Treasury ordered to pay £142,000 to ‘whistleblower’ former civil servant – The Guardian

‘The Treasury has been ordered to pay £142,000 to a former senior civil servant after refusing to carry out a previous tribunal’s ruling that he should be found another job.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Child offender tagging system ‘not working’ – BBC News

‘A tagging programme for child offenders is not working and results in excessive punishment, a charity has warned.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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MP refers Sunday Mirror to police and press regulator over sex sting – The Guardian

‘One of the Conservative MPs who was contacted by a Sunday Mirror reporter posing as a woman interested in sex is to write to the Metropolitan police over the tabloid sting. Mark Pritchard said he would contact Scotland Yard and make a formal complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) over accusations of entrapment.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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QC wins High Court battle to be paid £100,000 fee – Legal Futures

Posted September 26th, 2014 in barristers, contracts, professional conduct, remuneration, striking out by tracey

‘The High Court has ordered a Jersey lawyer to pay an English barrister’s fee, dismissing a claim that the fee was an honorarium which was not legally enforceable.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Her Majesty’s Passport Office made directly accountable to Ministers – Home Office

Posted September 26th, 2014 in government departments, immigration, passports, press releases by tracey

‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is to be brought into the Home Office and made directly accountable to Ministers, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced today.’

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Home Office, 26th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Dave Lee Travis given suspended sentence – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been given a suspended sentence of three months for indecently assaulting a woman in 1995.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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New, fairer way of calculating barristers’ practising certificate fees announced – The Bar Council

Posted September 26th, 2014 in barristers, fees, press releases, remuneration by tracey

‘The way in which barristers’ Practising Certificate Fees (PCF) are calculated will soon change to become fairer, the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council have announced today.’

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The Bar Council, 25th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 26th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Electricity Act 1989 (Exemption from the Requirement for an Interconnector Licence) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Absolute Ground for Possession for Anti-social Behaviour (Review Procedure) (England) Regulations 2014

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Extended Collective Licensing) Regulations 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 26th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Creditsights Ltd v Dhunna [2014] EWCA Civ 1238 (19 September 2014)

Sugarman & Ors v CJS Investments LLP & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1239 (19 September 2014)

Griffin v Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 1240 (19 September 2014)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Guardian News And Media Ltd & Ors v Incedal [2014] EWCA Crim 1861 (24 September 2014)

Williams v R [2014] EWCA Crim 1862 (19 September 2014)

Serious Fraud Office v Papachristos & Anor [2014] EWCA Crim 1863 (19 September 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Birks, R (On the Application Of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 3041 (Admin) (25 September 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Chadwick v Collinson& Ors [2014] EWHC 3055 (Ch) (24 September 2014)

CF Partners (UK) Llp v Barclays Bank Plc & Anor [2014] EWHC 3049 (Ch) (24 September 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Merlin Entertainments LPC & Ors v Cave [2014] EWHC 3036 (QB) (25 September 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

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The Children Act – Ian McEwan: a review – Family Law Week

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, family courts, judges, news by tracey

‘Sarah E Green, solicitor at TLT, reviews Ian McEwan’s latest novel which concerns a High Court judge in the Family Division.’

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Family Law week, 25th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Gatwick Airport PCSO jailed for stealing from passengers – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in airports, community support officers, news, police, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A Sussex PCSO who stole thousands of pounds from passengers while on duty at Gatwick Airport, has been jailed for six and a half years.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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‘Cannibal’ nurse jailed for nine years – The Guardian

‘An NHS nurse who was convicted of sexual grooming after plotting to behead and eat a girl has been jailed for nine years.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

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Toddler’s virus death ‘not predictable,’ consultant says – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, inquests, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The death of a toddler who died from a respiratory virus after seeing GPs 30 times could not have been prevented or predicted, his inquest heard.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2014

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Father ‘bit baby daughter on forehead before beating and shaking her to death’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2014 in child abuse, children, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “callous and brutal” father who murdered his baby daughter by repeatedly biting, punching and shaking her has been jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Police officer in Sean Rigg case not allowed to resign, court rules – The Guardian

‘A police constable under investigation following the death of a mentally ill musician has lost a legal battle to be allowed to resign in order to become a Church of England minister.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Court rejects call for woman’s jail term over false rape claims to be increased – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2014 in appeals, news, perverting the course of justice, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘The solicitor general has been criticised for asking a court to increase a three-and-a-half-year jail term imposed on a trainee barrister and new mother convicted of falsely accusing her former boyfriend of a series of rapes and assaults. Robert Buckland QC asked the court of appeal to increase the sentence handed to Rhiannon Brooker, 30, after she was found guilty of fabricating allegations that led to her ex-partner Paul Fensome being jailed for 36 days. But three appeal court judges ruled that the term should not be increased.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Cartier launches legal attempt to block websites selling counterfeit goods – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2014 in counterfeiting, electronic commerce, injunctions, internet, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Cartier International, the luxury watch and jewellery company, is attempting to block websites allegedly selling counterfeit goods in a test case that could have far-reaching consequences for the internet. Lawyers for the Paris-based company launched their claim at the high court in London on Thursday. It is believed to be the first time online service providers have been asked to close down websites on the grounds that they feature pirated trademark logos.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Prisoners’ children ‘forgotten victims’, Barnardo’s says – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, families, news, prisons by tracey

‘Children of prisoners are the “forgotten victims” of the justice system, Barnardo’s has said. Figures from 120 prisons suggest children make 500,000 visits to parents in prisons in England and Wales and the charity says these visits can cause them “long-lasting distress”. It says the children are in a “policy black hole”, with little government effort to monitor or identify them.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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‘Frankly awful': energy regulator’s damning verdict on suppliers’ customer service – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2014 in complaints, consumer protection, energy, news by tracey

‘The Big Six energy suppliers have been ordered to improve “frankly awful” customer service after regulator Ofgem found more than half of customers were unhappy with how complaints were handled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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EVENT: UCL – Equality: The New Legal Framework Revisited

Posted September 25th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This panel discussion will be opened by Professor Bob Hepple’s presentation of his latest work: Equality – The Legal Framework (2nd ed., Hart, 2014), and his analysis of the main developments in the UK Equality Law framework since the adoption of the Equality Act 2010.’

Date: 28th October 2014, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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