Primark breastfeeding claim mother avoids jail ‘by a whisker’ – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in news, perverting the course of justice, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Judge gives suspended sentence to Caroline Starmer, who lied about security guard taking baby from her while she fed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Transgender woman who was sent to male prison is freed – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in news, prisons, suicide, transsexuals by tracey

‘A transgender woman who was sent to a male prison, causing a storm of protest, has been freed after 40 days behind bars.
Tara Hudson, 26, spent a week in the all-male HMP Bristol, where she was tormented by inmates, before being moved to a female prison after more than 150,000 people signed a petition calling for her to be transferred.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Courts – Written statement to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in costs, courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘The courts take money from offenders in a number of ways, including fines, the victim surcharge, compensation orders, prosecution costs and the Criminal Courts Charge. This array of penalties, fines and charges is complex and confusing. I have therefore asked my department to review the entire structure, and purpose, of court-ordered financial impositions for offenders, in order to bring greater simplicity and clarity to the system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2015

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

Criminal courts charge to be scrapped by government – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, magistrates, news by tracey

‘The criminal courts charge is to be scrapped, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has announced.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Acts and Omissions of Returning Officer – Local Government Law

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in elections, local government, news by tracey

‘The two issues raised by the Local Government Election Petition in Baxter v Fear [2015] EWHC 3136 (QB) were described by the Court as “important and novel”.’

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Local Government Law, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

Ownership Rights of a Highway Authority – Local Government Law

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in local government, London, news, roads by tracey

‘What one might call the “normal” or “traditional” ownership rights of a highway authority lay at the heart of the dispute in Southwark LBC v Transport for London [2015] EWHC 3448 (Ch).’

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Local Government Law, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

Bank fined after outsourcing faults led to improper money transfers and exposure to financial risk – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news by tracey

‘The Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) has fined a bank more than £1 million after finding that faults with its outsourcing arrangements helped rogue employees at a third party service provider to move money out of its bank accounts without its knowledge or consent and put the bank’s own financial health at risk.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

E-Privacy Goes Mobile – Panopticon

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in conspiracy, injunctions, internet, news, privacy, regulations, telecommunications by tracey

‘Although most readers of this blog will be familiar, to some extent, with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“PECR”), they are a rarely sighted beast in the reported jurisprudence. Panopticon is aware of individual damages claims brought in the County Courts for small sums, but even they are few and far between.’

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Panopticon, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Making new criminal offences – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in crime, criminal justice, Ministry of Justice, news, proportionality by tracey

‘This guidance is for officials who may be considering creating new criminal offences or amending existing criminal offences.’

Full guidance

Ministry of Justice, 2nd December 2015

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

Court of Appeal rules third-party capture insurer still has to pay solicitors’ costs – Litigation Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, news, solicitors, third parties by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has made a major strike against the practice of third-party capture by ordering an insurance company that settled personal injury claims directly with the clients of a law firm to pay the solicitors the costs they would have earned.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New figures highlight difficulties of finding pupillage as diversity of Bar students increases – Legal Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in barristers, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘There is no problem with ethnic diversity on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), new figures have revealed, with the number of students from Asian backgrounds increasing in recent years to the point where it almost equals the number of white students.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Survey: Public want justice system to modernise faster to improve access – Legal Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in civil justice, courts, internet, legal profession, news, reports by tracey

‘The public believes that the legal system should be modernised faster than is happening at present, with many feeling “the justice system has retained tradition at the expense of efficiency”, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by Lord Dyson: Is Judicial Review a Threat to Democracy? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in civil justice, judicial review, proportionality, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Rt Hon Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls at The Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Adoption without parental consent is wrong in principle – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in adoption, consent, speeches by tracey

‘The Family Justice Council held its 9th Annual Debate and panel discussion on Tuesday 24 November 2015. The topic for this year’s debate was adoption.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Swansea armed robber found to be a dangerous offender – Attorney General’s Office

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in appeals, news, robbery, sentencing, violent offenders by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal today imposed an extended sentence of imprisonment against Swansea armed robber Robert Quinn after finding him to be a dangerous offender.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 1st December 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Section 20 Children Act 1989: Consent, Not Coercion – Issue or be Damned – Family Law Week

‘Jacqui Gilliatt, barrister, and Amy Slingo, pupil, both of Four Brick Court, set out lessons to be learned from the recent judgments concerning section 20.’

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Family Law Week, 24th November 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Questioning the Use of Section 20 – Family Law Week

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in care orders, children, news, parental responsibility, social services by tracey

‘Judith Masson, Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bristol, considers section 20 of the Children Act 1989 within its broader historic, legal and practice context.’

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Family Law Week, 26th November 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Competition watchdog slams plans for crackdown on Uber in London – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in competition, London, news, taxis, transport by tracey

‘The competition watchdog has attacked Transport for London’s proposed crackdown on Uber, warning that it could result in less choice, higher prices and a worse service. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

National Advice Clinic fined for six million cold calls – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in complaints, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A company which made almost six million nuisance calls in the space of six months has been fined £850,000.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Flaws in Home Office security forcing staff to rely on incomplete intelligence – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in computer programs, immigration, news, passports, reports, terrorism, visas by tracey

‘A security database used to identify potential terrorists entering the UK is breaking down twice a week forcing frontline staff to rely on incomplete intelligence, an official report has revealed. Independent auditors found that the warnings index system, which was supposed to be dismantled more than 12 years ago, is so unstable that it regularly collapses. The e-borders system which was supposed to replace it in 2011 will not be implemented before 2019 at a cost of more than £1bn, the National Audit Office report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk