Christina Edkins inquiry finds missed opportunities to prevent killing – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in homelessness, homicide, inquiries, mental health, news, social services by tracey

‘A string of agencies and professionals missed opportunities to prevent the death of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was fatally stabbed on a bus by a homeless man with serious mental health issues, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014


Retaliatory Eviction and Law Reform – NearlyLegal

Posted September 15th, 2014 in bills, complaints, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘The government (through its Minister for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams) today announced its backing to Sarah Teather’s private members bill, whose aim is to prevent landlords from evicting tenants who have complained about disrepair in their home or where health and safety hazards are found to exist at the premises, using the accelerated possession procedure. Statistics provided by Shelter show that 200,000 tenants faced possession proceedings in the last 12 months in response to complaints about the condition of their home.’

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NearlyLegal, 11th September 2014


ICO needs to rethink how to tackle mobile apps privacy failings, says expert –

‘The UK’s data protection authority needs to rethink its strategy for combatting failings in mobile apps privacy, an expert has said.’

Full story, 12th September 2014


Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th September 2014


Practice Note: Chancery Chambers Changes 1st October 2014 – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘From 1 October 2014 the Chancery Division in London will commence using the new CE-File electronic court file and some data stored on the old IT system will be transferred to CE-File.’

Full practice note

Judiciary of England and Wales, 11th September 2014


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted September 15th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Commencement No.1) Order 2014

The Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (Section 684(3A)) Order 2014

The Heavy Goods Vehicles (Charging for the Use of Certain Infrastructure on the Trans-European Road Network) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2014

The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2014

The Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Tideway Tunnel) Order 2014

The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Commencement No. 1) (Northern Ireland) Order 2014


In re X (Adopted Child: Access to Court File) – WLR Daily

Posted September 15th, 2014 in adoption, birth certificates, disclosure, family courts, grandparents, law reports by tracey

In re X (Adopted Child: Access to Court File)[2014] EWFC 33; [2014] WLR (D) 390

‘Since FPR 2010 r 14.24 was not subject to the qualification that it applied only “in exceptional circumstances” there was nothing which required the same approach to apply in the case of an application under rule 14.24 (or its predecessors) as applied in the case of an application under section 79(4) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 although, given the context, an application under rule 14.24 should always be approached with an appropriate degree of caution.’

WLR Daily, 9th September 2014


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 15th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2968 (Admin) (12 September 2014)

Boots Management Services Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Central Arbitration Committee [2014] EWHC 2930 (Admin) (12 September 2014)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Unaoil Ltd v Leighton Offshore Offshore Pte Ltd [2014] EWHC 2965 (Comm) (12 September 2014)

Eurokey Recycling Ltd v Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2989 (Comm) (12 September 2014)


Former Times lawyer loses appeal against SDT – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former legal director of Times Newspapers Ltd was guilty of “recklessly” rather than “knowingly” misleading the court in relation to litigation over revelations about the “NightJack” blogger, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th September 2014


Sabrina Moss killers jailed for 37 years – BBC News

Posted September 15th, 2014 in conspiracy, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing, victims, weapons by tracey

‘Three drug dealers have each been jailed for a minimum of 37 years for murdering nursery school teacher Sabrina Moss on her 24th birthday.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2014


Cadet paralysed in fatal skydiving accident sues MoD for £300,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2014 in accidents, armed forces, damages, disabled persons, inquests, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘ An Army cadet partly paralysed during a skydiving jump which killed a comrade is suing the Ministry of Defence for more than £300,000. Tim Herlihy, 24, of Stourbridge, was left with incomplete paraplegia after suffering injuries including six burst vertebrae during the accident in 2011 when he collided in mid air with another cadet.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2014


Five men sentenced for importing drugs hidden in furniture – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Members of a criminal gang that operated across the UK and abroad have been jailed after the police seized £55m worth of drugs.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2014


A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims’ rights will be enshrined in law as part of a major set of reforms announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2014


Sexual abuse in prison needs urgent investigation, commission warns – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in news, ombudsmen, prisons, rape, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Penal reformers say there is an urgent need to determine the nature and scale of sexual abuse in prisons in England and Wales in the wake of estimates that hundreds of inmates are being raped or sexually assaulted every year.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014


Bookmakers sign up to voluntary watchdog – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in advertising, consultations, gambling, licensing, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Three of the four big high street bookmakers have signed up to a new voluntary watchdog in the hope of preempting a raft of tough statutory measures that threaten the prevalence of betting shops, high-speed roulette machines and aggressive punter-recruitment adverts promising “free money”.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014