Proportion of female judges in UK among lowest in Europe – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2016 in judiciary, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The UK has one of the lowest proportions of female judges on its benches, according to a comparative study of judicial systems across Europe. The report by the Council of Europe, published on Thursday, shows that the systems with the lowest percentage of women among professional judges were Azerbaijan (11%), Armenia (23%), Northern Ireland (23%), Scotland (23%), England & Wales (30%) and Ireland (33%). The Europe-wide average was 51%.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2016

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New Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Briefing Paper: ‘Parliament and the Rule of Law in the Context of Brexit’ – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 7th, 2016 in devolution, EC law, legislative drafting, news, parliament, referendums, rule of law by tracey

‘The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law published a new Briefing Paper on 29 September 2016. Titled “Parliament and the Rule of Law in the Context of Brexit”, it aims to inform the work of Parliament by setting out preliminary rule of law issues relating to Brexit.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 5th October 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Developments in the oversight of British Troops abroad – the Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The oversight of the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq has been subject of two recent developments. The first is political, as Prime Minister Theresa May has renewed criticism of investigations into allegations of criminal behaviour of British troops. The second is legal, with the Court of Appeal offering clarification as to the role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad. However, comments by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have since thrown into doubt the future role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th October 2016

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Duplication in inquests – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 7th, 2016 in aircraft, disclosure, EC law, inquests, news by tracey

‘The Divisional Court in R(Secretary of State) v Her Majesty’s Chief Coroner for Norfolk (British Airline Pilots intervening) made some potentially noteworthy comments regarding the coronial role and the need to avoid duplicating previous investigations.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th October 2016

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Material Contribution – Carder v University Of Exeter (2016) – Zenith PI

Posted October 7th, 2016 in asbestos, damages, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Albert Victor Carder v University Of Exeter [2016] EWCA Civ 790. The Court of Appeal held that an asbestosis sufferer was entitled to recover damages from an employer who had contributed 2.3% of his overall exposure to asbestos dust. The contribution, whilst undoubtedly very small, had materially contributed to the respondent’s medical condition and was not de minimis.’

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Zenith PI, 5th October 2016

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Surrogacy Law Update – October 2016 – Family Law Week

Posted October 7th, 2016 in news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest important judgments concerning surrogacy law.’

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Family Law Week, 6th October 2016

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Teaching assistant had sex with pupil who was ‘attracted to him because he looked like Zayn Malik’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 7th, 2016 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual grooming by tracey

‘A teaching assistant who claimed pupils found him attractive because he “looks like Zayn Malik” has been jailed for five years over sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS to pay six-figure sum to man over wrongful conviction – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has agreed to pay more than £100,000 in compensation to a man who spent six years in prison after being wrongly convicted of perverting the course of justice in a gangland murder investigation.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2016

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Sir Cliff Richard lodges papers suing BBC and police – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2016 in BBC, Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘Singer Sir Cliff Richard is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after being investigated over allegations of historical sexual assault. Legal papers were filed at the High Court in London on Thursday. They list Sir Cliff as a claimant, and the BBC and chief constable of South Yorkshire Police as defendants.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2016

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Cherie Booth: Challenge to buy-to-let tax ‘not over yet’ despite judicial review failure – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 7th, 2016 in interest, judicial review, mortgages, news, taxation by tracey

‘Campaigners led by Cherie Booth QC said that they would continue their fight against the changes to taxation of buy-to-let income after their application to launch a judicial review of the new law was turned down.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2016

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