Ex-prison officer found guilty of leaking stories to Daily Mirror – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2015 in media, misfeasance in public office, news, prison officers by tracey

‘A former prison officer from top security HMP Belmarsh has been found guilty of leaking stories about celebrity inmates to the Daily Mirror over six years.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2015

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Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare jailed for Becky Watts killing – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2015 in homicide, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Becky Watts’ stepbrother and his girlfriend have been jailed for killing the 16-year-old during a sexually-motivated kidnap plot. Nathan Matthews, 28, was sentenced to 33 years for murder and Shauna Hoare, 21, given 17 years for manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2015

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Eviction and High Court Enforcement – Nearly Legal

Posted November 13th, 2015 in county courts, enforcement, news, repossession, transfer of proceedings by tracey

‘A couple of recent cases have highlighted the issues involved in transferring County Court possession orders to the High Court for enforcement by High Court Enforcement Officers.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th November 2015

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Qader & Ors v Esure Services Ltd (Birmingham CC – 15/10/15) – Fixed Recoverable Costs Apply In Some Multi Track Claims – Zenith PI

Posted November 13th, 2015 in accidents, costs, fraud, news, road traffic by tracey

‘In this case, HHJ David Grant had to decide whether or not fixed recoverable costs applied to a claim that started out in the portal but was subsequently allocated to the multi-track.’

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Zenith PI, 13th December 2015

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When two into one won’t go – High Court allows limited separate representation of co-claimants – Litigation Futures

Posted November 13th, 2015 in costs, law firms, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A mother and her children who were separately represented as claimants in a long-running case are entitled to the costs of two sets of solicitors up to a point, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th November 2015

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Ruling on interim costs payment reveals judge’s proportionality concern – Litigation Futures

Posted November 13th, 2015 in costs, law firms, negligence, news, proportionality by tracey

‘A claimant law firm has been given a major shot across the bows over its costs claim in a clinical negligence case after a High Court judge heavily reduced the sum its client sought as payment on account of costs, on the grounds of both proportionality and necessity.’

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Litgiation Futures, 13th November 2015

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CA adds extra negligence finding and £375k damages on top of High Court’s £1.6m Withers ruling – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2015 in damages, drafting, law firms, limited liability partnerships, negligence, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has made an additional finding of negligence against leading London law firm Withers over its drafting of an LLP agreement and increased the £1.6m in damages awarded in the High Court by a further £375,000.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2015

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Conveyancing solicitors acting for both sides must report crucial details to lenders, appeal judges rule – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2015 in conveyancing, disclosure, mortgages, news, solicitors, valuation by tracey

‘Solicitors acting for both sides in property transactions are under a duty to disclose crucial details to lenders, the Court of Appeal has ruled..’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2015

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A modern legal framework for protecting and managing wildlife – Law Commission

Posted November 13th, 2015 in environmental protection, news, reports, statute law revision by tracey

‘In a report published on Tuesday 10 November the Law Commission recommends reforms to modernise and simplify the law regulating wildlife and create a flexible legal framework for the future.’

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Law Commission, 10th November 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Sir Brian Leveson: Security and Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division gave the 13th Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture in London on 12 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th November 2015

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Samuels v Birmingham City Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 13th, 2015 in benefits, homelessness, housing, law reports, remuneration by tracey

Samuels v Birmingham City Council: [2015] EWCA Civ 1051; [2015] WLR (D) 435

‘For the purposes of a person’s application for housing assistance as a homeless person, where a local authority was determining whether that person’s previous accommodation was affordable for that person and therefore whether it would be, or would have been, reasonable for that person to continue to occupy that accommodation, the local authority was to take into account all forms of the person’s income, including social security benefits of all kinds, and of relevant expenses, so that a judgment was to be made on the basis of income and relevant expenses as a whole. Benefits income, including income support, child tax credits and child benefit, was not to have any special status or treatment in that exercise or to be excluded from income which could be taken into account as income which could assist with housing costs.’

WLR Daily, 27th October 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina v FNC – WLR Daily

Posted November 13th, 2015 in DNA, evidence, law reports, no case to answer, sexual offences by tracey

Regina v FNC: [2015] EWCA Crim 1732; [2015] WLR (D) 440

‘There might be a case to answer even where the prosecution relied on DNA evidence alone.The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, so held when allowing an appeal by the prosecution against a decision made on 5 May 2015 in the Crown Court at Blackfriars (Mr Recorder Day QC) to terminate proceedings against the defendant, FNC, on the grounds that there was no case to answer on a charge of indecent assault contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.’

WLR Daily, 4th November 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Bootle man jailed for cyber attacks on more than 300 websites – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2015 in computer crime, guilty pleas, internet, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Merseyside PoliceImage caption Ian Sullivan was jailed for 34 weeks at Liverpool Crown Court.
A man has been jailed for carrying out a string of cyber attacks against high-profile websites, resulting in more than 300 being taken offline.’

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BBC news, 12th November 2015

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Degrees for all new police officers under radical new plans – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2015 in education, news, police, recruitment by tracey

‘All new police constables will be required to have a degree in policing before they can join the force, under radical new proposals. The new scheme, set out by the College of Policing, could be implemented as early as 2019 and would represent a massive shift in the academic criteria for would-be Pcs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2015

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Liam Laverick jailed for killing baby son Tommy Lee – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2015 in causing death of children or vulnerable adults, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A father who killed his four-week-old son has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 12th November 2015

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