Kenneth Noye, M25 road rage killer, to get parole hearing – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2015 in murder, news, parole by tracey

‘Road rage killer Kenneth Noye, one of the UK’s most notorious criminals, has been given the chance to argue for his release at a parole hearing.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Top judge says claims Sun trial judges were switched to secure conviction are ‘absurd’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2015 in conspiracy, judges, media, misfeasance, news by tracey

‘In a rare move, Mr Justice Sweeney weighs in at the Old Bailey to settle the legal row which erupted that week over the retrial of senior Sun executives.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Birmingham PE teacher Marcus Marcussen jailed for abuse – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2015 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by tracey

‘A retired PE teacher has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing schoolboys nearly 60 years ago.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid in domestic violence cases: civil law vs. LASPO 2012 – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 13th, 2015 in domestic violence, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Is the domestic violence evidence gateway in the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 ultra vires the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO 2012)? Sarah Clarke, a solicitor at the Public Law Project, examines a recent ruling on the matter and discusses the implications for practitioners.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th February 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Judge rules that Mr Pickles unlawfully discriminated against Gypsies and Travellers – Garden Court Chambers Blog

‘Marc Willers QC explores the recent High Court judgment in which it was found that the conduct of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, constituted indirect discrimination against Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 12th February 2015

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

Important Presidential decision on costs in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted February 13th, 2015 in costs, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘The Presidents of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers sat together in the First-tier Tribunal case of Cancino (costs – First-tier Tribunal – new powers) [2015] UKFTT 00059 (IAC) in order to give guidance on when legal costs might become payable in immigration cases. The power to make awards of legal costs to a party in immigration appeals was only introduced in October 2014 and there has been no real guidance until now.’

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Free Movement, 13th February 2015

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

No more ‘early release’ for child rapists and terrorists – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 13th, 2015 in child abuse, early release, rape, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Child rapists and terrorists will no longer be automatically released half-way through their sentence, as part of a range of tough new laws that have received Royal Assent today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 13th, 2015 in legislation by sally

SI 2015/126 – The Antarctic (Recognised Assistance Dog) Regulations 2015

SI 2015/121 – The Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

SI 2015/106 – The Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) (Amendment) Order 2015

SI 2015/104 – The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2015

SI 2015/103 – The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2015
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Court rules on power to decline to determine retrospective planning applications – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 13th, 2015 in enforcement notices, local government, news, planning, retrospectivity by tracey

‘The High Court has issued a ruling that clarifies the scope of a local authority’s power to decline to determine a retrospective planning application when an enforcement notice is in place. The case of Wingrove v Stratford on Avon District Council [2015] EWHC 287 (Admin) was the first time the ambit of s. 70C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 had been considered.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Supreme Court to hear QASA appeal – but rejects claim of threat to advocate independence – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2015 in advocacy, appeals, barristers, news, proportionality, public interest, quality assurance by tracey

‘The barristers challenging the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates have today been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court declined permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s finding that the principle of independence of the advocate was not infringed by QASA, saying it did not have a real prospect of success.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 13th, 2015 in law reports by sally

High Court (Chancery Division)

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Code of practice for police and border officials on seizing travel documents – Home Office

Posted February 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, immigration, passports, police, search & seizure by tracey

‘Code of practice for officers exercising functions under Schedule 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in connection with seizing and retaining travel documents.’

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Home Office, 13th February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 13th, 2015 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

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Regulator tidies up complaint handling powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 13th, 2015 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) wants to tidy up the regulations in relation to complaint handling by removing the power of its Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) to take “No Further Action” (NFA) decisions.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th February 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The Rise and Rise of Damages in Human Rights Claims – Family Law Week

Posted February 13th, 2015 in care orders, children, damages, human rights, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘Julie Stather, barrister of Westgate Chambers, considers the development of claims for damages arising from breaches of human rights in care proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 12th February 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Fifth of sex attack victims ‘asleep or unconscious’ – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2015 in crime, news, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘One in five serious sexual assaults targets someone who is unconscious or asleep, an official analysis suggests.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Children’s doctor jailed for 18 years for indecently assaulting girls at Jimmy Savile hospital – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2015 in child abuse, doctors, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former children’s doctor convicted of sexually assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital during the 70s and 80s has been jailed for 18 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

1.4 million women suffered domestic abuse last year, ONS figures show – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2015 in domestic violence, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘An estimated 1.4 million women and 700,000 men have suffered domestic abuse in the last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fracking will be allowed under national parks, UK decides – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2015 in bills, energy, environmental protection, news, parks by tracey

‘Amendments to infrastructure bill unpick earlier protections, meaning companies just outside parks will be able to drill horizontally below them.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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