EVENT: UCL – ‘Frenzied Law Making’: Overcriminalisation by Numbers

Posted August 8th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“The New Labour government was accused of frenzied law making, creating a criminal offence for every day spent in office. The current government, responding to these concerns, has introduced a ‘gateway’ mechanism to halt the tide of criminalisation. New research suggests that the accusations levelled against the last government badly underestimated the reality: criminal offences were – and despite the gateway mechanism, are still – created at a far greater rate than one a day. But what does this actually mean, and what should we do about it?”

Date: Thursday 24th October 2013, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws Events

Charge: Free

More details can be found here.

EVENT: Queen Mary – Hate Crime: The Case for Extending the Existing Offences

Posted August 8th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“This symposium forms part of the consultation exercise in the current Law Commission project examining the case for extending the existing hate crime offences under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Public Order Act 1986, so that all these offences would apply to race, religion, disability, transgender identity and sexual orientation.”

Date: Tuesday 17th September 2013, 1.30pm

Location: G O Jones Lecture Theatre, G O Jones Building, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road London E1 4NS

Charge: Invitation only, see website for details on the application process

More information can be found here.

EVENT: Queen Mary – Mental Health and the Law: Global Perspectives

Posted August 8th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“The Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London is pleased to offer a one day conference on the expanding world of mental health and law. This conference includes presentations from leading experts in law and mental health, providing attendees with up to date information on global legal issues.”

Date: Wednesday 11th September 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Room 2.40, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

Charge: £120

More information can be found here.

EVENT: UCL – IBIL & MARQUES: Question the Trade Mark Judges

Posted August 8th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, invite you to meet and questions some of the judges that are regularly deciding our trade mark disputes.

The chair The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob will pose a set of pre-selected questions from the audience to:
– The Hon Mr Justice Birss
– Allan James (Senior Hearing Officer and Head of Trade Mark Tribunal, UK IPO)
– Bo Vesterdorf (Senior Consultant, Plesner; former Judge and President of European Court of First Instance).”

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2013, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted August 8th, 2013 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Cart v Cart [2013] EWCA Civ 1006 (07 August 2013)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Saha v Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine [2013] EWHC 2438 (QB) (07 August 2013)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted August 8th, 2013 in legislation by sally

The International Tax Compliance (United States of America) Regulations 2013

The National Crime Agency (Remuneration Review Body) Regulations 2013

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Code of Practice for Surveillance Camera Systems and Specification of Relevant Authorities) Order 2013

The Offender Management Act 2007 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2013

The Export Control (Burma Sanctions) Order 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) (Employment) Order 2013

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted August 8th, 2013 in divorce, family courts, financial provision, news by sally

“Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in July.”

Full story

Family Law Week, 7th August 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

High Court caps ‘plebgate’ libel budget to court fees for Andrew Mitchell MP – The Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2013 in budgets, case management, costs, defamation, fees, news by sally

“The High Court has told the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP that the cost of his libel action against The Sun will be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim.”

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The Lawyer, 7th August 2013

Source: www.thelawyer.com

New code of practice on conducting privacy impact assessments outlined – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 8th, 2013 in codes of practice, consultations, data protection, news, privacy by sally

“The Secretary of State (SoS) was correct to conclude that the demolition of a Victorian Chapel to pave the way for a housing regeneration scheme was an independent project and therefore did not require an environmental impact assessment (EIA), a High Court judge has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

94 driving licences removed over test translation fraud – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2013 in conspiracy, driving licences, fraud, guilty pleas, interpreters, news by sally

“Driving licences are being stripped from dozens of people after an interpreter who gave Chinese theory test candidates the answers.”

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BBC News, 8th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BPP awarded university status – The Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2013 in legal education, news, universities by sally

“BPP has been awarded university status, following confirmation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that the private provider meets the criteria for the title.”

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The Lawyer, 8th August 2013

Source: www.thelawyer.com

New guidance shows ‘tangled web’ of approvals needed for fracking projects, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 8th, 2013 in consent, consultations, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

“Energy companies will need to negotiate a ‘tangled web; of regulatory approvals just to carry out exploratory ‘fracking’, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Rise in customers winning compensation from banks that mis-sold paid-for accounts – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2013 in banking, compensation, financial regulation, news, ombudsmen by sally

“Two in three customers who complain to the Financial Ombudsman about the mis-selling of paid-for bank accounts are successfully winning money back or compensation, figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

RSPCA accused of using criminal prosecutions to increase revenue – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2013 in animal cruelty, charities, news, prosecutions by sally

“The RSPCA is facing calls to give up its role as a criminal prosecutor following claims that it is using court cases as a means of increasing its revenue.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Simon Hall confesses to Joan Albert murder 12 years on – BBC News

“A killer who stabbed a 79-year-old woman to death has confessed to the crime after a decade claiming he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.”

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BBC News, 8th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Barrister who called child sex abuse victim ‘predatory’ criticised by DPP – The Guardian

“A prosecuting barrister and a judge involved in a sex abuse case during which the 13-year-old-victim was described as “predatory” have been referred to separate inquiries.”

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The Guardian, 7th August 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Birmingham man Vishar Jain jailed for stamping on boy’s head – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2013 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, sentencing, wounding by sally

“A computer engineer from Birmingham has been jailed for nine years for an attack in which he stamped on the head of his partner’s four-year-old son.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Poppy Rodgers death: York man jailed for supplying drugs – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2013 in drug offences, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

“A man has been jailed for more than six years for supplying a class A drug to a teenage girl who died after taking the substance.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

London man Andrzej Kulesza’s torture murderer jailed – BBC News

“The killer of a man whose remains were found in a field has been jailed for life for his torture murder and kidnap.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal challenge to zero hours contracts launched against Sports Direct – The Independent

“A legal challenge is being brought against retail giant Sports Direct over the use of zero hours contracts among its staff.”

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The Independent, 7th August 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk