Joss Stone murder plotters’ jail sentences reduced – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, learning difficulties, murder, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘The jail sentences of two men who plotted to rob and kill the pop singer Joss Stone have been reduced by the appeal court.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2014


Will there be reform for cohabiting couples? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 20th, 2014 in cohabitation, financial provision, judges, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Head of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, recently held a press conference where he addressed the wide ranging reforms of the family justice system that came into force on 22 April 2014. He was also asked to look to the future.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th May 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 20th, 2014 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Swarovski-Optik Kg v Leica Camera Ag & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 637 (15 May 2014)

G (a child), Re [2014] EWCA Civ 680 (19 May 2014)

London Borough of Newham v Ali & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 676 (19 May 2014)

Hallam Estates Ltd & Anor v Baker [2014] EWCA Civ 661 (19 May 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Ashton & Ors v The Ministry of Justice [2014] EWHC 1624 (QB) (16 May 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Hearst Holdings Inc & Anor v A.V.E.L.A. Inc & Ors [2014] EWHC 1553 (Ch) (19 May 2014)

Feld v The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation And Skills [2014] EWHC 1383 (Ch) (08 May 2014)

Lindum Construction Co Ltd & Ors v The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) [2014] EWHC 1613 (Ch) (19 May 2014)

Family Court Decisions (other Judges)

H (Revocation of Placement Order) [2014] EWFC B56 (16 May 2014)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted May 20th, 2014 in legislation by sally

The School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Finance Act 2009, Sections 101 and 102 (Interest on Late Payments and Repayments) (Consequential Amendments) Order 2014

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order 2014


Wrongfully convicted man Victor Nealon gets apology – BBC News

‘A man who spent 17 years behind bars wrongfully convicted of attempted rape has received an apology from a body set up to examine miscarriages of justice.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2014


Hire purchase agreement not necessarily supply of goods at the outset, UK tax tribunal rules –

Posted May 20th, 2014 in consumer credit, news, sale of goods, taxation, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘Hire purchase (HP) agreements will not necessarily amount to a supply of goods for the purposes of VAT liability at the outset of the contract, the UK’s Upper Tax Tribunal has ruled.’

Full story, 19th May 2014


Prison for a day – the real issues continue to be ignored – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 20th, 2014 in community service, fines, imprisonment, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘Last week we read that the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has promulgated a new approach to sentencing, based on an American model. Those of you who are not of tender years will recall another approach to sentencing we took from the Americans – the sentencing guidelines; look how well they have turned out.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th May 2014


Man jailed for Hereford pub brawl killing – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2014 in grievous bodily harm, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A father-of-four has been jailed for three years after killing a man with a single punch during a pub brawl.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2014


Conwoman who used the police to warn off a journalist is jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 20th, 2014 in fraud, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘Neelam Desai is jailed for fraud after using the police to warn off journalist Gareth Davies who was investigating her business dealings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2014