EVENT: School of Law – Inception Lecture 2016: From the Old City to the Old Bailey: An Unlikely Career Pursuing Justice in Unlikely Cases

Posted October 13th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This is an annual public lecture to be delivered at the beginning of each academic session by a notable friend of SOAS School of Law, addressing a topical subject of general public interest which relates to the role of law in society in a broad sense. The inception lecture is intended to serve as an inspiration for our students, contribute to public debate and enhance our academic environment. The lecture is open to all new and returning students, academics, practitioners and the general public.’

Speaker: Michel Massih QC

Date: 20th October 2016, 6.00pm

Location: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

EVENT: Lecture: The Judges and Politics – Too Close or Too Far Away?

Posted October 13th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This lecture will be given by The Rt Hon The Lord Falconer of Thoroton. The lecture is accredited for 1 CPD hour and is open to members of all four Inns.’

Date: 14th November 2016, 6.30pm

Location: Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7HL

Cost: £10 including drinks reception (£5 for Inner Temple pupil/student members)

More information can be found here.

EVENT: Trans Equality Legal Initiative – Launch Conference

Posted October 13th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘We will be kick-starting the Trans Equality Legal Initiative with a day of discussion and knowledge sharing from various activists from across the human rights world. It will be taking place on Friday 18 November. The conference will be divided into several plenary sessions, each lead by panels of experts and activists from both the legal and trans activist sectors.’

Date: 18th November 2016, 9.00am-6.00pm

Location: Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 13th, 2016 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Edwards v London Borough of Sutton [2016] EWCA Civ 1005 (12 October 2016)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Dunn & Anor v R [2016] EWCA Crim 1392 (23 September 2016)

A v Director of Public Prosecution [2016] EWCA Crim 1393 (23 September 2016)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Carroll v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors [2016] EWHC 2462 (Admin) (12 October 2016)

Redmond v Health and Care Professions Council [2016] EWHC 2490 (Admin) (12 October 2016)

Soma Oil And Gas Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] EWHC 2471 (Admin) (12 October 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Mortgage Agency Services Number One Ltd (t/a Britannia Commercial Lending) v Cripps Harries LLP [2016] EWHC 2483 (Ch) (12 October 2016)

High Court (Family Division)

Jefferies v BMI Healthcare Ltd (Human Fertilisation And Embryology) [2016] EWHC 2493 (Fam) (12 October 2016)

Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2016] EWHC 2510 (Fam) (12 October 2016)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

G4S Care And Justice Services (UK) Ltd v Manley [2016] EWHC 2355 (QB) (30 September 2016)

Guney v Kingsley Napley & Anor [2016] EWHC 2349 (QB) (28 September 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Fluor Ltd v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd [2016] EWHC 2062 (TCC) (07 October 2016)

Lloyds Bank Plc v McBains Cooper [2016] EWHC 2045 (TCC) (06 October 2016)

Amey Wye Valley Ltd v The County of Herefordshire District Council (Rev 1) [2016] EWHC 2368 (TCC) (03 October 2016)

Spartafield Ltd v Penten Group Ltd [2016] EWHC 2295 (TCC) (29 September 2016)

Source: www.bailii.org

Game of tomes: Blackstone’s gets the judges’ nod – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in courts, crime, news by tracey

‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice will remain the standard text in criminal courts, the judiciary has confirmed, ending speculation that an earlier decision to replace the venerable Archbold would be reversed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Insurers gloomy as Truss ditches whiplash reform plans – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Justice secretary Liz Truss has shelved plans for a major overhaul of the personal injury sector, the Gazette has learned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children: Private Law Update (October 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted October 13th, 2016 in children, family courts, guardianship, news, perverting the course of justice by tracey

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

Full story

Family Law Week, 12th October 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Police not recording most UK slavery cases as crimes, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2016 in crime, news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK police forces are failing victims of modern slavery by not recording what happens to them as crimes, meaning many cases are never investigated, the independent anti-slavery commissioner has said in his first annual report.’

Full story

The Guardian, 12th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law Commission Survey

Posted October 13th, 2016 in consultations, Law Commission, news by sally

“The Law Commission is currently consulting on how best to shape its criminal work programme for 2017 – 2020. It would be enormously helpful to us if you could mention and include the link to this survey in your current awareness blog/email to help us amplify consultation:


Woman jailed for impersonating man to trick friend into sex faces retrial – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2016 in appeals, news, retrials, sexual offences, transgender persons by tracey

‘A woman who was jailed for eight years after being accused of impersonating a man to trick a female friend into sex has won a challenge against her conviction.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Star Wars firm fined £1.6m over Harrison Ford injury – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2016 in accidents, fines, health & safety, media, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A production company behind the latest Star Wars movie has been fined £1.6m ($2m) after Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

IPCC will not investigate South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton over conduct at Hillsborough inquest – The Independent

‘The police watchdog has announced it will not investigate claims that a chief constable instructed lawyers to “pour blame” onto Hillsborough victims at the inquest into the disaster.’

Full story

The Independent, 12th October 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Millions of rail travelers to be eligible for compensation if trains are 15 minutes late – but new terms will not be UK-wide until as late as 2025 – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2016 in compensation, consumer protection, delay, news, railways, transport by tracey

Millions of commuters will be eligible for compensation if their trains are more than 15 minutes late, ministers will announce today but some passengers will have to wait up to a decade for the change to come into force.’

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Daily telegraph, 13th October 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Reported rapes double following high-profile police investigations into historic sex abuse – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2016 in news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘The number of alleged rapes recorded by police has more than doubled in less than four years, figures show. A spike in reports of sexual offences has been seen following high-profile investigations including Operation Yewtree, which was launched in 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court battle looms over Brexit legality – The Guardian

‘Scores of QCs and lawyers will cram into court four on Thursday, the largest in London’s Royal Courts of Justice, to hear two and a half days of argument that could decide how – or conceivably even whether – the UK leaves the EU.’

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk