Court of Appeal backs decision to clear Green Belt land of Romany Gypsy caravans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a judicial review challenge to the decision of a local authority to use its planning enforcement powers to clear agricultural land in the Green Belt of caravans occupied by Romany Gypsies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court rejects 600 Iraqis’ claims of mistreatment by UK soldiers – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news, Supreme Court, time limits by sally

‘Claims by more than 600 Iraqi civilians alleging that they were unlawfully detained and physically mistreated by British soldiers have been dismissed by the supreme court in London.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 12th, 2016 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

High Court (Administrative Court)

High Court (Chancery Division)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Source: www.bailii.org

Sentencing guidelines to reflect influence of technology – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The influence of technological developments on offending – such as sharing photos and videos on social media, and online grooming – have been factored into new sentencing proposals for young offenders.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th March 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Standards improving but more to do – Legal Services Board

Posted May 12th, 2016 in legal services, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) today [10 May]publishes the conclusions of its latest performance reviews of the eight legal service regulators alongside individual performance reports for each regulator.’

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Legal Services Board, 10th May 2016

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

MoJ rules out review of legal aid repayment interest – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2016 in interest, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, repayment by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has ruled out reviewing the 8% rate of interest it charges when legal aid has to be repaid – even though the Bank of England continues to hold UK interest rates at 0.5%.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th May 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Failed asylum seeker guilty of smuggling hundreds in to UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2016 in asylum, extradition, news, refugees, terrorism, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A failed Iraqi asylum seeker has been convicted of helping to smuggle up to 3,000 migrants into the UK but is fighting extradition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison numbers ‘must fall’ for reforms to work says Ramsbotham – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2016 in mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Government prison reforms will fail unless inmate numbers are reduced before they are put in place, a former chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CFA could be assigned after firm went bust, circuit judge rules – Litigation Futures

Posted May 12th, 2016 in agreements, fees, insolvency, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘An insolvent firm of solicitors could validly assign conditional fee agreements (CFAs) to another law firm, a circuit judge has ruled in a much-anticipated case that is expected to end up in the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th May 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Lawyer-led ABSs are leading the way, says head of Jackson Canter as it doubles in size – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2016 in alternative business structures, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyer-led alternative business structures are leaving their rivals behind, the head of north-west firm Jackson Canter has said.’

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Legal Futures, 12th May 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Is it legal to force women to wear high heels at work? – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2016 in employment, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘A 27-year-old woman working for a City firm in London says she was sent home for refusing to wear high heels. But is this legal, fair or healthy?’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bank Mellat’s $4bn claim: CA rules out one element, but the rest to play for – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, banking, damages, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘Bank Mellat’s challenge to the Treasury’s direction under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 has been before the courts on a number of occasions. In 2009, the Treasury had concluded that the Bank had connections with Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme. In 2013, the Supreme Court quashed the direction, which had stopped any institution in London from dealing with the Bank.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th May 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

UK government spent £105,000 in legal fees on lost air pollution case – The Guardian

‘The government spent at least £105,000 in legal costs while fighting and losing a court challenge over illegal levels of air pollution, according to data released through freedom of information rules, and now faces further bills from a new case it is contesting.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Young offenders who film crimes for social media could face tougher punishments – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2016 in consultations, news, sentencing, video recordings, young offenders by sally

‘Young offenders could face tougher punishments if they film their crimes in order to post them on social media under new sentencing proposals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ministry of Defence faces legal claims over malaria drug – BBC News

‘A group of military personnel are seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over an anti-malarial drug they say has caused mental health problems.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Construction firms apologise in court over blacklist – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2016 in compensation, construction industry, damages, employment, news, trade unions by sally

‘Leading construction firms have formally apologised to hundreds of trade unionists for putting them on an illegal blacklist and denying them work.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk