Judge pleads for warring family to end £1m legal dispute – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2014 in children, costs, divorce, fees, financial dispute resolution, judges, news by sally

‘Judge Nicholas Francis QC says “untold misery” has resulted from the courtroom battle between Susan and Richard Shield and their children over who owns shares in the family’s RA Shield Holdings company’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2014

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Woman jailed for murder of 11-month-old son – The Guardian

‘A mother has been jailed for a minimum of 14 years for murdering her 11-month-old son.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Blackburn siblings jailed over gay partner kidnap plot – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2014 in assault, conspiracy, kidnapping, news, robbery, sentencing, video recordings by sally

‘Several members of a family who attempted to kidnap their sister’s gay partner have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mike Hancock case: woman wins right to see full QC report – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2014 in complaints, disclosure, news, reports, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The alleged sexual assault victim of MP Mike Hancock has won the right to see a full version of an independent QC’s report about her accusations.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2014

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Security farce over anonymity for terror suspects on the run – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2014 in anonymity, control orders, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘Home Office is caught up in a row over its refusal to name terror suspects who have gone missing while on control orders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2014

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Campaigner’s lawyers challenge secrecy over police spy accused of lying in court – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are due on Monday to defend their decision to keep secret the cause of a miscarriage of justice involving an undercover police officer who allegedly used his fictitious identity in a criminal trial to conceal his covert work.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hundreds of mentally ill children ‘locked in police cells’, some for over 24 hours – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in children, detention, mental health, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of potentially unwell children in England and Wales have been placed in police cells after being detained under the Mental Health Act as officers had no place else to take them.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

James Roy Simister guilty of murdering Debbie Simister – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, domestic violence, murder, news by sally

‘A man who stabbed his wife to death during an argument at their home has been convicted of murder.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Parole system failing prisoners and close to be overwhelmed, lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in budgets, delay, news, oral hearings, parole, prisons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mentally unfit refugees unfairly targeted by Home Office – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is covertly targeting the most vulnerable asylum seekers – those considered mentally unfit, or victims of torture – for deportation as part of the government’s hardline stance on immigration, according to lawyers and charity workers.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jump in judicial reviews against HMRC shows businesses more willing to challenge “unlawful” tax decisions, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2014 in judicial review, news, statistics, taxation by sally

‘Businesses have become more willing to challenge tax decisions against them that appear to be unlawful, an expert has said, after a 31% increase in the number of judicial review applications made against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th January 2014

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted January 24th, 2014 in parliamentary papers by sally

Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America for the Sharing of Visa, Immigration, and Nationality Information, Cm 8651 (PDF)

Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to amend the Arrangement between the Government of Brunei and His Majesty’s Government for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income made in 1950, as amended by an arrangement in 1968 and a supplementary arrangement in 1973 with Protocol, Cm 8788 (PDF)

Vienna Agreement establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks, Cm 8789 (PDF)

Scotland analysis: Borders and citizenship, Cm 8726 (PDF)

Consumer Rights Bill: Statement on Policy Reform and Responses to Pre-Legislative Scrutiny, Cm 8796 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 1) – Family Law Week

Posted January 24th, 2014 in news, surrogacy by sally

‘In the first of two articles providing an introduction to surrogacy law, Bianca Jackson, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers the key statutes and regulations underpinning this growing area of family law practice.’

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Family Law Week, 24th January 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

How whole-life sentences might comply with human rights convention – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2014 in appeals, human rights, murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘Strasbourg court found that whole-life terms breached human rights of prisoners as they did not provide any review mechanism.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Haxton v Philips Electronics UK Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted January 24th, 2014 in asbestos, damages, industrial injuries, law reports, negligence, personal injuries by sally

Haxton v Philips Electronics UK Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 4; [2014] WLR (D) 19

‘There was no reason of principle or policy why a claimant whose life expectancy had been reduced by the negligence of the defendant should not be able to recover damages compensating her for the consequent reduction in damages for loss of dependency which she was entitled to claim in a separate action against the same defendant under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 as a dependant of her late husband.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 24th, 2014 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Taylor v Burton & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 21 (23 January 2014)

IM v LM & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 37 (23 January 2014)

Reed Employment Ltd v Revenue And Customs [2014] EWCA Civ 32 (23 January 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

C v North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 61 (QB) (23 January 2014)

M (A Child) , Re [2014] EWHC 57 (QB) (23 January 2014)

The Northampton Regional Livestock Centre Co Ltd v Cowling & Anor [2014] EWHC 30 (QB) (23 January 2014)

Jones v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 42 (QB) (23 January 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Boots Management Services Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Central Arbitration Committee [2014] EWHC 65 (Admin) (22 January 2014)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Wales And West Utilities Ltd v PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH [2014] EWHC 54 (TCC) (23 January 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 24th, 2014 in legislation by sally

The Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Registration of Buildings and Appointment of Authorised Persons) Regulations 2014

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2014

The National Health Service Pension Scheme, Additional Voluntary Contributions, Compensation for Premature Retirement and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Married Same Sex Couples) Regulations 2014

The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Litigation privilege did not apply to correspondence before litigation was “reasonably anticipated”, judge says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2014 in burden of proof, financial advice, news, privilege by sally

‘A brewing company was unable to prevent correspondence between itself and its bank and accountants from being disclosed during a dispute connected with the sale of its eastern European business, a High Court judge has ruled.

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd January 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

EVENT: The Death Penalty Project – Universal Abolition: only a decade away

Posted January 24th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Death Penalty Project would like to invite you to a lecture by William Schabas, Professor of International Law, Middlesex University London.’

Date: 28th January 2014, 6.00pm

Location: Main Hall, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HL

RSVP nicola.goldfinch-palmers@smab.co.uk

HB and Exempt accommodation: unreasonably high rent – NearlyLegal

Posted January 24th, 2014 in benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, service charges by sally

‘I admit that SS v Birmingham CC [2013] UKUT 418 (AAC) has been on my to do list for a while and that, possibly, the main reason for finding the time to write it up is because I’m on a two hour strike (#fairpayinHE). But, it is a really quite important case about the application of the unreasonably high rent rule for “exempt accommodation” in Reg 13 and Sch 3 of the 2006 Housing Benefit regs. The principal question of law concerns the meaning of “suitable alternative accommodation” in those regs.’

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NearlyLegal, 23rd January 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk