Qualification criteria and allocations: An outlier? – NearlyLegal

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, housing, local government, news, time limits by sally

‘In R(Hillsden) v Epping Forest DC [2015] EWHC 98 (Admin), McCloskey J held the council’s allocation scheme valid in circumstances which, I must say, did not seem propitious to the council. The council’s new allocation scheme, which came in to force in September 2013, had a qualification criterion which required applicants to have a continuous residence for three years and, for those already registered, to have two and a half years. It was argued by the council that there was no “exceptional circumstances” get-out clause, because, apparently, the council “wanted clear rules that left no room for doubt about whether an individual qualified in the first place”. Now, like Ms Hillsden’s counsel (Jan Luba and Bethan Harris), I would have said that whole criterion was a real problem – indeed, our past notes on this precise issue have argued this too. So, fair play to Epping – how did they win? Will it survive an appeal?’

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NearlyLegal, 24th January 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from December 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd January 2015

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Why Good Lawyers are such Bad Historians: the Case of Sir Edward Coke – The Inner Temple

Posted January 27th, 2015 in legal history, news, speeches by sally

Why Good Lawyers are such Bad Historians: the Case of Sir Edward Coke (PDF)

Dr George Garnett, University Oxford

The Inner Temple, 19th January 2015

Source: www.innertemple.org.uk

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in EC law, human rights, interception, investigatory powers, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Court of Appeal upholds Birss J in Rihanna’s Case – NIPC Law

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, intellectual property, misrepresentation, news, trade marks by sally

‘In Fenty and Others v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd and another [2013] EWHC 2310 (Ch), [2013] WLR(D) 310 Mr Justice Birss gave judgment to Robyn Rihanna Fenty (better known as Rihanna) and her corporate licensing companies against Top Shop for selling a t-shirt that reproduced a photo of the singer. The claim was brought not for infringement of copyright since the owner of the copyright in the photograph had licensed the reproduction of his work but for passing off. Rihanna and her companies had claimed that the t-shirt misrepresented authorization or approval of the manufacture and distribution of the garments and that such misrepresentation damaged her commercial activities. I wrote about the case in Passing off – Fenty v Topshop 10 Sept 2013 and readers are referred to that note for an appreciation of the judgment.’

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NIPC Law, 24th January 2015

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Prince Andrew: the legal issues – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 27th, 2015 in immunity, news, royal family, treaties, witnesses by sally

‘If the UK press love a sex scandal and a good royal story, imagine what you get when you put the two together. This month the news broke that victims of Jeffrey Epstein, an American paedophile, were attempting to sue Prince Andrew alleging, amongst other things, that she was coerced into having sex with him when she was 17.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th January 2015

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Julian Cole family hit out at IPCC over police brutality allegations – The Guardian

‘The family of a 21-year-old athlete left with a broken neck after he was detained by police 20 months ago have spoken publicly for the first time, complaining they are no clearer about what happened.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Modified Universalism – Privy to Singular Clarification – RPC Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted January 27th, 2015 in Hong Kong, insolvency, liquidators, news, privacy, winding up by sally

‘While most jurisdictions provide liquidators with wide investigative powers to locate and realise assets locally, the exercise of such powers becomes more complicated when the assets are situated overseas. As more and more businesses expand globally and corporate structures become equally more complex, the liquidators’ task becomes more problematic in winding up such companies.’

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RPC Commercial Disputes Blog,

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English pubs deemed important to communities to be protected by law – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in licensed premises, news, planning, public interest, regulations by sally

‘Pubs in England listed as important by communities will not be demolished or have their use changed without planning permission under proposed legislation.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Clare’s Law: Worried someone you know has a violent past? Here’s how to find out – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in disclosure, domestic violence, news, police by sally

‘A new law, designed to protect individuals from domestic abuse, has made more than 1,300 disclosures since it was launched 10 months ago. But how does it work and how do you go about making a request? Claire Cohen offers a practical guide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2015

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New laws to protect those cashing in pension pots – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in financial regulation, news by sally

‘The financial regulator is rushing in new rules aimed at protecting people keen to cash in their pension pots from making bad decisions that could cost them dearly later on.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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‘Bank mistook my sex change for fraud’ – when poor service counts as discrimination – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in banking, disabled persons, equality, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘If a firm doesn’t accommodate a customer’s race, religion, disability or sexual orientation they could be ignoring their rights under the Equality Act’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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Coventry kidnap gang who cut off man’s finger jailed – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2015 in assault, blackmail, conspiracy, false imprisonment, gangs, kidnapping, news, sentencing by sally

‘A kidnap gang who cut off a man’s finger to get a £20,000 ransom have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2015

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Alexander Litvinenko murder inquiry opens in high court – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in inquiries, intelligence services, news, poisoning, spying by sally

‘A public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in the high court on Tuesday, eight years after the former Russian intelligence officer and MI6 informant was murdered in London with deadly polonium.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2015

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