Woman has sentence increased for sexual activity with 14-year-old boy – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in appeals, children, news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A woman who engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy after a drunken night out has been jailed by leading judges who overturned her “unduly lenient” non-custodial sentence.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fake bomb detector husband jailed for three years – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who claimed plastic devices he made in his garden shed could detect bombs and find missing Madeleine McCann has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Phone hacking: News of the World’s Ian Edmondson pleads guilty – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in guilty pleas, interception, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘A former News of the World news executive has admitted he was involved in phone hacking, 16 months after pleading not guilty to the crime in the Old Bailey. Ian Edmondson’s about-turn marks the final chapter in the phone-hacking trial that ended in June with the conviction of Andy Coulson and the acquittal of Rebekah Brooks, both former New of the World editors.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Canning v Network Rail: service of supplementary witness evidence post-Mitchell – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in news, service, time limits, witnesses by tracey

‘The court in Canning v Network Rail [2014] EWHC 2104 (QB) treated an application to rely on supplementary witness evidence as an application for relief from sanctions. The Mitchell considerations therefore came into play.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Council’s decision to close elderly care home not unlawful – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in care homes, equality, human rights, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘Karia, R (on the application of) v Leicester City Council (Sir Stephen Silber, acting as High Court Judge) [2014] EWHC 3105 (Admin) (30 September 2014. In a robust judgment Sir Stephen Silber has asserted that neither the ordinary laws of judicial review, nor the Equality Act nor the Human Rights Act require the courts to micro-manage the decisions of public authorities. Indeed the latter two statutory powers are not designed as a back door into a merits review of a decision that is restricted to the court’s review of the legality of a public sector decision.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd October 2014

Source: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com

Former pupillage head launches judicial review over non-judge Visitors – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in inns of court, judicial review, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Ben Conlon, former head of the pupillage committee at 3 Temple Gardens, has launched a judicial review arguing that the Visitors to the Inns of Court should made up only of High Court judges.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA fines firm £2,000 for £2.5m stamp duty avoidance schemes – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Leading Surrey firm Mundays has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for using stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes which saved clients over £2.5m.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Interim review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in forced labour, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The national referral mechanism is a multi-agency victim identification and support process.’

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Home Office, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Zarbafi v Zarbafi & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1267 (02 October 2014)

Coward v Phaestos Ltd & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1256 (02 October 2014)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Whitston (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWHC 3044 (Admin) (02 October 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Gorgeous Beauty Ltd v Liu & Ors (Costs) [2014] EWHC 3093 (Ch) (02 October 2014)

Roadchef (Employee Benefits Trustees) Ltd v Hill & Ors [2014] EWHC 3109 (Ch) (01 October 2014)

Long v Value Properties Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 2981 (Ch) (30 September 2014)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings v Unitech Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 3131 (Comm) (02 October 2014)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Polypearl Ltd v E.On Energy Solutions Ltd [2014] EWHC 3045 (QB) (03 October 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

Tories ‘would curb human rights rulings’ from Europe – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in human rights, news, parliament, political parties, veto by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said if the Tories won the election, a new Bill of Rights would give UK courts and Parliament the “final say”.’

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BBC news, 3rd Ocotber 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gerry McCann attacks ‘disgraceful’ Sunday Times after £55k libel payout – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in compensation, defamation, media, missing persons, news by tracey

‘Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, has accused the Sunday Times of behaving “disgracefully”, after winning a libel payout from the newspaper in a case he believes proves how little the industry has changed following the phone-hacking scandal. McCann and his wife Kate were handed £55,000 in libel damages from the Murdoch-owned paper over a front page story which alleged that the couple had deliberately hindered the search for their daughter, who went missing in Portugal seven years ago.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Care home restraint seven times level previously thought – Daily Telegraph

‘At least seven times as many elderly and disabled people are being routinely restrained or locked up in care homes and hospitals as previously thought, new Government figures suggest. Councils have faced a surge in applications for legal clearance to deprive patients of their liberty following a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this year upholding the right of those deemed to lack mental capacity to the same basic freedoms as everyone else.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Multi-millionaire mathematician faces an ‘astronomical’ £19m legal bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in costs, divorce, hedge funds, news by tracey

‘A multi-millionaire mathematician turned hedge fund boss faces an “astronomical” £19 million pound legal bill after losing the latest round of a bitter and costly court battle with his estranged wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Five jailed in Sheffield teenager sex abuse and trafficking case – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Five men have been given jail sentences totalling more than 28 years after a 13-year-old girl who ran away from home was trafficked for sex while she was missing for more than a week, police said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Asbestos victims win damages ruling – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in asbestos, costs, damages, industrial injuries, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman cleared of trying to kill her mother in Breaking Bad-style plot – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in attempts, families, murder, news, poisoning by tracey

‘A woman has been cleared of attempting to kill her mother by poisoning her diet coke in a plot said to have been inspired by the cult American TV show Breaking Bad.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sun reporter Vince Soodin faces police payment retrial – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in corruption, juries, media, news, police by tracey

‘The jury in the trial of a Sun reporter accused of paying a police officer for a tip-off has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mentally ill patient dived off roof of Boston Pilgrim Hospital – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust has been fined £20,000 after a patient dived off a hospital roof, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk