No appeal over Rolf Harris sex offences sentence – BBC News

‘Rolf Harris’s sex offences sentence will not be referred to the Court of Appeal, despite 150 complaints over its “leniency”, the attorney general’s office has said.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2014


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted July 30th, 2014 in legislation by sally

The School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014

The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2014

The Dentists Act 1984 (Medical Authorities) (No. 2) Order 2014

The Coal Industry (Superannuation Scheme Winding Up) (Revocations and Savings) Regulations 2014

The Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014

The Independent Educational Provision in England (Prohibition on Participation in Management) Regulations 2014

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Investigations) Order 2014

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2014

The European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2014

The Venture Capital Trust (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Education (National Curriculum)(Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study)(England)(Amendment)(No. 2) Order 2014

The Communications Act 2003 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2014

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2014

The Political Donations and Regulated Transactions (Anonymous Electors) Regulations 2014

The Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation and Amendment) Order 2014

The African Legal Support Facility (Legal Capacities) Order 2014

The European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Iraq) Order 2014

The European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Vietnam) Order 2014

The National Health Service Trusts (Trust Funds: Appointment of Trustees) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014


‘Skywalker’ signature rejected by passport officials – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2014 in film industry, names, news, passports, trade marks by sally

‘A woman who added “Skywalker” as a middle name has been told by passport officials her signature infringes a trademark.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2014


Regina (Rotherham Borough Council and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2014 in budgets, EC law, equality, judicial review, law reports by sally

Regina (Rotherham Borough Council and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills [2014] EWCA Civ 1080; [2014] WLR (D) 338

‘Where decisions were made by a minister of state concerning matters of high level policy and economic, social and political judgment, involving the making of choices as to allocations of European Union structural funding between the four regions of the United Kingdom with the objectives, achievable in many different ways, of implementing the delivery of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth while promoting the harmonious development of the Union and reducing regional disparities, a wide margin of discretion was afforded the decision-maker, with which a court should only interfere if satisfied that the decisions were manifestly inappropriate or manifestly wrong.’

WLR Daily, 28th July 2014


Patel v Mirza – WLR Daily

Patel v Mirza [2014] EWCA Civ 1047 ; [2014] WLR (D) 337

‘The claimant who had paid money to the defendant under an agreement to carry out an illegal scheme was not prevented from recovering the money by considerations of public policy if the scheme had not been implemented even if the claimant pleaded and relied on the illegality to recover the money.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014


Lim (An infant) v Walia – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2014 in appeals, bereavement, families, insurance, law reports, wills by sally

Lim (An infant) v Walia [2014] EWCA Civ 1076; [2014] WLR (D) 339

‘Where the deceased had a contingent right, immediately before her death subject to proof, to have the benefit under a joint life policy brought forward because of a terminal illness, but her death brought that right to an end, there was no interest of any value to be treated as part of her estate under section 9(1) of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014


Ann Sherlock: Supreme Court ruling on Welsh legislation – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 9 July 2014, the Supreme Court delivered its unanimous ruling that the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill was within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th July 2014


Legal aid cuts have left family courts ‘at breaking point’ – The Guardian

‘The family courts system is at breaking point due to delays caused by unrepresented litigants and overstretched judges, according to the body that represents lawyers and professionals in divorce hearings.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2014


Watchdog ‘desperate’ for ministers to crack down on nuisance calls and spam texts – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2014 in compensation, electronic mail, news, nuisance, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Victims of spam message companies could find it easier to win compensation under plans backed by the Information Commissioner’s Office’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2014


Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.’

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The Independent, 30th July 2014


Right to be forgotten is unworkable, say peers – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A “right to be forgotten” – enforcing the removal of online material – is wrong in principle and unworkable in practice, a parliamentary committee has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2014