Watchdog warns over secret hearings – The Independent

“Government plans to extend the use of secret hearings in courts are not compatible with the Human Rights Act, the equalities watchdog has said.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2012


Baby P father’s libel award over rape claim error is cut to £50,000 – The Independent

“The natural father of Baby P who was falsely accused of having been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl has had a libel award of £75,000 cut to £50,000.”

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The Independent, 31st October 2012


Lalit Modi loses appeal against £90,000 libel award to Chris Cairns – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2012 in appeals, damages, defamation, news, sport by sally

“An appeal against a £90,000 libel award to former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns over an accusation of match-fixing has failed.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2012


Supreme Court judgment: Prix v Work and Pensions Secretary – Head of Legal

Posted October 31st, 2012 in appeals, benefits, citizenship, EC law, freedom of movement, news, sex discrimination by sally

“In what amounts to a defeat for the government, the Supreme Court has decided in this case to refer to the European Court of Justice questions on the interpretation of the EU Citizenship Directive, 2004/38.”

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Head of Legal, 31st October 2012


UK Tour Lawcast #1: Andrew Hopper QC on the regulation of solicitors by the SRA – Charon QC

“Today I talk with Andrew Hopper QC about the regulatory framework for solicitors, the Code of Practice, the strengths and shortcomings of the Solicitors regulation Authority and the need for legal education to be improved with good training for prospective lawyers in ethics – the morals and not simply the rules.”


Charon QC, 31st October 2012


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

Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted October 31st, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Civil Legal Aid (Immigration Interviews) (Exceptions) Regulations 2012

The Civil Legal Aid (Family Relationship) Regulations 2012

The Civil Legal Aid (Prescribed Types of Pollution of the Environment) Regulations 2012

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2012

The Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Consequential Amendments) Order 2012


Yunus Rahmatullah: Supreme Court upholds detention – BBC News

“The UK Supreme Court has ruled against a legal charity which argued a Pakistani national in US custody should be handed over to the UK.”

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BBC News, 31st October 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 31st, 2012 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Crocs Europe BV v Anderson & Anor (t/a Spectrum Agencies) [2012] EWCA Civ 1400 (30 October 2012)

McCarrick v Hunter [2012] EWCA Civ 1399 (30 October 2012)

Joyce v Epsom and Ewell Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1398 (30 October 2012)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Gregory v Benham [2012] EWHC 2971 (QB) (26 October 2012)

Joseph & Ors v Spiller & Anor [2012] EWHC 2958 (QB) (26 October 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Oraki & Anor v Dean & Dean (a firm) & Anor [2012] EWHC 2885 (Ch) (23 October 2012)

Lawie v Lawie & Ors [2012] EWHC 2940 (Ch) (26 October 2012)

Taylor v Diamond [2012] EWHC 3008 (Ch) (29 October 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Toufighy & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 3004 (Admin) (30 October 2012)

Ali v London Borough of Newham [2012] EWHC 2970 (Admin) (30 October 2012)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Bominflot Bunkergesellschaft fur Mineralole mbH & Co v Petroplus Marketing AG [2012] EWHC 3009 (Comm) (30 October 2012)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Denness & Anor v East Hampshire District Council [2012] EWHC 2951 (TCC) (30 October 2012)


Inside justice: London Rent Assessment Panel – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2012 in dispute resolution, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repairs by sally

“Samir Jeraj observes an independent panel settle private rental disputes, including a rare case of a flat with ‘fair rent’ controls.”

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The Guardian, 30th October 2012


Prisoners’ votes: what’s the government up to? And are they missing a trick? – Head of Legal

Posted October 31st, 2012 in bills, elections, human rights, jurisdiction, news, parliament, prisons by sally

“It’s well known that the government faces a problem when it comes to prisoners’ votes.”

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Head of Legal, 30th October 2012


DIY Law – BBC Law in Action

“Joshua Rozenberg looks at DIY law – what it is like to represent yourself as a litigant in person – and whether the CPS should be allowed to shut down private prosecutions.”


BBC Law in Action, 30th October 2012


Child maintenance powers ’emasculated’ after court ruling – Daily Telegraph

“Absent parents who fail to support their children may no longer be threatened with jail after a court ruling against a Government body set up to pursue them.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st October 2012


Working with the elderly and infirm: a delicate balance of rights – UK Human Rights Blog

“Close on the heels of last week’s decision regarding disclosure of information from the Child Sex Offenders Register comes this ruling on the police decision to disclose certain information from a nurse’s enhanced criminal records certificates without affording her an opportunity to make representations before the information was released.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th October 2012