Judge finds council sold seafront land at undervalue but refuses to quash decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 16th, 2017 in consultations, local government, news, sale of land, ultra vires, valuation by sally

‘Canterbury City Council sold land on the seafront in Whitstable to a property developer for less than best consideration but the case was not appropriate for a quashing order, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th February 2017

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LSB to put regulators’ efforts to improve diversity under microscope

Posted February 16th, 2017 in diversity, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) will next year carry out the first formal assessment of how the profession’s regulators have performed in improving diversity in their parts of the law, it has announced.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Trade Union Act ballot thresholds in force from 1 March, regulations confirm – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2017 in elections, industrial action, news, regulations, trade unions by sally

‘Higher ballot thresholds which must be met before trade unions can proceed with industrial action, particularly in relation to ‘important public services’, will come into force on 1 March 2017, the government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2017

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EVENT: LSE – A Bill Called William

Posted February 16th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A documentary film screening, courtesy of Channel 4, first screened in 1997 to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, nicknamed `William’, which legalised sex between males aged 21 and over. As a dramatized documentary A Bill Called William has all the elements of a Whitehall farce; a larger than life cast of genuine eccentrics and double-dealing politicians. The programme includes interviews with Leo Abse, who sponsored the bill through Parliament, Lord Roy Jenkins, and Baroness Barbara Castle, and dramatizations of the contemporary debates held in the Houses of Commons and Lords. Gay men also recall the social ostracism, blackmail threats and physical attacks of the era.’

Date: 24th February 2017, 5.00-6.00pm

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free, booking required

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: IALS Legal History Seminar – “Political” Murders, Extradition and the British Empire, 1870-1914

Posted February 16th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: Professor Michael Lobban, London School of Economics’

Date: 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

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Millionaire who killed his wife sued by sons for ‘profiting’ from murder – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in appeals, children, divorce, domestic violence, families, murder, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘A millionaire businessman who stabbed his wife to death in the midst of a bitter divorce row is being sued for £1.5m by his two sons.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2017

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UK legal academics urge PM to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in freedom of expression, legal education, news, rule of law, teachers, universities by sally

‘Theresa May has been urged by 250 legal academics to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit and scale back Britain’s support for the US until he reverses his positions on immigration, refugees, torture, climate change and judicial independence.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2017

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EVENT: Queen Mary – An Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Court for the UK?

Posted February 16th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The plight of unaccompanied migrant children will be familiar to many of you. You may be less familiar with the proposal to establish an Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Court in the UK, a sort of ‘one stop shop’ to help migrant children address the many complex problems they face, in a holistic manner.

Catriona Jarvis will lead a panel discussion on the work of the Steering Group in seeking to establish this court. A former Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Catriona Jarvis has extensive experience in the field of immigration and asylum law and human rights.’

Date: 7th March 2017, 5.30-9.00pm

Location: School of Law (Laws 210), Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Charge: Free, registration required

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Child of incestuous rape seeks compensation – BBC News

‘A severely disabled man born after an incestuous rape is seeking compensation at the Court of Appeal as a victim.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2017

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Lawyers unite in opposition to massive extension of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lawyers have united against the potential threat of a huge extension of fixed recoverable costs to all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2017

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EVENT: The Law Society – The 13th Stonewall Lecture

Posted February 16th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Law Society and the Bar Council in association with Stonewall, Interlaw Diversity Forum and CILex, requests the pleasure of your company at the 13th Stonewall Lecture: The Law and Trans People – Pitfalls and Potential.

The lecture will be delivered by Helen Belcher, Founder and Trustee of Trans Media Watch and Liberal Democrats Candidate for Chippenham and chaired by Ruth Hunt, CEO, Stonewall. ‘

Date: 23rd February 2017, 5.30-8.45pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free

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Supreme Court president warns judges vetted by MPs would be picked for ‘political and religious beliefs’ – The Independent

Posted February 16th, 2017 in judges, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘The president of the Supreme Court has warned that its judges will end up being picked for their political or religious views if they are vetted by MPs before appointment.’

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The Independent, 16th February 2017

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UK bosses face tougher punishments over corporate pay rules – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in company directors, consultations, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘Boardroom bosses face tougher punishments when they break financial reporting rules under proposals being submitted to the government by the body which polices corporate behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2017

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Drink driver jailed for nine years after routine DNA sample links him to historic kidnap and sex assault – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2017 in DNA, kidnapping, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A pensioner arrested for drink driving has been jailed for nine years after a routine DNA sample linked him to the kidnap and sex assault of a young girl more than 15 years ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2017

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No verdict reached in University Challenge rape trial – BBC News

Posted February 16th, 2017 in consent, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a former University Challenge contestant accused of rape.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2017

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Politicians too slow to defend judges after Brexit case, says supreme court president – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in judges, judiciary, media, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘Britain’s top judge has spoken out about media attacks on the judiciary and the failure of politicians to stand up for judges after the Brexit court challenge.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2017

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EVENT: The List LGBT Network – Our Story: The History of LGBT Rights in the UK

Posted February 15th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Who are the villains and heroes of LGBT history? How did England end up with its anti-LGBT laws? How did they spread across the Empire and what are the ongoing consequences overseas? Join us for this LGBT History Month event as we look at the history of LGBT rights in the UK and hear the personal stories of those who have been affected by the UK’s anti-LGBT laws.’

Date: 21st February 2017, 6.00-9.00pm

Location: Hogan Lovells International LLP, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – Non-discrimination on grounds of age: the Charter vis-à-vis the general principle

Posted February 15th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: Dr Elena Gualco, Lecturer in Law, University of Bedfordshire; IALS Visiting Fellow’

Date: 21st February 2017, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: Parliament – Caroline Norton: England’s First Feminist Law-Maker

Posted February 15th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘On the 17th of August 1839 the first piece of feminist legislation became law. The Infant Custody Act changed the legal status of mothers of good reputation forever. For the first time, a wife who was legally separated or divorced from her husband, and who had not been found guilty of adultery, was entitled to custody of her children up to the age of seven and periodic access after that. The Act was the result of Caroline Norton’s struggle with an abusive husband, and the patriarchal values embedded into English law which insisted that a father was the only parent of a child, and mothers had no rights. Caroline Norton’s wretched marriage drew her out of the private sphere and into the sphere of the law; her pamphleteering also informed the 1857 Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act, and the Married Women’s Property Act of 1870. Caroline Norton, the model for Daniel Maclise’s fresco ‘Justice’ in the House of Lords, was an accidental feminist who changed women’s lives for the better.’

Date: 7th March 2017, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 2LW

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: LSE Legal Biography Project – ‘The First Female Lawyer in Scotland’

Posted February 15th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Madge Easton Anderson was the first woman in Scotland and the UK to qualify as a lawyer. Later, she became the first woman to qualify in both Scottish and English jurisdictions. Yet very little is known about her, unlike her English contemporaries. The search for evidence about her life and career is a work in progress, and Alison will sharing her researches to date in piecing together the story of a pioneering Scottish lawyer.’

Date: 7th March 2017, 7.00pm

Location: Moot Court Room, New Academic Building, LSE

Charge: Free

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