Top police officer blames £11,000 crime spree on brain injury – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 6th, 2014 in crime, fraud, news, personal injuries, police by tracey

‘A senior police officer who carried out a series of frauds on high street stores and travel companies blamed her crime spree on a brain injury as she was jailed for two and a half years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2014


Child prostitution woman Amanda Spencer jailed for 12 years – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in children, news, prostitution, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who ran a child sex ring from the age of 16 by luring “weak and vulnerable” girls into prostitution has been jailed for 12 years.’

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BBC News, 6th May 2014


Palestinian asylum seeker to be deported for ‘appalling crime history’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 6th, 2014 in asylum, deportation, drug trafficking, news, recidivists by tracey

‘A convicted Palestinian drug dealer is finally being thrown out of Britain after using the Human Rights Act to remain in the UK for an eight-year crime spree.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2014


Ofcom investigates Top Gear after complaint of ‘casual racism’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 6th, 2014 in complaints, media, news, racism by tracey

‘Ofcom is to investigate Top Gear after allegations Jeremy Clarkson used a racist term during its Burma special.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2014


Danish Kaneria’s life ban from cricket upheld by the high court – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2014 in appeals, costs, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, news, sport by tracey

‘Danish Kaneria, the former Essex and Pakistan spinner who was given a life ban after a disciplinary panel concluded that he had encouraged a team-mate to underperform, has lost a high court fight with the England and Wales Cricket Board.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2014


Judicial Review, Legal Aid and Operation Cotton – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 6th, 2014 in human rights, judicial review, legal aid, lord chancellor, news, trials by tracey

‘Legal aid, judicial review and the role of the Lord Chancellor dominated the headlines last week – with the Operation Cotton case and the Joint Committee on Human Right’s report on judicial review putting increasing pressure on the Government’s reforms.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th May 2014


ONS report on ‘zero hours’ contracts highlights difficulties in legislating for them, says expert –

Posted May 6th, 2014 in contract of employment, employment, news, reports by tracey

‘The government would find it hard to create legislation to deal with zero hours contracts because it is hard to define exactly what is meant by a “zero hours” contract and how many people are working under them, an expert has said.’

Full story, 2nd May 2014


Do we need a root-and-branch review of the Abortion Act? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 6th, 2014 in abortion, doctors, legislation, news by tracey

‘In a thoughtful piece in the Guardian, MP Sarah Wollaston calls for a review of the Abortion Act. She focuses on the decision by the General Medical Council (GMC) not to pursue Fitness to Practice proceedings against 67 doctors who had pre-signed, without assessing the women concerned, the forms used to authorise abortion. She concludes: “… it makes no sense to prolong outdated and paternalistic attitudes that only doctors can make judgments about whether the grounds for the Abortion Act are satisfied. It makes even less sense to leave the situation as it is now with doubts about the legal obligation for a doctor to have seen the woman to whom form HSA1 refers; clear guidance must be issued as to whether doctors may sign based on evidence from clinical nurse specialists. A change to allow clinicians other than doctors to certify directly would, however, require an amendment to the Abortion Act.
In my view, the act is no longer fit for purpose. This would be a good time for a wider review of the ethical arguments and public attitudes, and to establish a legal framework fit for the 21st century.” ‘

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 2nd May 2014


Judicial review to go ahead on impact of ‘bedroom tax’ on separated families – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2014 in benefits, families, housing, human rights, news, social security by tracey

‘Human rights campaign group Liberty has been given permission by a High Court judge to bring a judicial review claim over the impact of the Government’s spare-room subsidy or “bedroom tax” on separated families with shared custody of children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd May 2014


New APIL president blames non-legally qualified lord chancellor for harsh reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted May 6th, 2014 in asbestos, courts, fees, insurance, lord chancellor, news, personal injuries, speeches by tracey

‘A legally qualified Lord Chancellor would not have put in place the recent personal injury changes and court fee reform proposals, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th May 2014


Draft codes of practice for employers on preventing illegal working and avoiding discrimination during recruitment – Home Office

‘The draft codes of practice on preventing illegal working and avoiding unlawful discrimination while preventing illegal working have been laid in Parliament on Tuesday 6 May 2014 pursuant to section 19 and section 23 respectively of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. They update the codes issued in February 2008.’

