Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
- Boardman, R v  EWCA Crim 175 (26 February 2015)
- Akhtar v R  EWCA Crim 176 (26 February 2015)
- Gurpinar v R  EWCA Crim 178 (20 February 2015)
- A v R. (Rev 3)  EWCA Crim 177 (19 February 2015)
- McDowell & Anor v The Queen  EWCA Crim 173 (19 February 2015)
Benkharbouche v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and others intervening); Janah v Libya (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and others intervening)  EWCA Civ 33;  WLR (D) 83
‘Domestic workers employed as members of the service staff of foreign diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom were entitled to bring proceedings asserting their employment rights against the employer state, in claims including unfair dismissal and breach of working time provisions, and such claims were not barred by the doctrine of state immunity pursuant to provisions in the State Immunity Act 1978.’
WLR Daily, 5th February 2015
‘Where trading receipts were obtained as a result of lawful trading activity rather than a failure to register particulars with the local authority under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 before carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer, the trading activity was not criminal conduct from which benefit accrued, and the trading receipts were excluded from the criminal lifestyle provisions under section 75(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’
WLR Daily, 19th February 2015
‘When considering whether to exercise its discretion to make a bankruptcy order on a debtor’s petition, the court was to have regard to whether the petitioner could show (1) that he had a sufficiently close connection with England and Wales; (2) that there was a reasonable possibility of benefit resulting from the making of a bankruptcy order; and (3) that one or more persons interested in the distribution of assets were persons over whom the English court could exercise jurisdiction.’
WLR Daily, 20th February 2015
Where a defendant was charged with murder and the issue arose as to whether the partial defence of loss of self-control should be left to the jury the trial judge had to undertake a much more rigorous evaluation of the evidence before that defence could be left to the jury than had been required under the former law of provocation.
WLR Daily, 20th February 2015
‘The plaintiff was a former sex offender who had been identified on a Facebook page run by the second defendant called “Keep Our Kids Safe From Predators 2″. He had been released on licence and he was apprehensive about his safety upon his return to the community.’
UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015
‘The extent to which privacy and data protection rights can effectively resonate within the online environment is an acutely important issue for all information law practitioners. Moreover, it is an issue which seems to be gaining ever increasing traction in the litigation context, as is illustrated not least by the following developments.’
Panopticon, 25th February 2015
‘What if everything you knew about Macbeth was challenged?
Could a line-up of top QCs change his fate?
Following the 2011 sell-out Trial of Romeo, Shakespeare Schools Festival return to the courtroom putting a killer cast of actors – including Christopher Eccleston, Haydn Gwynne and David Oakes – in the box to be questioned by the stars of the bar – John Kelsey-Fry QC, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Dinah Rose QC, and Ian Winter QC.
Jeremy Paxman chairs the jury and High Court judge Sir Michael Burton keeps order during this unforgettable fundraising event.’
Date: 8th March 2015, 7.00pm
Location: Noel Coward Theatre
Charge: see website for details
More information can be found here.
‘In a recent determination, the President of the Upper Tribunal suggested that documents and submissions could be sent electronically to the tribunal in order to facilitate efficient justice:
“…parties and their representatives are strongly encouraged to communicate electronically with the Tribunal and, further, to seek confirmation that important communications and/or attachments have been received.”‘
Free Movement, 26th February 2015