Stalking: New order for stalker investigations has ‘teeth’ – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘A court order to stop suspected stalkers under police investigation contacting victims could have made a “critical difference” to a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend, her father says.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2020

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Jack Simson Caird: The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and the Rule of Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘The general election on 12 December 2019 has fundamentally changed the political dynamic driving the Brexit process. The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB), which will become law before 31 January 2020, has been substantially revised (from the version which was presented in October 2019) to reflect this Government’s approach to Brexit. The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has published a report that looks in depth at some of the main Rule of Law issues in the WAB. This version of the WAB indicates that this Government will take a different approach from the previous one in terms of dealing with some of the key constitutional issues arising from Brexit. This post examines some of the Rule of Law implications of the main constitutional issues in the WAB.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th January 2020

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

MPs call for unlimited fines for those who breach electoral law – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Political organisations would face unlimited fines for breaking electoral law under new proposals to protect UK elections and referendums from “dirty money and dodgy data misuse”.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2020

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No shift in demographics as 114 new QCs are named – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Some 114 new QCs were appointed yesterday, with the statistics showing little change in the demographics of the 258 who applied, of whom just a fifth were women.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2020

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Immigration and Article 8: what did we learn in 2019? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘As in previous years, the courts in 2019 were particularly concerned with Theresa May’s attempts as Home Secretary to codify the Article 8 proportionality exercise into legislation. Those changes have had a significant impact on the approach of tribunals to appeals against deportation and removal on grounds of private and family life. Judges now have to apply a series of prescribed tests under the immigration rules, before going on to consider whether there are exceptional circumstances requiring a grant of leave.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th January 2020

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Rent Repayment Orders, criminal standard, and new evidence on appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘This was the appeal of a First Tier Tribunal decision on Ms Salva’s application for a rent repayment order.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th January 2020

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Ombudsman reminds councils of their foster carer school transport duties – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Councils across England are being reminded about the financial support they must provide to foster carers’ school transport expenses following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman into Wolverhampton council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th January 2020

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When to disapply subordinate legislation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘It is still relatively uncontroversial to suggest that, as a matter of public law, public authorities must comply with legislation. But what should public authorities do where such compliance would actually result in a breach of a right under the European Convention on Human Rights? In RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] UKSC 52, the Supreme Court held that it is not unconstitutional for a public authority to disapply a provision of subordinate legislation to avoid breaching a convention right. This is necessary under the Human Rights Act 1998. Public authorities will be looking to the horizon to see what impact this decision may have more widely.’

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Law Society's Gazette, January 2020

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Trainee solicitor jailed after rape convictions – Legal Futures

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

A trainee solicitor who admitted multiple offences, including rape, committed in quick succession against two women in July 2019 was jailed last week for 14 years.

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2020

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Proportion of UK prisoners with drug problem doubles in five years – study – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘The proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem in custody has more than doubled in the past five years, research suggests.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Tech Companies In Legal Bid Over UK’s Cancelled ‘Porn Block’ – Each Other

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Four tech companies have launched legal action to pressure the government into introducing age verification (AV) checks for people accessing porn online.’

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Each Other, 17th January 2020

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Islamists get longer jail terms than far-right extremists – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Islamist offenders convicted of online extremist crimes received prison sentences three times longer than those of their far-right counterparts, according to new analysis.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2020

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BBC pays host Sarah Montague £400,000 over gender pay gap – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘The radio presenter Sarah Montague has won a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC after complaining about unequal pay and conditions.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Legal loophole exposed after activist not prosecuted for ‘planting’ tracker on hunt vehicle – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘Countryside groups have called for tougher rules on the use of tracking devices after a huntswoman allegedly caught an anti-hunt activist planting one under her horse trailer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Man jailed for beating and using cleaning products on dog – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘A man who beat his pet American bulldog and used household cleaning products on her has been jailed for four months.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2020

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Rotherham child sex abuse victim ‘vindicated’ – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘A survivor of sexual abuse in Rotherham has told the BBC she feels “vindicated” by a watchdog’s investigation that found South Yorkshire Police did not do enough to protect her.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2020

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Rail franchise bid case starts in high court – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘A high court battle pitting rail operators against the government is due to start on Monday, with Stagecoach and others seeking tens of millions of pounds in compensation in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the privatised rail system.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2020

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Divorcee sues top law firm after taking out ‘crippling’ loan to pay for legal fight with husband – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘A businesswoman who wrongly believed she would win a substantial divorce settlement from her wealthy husband is suing a top law firm after taking out a crippling loan to pay their fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Post Office ‘assisting’ review of postmasters’ convictions – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘The Post Office says it is ”assisting the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the fullest extent” with inquiries into cases of postmasters convicted of theft and fraud.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2020

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Sexual misconduct cases at record high in legal profession – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in news by sally

‘The number of reports of sexual misconduct in the legal profession in England have increased over the last five years and have reached a record high, according to newly released figures.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com