Boy left with brain injuries at birth receives £11m compensation – The Guardian

‘The mother of a boy who was born with brain injuries after medical staff failed to notice his slowing heartbeat during labour has said she hopes she can provide a better quality of life for her son after receiving £11m in a high court settlement with the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016


Another door closes for the Chagossians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, the Supreme Court last week dismissed the attempt to set aside the House of Lord’s controversial 2008 decision in R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) [2008] UKHL 61. The challenge was grounded in the disclosure of documents in the parallel proceedings of Bancoult No 3 relating to the reliability of a feasibility study into the long term viability of settlement in Chagos Islands.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2016


Fletchers claims “major victory” on interim payments of costs – Litigation Futures

‘Southport injury firm Fletchers claims to have secured the first judgment ordering defendants to make an interim costs payment based on the new version of the rules which came into force in April 2013.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th July 2016


Bar chairman warns on post-Brexit practising rights – Legal Futures

‘The ramifications of leaving the European Union are likely to be wide-ranging and could restrict the ability of barristers to practise outside England and Wales, the chairman of the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016


High Court imposes restraint order on “obsessional” litigant who targeted lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted July 6th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, costs, harassment, news, restraining orders by Mark L

‘The High Court has imposed an extended civil restraint order (ECRO) on an “obsessional” libel litigant who sent over 100 text messages to the mobile phone of a partner at Pinsent Masons acting for Google.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016


Sharia law review issues call for evidence – Home Office

Posted July 6th, 2016 in evidence, Islam, islamic law, press releases, rule of law by Mark L

‘Individuals with experience of sharia law are being urged to take part in an independent review into its use.’

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Home Office, 4th July 2016


Speech by Lady Justice Arden DBE: Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary,  5th July 2016


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 6th, 2016 in law reports by Mark L

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

ELS Group Ltd, R (on the application of) v HM Revenue and Customs [2016] EWCA Civ 663 (05 July 2016)

Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661 (01 July 2016)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Rogers, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 801 (01 July 2016)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Binaura, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1578 (Admin) (05 July 2016)

Regional Court In Poznan (Poland) v Czubala [2016] EWHC 1653 (Admin) (05 July 2016)

Davies v Health And Care Professions Council [2016] EWHC 1593 (Admin) (05 July 2016)

OM, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Office [2016] EWHC 1588 (Admin) (01 July 2016)

Kearsey v Nursing And Midwifery Council [2016] EWHC 1603 (Admin) (01 July 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Aqua Global Solutions Ltd v Fiserv (Europe) Ltd [2016] EWHC 1627 (Ch) (05 July 2016)

Daniel & Ors v Tee & Ors [2016] EWHC 1538 (Ch) (01 July 2016)

Purrunsing v A’Court & Co (a firm) & Anor [2016] EWHC 1528 (Ch) (01 July 2016)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Connect Shipping Inc & Anor v Sveriges Anfgartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) & Ors [2016] EWHC 1580 (Comm) (01 July 2016)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Montpelier Business Reorganisation Ltd v AJP One LLP & Ors [2016] EWHC 977 (QB) (05 July 2016)

Marsden v Barclays Bank Plc [2016] EWHC 1601 (QB) (05 July 2016)

F And S vTH [2016] EWHC 1605 (QB) (01 July 2016)

Community Pharmacies (UK) Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The National Health Service Litigation Authority [2016] EWHC 1595 (QB) (01 July 2016)

The Software Incubator Ltd v Computer Associates UK Ltd [2016] EWHC 1587 (QB) (01 July 2016)

Surrey v Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 1598 (QB) (01 July 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Goldsworthy & Ors (t/a Goldsworthy Builders) v Harrison & Anor [2016] EWHC 1589 (TCC) (01 July 2016)

Perenco UK Ltd & Anor v Bond [2016] EWHC 1498 (TCC) (29 June 2016)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted July 6th, 2016 in legislation by Mark L

The Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions Regulations 2016

The Health and Care Professions Council (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules Order of Council 2016

The Communications (Access to Infrastructure) Regulations 2016

The Enterprise Act 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2016

The Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit) (Amendment) Regulations 2016


Britain will still be bound by international courts under any serious trade deal, MPs warned – The Independent

‘Britain would still be bound by the judgments of international courts under any serious international free trade agreement with other countries, a leading legal academic has warned MPs.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2016


Ofcom faces High Court action by CityFibre over claims it protects BT from broadband competition – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2016 in appeals, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen, telecommunications, tribunals by Mark L

‘Ofcom has been accused of making “ridiculous” policy decisions that will cement BT’s position in the broadband market as a “single, unassailable wholesale infrastructure provider” in a High Court challenge by alternative network builder CityFibre.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2016


Patient ‘lay dead’ in London A&E for ‘hours’ before being found – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2016 in doctors, hospitals, news, nurses, quality assurance, standards, statistics by Mark L

‘A patient lay dead for up to four-and-a-half hours before being spotted at one of the busiest A&E departments in the country, inspectors have revealed. A review of North Middlesex University Hospital by the Care Quality Commission also found there were too few competent doctors who were able to assess and treat patients at night.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2016


Brother and sister in legal battle over interior designer father’s £20m fortune – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2016 in families, news, trusts, wills by Mark L

‘The children of a renowned interior designer, who worked on the QE2, Claridge’s and the Savoy Hotel are locked in a £20m court battle over his fortune.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2016


MasterCard faces £19bn lawsuit over claims it ripped off shoppers – The Independent

‘MasterCard is facing a claim of up to £19 billion in damages in a UK collective action over card charges that were passed on to shoppers.’

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The Independent, 6th July 2016


Breast enlargement ad starring blogger That Pommie Girl banned – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, cosmetic surgery, news, women by Mark L

‘A TV ad featuring a fashion blogger promoting breast enlargement has been banned for irresponsibly implying to young women that surgery will make them more popular and confident.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2016


Fraud victims outside London have ‘little chance’ of police help – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2016 in conveyancing, fraud, internet, London, news, police, solicitors, statistics, victims by Mark L

‘Fraud victims outside London whose cases are reported to the police have “little chance of any kind of investigation”, an authoritative study has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2016