Christmas Break

Posted December 21st, 2011 in news by tracey

There will be no posts during the Inner Temple Library’s Christmas closed period which starts at 2pm on 21st December. We will resume posting on 3rd January 2012.

‘Bully’ Bridgwater-based clampers jailed by judge – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2011 in benefits, blackmail, conspiracy, fraud, news, sentencing, wheel clamping by tracey

“Three men from Bridgwater, Somerset, who ‘bullied’ motorists out of thousands of pounds in an illegal clamping business have been jailed.”

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BBC News, 19th December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Wolf fetish’ sex offender Kristian Timmerman jailed for grooming – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2011 in news, pornography, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

“A sex offender who moved to Merseyside from the Netherlands to contact a 12-year-old girl directly has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 20th December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ofqual inquiry orders exam change – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2011 in examinations, inquiries, news by tracey

“Exam watchdog Ofqual has ordered the re-writing of an exam paper and threatens further action as it investigates reports that exam boards are giving unfair advice to teachers.”

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BBC News, 21st December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Appointment of Reed and Carnwath judicious – even though both are male – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2011 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by tracey

“The promotion of Lord Justice Carnwath and Lord Reed to the supreme court is to be warmly welcomed, even though neither of them is a woman. The court will need a chancery specialist when Lord Walker retires. Sir Robert Carnwath served as a judge of the high court chancery division for eight years, the last three as chairman of the Law Commission. Though 66, he can remain a justice of the supreme court until he is 75.”

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The Guardian, 20th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pension legislation to go ahead – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2011 in bills, civil servants, legislation, news, pensions, trade unions by tracey

“The Government is pressing ahead with legislation to enact its controversial public sector pension reform in the new year, even though an agreement has not been reached with unions to end the bitter dispute.”

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The Independent, 20th December 2011

Source: www.indpendent.co.uk

Student jailed for skipping jury service to see West End show Chicago – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2011 in contempt of court, juries, news, sentencing by tracey

“Matthew Banks, a student at Manchester University, will spend Christmas behind bars after lying to the court over his illness so he could go to the theatre instead.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st December 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted December 21st, 2011 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Revenue And Customs v AXA UK Plc [2011] EWCA Civ 1607 (20 December 2011)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Polat, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 3445 (Admin) (20 December 2011)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Perdoni & Anor v Curati [2011] EWHC 3442 (Ch) (20 December 2011)

High Court (Family Division)

P & L (Minors), Re [2011] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (20 December 2011)

SH v MM & Anor [2011] EWHC 3314 (Fam) (13 December 2011)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Morrison v Buckinghamshire County Council & Anor [2011] EWHC 3444 (QB) (20 December 2011)

Source: www.bailii.org

MPs publish “damning indictment” of alleged HMRC deals with big businesses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 21st, 2011 in auditors, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation by tracey

“There are ‘specific and systemic’ failures in the way in which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handles tax disputes with big companies which must be addressed, an influential committee of MPs has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th December 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Pension unlocking’ loan schemes ruled unlawful – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 21st, 2011 in loans, news, ombudsmen, pensions, taxation, trusts by tracey

“Loans between pension schemes are ‘unauthorised payments’ which cannot be used as a way of unlocking pension capital before a scheme member retires, the High Court has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st December 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

No human right to an hour’s minimum in the open air for “lifer” – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 21st, 2011 in appeals, human rights, misfeasance in public office, news by tracey

“The Court of Appeal has decided that a failure to provide a life sentence prisoner with a minimum of one hour in the open air each day did not constitute a breach of his human rights under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (‘ECHR’).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th December 2011

Source: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com

Phones4U’s ghost advert complaints rejected by ASA – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2011 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen by tracey

“More than 500 viewers who complained that a television advert showing a ghost-like girl was ‘distressing’ have had their complaints rejected.”

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BBC News, 21st December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Murder victim’s family cannot be told killer’s immigration status – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2011 in data protection, families, immigration, murder, news, privacy, victims by tracey

“The family of a former public schoolboy gunned down in a pub have been refused in their request to find out if his killer was in the country legally – to protect his privacy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st December 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Britain looking at filter system for Europe’s human rights court – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2011 in human rights, international courts, news, Supreme Court by tracey

“The Justice Secretary said officials were working on a joint proposal with the Swiss that would ‘pave the way’ on what claims would be allowed to go to Strasbourg.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st December 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Command papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted December 20th, 2011 in parliamentary papers by tracey

 Treasury minutes on the forty-sixth to the fiftieth reports from the Committee of Public Accounts: Session 2010-12: 46th report Transforming NHS Ambulance Services (Department of Health); 47th report Reducing costs in the Department for Work and Pensions (Department for Work and Pensions); 48th report Spending reduction in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Foreign and Commonwealth Office); 49th report The Efficiency and Reform Group’s role in improving public sector value for money (Cabinet Office); 50th report The failure of the FiReControl Project (Department for Communities and Local Government), Cm 8244 (PDF)

 Report of the United Kingdom to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the implementation at national level of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations, Cm 8254 (PDF)

The work of the UK Border Agency (April-July 2011): the Government response to the fifteenth report from the Home Affairs Committee session 2010-12 HC 1497, Cm 8253 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted December 20th, 2011 in legislation by tracey

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011

The Designation of Schools Having a Religious Character (Independent Schools) (England) (No. 5) Order 2011

The Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Fees Order 2011

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

CPS to consider Dale Farm charges – The Independent

Posted December 20th, 2011 in bailiffs, Crown Prosecution Service, gipsies, news, repossession by tracey

“Police have passed 16 cases linked to the clearance of theUK’s largest travellers’ site to the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Independent, 20th December 2011

Source: www.independent,co.uk

Skip hire boss William O’Grady dumped waste illegally – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2011 in community service, news, suspended sentences, waste by tracey

“A skip hire firm boss has been given a year’s suspended sentence for illegally dumping waste which saved him up to £1.5m in charges.”

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BBC News, 20th December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

News of the World publisher settles seven phone-hacking claims – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2011 in interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

“News International said it had settled seven privacy claims against News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the now-defunct News of the World. The phone-hacking claims that have been settled have been brought by Mark Oaten, Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss, Michelle Milburn, Paul Dadge, James Hewitt and Calum Best.”

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The Guardian, 20th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge says extradition from US quicker than from UK – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2011 in evidence, extradition, human rights, news, reports, treaties by tracey

“UK-US extradition often works quicker from the US to the UK than vice versa, says the former judge who reviewed the controversial treaty. Sir Scott Baker says there is not a ’tissue paper’ between the way the treaty works in both countries. He told MPs there were human rights issues affecting the extradition of alleged hacker Gary McKinnon.”

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BBC News, 20th December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk