Maximum benefit fraud fines could be increased to £5,000 – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2015 in benefits, fines, fraud, news, social services by sally

‘The maximum administrative penalty for benefit fraud that can be offered as an alternative to prosecution could be doubled under government proposals.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Jail ‘wrong’ for half of women inmates – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, reports, women by sally

‘Half the women in jail should not be behind bars, the Justice minister will admit today, as he launches fresh moves to tackle the vicious cycle of imprisonment and reoffending faced by many female inmates.’

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The Independent, 29th January 2015

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Schools watchdog chief denies Ofsted has anti-Christian agenda – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2015 in Christianity, complaints, education, news, select committees by sally

‘The chief inspector of schools has been forced to deny that Ofsted had a political agenda against Christian schools after he came under fire from MPs following damning reports by inspectors for two free schools.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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José Mourinho fined £25,000 for alleging ‘campaign’ against Chelsea – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in fines, media, news, penalties, professional conduct, regulations, sport by tracey

‘José Mourinho has been fined £25,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the Football Association after claiming a “campaign” was being mounted against Chelsea in the wake of last month’s draw at Southampton, though the manager has avoided a touchline ban for the comments.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Solicitor’s retainer not frustrated because client loses capacity, appeal judges rule – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in agency, appeals, fees, mental health, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor’s retainer is not rendered “impossible of performance” simply because a claimant loses mental capacity and cannot give instructions personally, the Court of Appeal ruled today.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2015

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High Court sanctions claimant for failing to update budget – Litigtation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, media, news, sanctions by tracey

‘A claimant’s failure to update his budget in advance of an unplanned preliminary hearing has led a High Court judge to rule that “every assumption” would be made against him in assessing the costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

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Financial Remedies Working Group final report – Judiciary.gov.uk

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group (“the group”) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. It has been chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J.

The group produced an interim report on 31 July 2014, making a number of recommendations. This final report should be read in conjunction with that interim report.’

Final report

Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Alice Gross – joint statement from the CPS and the Metropolitan Police – Crown Prosecution Service

‘At the end of the investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). That report proposed that Arnis Zalkalns was responsible for her abduction and murder.’

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Corwn Prosecution Service, 27th January 2015

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 28th, 2015 in legislation by tracey

The Hydrocarbon Oil (Marking and Designated Markers) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 21 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2015

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2015

The Transport Levying Bodies (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct etc.) Regulations 2015

The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) Order 2015

The Gender Recognition Register (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Regulations 2015

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Compensation (Claims Management Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Trading Fund Order 2015

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2015

The Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2015

The Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Transport Tribunal) Order 2015

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulation of Auditors and Actuaries) (PRA Specified Powers) Order 2015

The Capital Allowances Act 2001 (Extension of first-year allowances) (Amendment) Order 2015

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (Fitness to Practise) (Education, Registration and Registration Appeals) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2015

The Vaccine Damage Payments (Specified Disease) Order 2015

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 28th, 2015 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

M (Republic of Ireland) (Child’s Objections) (Joinder of Children As Parties To Appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 26 (27 January 2015)

Thorney Park Golf Ltd (t/a Laleham Golf Club) v Myers Catering Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 19 (27 January 2015)

Walford v Worcestershire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 22 (27 January 2015)

Mulugeta & Ors v R. [2015] EWCA Crim 6 (27 January 2015)

Hough v Greathall Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 23 (27 January 2015)

Blankley v Central Manchester And Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 18 (27 January 2015)

BB, PP, W, U & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 9 (23 January 2015)

Powys Teaching Local Health Board v Dusza & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 15 (22 January 2015)

Timmins & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Gelding Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 10 (22 January 2015)

Fenty & Ors v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 3 (22 January 2015)

Welch v Waterworth [2015] EWCA Civ 11 (22 January 2015)

Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (Rev 1) [2015] EWCA Civ 16 (22 January 2015)

Border v Lewisham And Greenwich NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 8 (21 January 2015)

Best, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Justice (Rev 1) [2015] EWCA Civ 17 (21 January 2015)

Kaur v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 13 (20 January 2015)

McCarthy, R (on the application of) v The Visitors to the Inns of Court & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 12 (20 January 2015)

Hussain v The London Borough of Waltham Forest [2015] EWCA Civ 14 (20 January 2015)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

S v R [2014] EWCA Crim 2648 (20 January 2015)

Dillon v R [2015] EWCA Crim 3 (20 January 2015)

Thorsby & Ors v The Queen [2015] EWCA Crim 1 (20 January 2015)

Chinegwundoh v R [2014] EWCA Crim 2649 (20 January 2015)

Ahmed v The Queen [2014] EWCA Crim 2647 (20 January 2015)

Wells & Ors v R [2015] EWCA Crim 2 (20 January 2015)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Patrick Curran jailed for life for murdering Joan Roddam – BBC News

‘A man with a fetish for older women has been jailed for life for the murder of a pensioner in her Cornwall home. Patrick Curran was 27 when he strangled 74-year-old widow Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole, in November 2003.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2015

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Jasmyn Chan death: Man jailed for Sheffield hit-and-run – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for killing a teenage girl in a hit-and-run crash. Jasmyn Chan, 14, died when she was hit by a car on Normanton Hill, Sheffield, on 9 May while crossing the road.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2015

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High court blocks second phone-hacking claims brought by John Leslie and Jeff Brazier – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in conspiracy, corruption, costs, damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications, time limits by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mann rules that settlements reached in first claims for damages against News of the World publisher barred new actions from former TV personalities.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2015

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Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2015 in costs, damages, news, winding up by tracey

‘A High Court judge has found Companies House liable for the demise of Taylor & Sons Ltd, after they mistakenly recorded that it had been wound up.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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Give slavery victims ‘freedom from prosecution for minor crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in bills, crime, forced labour, gangs, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Granting victims of slavery immunity from prosecution to give evidence about exploitation will be a key tool in tackling organised gangs, according to the officer in charge of coordinating new investigative powers.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky cleared by advertising watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in advertising, alcoholism, charities, children, food, news, regulations, sport by tracey

‘David Beckham’s TV ad for whisky brand Haig Club has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog, despite complaints that the former footballer’s endorsement promotes drinking among children.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Elderly man ‘held prisoner’ in care home – Daily Telegraph

‘An elderly man suffering from dementia was treated like a “prisoner” after social workers dispatched him to a nursing home against his and his family’s wishes without going through proper legal processes, a formal investigation has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2015

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Victims’ commissioner: Complaints are not being taken seriously – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, news, reports, victims by sally

‘ ”Something is going terribly wrong” with the way victims of crime are treated by the system, says the victims’ tsar.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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A Capacitous Patient’s Consent to Medical Treatment is Still Fundamental, Even Where the Treatment Takes Place in Accident and Emergency – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, consent, duty of care, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘In the case of Anita Border v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 8, recently heard by the Court of Appeal, a Senior House Officer in the Accident and Emergency Department commenced a treatment in the face of explicit protestation by the Claimant, and without discussing with her what her alternatives were.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th January 2015

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