The 16-year-olds who have committed 86 crimes each – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2012 in crime prevention, news, police, recidivists, young offenders by sally

“A ground-breaking British study finds that 4 per cent are responsible for nearly half of youth crime. The research could have profound implications for police and policy-makers.”

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The Independent, 24th June 2012


Taking stock after Abu Qatada: Assurances, secret detention and evidence in closed proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Court of Appeal recently issued its judgment in XX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 742, an appeal from a decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (‘SIAC’) upholding the Secretary of State’s decision to deport an Ethiopian national on grounds of national security.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th June 2012


University tutor wins £60,000 libel damages from Mail and Standard – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2012 in damages, defamation, demonstrations, media, news by sally

“A university tutor has won £60,000 in libel damages from the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard over stories alleging he was involved in violence at a demonstration against education cuts.”

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2012


Former prisons inspector condemns probation service reform plans – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2012 in bills, competition, consultations, news, probation by sally

“Lord Ramsbotham, a former prisons inspector, has condemned government plans to overhaul the probation service and promised to lead a rebellion of peers and politicians unless they are rewritten.”

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The Guardian, 24th June 2012


Lawyers seizing lion’s share of payouts in NHS negligence cases – Daily Telegraph

“Lawyers who sue the NHS in medical negligence cases are earning from the state up to 30 times the amount their clients win in damages, it can be disclosed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2012


Badger cull ‘not legal or scientific’, high court will hear – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2012 in animals, environmental protection, evidence, judicial review, lobbying, news by sally

“The bitter battle over the government’s plan to kill thousands of badgers reaches the high court on Monday, when the Badger Trust will tell a judicial review that the action is neither legal nor scientifically justified.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2012


Legal Assistant Vacancy

Posted June 25th, 2012 in by sally

A Legal Assistant is required for a six-month period, to support the practice of a leading QC specialising in catastrophic personal injury, employment and general common law with an international bias. This is a prestigious position with the chance to assist with high calibre legal work and receive one-to-one training from a leading QC. A number of previous Legal Assistants have gone on to obtain pupillage at other chambers.

For the full job description and details of how to apply click here.

The deadline for applications is July 20th 2012.

Retained Met Police photos of suspects breached human rights – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in criminal records, human rights, news, police by tracey

“A police decision to retain photographs of two suspects who were never charged has been declared a breach of human rights in a landmark High Court ruling.”

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BBC News, 22nd June 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Draga [2012] EWCA Civ 842 (21 June 2012)

Giles v Tarry & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 837 (21 June 2012)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

I, R & T, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1288 (21 June 2012)

Gangar & Anor v R. [2012] EWCA Crim 1378 (21 June 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Sullivan v The Government of the United States of America & Anor [2012] EWHC 1680 (Admin) (20 June 2012)

JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association & Ors v The Director of the Serious Fraud Office & Anor [2012] EWHC 1674 (Admin) (20 June 2012)

Nicolaou, R (on the application of) v Redbridge Magistrates’ Court & Anor [2012] EWHC 1647 (Admin) (20 June 2012)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Moloobhoy v Moloobhoy [2012] EWHC 1670 (Comm) (19 June 2012)


VTB Capital Plc v Nutritek International Corp and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in appeals, assets recovery, company law, conflict of laws, fraud, law reports by tracey

VTB Capital Plc v Nutritek International Corp and others: [2012] EWCA Civ 808; [2012] WLR (D) 181

“There was no such thing in English law as a ‘remedial constructive contract’ and the courts had no jurisdiction to subject parties to contractual obligations under a contract to which neither they, not the only undisputed parties to the contract had ever agreed or intended they should be subject. The Court of Appeal was bound to uphold the principle that it was appropriate to pierce the corporate veil only where special circumstances existed indicating that it was only a façade concealing the true facts. The veil-piercing principle had been developed pragmatically for the purpose of providing a practical solution in particular factual circumstances and could not be invoked wherever it was necessary to do so in the interests of justice and no unconnected third party was involved.”

WLR Daily, 20th June 2012


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys v Registrar of Trade Marks – WLR Daily

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in EC law, law reports, patents by tracey

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys v Registrar of Trade Marks: Case C-307/10; [2012] WLR (D) 180

“It was a requirement of Parliament and Council Directive 2008/95/EC on trade marks that the goods and services for which the protection of the trade mark was sought should be identified by the applicant with sufficient clarity and precision to enable the competent authorities and economic operators, on that basis alone, to determine the extent of the protection conferred by the trade mark.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2012


High Court quashes decision to designate developer’s land as high risk flood zone –

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in canals, environmental protection, news, planning by tracey

“The High Court has overturned a decision by the Environment Agency to designate land along a 36 mile stretch of the Manchester Ship Canal as a high risk flood zone.”

Full story, 21st June 2012


Social Media and the Voice of the Child in Hague Convention Cases – Family Law Week

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in child abduction, children, enforcement, internet, news by tracey

“Emma Pinder, Solicitor, of Spring Law considers a Hague Convention case which has attracted extensive attention in Australia and analyses the potential wider impact of the coverage, especially that within social media.”

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Family Law Week, 21st June 2012


CPS handed further journalist hacking files – the Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in Crown Prosecution Service, interception, media, news, prosecutions by tracey

 “Prosecutors are to decide whether to charge four journalists with phone hacking after they were handed their files by Scotland Yard. The Crown Prosecution Service was today given four files involving four journalists relating to the phone hacking inquiry Operation Weeting, for charging decisions.”

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The Independent, 21st June 2012


UK in EU legal stink over garlic from China – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in customs and excise, EC law, food, news by tracey

“Britain is being taken to court by the European Commission in a battle over a £15m unpaid tax bill on imports of Chinese garlic.”

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BBC News, 21st June 2012


Staff who fall ill on holiday entitled to further paid leave, court rules – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in EC law, holiday pay, news, sick leave by tracey

“Workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to take corresponding paid leave at a later date, following a ruling made today by the European court of justice.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2012


Rochdale paedophile ringleader is named – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in child abuse, news, rape, reporting restrictions, sexual grooming by tracey

“The ringleader of a gang of men in Rochdale who groomed young white girls for sex has been named after he was found guilty of 30 separate child rape charges. Shabir Ahmed, 59, led a child sex exploitation ring of nine men who targeted vulnerable young girls in the Rochdale and Oldham areas of Greater Manchester.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2012


Jailed, the drunken thief who robbed his local bookies – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 22nd, 2012 in news, robbery, sentencing by tracey

“A man who used a rock to hold up a bookies at which he was a regular customer has been jailed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2012


Lawcast 208: Francis FitzGibbon QC on the Assange asylum bid – Charon QC

Posted June 21st, 2012 in asylum, extradition, podcasts by sally

“Julian Assange walked into the Ecuador Embassy in London on Tuesday evening to claim political asylum. The President of Ecuador is shortly to make a statement on Assange’s application. Today I am talking to Francis FitzGibbon QC about the law relating to asylum and the legal consequences of Assange’s extraordinary decision to seek asylum – a decision which surprised several of his supporters who put up the bail money and which they are possibly in danger of forfeiting.”


Charon QC, 21st June 2012


“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted June 21st, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Access to the Countryside (Coastal Margin) (Weymouth Bay) Order 2012

The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 9) Order 2012

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No.3) Order 2012

The Local Justice Areas (No. 2) Order 2012

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Aviation Security) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2012

The Medical Devices (Amendment) Regulations 2012