Rape Acquittal: A Case Study – 6 Pump Court

Posted April 19th, 2016 in drug abuse, news, rape by sally

‘‘D’ was a 21-year old university maths student. Born and brought up in Bristol, he had no convictions, cautions or reprimands and was of previous good character. He was charged with a single offence of rape. The complainant, ‘C’, was a fellow student. The rape was alleged to have happened on campus.’

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6 Pump Court, 15th April 2016

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Court of Appeal orders retrial over aggregation of claims against solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, insurance, law firms, news, retrials, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling that had protected law firms from financial risk through restricting the way professional indemnity insurers could aggregate multiple claims.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in children, Islam, news, parental rights by sally

‘A devout Muslim has failed to persuade a high court judge to rule that his sons should be circumcised.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Don’t Assume you can Serve the Solicitors! – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, service, solicitors by sally

‘The Defendants appealed against a master’s order that service of a claim form by the Claimants on their solicitors amounted to good service. The Claimants applied for service by an alternative method under CPR 6.15.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 19th April 2016

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Celebrity injunction should be lifted, Court of Appeal rules – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, human rights, injunctions, media, news, privacy by sally

‘An injunction banning the media in England and Wales from reporting the identity of a married celebrity who allegedly took part in a threesome has been lifted.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Theresa May imposes 72-hour limit on detention of pregnant asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in asylum, detention, immigration, news, pregnancy, time limits, women by sally

‘Campaigners have criticised as disappointing the home secretary’s plan to place a 72-hour limit on the detention of pregnant women held at immigration detention centres.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Putting the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in Focus (Part II) – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 19th, 2016 in bills, investigatory powers, news, select committees by sally

‘Following on from the first post focusing on the double-lock in the Investigatory Powers Bill (“the Bill”). This second entry looks at the “institutional and procedural” issues around the introduction of judicial scrutiny of surveillance warrants in the UK. Therefore, attention is on the office of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPCr) itself. I will assess the degree to which the IPCr is independent from the executive. Thereafter, consideration is given to the procedure by which the Judicial Commissioners (JCs) will conduct their ex ante oversight function. Concerns in both these areas were raised when a Draft version of the Bill was before a Joint Committee of Parliament (“the Committee”). After nearly four months of gathering both written and oral evidence, the Committee reported in February and the Bill got its second reading on March 15th this year.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th April 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Conveyancers on both sides held liable for fraud in landmark case – Legal Futures

Posted April 19th, 2016 in breach of trust, contracts, conveyancing, fraud, money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

‘The conveyancers on both sides of a property fraud have been found jointly liable for the £470,000 loss suffered by the buyer.’

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Legal Futures, 18th April 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MoJ plan for legal aid residence test thrown out by supreme court – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Government attempts to introduce a discriminatory residence test for anyone claiming legal aid have been summarily thrown out in a unanimous supreme court ruling.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Deposits, leaflets and company landlords – Nearly Legal

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, deposits, documents, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘This was an appeal of a possession order made against Mr Bali at Lambeth County Court. Mr B was the assured shorthold tenant of Manaquel Company Limited. A deposit was taken and protected. Manaquel subsequently purportedly served a section 21 notice and brought possession proceedings. At first instance, the issue was whether Manaquel had complied with the requirements on serving the Prescribed Information.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th April 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Third ‘fast track’ abuse of dominant position claim filed with Competition Appeal Tribunal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, competition, Law Society, news, tribunals by sally

‘A third claim alleging anti-competitive behaviour using a new ‘fast track’ procedure has been filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), showing a “pattern” of such cases beginning to emerge, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Court heaps landmark contempt sentence on whiplash cheat – Litigation Futures

‘A semi-professional footballer who brought a fake whiplash claim has suffered twice over after a four-month suspended sentence for contempt was heaped on an £11,000 costs order for bringing a fundamentally dishonest claim.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th April 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Senior childcare lawyer warns of pressures from “remorseless” rise in cases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 19th, 2016 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A significant rise in public law children cases is putting more pressure on social workers and child care lawyers, all of whom are experiencing significant budgetary cutbacks, a senior local authority lawyer has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th April 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Can privacy survive publicity? – Judgment in PJS – Panopticon

Posted April 19th, 2016 in human rights, injunctions, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

‘It has long been clear that, so far as the common law is concerned, there is no neat dividing line between information which is private and that which is public. Thus, depending on the circumstances, information relating to an individual’s private life which has entered the public domain may yet engage privacy rights (see further e.g. McKennitt v Ash [2005] EWHC 303 (QB) and Green Corns v Claverley [2005] 958 (QB) and Rocknroll v News Group [2013] EWHC 24 (Ch)). However, what is the position where, notwithstanding that an injunction restrains the publication of the information domestically, the information is being extensively published and shared online elsewhere around the world?’

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Panopticon, 18th April 2016

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

“Boring” hearings or judges who interrupt? Neuberger knows what he likes – Legal Futures

‘The written advocacy of continental European lawyers makes for “boring” court proceedings, according to the President of the Supreme Court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th April 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Deepcut inquest: Bullet wound ‘consistent’ with self-inflicted injury – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, expert witnesses, firearms, forensic science, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The bullet wound that killed a teenage soldier was “consistent” with a self-inflicted injury, according to a ballistics expert.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The UK Competition Regime and the CMA – OUP Blog

Posted April 19th, 2016 in competition, enforcement, fines, mergers, news, reports by sally

‘On 5 February 2015, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report entitled ‘The UK Competition Regime’. The report assesses the performance of the UK competition regulators, focusing on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). It concludes that the CMA has inherited certain strengths, including a positive legacy of merger and market investigation work. However, it has also inherited problems in competition enforcement, which derive, according to the NAO, from a difficult legal environment, very low business awareness of the organisation and competition law more broadly, and reputational damage caused by a series of high profile losses in court.’

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OUP Blog, 19th April 2016

Source: http://blog.oup.com

Theresa May barred from deporting six men to Algeria over torture concerns – The Independent

‘The Government has been barred from deporting six men to Algeria because there is a “real risk” they could be tortured there, judges have ruled.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2016

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Ministers drop plans for war powers law – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, bills, news, parliament, war by sally

‘Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a war powers act that would enshrine into law a commitment to seek parliamentary approval before deploying British troops in combat.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk