Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in environmental health, fines, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Barnet council took the landlord of a house in Sunningfields Road, Hendon, to court after discovering he was renting a room which could not be accessed standing up. The head height along the course of the staircase was between 0.7m (27.5 inches) and 1.2m (47 inches) high and the door to the room was also reduced in size.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2014


Man jailed for filming Fast And Furious in cinema – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in copyright, film industry, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in Walsall.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2014


EDF to pay £3m in compensation after Ofgem inquiry – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in compensation, complaints, consumer protection, inquiries, news, utilities by tracey

‘EDF Energy is to pay out £3m to benefit “vulnerable customers” after an investigation by the energy industry watchdog Ofgem found that the company had breached complaint handling rules.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2014


Assistant editor position

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in by sally

Robert Banks seeks an assistant editor to co-write Banks on Sentence and assist him in his legal work.

About Banks on Sentence

Banks on Sentence is the book used by judges, district judges and the legal profession to determine the appropriate sentence. It is the second largest selling criminal practitioner text.


The successful applicant will analyse and summarise new legislation, statutory instruments, Court of Appeal sentencing cases, Sentencing Council publications and other sentencing material. He or she will work closely with the editor, Robert Banks and the manager of Banks on Sentence. Each year there is a programme for the production of the next edition, which is published by Banks on Sentence at the end of April. This programme involves typesetting, design, marketing, and working with the proof-reader and our e-book/app designers.

Essential skills

Candidates must have successfully completed the BPTC or LPC. They must have good IT skills and be able to work well in a small team. Excellent English language skills are necessary with an ability to work to exacting standards. A logical and analytical approach is needed to enable the successful applicant to analyse legislation and case law quickly. A knowledge of sentencing is not required. Blogging and social media skills would be welcome.


The post is ideal for those who want specialist law training before a delayed pupillage or government post. The job also involves helping Robert Banks with his court cases, pro bono work and other legal advice.

Other details

The office is on the Kent/Sussex border. There is a railway station nearby (not within walking distance) with trains from London taking about 1 hour. Candidates can be collected from the station on the day of their interview. The pay will depend on the skills of the applicant. The likely salary after an initial two-week trial period would be £28-30,000 dependent on experience.

How to apply

Applicants must reply by e-mail to with a covering letter and CV. Questions may be submitted by e-mail. Details of the book can be found at


The post will be filled when a suitable candidate has been found.

PO Box 35, Etchingham, East Sussex TN19 7WS
Tel: 01435 883838 Follow us on @BanksonSentence
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Enforcement and criminal investigations (modernised guidance) – UK Border Agency

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in immigration, press releases, visas, witnesses by tracey

‘This collection brings together modernised guidance about enforcement and processes used by UK Visas and Immigration.’

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UK Border Agency, 21st August 2014


Lasting powers of attorney applications to be made simpler and easier – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in internet, powers of attorney, press releases by tracey

‘Lasting powers of attorney will be easier and simpler for people to make, Justice Minister Simon Hughes announces.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st August 2014


Carter-Ruck granted relief from sanctions after solicitor “misread” CPR – Litigation Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘The High Court this week granted libel specialists Carter-Ruck relief from sanctions after an assistant solicitor “misread” the Civil Procedure Rules and was almost four months late in sending out a funding notice.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd August 2014


Barristers’ clerks leader condemns “scandalous” local authority portal scheme – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in barristers, barristers' clerks, fees, local government, news, tenders by tracey

‘A barrister portal scheme operated by the North West Legal Consortium, a group of over 30 local authorities, has been condemned as “scandalous” by the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC).’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2014


New guidance for instruction of experts in civil claims 2014 – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in expert witnesses, press releases by tracey

‘New guidance for instruction of experts in civil claims 2014 – 15 August 2014

The Civil Justice Council guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims has been published – 21 August 2014 update

Some minor additions have been made to this new CJC Guidance (with new paragraphs 31, 61 and 87 added).’

Full press release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 21st August 2014


In re P (A Child) (Adoption: Step-Parent’s Application) – WLR Daily

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in adoption, children, consent, human rights, law reports, proportionality by tracey

In re P (A Child) (Adoption: Step-Parent’s Application); [2014] EWCA Civ 1174; [2014] WLR (D) 381

‘In an adoption application, the key to the approach both to evaluating the needs of a child’s welfare throughout his or her life and to dispensing with parental consent was proportionality. Although the same statutory provisions in respect of welfare and consent, namely sections 1 and 52 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, applied to an application to adopt by a step-parent, a distinction was to be drawn between adoption in the context of compulsory and permanent placement outside the family against the wishes of the child’s parents, and a step-parent adoption where the child was remaining in the care of one or other of his parents.’

WLR Daily, 15th August 2014


Beezadhur v Independent Commission against Corruption and another – WLR Daily

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in banking, constitutional law, law reports, money laundering by tracey

Beezadhur v Independent Commission against Corruption and another; [2014] UKPC 27; [2014] WLR (D) 380

‘Where a statute aimed at the prevention of money-laundering prohibited the depositing of cash sums above a specified limit save where it was “commensurate with the lawful business activities of the customer”, a customer could not claim that cash sums above the limited regularly deposited by him from his pension were deposits from his “business activities”.’

WLR Daily, 7th August 2014


Charity Commission for England and Wales v Framjee and another – WLR Daily

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in charities, Charity Commission, internet, law reports, trusts by tracey

Charity Commission for England and Wales v Framjee and another; [2014] EWHC 2507 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 340

‘Where a charitable trust held donations intended for other charities nominated by members of the public, and there was a shortfall between the funds held by the charitable trust and the donations, it was just and appropriate to treat the unpaid charities as participants in a common misfortune brought about by the management of the donation scheme. Those charities should bear that burden equally as to the distribution of the remaining funds.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2014


Regina (Panesar) v Central Criminal Court and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Panesar) v Central Criminal Court and another; [2014] EWHC 2821 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 382

‘Notwithstanding that the material in question had been seized without good grounds and that the relevant warrants had been quashed, the Crown Court enjoyed jurisdiction to hear an application that material held subsequent to seizure in execution of search warrants should be retained by an investigating authority.’

WLR Daily, 14th August 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Chancery Division)

Tadros & Anor v Barratt & Ors [2014] EWHC 2860 (Ch) (21 August 2014)

The Co-Operative Bank Plc v Phillips [2014] EWHC 2862 (Ch) (21 August 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2853 (QB) (20 August 2014)


Lawyers critical of free mediation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in budgets, dispute resolution, divorce, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The government’s scheme to fund a free mediation session for separating couples will do little to increase the number of people resolving disputes out of court, lawyers have claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st August 2014


Derby Moor teacher David Foster banned for punching and swearing at pupils – BBC News

‘A teacher has been banned indefinitely after he swore at pupils, punched them and called them offensive names.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2014


Sentence given to killer of former girlfriend’s baby to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘A nine-year jail term given to the killer of his then girlfriend’s baby will be reviewed by the court of appeal amid complaints the sentence was not long enough.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2014


Doctors who harm patients face ‘tougher sanctions’ – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘Doctors who make mistakes in the care of their patients could face tougher sanctions, under plans being considered by the General Medical Council.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2014