Unison plans Supreme Court appeal after latest setback on employment tribunal fees – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 28th, 2015 in appeals, employment tribunals, fees, news, Supreme Court, trade unions by sally

‘Unison has applied for permission to take its legal challenge to the Government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal this week rejected the union’s claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th August 2015

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John Mander Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – Supreme Court

John Mander Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2015] UKSC 56

Supreme Court, 29th July 2015

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Emily Thornberry MP – Human rights conventions: when some are more equal than others? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 24th, 2015 in appeals, benefits, bills, children, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘When a legal challenge to one of the coalition Government’s flagship welfare reforms – an overall cap of £26,000 per year on the amount any family could receive in benefits – was reviewed by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the resulting judgment left many observers scratching their heads. Had the Court declared the cap unlawful or not? The answer seemed to be a mixture of yes and no.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th August 2015

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Woolway (Valuation Officer) v Mazars LLP – WLR Daily

Posted August 12th, 2015 in appeals, leases, news, rates, Supreme Court, tribunals, valuation by sally

Woolway (Valuation Officer) v Mazars LLP [2015] UKSC 53; [2015] WLR (D) 353

‘Where a business’s offices were on two separate floors of an office block, the communication between the two being solely by way of the block’s communal lift, those two floors comprised two separate hereditaments for the purposes of non-domestic rating.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2015

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Regina (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Just For Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Just For Kids Law intervening) [2015] UKSC 57; [2015] WLR (D) 342

‘The settlement criterion, which precluded persons with discretionary leave to remain in the United Kingdom from eligibility to receive student loans within the meaning of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011, discriminated unlawfully against a person with such leave who had lived and been educated in England for most of her life and was integrated into United Kingdom society.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2015

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Supreme Court: a right to a student loan? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 4th, 2015 in appeals, education, human rights, immigration, news, Supreme Court, universities by sally

‘Ms Tigere is 20. She arrived in the UK from Zambia when she was 6. She did very well at school. In 2013, she applied for a student loan to fund a university place.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd August 2015

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Welsh Supreme Court judge ‘should be considered’ – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2015 in judiciary, news, reports, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘Appointing a Welsh justice to the Supreme Court should be considered in the near future, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2015

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Bedroom Tax and separated families – UT again – Nearly Legal

‘The Upper Tribunal has another go at the separated families issue in CH 0062 2015-00 and this time, unsurprisingly, shuts down completely the FTT dissenting position in a Middlesborough FTT decision, while upholding and amplifying MR v North Tyneside.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st August 2015

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Beghal v Director of Public Prosecutions (Secretary of State for the Home Department and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Beghal v Director of Public Prosecutions (Secretary of State for the Home Department and others intervening) [2015] UKSC 49; [2015] WLR (D) 330

‘The provisions in Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 conferring powers to stop, question, and detain a person at a port or border for up to nine hours— without any requirement for prior “reasonable suspecion”— for the purpose of determining whether he appeared to be a person concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism were not incompatible with articles 5, 6 or 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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Regina (Hunt) v North Somerset Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Hunt) v North Somerset Council [2015] UKSC 51; [2015] WLR (D) 331

‘Where a claimant for judicial review had sought a quashing order but not declaratory relief and the court, having found the defendant to have acted unlawfully, refused the quashing order due to the passage of time, it was not obliged of its own initiative to grant a declaration.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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Regina (Champion) v North Norfolk District Council and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Champion) v North Norfolk District Council and another [2015] UKSC 52; [2015] WLR (D) 333

‘The formal procedures prescribed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) legislation, including screening, preparation of an environmental statement and mandatory public consultation, had no counterpart in the habitats legislation. The decision whether an EIA was required had to be taken early in the planning process, although a negative decision might be reviewed subsequently. Mitigation measures might properly be considered at the screening stage and, where appropriate, included in the environmental statement.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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Lawrence and others v Fen Tigers Ltd and others (No 3) (Secretary of State for Justice and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

Lawrence and others v Fen Tigers Ltd and others (No 3) (Secretary of State for Justice and others intervening) [2015] UKSC 50; [2015] WLR (D) 332

‘The costs regime in place between 1999 and 2013, which could require losing defendants to pay not only the claimants’ base costs but any success fee and after the event (“ATE”) insurance premium which they had paid as part of their conditional fee arrangement— even though the total costs were far in excess of the value of the claim— was not contrary to defendants’ rights to a fair trial and to the protection of their property under article 6 of, and article 1 of the First Protocol (“A1P1”) to, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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Supreme Court rules factory expansion can proceed despite flaws in environmental assessment process – OUT-LAW.com

‘Plans to extend a Norfolk factory should be allowed to proceed despite procedural irregularities, as proper compliance with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process would not have led to a different conclusion, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2015

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Commercial nonsense and the reasonable man: Arnold v Britton & Ors [2015] UKSC 36 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, covenants, leases, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case, the Supreme Court considered to what extent lessees could escape what appeared to be a very bad bargain indeed. The crux of the case was: to what extent can commercial common sense defeat a contractual provision which defies it?”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 24th July 2015

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Modernising the law on informed consent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, doctors, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The recent Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 has seen the courts move away from the previously paternalistic laws on informed consent and take a step towards recognising the more modern relationship between doctor and patient.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2015

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Supreme Court Judgment in Coventry and Ors v Lawrence and another [2015] UKSC 50 – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, human rights, insurance, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has handed down its Judgment in Coventry v Lawrence in which it considered the compatibility of the system for the recovery of success fees and ATE premiums under the Access to Justice Act 1999 with the European Convention on Human Rights, Articles 6 and Article 1 Protocol 1. The Court held by a majority of 5-2 (Lord Neuberger, Lord Dyson, Lord Sumption, Lord Mance and Lord Carnwarth in the majority and Lord Clarke and Lady Hale dissenting) that the system is compatible. Success fees and ATE premiums entered into under the AJA 1999 scheme will therefore remain to be recoverable by successful claimants. Whether the decision will be challenged before the ECtHR in Strasbourg and, if so,whether the European Court will take the same view as the Supreme Court remains to be seen.’

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Henderson Chambers, 24th July 2015

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Old conditional fee agreements did not breach human rights law, Supreme Court rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2015 in costs, fees, human rights, insurance, news, proportionality, Supreme Court by sally

‘A speedway track operator must pay the legal expenses of the couple who successfully sued it for noise-related nuisance after the UK’s highest court ruled that the old fee recovery regime did not breach its right to a fair trial.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2015

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Businesses team up to battle English laws on penalties dating back to Magna Carta – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2015 in contracts, fines, news, parking, penalties, Supreme Court by sally

‘Lawyers are in a legal slug-fest in the Supreme Court trying to determine if the English law on penalties has any place in the modern commercial world.’

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The Independent, 23rd July 2015

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Sylvie Beghal, wife of terrorist, loses human rights court battle – BBC News

‘The wife of a convicted terrorist, who was prosecuted after refusing to submit to a police interrogation, has lost her human rights case in the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Supreme Court: no-win-no-fee costs regime compatible with Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The pre-April 2013 Conditional Fee Agreement system, under which claimants could recover uplifts on their costs and their insurance premiums from defendants, has survived – just. It received a sustained challenge from defendants to the effect that such a system was in breach of their Article 6 rights to a fair trial.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2015

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