Max Clifford jailed for eight years for indecent assaults – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been jailed for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2014


Mark Elliott: Judicial Review Reform — The Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Earlier this week, the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report on The implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review (HL 174 HC 868 2013-14). The report is, perhaps unsurprisingly, generally critical of the proposals and of the way in which they have been or are being introduced. I have already summarised the proposals and commented on some of them in earlier posts. In this post, I draw attention to some key passages in the JCHR’s report, commenting on them briefly and, at the end of the piece, offering some reflections on some of the underlying constitutional issues highlighted by the Committee.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st May 2014


Constance Briscoe jailed for 16 months for lying to police – BBC News

‘Barrister Constance Briscoe has been jailed for 16 months for lying to police in ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne’s speeding points case.’

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BBC< News, 2nd May 2014


Global Witness and the journalism exemption: ICO to have the first go? – Panopticon

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in data protection, news, rectification, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘Panopticon has previously reported on the novel and important data protection case Steinmetz and Others v Global Witness [2014] EWHC 1186 (Ch). The High Court (Henderson J) has now given a judgment on a procedural point which will set the shape for this litigation.’

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Panopticon, 30th April 2014


High Court challenge to Solihull Local Plan succeeds in relation to housing numbers and green belt boundaries –

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in environmental protection, housing, news, planning by tracey

‘A planning inspector’s approach to the policy requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to housing provision in a local plan was not correct or lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Operation Cotton – what next? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘When does the same Government that decides to prosecute someone have an obligation to ensure that that individual has representation? That was the question that HHJ Leonard had to answer at Southwark Crown Court on 1 May 2014. The case is called “Operation Cotton” and, as the argument proceeded, featured five legally aided defendants. The argument got more media attention this week than it perhaps otherwise would because the legally aided defendants were represented by Alexander Cameron QC, who happens to be the brother of the Prime Minister (Cameron QC was acting for free, which his brother would surely applaud as an example of the “Big Society” in action).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 1st May 2014


Judge quashes licensing decision after “serious procedural irregularity” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in judicial review, licensing, local government, news, sex establishments by tracey

‘A council’s decision to refuse to renew a lap-dancing club’s sexual entertainment venue licence must be quashed because of a “serious procedural irregularity” which led to it being taken by the wrong persons, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st May 2014


Judge’s despair as costs hit £16,000 in dispute over £15 – Litigation Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in costs, news, personal injuries, proportionality, road traffic, solicitors by tracey

‘A district judge has been driven to despair as solicitors cranked up over £16,000 in costs in a dispute over an outstanding amount of only £15.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2014


Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – Home Office

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in animals, consultations, experiments by tracey

‘This paper sets out the government’s proposals for the review and indicates our preferred option. This consultation is seeking views on our proposals and invites suggestions as to whether they are appropriate, how they may work in practice and any alternatives available. We also seek advice to help quantify the potential impacts associated with the chosen options.’

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Home Office, 1st May 2014


Statement from Bar Leaders on Very High Costs Cases – The Bar Council

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in barristers, contracts, costs, fees, press releases by tracey

‘The leaders of the Bar, who represent barristers in England and Wales, have published the following joint statement.”

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The Bar Council, 1st May 2014


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The European Parliamentary Election Petition (Amendment) Rules 2014

The Anonymous Registration (Northern Ireland) Order 2014

The Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014

The Overseas Marriage (Armed Forces) Order 2014

The Lymington Harbour Revision Order 2014

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Aerosol Dispensers (Amendment) Regulations 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

KP, Re [2014] EWCA Civ 554 (01 May 2014)

Lee-Hirons, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWCA Civ 553 (01 May 2014)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Cox v R. [2014] EWCA Crim 804 (01 May 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Uba v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1166 (Admin) (01 May 2014)

Forest of Dean Friends of the Earth v Forest of Dean District Council & Anor [2014] EWHC 1351 (Admin) (01 May 2014)

Bridgerow Ltd, R (on the application of) v Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1187 (Admin) (30 April 2014)

Gallagher Homes Ltd & Anor v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1283 (Admin) (30 April 2014)

Zhang, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1310 (Admin) (29 April 2014)

Njie v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2014] EWHC 1279 (Admin) (25 April 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Vodafone Group Plc, Re [2014] EWHC 1357 (Ch) (01 May 2014)

Olympus UK Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 1350 (Ch) (01 May 2014)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Starbev Gp Ltd v Interbrew Central European Holdings BV [2014] EWHC 1311 (Comm) (29 April 2014)

Tchenguiz & Anor v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2014] EWHC 1315 (Comm) (29 April 2014)

Otkritie International Investment Management Ltd & Ors v Urumov & Ors [2014] EWHC 1323 (Comm) (29 April 2014)

High Court (Family Division)

London Borough of Haringey v Musa [2014] EWHC 1341 (Fam) (16 April 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Contostavlos & Anor v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 1339 (QB) (01 May 2014)


MoJ rules out further reform of legal services regulation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in consultations, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘The government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st May 2014


Woman guilty of luring ‘vulnerable’ girls into prostitution – BBC News

‘A woman who used drugs and alcohol to lure “weak and vulnerable” girls into a life of prostitution has been found guilty of running a child sex ring.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2014


Mentally-ill woman has Caesarean after court ruling – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in birth, consent, Court of Protection, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mentally-ill woman has given birth by Caesarean section after a judge ruled doctors could perform the procedure. The woman, who is in her 30s and has a psychotic disorder, had a liver condition which posed a risk to her and her baby, doctors said.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2014


Settlements approved for families of 10 children made seriously ill by Godstone Farm E. coli outbreak – The Independent

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in animals, children, compensation, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Families of the 10 young children most seriously affected by Britain’s worst E. coli farm outbreak were approved settlements today, closing the door on an incident that the parents described as “a living nightmare for all”.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2014


Man guilty of murdering grandmother in her east London home – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A gambling addict has been found guilty of murdering a 77-year-old grandmother in east London. Thomas Blazquez, 51, from South Woodford, killed Rosemary Shearman in her Hornchurch home on 3 September.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2014


Neo-Nazi terrorist jailed for plotting to blow up Merseyside mosques – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in explosives, news, racism, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A Nazi sympathiser who planned to blow up mosques in Merseyside has been jailed for 10 years. Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts following an 11-day trial in March.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2014


Barristers’ legal aid rebellion ‘risks collapse’ of top fraud cases – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in barristers, budgets, fees, fraud, legal aid, news, trials by tracey

‘A series of high-profile fraud prosecutions are at risk of collapse after a crown court judge halted a trial because specialist barristers are refusing to represent defendants in protest at 30% cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2014


Mother escapes fine for taking children out of school to go on holiday because they were star pupils – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in fines, holidays, news, parental responsibility, school children by tracey

‘The mother of two, who was prosecuted for taking her two children out of school for five days to go to a UK holiday camp, does not have to pay a fine because the children’s education is “well up to standard”, court hears.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2014