Pensions litigation included in civil court procedure guide for first time –

Posted March 4th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, news, pensions by tracey

‘Official guidance covering the use of the High Court’s Chancery division has been updated to include specific provision for pensions litigation for the first time. Pensions litigation claims can involve hundreds of millions of pounds and affect thousands of individuals.’

Full story, 2nd March 2016


Supermarket ‘vicariously liable’ for employee’s assault on a customer –

Posted March 4th, 2016 in assault, news, vicarious liability by tracey

‘A supermarket was “vicariously liable” for the actions of its employee, who punched a customer in a seemingly unprovoked attack, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

Full story, 3rd March 2016


Abortion, mental incapacity and prior intentions: Court of Protection Clarifies the law – UK Human Rights Law

Posted March 4th, 2016 in abortion, consent, Court of Protection, domestic violence, news by tracey

‘An NHS Trust v CS (By Her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) ] EWCOP. The Court of Protection does the work of Solomon on a daily basis. Matters of life and death are brought before it, and with them come a mass of conflicting rights, overlapping statutes, and an array of case law from which arguments can be drawn.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Law, 26th February 2016


The Round-up: companies off the hook for human rights abuses? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The UK government is letting companies “off the hook” for human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 29th February 2016


CA strikes down judge’s decision not to award 10% Simmons uplift – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2016 in appeals, costs, damages, judiciary, legal aid, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A circuit judge was wrong to believe he had discretion not to apply the post-LASPO 10% uplift in damages, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 3rd March 2016


Refusing to prove ability to pay costs is not a justified litigation tactic, says CA – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2016 in appeals, budgets, confidentiality, costs, news by tracey

‘A High Court ruling denying an order for security for costs even though the party involved refused to show that it could pay costs was “illogical and unacceptable”, the Court of Appeal has decided.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 4rh March 2016


Investigatory Powers Bill published – Home Office

‘The Government introduced the Investigatory Powers Bill to Parliament today (Tuesday 1 March). The Bill sets out the powers available to the police, security and intelligence services to gather and access communications and communications data in the digital age, subject to strict safeguards and world-leading oversight arrangements.’

Full press release

Home Office, 1st March 2016


Speech by Sir James Munby to the Family Law Bar Association – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 4th, 2016 in barristers, divorce, electronic filing, family courts, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, 26 February 2016.’

Full speech

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 29th February 2016


Another rush job on surveillance that will weaken legal privilege – The Bar Council

‘Despite claims that new surveillance laws will contain “protections for lawyers”, today’s Investigatory Powers Bill will allow authorities total access to confidential, legally privileged communications between individuals and their lawyers, even when someone is in a legal dispute with the Government or defending themselves against prosecution.’

Full press release

The Bar Council, 2nd March 2016


What is it like to arbitrate? – Family Law Week

Posted March 4th, 2016 in arbitration, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Alexander Chandler, barrister, 1 King’s Bench Walk, offers insights into the arbitration process.’

Full story

Family Law Week, 26th February 2016


New guidelines published on the prosecution of those who abuse victims online – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is updating its guidelines on social media to incorporate new and emerging crimes that are being committed online and to provide clear advice to help the prosecution of cyber-enabled crime.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd March 2016


Former X Factor hopeful guilty of laundering phone scam cash – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2016 in conspiracy, conversion, money laundering, news by tracey

‘A former X Factor contestant has been found guilty of laundering £20,000 from a phone scam that defrauded 18 pensioners across southern England.’

Full story

BBC News. 3rd March 2016


Police officer sacked for having sex with prostitutes on duty – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, prostitution by tracey

‘A police officer has been sacked for meeting prostitutes for sex in hotels while on duty, but his identity has been kept secret.’

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2016


Civil servants ‘complacent’ over e-Borders fiasco – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2016 in budgets, civil servants, immigration, news by tracey

‘Civil servants overseeing the e-Borders programme have been accused by parliament’s spending watchdog of being “complacent” and “worryingly dismissive” of failings that could damage national security.’

Full story

The Guardian, 4th March 2016


British Airways pays pilot Simon Wood Africa abuse victims – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2016 in airlines, child abuse, compensation, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘British Airways has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to children who were sexually abused by one of its pilots in East Africa.’

Full story

BBC News, 4th March 2016


EVENT: The Inner Temple – Lecture: The Essential Requirements of Good Advocacy

Posted March 4th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This lecture will be given by The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Australian Advocacy Institute, and will be followed by a drinks reception. The lecture is accredited for 1 CPD hour and is open to members of all four Inns. The lecture is also accredited as a qualifying session for Inner Temple students.’

Date: 14 March 2016

Location: Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7HL

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.