‘Disproportionate’ disclosure application denied in swaps mis-selling claim – Commercial Disputes Blog

‘In Claverton Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank plc, the Commercial Court rejected an application by the claimant for specific disclosure against the defendant bank. The court found that the documents sought, which related to other mis-selling allegations against the bank employees featuring in the claimant’s case, would have little probative value and adducing them would place a disproportionate burden on the defendant.’

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Commercial Disputes Blog, 16th February 2016

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

EVENT: The Bar Council – Career Event for Mature Students and Career Changers

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This event is aimed at Mature Students and Career Changers who have an interest in pursuing a career as a Barrister.

The event will offer guidance on the vocational stages of training as well as tips about work experience and pro-bono opportunities. The event is intended to help mature students and career changers in their applications for pupillage.’

Date: 16th March 2016, 5.30-7.30pm

Location: The General Council of the Bar 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

EVENT: Gresham College – Law and Lawyers – Not All Bad? A Life in the Law – Not All Good?

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘In his last lecture, Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has discussed over the last four years. Law should not be of that much concern, most of the time, to non-lawyers if it delivers what the public needs. So identifying what may interest and inform a Gresham audience is never easy for Gresham Law Professors. Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has learned often giving lectures about things he wanted to learn about that affirm how law should be the servant of man, never her mistress. He will bring some topics up to date explaining how particular views have developed and changed.’

Date: 4th May 2016, 6.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

High Court dismisses judicial review challenge to HMRC’s decision to restrict the availability of the Liechtenstein disclosure facility – RPC Tax Take

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in disclosure, HM Revenue & Customs, judicial review, news, taxation by sally

‘In R (on the application of City Shoes Wholesale Ltd) v Revenue & Customs Commissioners [2016] EWHC 107 (Admin), the High Court rejected an application for judicial review of HMRC’s refusal to grant the nine claimants, all of whom had operated employee benefit trusts (EBTs), the full benefits of the Liechtenstein disclosure facility (LDF). The court dismissed the claimants’ application for judicial review on the basis that their applications were never registered and therefore they had no legitimate expectation to receive full benefit of the LDF, and there had been no abuse of power or error of law by HMRC.’

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RPC Tax Take, 18th February 2016

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

EVENT: EBC’s Seminar – Cybercrime

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Employed Barristers’ Committee is holding a seminar on Thursday 25 February 2016, which will cover some current topics of interest in relation to cybercrime.
Peter Grieves-Smith and Sandip Patel QC will cover topics as listed below:
– Cybercrime from the advocate’s perspective
– Cybercrime – the issues, access codes under RIPA and the use of iPad and EPE at trial’

Date: 25th February 2016, 5.30-8.30pm

Location: Stephenson Harwood LLP 1 Finsbury Circus London EC2M 7SH

Charge: £30 + VAT for those who have paid the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), £37 + VAT for those who have not paid the Bar Representation Fee

More information can be found here.

Jargon-buster: Do you know your PCF from BRF, and your BSB from your Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, fees, legal profession, licensing, lobbying, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Every year, throughout February and March, Bar Council members have to take part in the Authorisation to Practice process, which involves renewing your practising certificate, updating your professional information and paying your Practising Certificate Fee and Bar Representation Fee.’

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The Bar Council, 19th February 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

EVENT: Legal Practice Managers Association (LPMA) – Biennial Conference

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘On 26 February our Lay Board Member Nicola Sawford and our Head of Supervision and Authorisation Cliodhna Judge are speaking at the Legal Practice Managers Association (LPMA) Biennial conference entitled “ChallengeandChange@theBar”.’

During this session, which takes place between 10.30 – 11.15, they will be outlining our structure as well as providing an updated on supervision, monitoring and entities.

Date: 26th February 2016, 9.00pm

Location: 7 Bedford Row Seminar Suite, 7 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BS

Charge: Full members £50, Associate members £75, IBC/Non-Members (legal professionals only, by application) £75

More information can be found here.

