Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson’s Elephant Man joke ruled offensive – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2012 in codes of practice, complaints, disabled persons, media, news by sally

“The BBC Trust has ruled that Jeremy Clarkson’s joke comparing a Japanese car to the Elephant Man was offensive to people with facial disfigurements, and criticised Top Gear’s production team for a ‘regrettable lapse of editorial judgment’.”

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The Guardian, 1st October 2012


Jailed mother who smacked children released on appeal – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2012 in appeals, child cruelty, news, sentencing by sally

“A mother jailed after her children complained to social services that she had smacked them has been freed on appeal.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2012


Rules governing transparent financial advice already being bent, says FSA – The Guardian

“New rules abolishing the payment of commission on pensions and investments have not yet come into force, but financial advisers and product providers have already found ways to get around the ban, according to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).”

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The Guardian, 1st October 2012


Command Papers –

Posted October 1st, 2012 in parliamentary papers by sally

Cooperation Agreement on Satellite Navigation between the European Union and its Member States and the Kingdom of Norway, Cm 8449 (PDF)

Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Finland Concerning the Mutual Protection of Classified Information, Cm 8450 (PDF)

The Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc., Cm 8451 (PDF)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted October 1st, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2012

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) (No. 2) Order 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 (Forms and Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012

The Pensions Act 2008 (Commencement No. 14 and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 1st, 2012 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Riat & Ors v R. [2012] EWCA Crim 1509 (11 July 2012)

Lawlor, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1870 (02 August 2012)

Lawson, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1931 (27 July 2012)

Johnson, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1863 (26 July 2012)

Anderson, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1785 (20 July 2012)

Chaytors, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1810 (13 July 2012)

Burton, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 1781 (12 July 2012)

Dare v Crown Prosecution Service [2012] EWHC 2074 (Admin) (13 July 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Ross River Ltd & Anor v Waveley Commercial Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 2487 (Ch) (06 September 2012)

Coventry School Foundation v Whitehouse & Ors [2012] EWHC 2351 (Ch) (10 August 2012)

High Court (Family Division)

D And L (Minors Surrogacy), Re [2012] EWHC 2631 (Fam) (28 September 2012)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v London Borough of Hounslow [2012] EWHC 2639 (TCC) (28 September 2012)

Tinseltime Ltd v Roberts & Ors [2012] EWHC 2628 (TCC) (28 September 2012)

BY Development Ltd & Ors v Covent Garden Market Authority [2012] EWHC 2546 (TCC) (28 September 2012)

Clark Electrical Ltd v JMD Developments (UK) Ltd [2012] EWHC 2627 (TCC) (28 September 2012)


Changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect today – UK Border Agency

Posted October 1st, 2012 in immigration, news, regulations, visas by sally

“As previously announced, a number of changes to the Immigration Rules are coming into effect today.”

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UK Border Agency, 1st October 2012


Cloud computing – new ICO guidance – Panopticon

Posted October 1st, 2012 in data protection, internet, jurisdiction, news, privacy by sally

“Cloud computing is becoming an ever more pervasive feature of the technological world. Whether one is dabbling in social networking or purchasing goods online, the truth is that we all, to a greater or lesser extent, now have our heads in the virtual clouds. However, the use of cloud computing inevitably raises important information law issues, particularly in terms of the impact on privacy rights and also under the Data Protection Act 1998.”

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Panopticon, 27th September 2012


All about killing badgers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 1st, 2012 in animals, appeals, environmental health, judicial review, news by sally

“It is impossible to drive through the narrow and high-hedged lanes of Herefordshire without coming across the sad and inevitable outcome of car meeting badger. One estimate is that we may lose as many as 50,000 badgers a year this way. But this case is about whether we should kill a lot more badgers – deliberately.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2012


OFT welcomes DBIS proposals for reforms in private enforcement of competition law – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 1st, 2012 in competition, enforcement, jurisdiction, news by sally

“Many readers will now be familiar with the proposals for the reform of private competition claims launched by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (‘DBIS’) in April 2012 (‘Private actions in competition law: A consultation on options for reform’). Published at the end of July 2012 when most people had better things to do, the OFT’s Response has generated less attention. It nonetheless provides a general endorsement of the DBIS proposals.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chamber, 28th September 2012


5RB Conference: Keynote address – Speech by Mr Justice Tugendhat

5RB Conference: Keynote address (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Tugendhat

5RB Conference, 27th September 2012


CPS admits to ‘inadvertent’ disclosure of tuition fee protestors’ data –

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has apologised to hundreds of people after it ‘inadvertently disclosed’ their names, dates of birth and other personal data in a document as part of its response to a freedom of information (FOI) request.”

Full story, 28th September 2012



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Deaths in custody lessons are being ignored, says charity – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2012 in coroners, death in custody, enforcement, inquests, news by sally

“Lessons learned from deaths in police and prison custody are being repeatedly ignored or lost because there is no official body to enforce them, according to a charity that supports bereaved families at inquests.”

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The Guardian, 1st October 2012


Sex abuse allegations against parent should be disclosed in contact proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Court of Appeal has ordered the the disclosure of serious allegations made against a parent by an anonymous third party in contact proceedings. In doing so, it has demonstrated the correct approach to balancing the many different human rights considerations involved.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2012


Lord Neuberger to be sworn in as new Supreme Court President – Supreme Court

Posted October 1st, 2012 in judges, news, Supreme Court by sally

“Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury will be sworn in as the new President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom later this morning (Monday 1 October), taking his seat as the most senior judge in the UK.”

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Supreme Court, 1st October 2012


Arrears, warrants and abuse of process – NearlyLegal

Posted October 1st, 2012 in abuse of process, loans, mortgages, news, repossession, warrants by sally

“A report of a County Court mortgage possession case has reached us, in which the secured lender’s behaviour resulted in a finding of abuse of process. The question was when (an if) an arrears payment had been received.”

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NearlyLegal, 30th September 2012


Court of Appeal ruling in ‘whistleblowing’ case – Law Society’s Gazette

“Members of limited liability partnerships are not ‘workers’ under employment legislation, the Court of Appeal ruled this week dismissing a whistleblowing claim made against City firm Clyde & Co.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th September 2012


Pair who sent millions of spam text messages face massive fine – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2012 in advertising, complaints, fines, news, ombudsmen, telecommunications by sally

“Two people who sent millions of spam text messages face being fined more than £250,000, the information watchdog said today.”

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The Independent, 1st October 2012


Fees Clerk – 12 months’ contract (to start October 2012)

Posted October 1st, 2012 in by sally

1 Mitre Court Buildings is a well established Chambers, offering advice and representation in a range of practice areas across crime, immigration, regulatory and civil work. With an ethos of fairness and efficiently, the successful applicant will find this a friendly place to work where ideas and improvements are welcomed and encouraged.

We are now seeking an experienced Fees Clerk to manage the allocation of incoming payments, to run payment reminder cycles and to manage debtors. He or she should be familiar with using LEX and have experience of allocating Carter payments.

To apply, please write by letter and CV by Monday 8th October 2012 to:

Julie Clarke, Practice Manager, 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7BS.