The quality of advocacy – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 20th, 2012 in advocacy, fees, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“As the lines blur between the work of solicitors and barristers , Joshua Rozenberg asks whether a cheaper service provides better value for money or is it leading to poor representation in court and ultimately miscarriages of justice? He discusses the issues with Baroness Deech of the Bar Standards Board, a solicitor advocate Sundeep Bhatia and Elisabeth Davies, Chair of the Consumer panel at the Legal Services Board. He also speaks to senior appeal court judge Lord Justice Moses and asks about the best way to assess quality and what dangers lie ahead if suffers.”


BBC Law in Action, 19th June 2012


XX (Ethiopia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JUSTICE intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted June 20th, 2012 in appeals, deportation, evidence, human rights, law reports, terrorism, torture by sally

XX (Ethiopia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JUSTICE intervening) [2012] EWCA Civ 742; [2012] WLR (D) 177

“The rule on the exclusion of evidence obtained by torture was exceptional. It was not an abuse of process to admit evidence from security service officers obtained in secret detention facilities.”

WLR Daily, 15th June 2012


Hutton and others v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – WLR Daily

Hutton and others v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority [2012] EWCA Civ 806; [2012] WLR (D) 176

“‘Particular circumstances’ in para 18 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001, which provided that a claims officer could waive the two-year time limit within which claims for compensation in respect of criminal injury should be brought pursuant to the scheme, meant the actual or distinct circumstances of the individual case, not special circumstances in the sense of being unusual or extraordinary circumstances.”

WLR Daily, 14th June 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 20th, 2012 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 807 (19 June 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Price & Anor v Nunn [2012] EWHC 1605 (Ch) (13 June 2012)

High Court (Admiralty Court)

Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 1612 (Admlty) (15 June 2012)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted June 20th, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Sustainable Communities Regulations 2012

The Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2012

The Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Amendment) Order 2012

The Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2012

The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012

The Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2012

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) (Amendment) Order 2012

The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2012

The NHS Bodies (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2012

The Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care National Health Service Trust (Dissolution) Order 2012

The Badger (Control Area) (Wales) (Revocation) Order 2012

The Welsh Ministers and Local Health Boards (Transfer of Property, Rights and Liabilities) (Wales) Order 2012


Secret court plans ‘address genuine problem in disproportionate way’ – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2012 in closed material, news, private hearings, terrorism by sally

“Plans to extend secret court hearings address genuine problems of national security but also contain elements of “overkill”, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has warned.”

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The Guardian, 19th June 2012


Terror watchdog warns of wave of compensation claims over drone strikes – Daily Telegraph

“Britain is facing a wave of compensation claims for allegedly helping the US target drones strikes abroad, the terror watchdog warned yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2012


London 2012: Protester’s banning order extended – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2012 in ASBOs, news, public order, sport by sally

“A man barred from protesting at the site of an Olympic basketball training facility has had his banning order extended by two years.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2012


Legal crisis over Julian Assange’s asylum request – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2012 in asylum, extradition, human rights, news, sexual offences by sally

“The decision by the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to seek political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London has sparked a fresh legal crisis over his already tortuous extradition case.”

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The Guardian, 19th June 2012