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Home Office, 6th May 2014


DPP statement following Clifford case – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said: “The prosecution in this case has proved Max Clifford’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the jury in this case decided that they were sure Max Clifford was guilty on eight of the eleven counts brought to court. He has rightly been held to account and sentenced today for his crimes.” ‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2014


Regina (Lee-Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 6th, 2014 in appeals, detention, law reports, mental health, prisons, reasons by tracey

Regina (Lee-Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice and another: [2014] EWCA Civ 514; [2014] WLR (D) 183

‘Where the Secretary of State recalled a person to be detained in hospital under section 42(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Secretary of State was not under a duty at common law nor under article 5.1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to give his reasons for the person’s detention immediately when he was detained and thus such reasons were not required to be given in writing upon detention. However, article 5.2 required those reasons to be adequately and promptly given to him following his detention.’

WLR Daily, 1st May 2014


AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier, Dr Meier & Dr Guntner Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH – WLR Daily

Posted May 6th, 2014 in contracts, domicile, EC law, jurisdiction, law firms, law reports, regulations by tracey

AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier, Dr Meier & Dr Guntner Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH: [2014] EWHC 1085 (Comm); [2014] WLR (D) 182

‘An exclusive jurisdiction clause was a contractual benefit, the deprivation of which constituted harm suffered in that jurisdiction for the purposes of article 5(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters.’

WLR Daily, 11th April 2014


In re KP (A Child) (Abduction: Rights of Custody) – WLR Daily

In re KP (A Child) (Abduction: Rights of Custody): [2014] EWCA Civ 554; [2014] WLR (D) 181

‘The role of a judge meeting a child who was the subject of abduction proceedings under the Hague Convention should be largely that of a passive recipient of whatever communication the child wished to transmit, which the judge should not probe or seek to test.’

WLR Daily, 1st May 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 6th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Haleemudeen v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 558 (02 May 2014)

Mohamed & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 559 (02 May 2014)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Golds, R v [2014] EWCA Crim 748 (02 May 2014)

Thompson v R [2014] EWCA Crim 836 (02 May 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Goldsmith International Business School, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1232 (Admin) (02 May 2014)

JF, R (on the application of) v NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group [2014] EWHC 1345 (Admin) (02 May 2014)

Goodchild-Simpson v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 1343 (Admin) (02 May 2014)

Hafeez, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1342 (Admin) (02 May 2014)

M v Director of Legal Aid Casework & Ors [2014] EWHC 1354 (Admin) (02 May 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Cosmetic Warriors Ltd & Anor v Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 1316 (Ch) (02 May 2014)

Giles v The Royal National Institute for the Blind & Ors [2014] EWHC 1373 (Ch) (02 May 2014)

Wood & Anor v Waddington [2014] EWHC 1358 (Ch) (01 May 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Mohammed v Ministry of Defence & Ors [2014] EWHC 1369 (QB) (02 May 2014)










Cuts will not damage family justice, says Munby – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Legal aid cuts will not undermine family justice, the head of the Family Division insisted last week as he mooted plans for judge-free divorces and greater legal rights for separating cohabitees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th May 2014


Liars and Divorce Lawyers: can an OS/DS hearing help and a possible future for split hearings in financial remedies? – Family Law Week

Posted May 6th, 2014 in case management, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Byron James, barrister, Fourteen considers the utility of OS/DS hearings in the resolution of financial remedies disputes.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd May 2014


Clean Break Orders and Spousal Maintenance: where are we now? – Family Law Week

Posted May 6th, 2014 in divorce, financial provision, news, periodical payments by tracey

‘Liz Cowell, principal lawyer with Slater & Gordon analyses the case law and trends emerging from case law regarding clean breaks and termination of spousal periodical payments orders.’

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Family Law Week, 30th April 2014


Postman took millions meant for City firms – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in fraud, news, postal service, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘Ajaz Budi, 33, wept uncontrollably as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey for stealing cheques ranging from £50 to £110,000 at Mount Pleasant, London.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2014