Stephen Lawrence murder: Police inquiry ‘not corrupt’ – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2012 in corruption, inquiries, news, police, reports by tracey

“The Metropolitan Police was not corrupt in its handling of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, an internal report says.”

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BBC News, 31st May 2012


Nottingham detective Trevor Gray jailed for rape – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2012 in news, police, rape, sentencing by tracey

“A detective with Nottinghamshire Police has been jailed for raping a woman in her home.”

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BBC News, 31st May 2012



Supreme court dismisses disabled man’s care appeal in landmark ruling – The Guardian

“Judgment establishes that councils must not take cost into account when assessing disabled people’s care needs.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 31st, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Assange v The Swedish Prosecution Authority [2012] UKSC 22 (30 May 2012)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Q- Park Ltd. & Ors v HX Investments Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 708 (31 May 2012)

Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd v Apple Inc [2012] EWCA Civ 729 (30 May 2012)

De Brito & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 709 (30 May 2012)

QEB Metallics Ltd v Peerzada & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 728 (30 May 2012)

AL (Albania) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 710 (30 May 2012)

HM Revenue and Customs v Forde and McHugh Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 692 (30 May 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Bryant v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 1475 (Admin) (30 May 2012)

Lepage, R (on the application of) v HM Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner South London & Ors [2012] EWHC 1485 (Admin) (30 May 2012)

Gibson, R (on the application of) v Waverley Borough Council & Anor [2012] EWHC 1472 (Admin) (30 May 2012)

Patel & Ors, R (on the application of) v Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2012] EWHC 1416 (Admin) (30 May 2012)

Herrmann & Anor v Withers LLP [2012] EWHC 1492 (Ch) (30 May 2012)

Catt v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2012] EWHC 1471 (Admin) (30 May 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Urenco UK Ltd.v Urenco UK Pension Trustee Company Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 1495 (Ch) (31 May 2012)

 High Court (Commercial Court)

Fortress Value Recovery Fund I LLP & Ors v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund LP (A Firm) & Ors [2012] EWHC 1486 (Comm) (30 May 2012)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

WXY v Gewanter & Anor [2012] EWHC 1490 (QB) (30 May 2012)

WXY v Gewanter & Anor [2012] EWHC 1491 (QB) (30 May 2012)

Attrill & Ors v Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 1468 (QB) (30 May 2012)

Thour v The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 1473 (QB) (29 May 2012)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted May 31st, 2012 in legislation by tracey

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Amendment Regulations 2012

The Buckinghamshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Hart (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Durham (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Humber Bridge Board (Membership) Order 2012

The Individual Ascertainment of Value (England) Order 2012

The Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012


Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Charman – WLR Daily

Posted May 31st, 2012 in disclosure, documents, law reports, public interest, taxation by tracey

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Charman: [2012] EWHC 1448 (Fam);  [2012] WLR (D)  165

“As a general rule documents and other evidence produced in ancillary relief proceedings were not disclosable to third parties outside the proceedings save in an exceptional case and for very good reason, unless the court gave leave. The fact that evidence might be relevant or useful was not of itself a good enough reason to undermine that rule.”

WLR Daily, 29th May 2012


Cavenagh v William Evans Ltd – WLR Daily

Cavenagh v William Evans Ltd: [2012] EWCA Civ 697;  [2012] WLR (D)  164

“Where an employer had elected to lawfully dismiss an employee under the term of the service agreement on payment of salary in lieu of the notice period, the employer was liable to pay the salary in lieu to the employee as an accrued debt. The employer could not later avoid payment on the basis that the employee had committed a gross misconduct prior to the date of the dismissal which the employer had discovered after the date of the dismissal.”

WLR Daily, 24th May 2012


Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Football League Ltd (Football Association Premier League Ltd intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 31st, 2012 in insolvency, law reports, sport by tracey

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Football League Ltd (Football Association Premier League Ltd intervening): [2012] EWHC 1372 (Ch);  [2012] WLR (D)  163

“The ‘football creditor rule’ under which football creditors, such as the club’s players and managers, were paid in full in priority to other creditors did not offend either the pari passu principle or the anti-deprivation rule.”

WLR Daily, 25th May 2012


NHS Trust rapped on knuckles for refusing to reinstate union activist – UK Human Rights Blog

“R(on the application of Yunus Bakhsh) v Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EWHC 1445 (Admin). This fascinating short judgment explores the extent to which a judicial review claim, or a free-standing claim under the Human Rights Act, may be precluded by a statute covering the same issue.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th May 2012


Assange: does it matter if ministers mislead Parliament? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 31st, 2012 in EC law, extradition, news, warrants by tracey

“Today, the Supreme Court held that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden for alleged rape. This is subject to further submissions on one point (concerning the Vienna Convention on Treaties), well covered by Joshua Rozenberg in his post on the lively proceedings when the judgment was handed down. The whole of the appeal turned on one technical point, simple to state, but it took the Court 266 paragraphs to answer. Was the European Arrest Warrant which triggered the extradition request signed by a ‘judicial authority,’ given that it was signed by a prosecutor?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st May 2012


An uncertain future for trainee solicitors: it’s all about the money, money, money – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 31st, 2012 in diversity, minimum wage, news, remuneration, trainee solicitors by tracey

“On 17 May 2012 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced their decision to abolish the current minimum wage for trainee solicitors (the current minimum salary for trainee solicitors is £18,590 in Central London and £16,650 outside of London). From 1 August 2014 law firms will be able to pay trainee solicitors the national minimum hourly rate of £6.08. These changes to remuneration will cause additional barriers to access a career in law and will subsequently have a negative impact on the legal profession with a less diverse and equal workforce.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th May 2012


The Law Commission’s review of Health and Social Care Regulation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 31st, 2012 in consultations, health, Law Commission, news, social services by tracey

“I attended an interesting seminar yesterday evening hosted by Blake Lapthorn solicitors. Frances Patterson QC, one of the Law Commissioners, spoke about the LC’s current review of Health and Social Care Regulation.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th May 2012



Mayor Boris Johnson to review police anti-racism measures – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2012 in diversity, inquiries, London, news, police by tracey

“London mayor Boris Johnson has ordered a review of anti-racism reforms within the Metropolitan Police. It will look at measures put in place as a result of the race and faith inquiry – set up by the mayor in 2008.”

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BBC News, 31st May 2012


Solicitor accused of playing golf while charging £300 an hour wins libel damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2012 in defamation, news, solicitors by tracey

“A solicitor wrongly accused by a millionaire client of charging him £300 an hour for legal work whilst playing golf has won an apology and substantial damages after succeeding in his libel action.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2012


OFT refers ‘dysfunctional’ car insurers to Competition Commission – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2012 in competition, consumer protection, insurance, news by tracey

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has provisionally decided to refer the private motor insurance market to the Competition Commission after it found evidence that insurers compete in a ‘dysfunctional way’ that pushes up premiums by £225m a year.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2012


Julian Assange’s extradition stayed thanks to quick legal footwork – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2012 in appeals, extradition, judgments, news, Supreme Court, treaties by tracey

“Dinah Rose QC buys her client another two weeks – much to the supreme court’s embarrassment.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2012


Protester John Catt loses database fight – The Independent

Posted May 30th, 2012 in demonstrations, human rights, news, privacy by tracey

” An 87-year-old political campaigner has lost a legal action to have details about his attendance at various protests removed from a police ‘extremism’ database.”

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The Independent, 30th May 2012


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle house campaigners win court ruling – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2012 in housing, local government, news, planning by tracey

“A High Court judge has ruled that plans to develop the former home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ‘must be quashed.’ ”

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BBC News, 30th May 2012


The Inns of Court continue drive to promote access and social mobility – Inner Temple

Posted May 30th, 2012 in inns of court, legal education, press releases by tracey

“Responding to the release of the Fair Access to Professional Careers, Patrick Maddams, Sub-Treasurer of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, said: ‘We welcome this progress report and the recognition of the work the Inns of Court have been undertaking to promote access to the Bar. The Inns of Court between them now provide nearly £5 million per year in scholarships to ensure that financial need does not prevent capable students of studying for the Bar.’ ”

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Inner Temple, 30th May 2012


MoJ answers key QOCS questions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 30th, 2012 in civil justice, costs, news, personal injuries by tracey

“The government has answered some of the fundamental questions about how its new system for transferring the costs burden in personal injury cases will work.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th May 2012