Woman jailed for drunken bite attack while pregnant – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, assault, news, pregnancy, sentencing by tracey

‘Fiona Leonard, who was 20 weeks pregnant, left her victim with permanent scars following the vicious attack at Royal Ascot.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family justice reforms to benefit children – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 24th, 2014 in care orders, children, family courts, press releases, time limits by tracey

‘The largest family justice reforms for a generation will come into effect today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd April 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Supreme Court to hold expedited hearing on benefit cap next week – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 24th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, housing, news, social services, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court will next week hold an expedited hearing of a challenge to the Government’s introduction of the controversial “benefit cap”. The case of R on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others) (Appellants) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondents) will be heard over two days on 29-30 April by a panel comprising Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Reed, Lord Carnwath and Lord Hughes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Social Investment by Charities – Law Commission

Posted April 24th, 2014 in charities, consultations, Law Commission by tracey

‘We are opening a consultation seeking views on changes to the law that governs how charities make social investments. The consultation paper analyses the legal framework, explains the ways in which the law already supports charity trustees and proposes changes that would clarify the way in which charities can use social investments to achieve their charitable aims.’

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Law Commission, 24th April 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Relief from sanction and witness statements – The Barristers’ Hub

Posted April 24th, 2014 in case management, civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, sanctions, witnesses by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal last week handed down judgment in the case of Chartwell Estate Agents v. Fergies Property & Anor. [2014] E. W. C. A. Civ. 506. It is an important decision for all civil practitioners, as it deals directly with the question of relief from sanction under the modified Rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules, and mollifies to some extent the (at least perceived) harshness of the rule in Mitchell v. News Group Newspapers [2014] 1 W. L. R. 795 – so much so that the Westlaw service run by respected legal publishers Sweet & Maxwell now state that the Mitchell decision has received “mixed or mildly negative judicial treatment”.’

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The Barristers’ Hub, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.barristershub.co.uk

Travails of the War Horse orchestra – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 24th, 2014 in artistic works, contract of employment, human rights, news, redundancy, theatre by tracey

‘Ashworth and others v the Royal National Theatre [2014] 1176. Anyone who saw one of the early performances of War Horse in its first season at the National Theatre will remember how profoundly moving was the live music, with the musicians visible along the sides of the theatre above the stage. Since that highly successful (and profitable) first season the role of the orchestra had been radically reduced, and now looks as if it is about to vanish altogether.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Court of Appeal upholds Honda’s liability for workplace pensions caused by faulty legal documents – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2014 in appeals, documents, employment, news, pensions by tracey

‘A recent Court of Appeal decision committing car company Honda to between £47 million and £70m in additional pension scheme benefits due to a mistake in one of the documents is “another lesson in the importance of getting pension scheme documents right”, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 24th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Education (School Teachers’ Prescribed Qualifications, etc) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

In re St Lawrence, Wootton – WLR Daily

Posted April 24th, 2014 in ecclesiastical law, law reports, sale of goods by tracey

In re St Lawrence, Wootton: [2014] WLR (D) 176

‘Where disposal of church treasures was contemplated would-be petitioners and chancellors should apply a sequential approach, considering first disposal by loan, and only where that was inapposite, disposal by limited sale; and only where that was inapposite, disposal by outright sale. Chancellors merely needed to decide whether the grounds for sale were sufficiently compelling to outweigh the strong presumption against sale. For the future little weight should normally attach to “separation” of the article from the church as a reason for disposal by sale, and it was doubtful that “separation” would ever, on its own, have sufficient strength to justify sale of a church treasure.’

WLR Daily, 14th April 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Kaneria v Kaneria and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 24th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, law reports, time limits by tracey

Kaneria v Kaneria and others: [2014] EWHC 1165 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 177

‘An in-time application for extension of time was not to be treated as if it were an application for relief from sanctions, but was to be judged against the overriding objective rather than CPR r 3.9. When dealing with an in-time application, the court was not to give paramount status to the considerations of enforcing compliance with rules, Practice Directions and orders.’

WLR Daily, 15th April 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 24th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Fox Strategic Land and Property Ltd, R (on the application of) v Chorley Borough Council & Ors [2014] EWHC 1179 (Admin) (17 April 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

The Child Arrangements Programme 2014: The Key Provisions – Family Law week

‘Louise McCallum, barrister at Zenith Chambers, Leeds, looks at the new Child Arrangements Programme that came into force on 22 April 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Wakefield Prison nurse Karen Cosford struck off register – BBC News

‘A prison nurse who had an affair with a rapist at Wakefield Prison has been ordered to be struck off the register.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman who said she had agoraphobia but led ‘globetrotting lifestyle’ jailed – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2014 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, social services by tracey

‘A woman who claimed she was trapped at home in the UK by agoraphobia but in fact led a lavish globetrotting lifestyle has been jailed for falsely claiming benefits.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Men win sex discrimination pay case against university – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2014 in contract of employment, equal pay, news, sex discrimination, universities, Wales by tracey

‘Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues have won an equal pay claim against a university.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge condemns ‘ludicrously low’ sentencing powers as benefits cheat jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2014 in benefits, fraud, judges, news, sentencing, social services by tracey

‘A judge condemned her own sentencing powers as “ludicrously low” as she ordered a woman who fraudulently claimed £40,000 in benefits to repay the money at a rate of £10 a week and said it was unlikely the total would ever be recovered.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

FA charge Chelsea’s José Mourinho, Rui Faria and Ramires with misconduct – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2014 in news, professional conduct, sport by tracey

‘The potentially damaging ramifications of Chelsea’s furious defeat to Sunderland have become clearer after the Football Association issued charges against three members of the London club’s squad, including the manager, José Mourinho.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2014

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk

Cornish to be given ‘national minority’ status – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2014 in equality, human rights, minorities, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces the Cornish will be given same status as people from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk