First part of Leveson Inquiry report to be released next Thursday – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in inquiries, media, news, reports by tracey

“The report from the first part of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards is to be released next Thursday.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2012


Cambridge Crown Court rapist anonymity order overturned – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in anonymity, appeals, media, news, rape, reporting restrictions by tracey

“The Court of Appeal has overturned an order made by a Cambridge judge who said a convicted rapist could not be identified by the media.”

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BBC News, 22nd November 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 – Reference by the Attorney General for England and Wales [2012] UKSC 53 (21 November 2012)

The Rugby Football Union v Consolidated Information Services Ltd [2012] UKSC 55 (21 November 2012)

The Catholic Child Welfare Society & Ors v Various Claimants & The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools & Ors [2012] UKSC 56 (21 November 2012)

Al- Sirri v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 54 (21 November 2012)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Slater v Condappa [2012] EWCA Civ 1506 (22 November 2012)

Favor Easy Management Ltd & Anor v Wu & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1464 (21 November 2012)

Johnson v Ministry of Defence & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1505 (21st November 2012)

Sharbatly v Shagroon [2012] EWCA Civ 1507 (21 November 2012)

Campbell v Daejan Properties Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1503 (20 November 2012)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Press Association, R (on the application of) v Cambridge Crown Court [2012] EWCA Crim 2434 (21 November 2012)

Gilbert, R v [2012] EWCA Crim 2392 (21 November 2012)

Oakes & Ors v R [2012] EWCA Crim 2435 (21 November 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

EU Plants Ltd v Wokingham Borough Council [2012] EWHC 3305 (Admin) (22 November 2012)

Bancoult, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs [2012] EWHC 3281 (Admin) (21 November 2012)

High Court (Commercial Court)

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc v FAL Oil Company Ltd& Ors [2012] EWHC 3628 (Comm) (20 November 2012)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Jacobs UK Ltd v Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP [2012] EWHC 3293 (TCC) (15 November 2012)



Pomiechowski v District Court in Legnica, 59-220 Poland – WLR Daily

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in appeals, extradition, law reports, warrants by tracey

Pomiechowski v District Court in Legnica, 59-220 Poland [2012] EWHC 3161 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 331

“It was acceptable for a European arrest warrant to contain particulars of both convictions and accused offences.”

WLR Daily, 9th November 2012


Regina v YDG; Regina v ZSB – WLR Daily

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, criminal procedure, law reports, proceeds of crime by tracey

Regina v YDG: Regina v ZSB: [2012] EWCA Crim 2437;   [2012] WLR (D)  332

“Where a judge had directed, pursuant to section 29 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996, that there should be a preparatory hearing, and the conditions of that section were satisfied, he had no power to revoke his direction.”

WLR, 20th November 2012


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in legislation by tracey

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012

The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) Regulations 2012

The Localism Act 2011 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional, Transitory and Savings Provisions) Order 2012

The Iran (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2012

The Value Added Tax (Relief for European Research Infrastructure Consortia) Order 2012

The Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2012

The Agriculture, Animals, Environment and Food etc. (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2012

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions and Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2012

The NHS Foundation Trusts (Trust Funds: Appointment of Trustees) Amendment Order 2012

The Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) (Amendment) Rules 2012

The UK Borders Act 2007 (Border and Immigration Inspectorate)(Joint Working etc.) Order 2012

The Bedfordshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) (Variation) Order 2012


Command Papers –

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in parliamentary papers by tracey

Olympics security: the Government response to the seventh report from the Home Affairs Committee session 2012-13 HC 531, Cm 8500 (PDF)

Reinvigorating workplace pensions, Cm 8478 (PDF)


Independent Chief Inspector’s report on legacy casework – UK Border Agency

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, case management, delay, immigration, reports by tracey

“Today the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, published his report on the Handling of Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases.”

