MPs approve probate and conveyancing rights for legal executives – Legal Futures

‘The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has won the approval of the House of Commons to grant its members rights to conduct reserved probate and conveyancing work.’

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Legal Futures, 10th September 2014


High Court: Commercial Agents Regulations could not override contractual choice of law –

‘Mandatory rules governing the relationship between commercial agents and their principals in respect of the agent’s UK activities cannot override a valid jurisdiction and choice of law clause, the High Court has ruled.’

Full story, 10th September 2014


Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part III – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the third of this four–part series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 3rd September 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 10th, 2014 in news by sally

Supreme Court

Robertson v Swift [2014] UKSC 50 (09 September 2014)

Family Court Decisions (other Judges)

Chd1 & Chd1 (Children : care orders) [2014] EWFC B113 (09 September 2014)


EVENT: LSE – In Conversation with the Lord Chief Justice

Posted September 10th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Sir Ross Cranston will interview the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, about his career in the law.’

Date: 25th November 2014, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Old Theatre, Old Building

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted September 10th, 2014 in legislation by sally

The Register of Presumed Deaths (Fees) Regulations 2014

The Tuberculosis (England) Order 2014

The Pensions Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2014

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2014

The Renewables Obligation Closure Order 2014

The Register of Presumed Deaths (Prescribed Information) Regulations 2014


Child witness court video evidence expansion planned – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, Crown Court, evidence, news, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘Changes to allow children and abuse victims in England and Wales to film their evidence before a trial begins should be brought in “as fast as possible”, a justice minister has said.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014


‘Monstrous child sexual predator’ John Laister jailed – BBC News

‘An ex-Sunday school teacher who raped and sexually abused young girls under his care has been jailed for 14 years.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014


Deceased’s Sudden Death During Stillborn Birth: Clinical Quantification? – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 10th, 2014 in bereavement, birth, compensation, damages, medical treatment, midwives, negligence, news by sally

‘In a case reported on Lawtel yesterday, the Claimant mother and sister received £160,000 in an out of court settlement following the sudden death of the deceased (‘X’) during the delivery of her stillborn baby in December 2010. The Claimants suffered a traumatic bereavement resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder. The settlement included a dependency claim for the deceased’s son.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th September 2014


Guilty, the man who conned his brother out of £1.5m inheritance – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 10th, 2014 in families, forgery, fraud, insurance, news, probate, trusts by sally

‘Peter Howes forged the signature of his brother and mother, cashed in life insurance policies and siphoned off the proceeds of the sale of the £1m family home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2014


Gloria Foster inquest: ‘Neglect contributed to death’ – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in care workers, elderly, hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘Neglect contributed to the death of an elderly woman found dying at home nine days after her care agency was shut in a police raid, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2014


Woman wins permission to look at late father’s adoption files – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2014 in adoption, birth certificates, disclosure, documents, family courts, grandparents, news by sally

‘A woman has been granted permission to look at court files relating to her father’s adoption to discover the identity of her grandmother, in a ground-breaking judgment that sets a precedent for revealing secret family histories.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2014