Senior managers ‘personally liable’ for anti-money laundering check failings at money service businesses, says HMRC –

‘Senior managers at ‘money service businesses’ face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.’

Full story, 14th August 2014


Legal privilege, Articles 6 and 8, and iniquity – UK Human Rights Blog

‘JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov et al 8 August 2014, Popplewell J. What you say to your lawyers is truly confidential; no-one, not even a regulator or prosecutor can see it. This is protected by the right to privacy under Article 8, and the right to a fair trial under Article 6 (which includes the right to access to lawyers). Well, that is the general rule. And this case reminds us that there is an exception to this – when the relationship between client and lawyer is affected by “iniquity”.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 12th August 2014


Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group, 31 July 2014 – Judiciary of England & Wales

Posted August 15th, 2014 in financial provision, litigants in person, reports by tracey

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. Chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J, its task being described in the “View from the President’s Chambers (number 12)” as being two-fold: “to explore ways of improving the accessibility of the system for litigants in person and to identify ways of further improving good practice in financial remedy cases…. confined to matters of practice and procedure”.’

Full report

Judiciary of England and Wales, 14th August 2014


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted August 15th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Prison and Young Offender Institution (Amendment) Rules 2014

The Local Authorities (Elected Mayors) (Elections, Terms of Office and Casual Vacancies) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Independent Inspectorates (Education and Boarding Accommodation) Regulations 2014

The Control of Noise (Code of Practice on Noise from Audible Intruder Alarms) (Revocation) (England) Order


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted August 15th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Panesar & Ors, R (on the application of) v The Central Criminal Court [2014] EWHC 2821 (Admin) (14 August 2014)

Roope v District Court for Prague 1, Czech Republic [2014] EWHC 2801 (Admin) (13 August 2014)

High Court (Family Division)

MD v AA & Anor [2014] EWHC 2756 (Fam) (31 July 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Cooke & Anor v MGN Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 2831 (QB) (13 August 2014)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Harrison & Ors v Shepherd Homes Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 2786 (TCC) (06 August 2014)


Family system ‘woefully behind’ in treatment of vulnerable – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Family judges are to receive guidance on dealing more appropriately with children and other vulnerable witnesses.
The interim report of a working group set up by Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division, says the family system ‘lags woefully behind’ the criminal justice system in this regard.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 13th August 2014


Andy Coulson eligible for move from Belmarsh prison – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in conspiracy, interception, media, news, prisons, privacy, retrials, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former director of communications, looks set to be moved from high-security Belmarsh prison after finally being classified as posing no risk to society.’

Full story

The Guardian, 14th August 2014


Police forced to name undercover officers who duped women – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in disclosure, environmental protection, news, police, psychiatric damage, women by tracey

‘Metropolitan police lose legal fight over keeping secret the names of officers who fathered children with their ‘targets’

Full story

The Guardian, 15th August 2014