The FCA and Upper Tribunal – Financial Services Blog

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in enforcement, financial services ombudsman, money laundering, news, tribunals by sally

‘The FCA’s “further decision notice” on Mr Tariq Carrimjee (senior partner and CEO of Somerset Asset Management) revealed that, the regulator has taken on board the Tribunal’s view that banning Mr Carrimjee from all regulated activity would be “irrational and disproportionate”, and it has instead decided to prohibit him from performing compliance oversight (CF10) and money laundering reporting functions (CF11).’

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Financial Services Blog, 15th February 2016

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

One man’s loss is another man’s gain: choice of law rules for unjust enrichment claims – Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in arbitration, conflict of laws, damages, EC law, fraud, news, restitution by sally

‘In a recent case, the English Commercial Court has determined that a claim in restitution based on unjust enrichment was governed by English law pursuant to EU Regulation 864/2007 (Rome II) and not the law of Geneva.’

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Commercial Disputes Blog, 19th February 2016

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

Implementing the Unitary Patent in the UK – NIPC Law

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in consultations, EC law, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘Whatever happens on 23 June 2016 HMG will have to make rules to implement the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court in the United Kingdom. The reason I say that is that the Agreement comes into force after 13 countries, including France, Germany and the UK, ratify the Agreement. Nine countries including France have already done so (see the European Council’s website). Parliament has enacted primary legislation to enable the Secretary of State to give effect to the Agreement in the UK by order in council (see S,17 of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 inserting a new s.88A and s.88B into the Patents Act 1977). As it would take time to negotiate an exit agreement under art 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union the Agreement will almost certainly come into force while the UK is still an EU member. There would have to be some sort of secondary legislation at least for the time in which the UK remains a party to the UPC Agreement.’

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NIPC Law, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Women in law: what needs to change – The Future of Law

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in diversity, equality, legal profession, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Why are there so few women at the top of the legal profession? Just one in five partners in top-20 firms is a woman, and just eight hold senior management roles in the top 50 firms, despite the fact that more women enter the profession than men. FLUX asked four senior lawyers for their take on the challenges and solutions.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd Febraury 2016

Source: blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/futureoflaw

Transgender patients in England face ‘long waits’ for appointments – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in doctors, equality, gender, hospitals, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Transgender people are waiting up to 18 months for an initial consultation at specialist NHS gender identity clinics.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed after running over girlfriend’s ex-husband multiple times – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in assault, grievous bodily harm, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

‘Jonathan Leuty has been jailed for four years after running over his girlfriend’s ex-husband multiple times’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Wyverstone weapons haul: Firearms dealer Anthony Buckland jailed – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in firearms, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘An arms dealer who supplied some of the firearms that made up the UK’s biggest stash of illegal weapons has been jailed for six years.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sex tourists who pay for prostitutes abroad ‘should face prosecution in UK’ – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in foreign jurisdictions, news, prostitution, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘British men who use prostitutes while abroad on stag parties should be prosecuted in the UK under new laws that make paying for sex illegal, according to a report backed by a senior MP.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mother hopes joint enterprise verdict will overturn son’s murder conviction – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in appeals, interpretation, joint enterprise, murder, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The mother of one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Garry Newlove has said she hopes a supreme court ruling against the so-called joint enterprise law will bolster the case for her son’s conviction to be thrown out.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barristers who outsource work must avoid referral fees, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, contracting out, fees, news, paralegals by sally

‘Barristers who outsource work must not “ask for or accept” any payment from third parties, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Sex offender refuses to resign from council – The Guardian

‘Government rules preventing councillors from being sacked if they commit a crime are being reviewed after a parish councillor convicted of child pornography offences refused to resign.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Plans put forward to integrate HB Public Law and Buckinghamshire legal teams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in legal services, local government, mergers, news by sally

‘One of the largest local authority shared legal services could be created later this year if the proposed integration of HB Public Law and the legal services department at Buckinghamshire County Council goes ahead.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

TTIP deal poses ‘real and serious risk’ to NHS, says leading QC – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in contracting out, doctors, hospitals, news, public interest, trade unions by sally

‘The controversial transatlantic trade deal set to be agreed this year would mean that privatisation of elements of the NHS could be made irreversible for future governments wanting to restore services to public hands, according to a new legal analysis.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk