UK courts adopt contrasting approaches to appeals against HSE inspection notices –

Posted May 6th, 2016 in appeals, health & safety, judicial review, news, Scotland by tracey

‘Tribunals are entitled to take into account information that was not available to a health and safety inspector at the time that a notice was issued when hearing an appeal against that notice, the Scottish appeal court has ruled.’

Full story, 4th May 2016


Poker organisers ordered to pay £32,000 after council prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2016 in fines, gambling, local government, news by tracey

‘Two organisers of illegal commercial poker tournaments have been ordered to pay £32,000 in fines and costs following a prosecution brought by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2016


Tis aw a muddle – costs edition – Nearly Legal

Posted May 6th, 2016 in agency, costs, injunctions, joinder, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘Morales v Enver (2016) QBD (Irwin J) 28/04/2016. Mr M had brought injunction for re-entry proceedings against a landlord and agents.’

Full story

Nearly Legal, 4th May 2016


Won’t Someone Think of the Children? – Panopticon

Posted May 6th, 2016 in detention, freedom of information, news, restraint, young offenders by tracey

‘There has long been considerable public concern over the restraint techniques used in young offender institutions and secure training centres. In Willow v Information Commissioner & Ministry of Justice [2016] UKUT 157 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal had to consider the public interest balance as it applied to section 31(1)(f) FOIA, i.e. information prejudicial to the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or other institutions in which people are detained. The request had been for the physical restraint training manual, and the FTT had upheld the application of the exemption.’

Full story

Panopticon, 6th May 2016


Data protection reforms to apply from 25 May 2018 –

Posted May 6th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘New EU data protection laws will apply from 25 May 2018.’

Full story, 5th May 2016


Straining out a Gnat and Swallowing a Camel: The Convention, the Charter and Mrs May – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 6th, 2016 in brexit, constitutional law, EC law, human rights, news by tracey

‘In a speech about Brexit last week, the Home Secretary shared what she called her “hard-headed analysis”: membership of an unreformed EU makes us safer, but – beware the non-sequitur – we must withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, which does not.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 6th May 2016


Government working on fixed costs extension, says Faulks, as clinical negligence debate hots up – Litigation Futures

Posted May 6th, 2016 in costs, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The government is investigating the extension of fixed recoverable costs across all civil litigation, including how to deal with differences between different types of litigation, civil justice minister Lord Faulks said yesterday.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 5th may 2016


Tribunal “appalled and dismayed” by SRA’s approach to prosecuting solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted May 6th, 2016 in accounts, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has slammed a prosecution by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in the strongest terms, saying it was “appalled and dismayed” that the regulator had asked it to “rubber stamp” a deal which saw charges of dishonesty dropped at the last minute after the solicitor involved admitted lesser allegations.’

Full story

Legal Futures, 6th May 2016


BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 6th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 5th May 2016


New Acts –

Posted May 6th, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, legislation, trade unions by tracey

Trade Union Act 2016

Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 6th, 2016 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Bondzie, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 552 (05 May 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Shlosberg v Avonwick Holdings Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 1001 (Ch) (05 May 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

AMEC Foster Wheeler Group Ltd v Morgan Sindall Professional Services Ltd & Anor [2016] EWHC 902 (TCC) (04 May 2016)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted May 6th, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The Finance Act 2003, Section 66 (Prescribed Statutory Provisions) Order 2016

The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2016


MoJ seeks to allay court closure concerns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 6th, 2016 in budgets, courts, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has given some insight into the reasons behind its decision to close a court that campaigners have bitterly fought to save.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th May 2016


Blanket ban on legal highs in England and Wales to begin on 26 May – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2016 in drug offences, news by tracey

‘The delayed blanket ban on legal highs in England and Wales is to come into force on 26 May, the Home Office has confirmed.’

Full story

The Guardian, 5th May 2016


Judge rules teenager in Rochdale must give up baby – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2016 in adoption, care orders, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A teenager who became pregnant after being placed into council care must give up her baby, a family court judge in Leeds has ruled.’

Full story

BBC News, 6th May 2016


Government to take over running of G4S Medway young offenders unit after child abuse allegations – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2016 in bullying, detention, news, restraint, young offenders by tracey

‘Five members of staff were arrested after undercover filming in the unit appeared to show staff bullying vulnerable children and using unnecessary force to restrain them.’

Full story

The Independent, 5th May 2016


Deputy head jailed for indecent images of children – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2016 in indecent photographs of children, news, sentencing, teachers by tracey

‘The deputy head of a fee-paying Catholic school in London has been jailed for 33 months for possessing extreme images of child abuse.’

Full story

BBC News, 5th May 2016