kingdom v European Parliament and another (Case C-270/12); [2014] WLR (D) 17

‘The powers available to ESMA under article 28 of Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) No 236/2012 of 14 March 2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps (OJ 2012 L86, p 1) were precisely delineated and amenable to judicial review in the light of the objectives established by the delegating authority. Accordingly, those powers did not imply that ESMA was vested with a “very large measure of discretion” that was incompatible with the FEU Treaty.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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The EU’s Data Protection Regulation: where are we? – Panopticon

Posted January 21st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘The replacement of Directive 95/26/EC – the bedrock of data protection in Europe – with a new Regulation is intended as a radical overhaul, making protections for personal data fit for the digital world. It has now been over two years since the first substantive draft of that Regulation was made public.’

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Panopticon, 20th January 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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