Full report

UK Border Agency, 22nd November 2012


Further review of disclosure in criminal proceedings: sanctions for disclosure failure – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in criminal justice, disclosure, reports, sanctions by tracey

“The further review was established to consider the specific issue of sanctions for disclosure failure by both the prosecution and the defence; whether the sanctions available, together with judicial case management powers, are adequate to secure compliance with disclosure duties and, if not, whether there are options for strengthening those sanctions.”

Full review

Judiciary of England and Wales, 22nd November 2012


Jailed for smuggling weapons into UK – Home Office

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in firearms, press releases, sentencing, weapons by tracey

“A man who attempted to bring a haul of offensive weapons through Newcastle Airport has been jailed.”

Full press release

Home Office, 20th November 2012


A £1,000 prisoner vote signing on bonus? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in damages, elections, news, prisons by tracey

“Today, the Government is to outline its legislative proposals on prisoner votes to Parliament. MPs are apparently to get three options to choose from, including removing the ban for prisoners serving six months or less and those serving four years or less. A third option will be to maintain the status quo, with no convicted prisoners being able to vote.”

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UK Humann Rights Blog, 22nd November 2012


Facebook faux pas and disciplinary proceedings – when do human rights come in? – UK Human Rights Blog

“Two employment cases, about Facebook and train tickets respectively, indicate the difficulties of deciding where human rights may or may not be raised in disputes between private parties – neither defendant in these cases was a public authority.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st November 2012


Employee benefit trust payments to Rangers staff and players were not illegal, says tribunal –

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in benefits, employment, news, sport, tax avoidance, tribunals, trusts by tracey

“The former Rangers Football Club did not act illegally when it used employee benefit trusts (EBTs) to distribute money to players and staff, a tribunal has ruled.”

Full story, 22nd November 2012


Danny Nightingale: the Attorney’s right, Hammond was wrong – Head of Legal

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in appeals, armed forces, attorney general, courts martial, firearms, news by tracey

“The Attorney General Dominic Grieve has been criticised for refusing to intervene in the case of Danny Nightingale, a soldier who pleaded guilty at a Court Martial recently to illegal possession of a gun and ammunition. Apparently Danny Nightingale’s solicitor intends to appeal, presumably against the sentence of 18 months detention. Grieve refused to intervene following a written request to do so from the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond.”

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Head of Legal, 20th November 2012


Parents win five-figure sum after hospital failed to spot baby’s meningitis – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in children, compensation, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

“The parents of a baby boy who died of meningitis have won a five-figure payout from a hospital trust after doctors twice failed to spot the symptoms of his illness.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2012


Pepsi criticised for competition fronted by Didier Drogba – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

“Pepsi has been criticised by the UK advertising watchdog for the way it ran a competition offering a prize of £500 an hour, after one disgruntled family was stripped of multiple wins after entering more than 11,000 times.”

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The Guardian, 21st November 2012


Catholic teaching institute liable for abuse at school – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in child abuse, compensation, education, news, sexual offences, Supreme Court by tracey

“A Catholic teaching institute is liable for alleged physical and sexual abuse at a former boys’ school, the Supreme Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2012


Baronet’s son awarded £5.60 in £2.5m family castle sale row – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in families, news, peerages & dignities, sale of land, trusts, wills by tracey

“The son of a baronet embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his father over the sale of the family’s £2 million estate was yesterday awarded just £5.60 a year by the High Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2012



Qatada associate will stay in UK, court signals – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, deportation, news, Supreme Court, terrorism, torture by tracey

“An Islamic fanatic linked with Abu Qatada will stay in the UK even though the Supreme Court has ruled he should not be granted asylum.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2012


Home Office relaxes settlement rules for foreign troops serving in army – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in armed forces, disciplinary procedures, immigration, news, redundancy by tracey

“Rules barring foreign and Commonwealth troops serving in the British armed forces from settling in the UK if they incur minor disciplinary convictions are to be relaxed. The Home Office will announce on Thursday that personnel with only minor disciplinary convictions will be able to stay on in Britain after they leave the services, Channel 4 News reported.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2012