Five myths about studying law, debunked – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Studying law is full of unexpected twists and turns – and in the end, you may not even turn into a lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016


We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in consent, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The Ched Evans case threatens women’s right to fair treatment in the courtroom. Battles won may have to be fought again.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 17th, 2016 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Roocroft v Ball [2016] EWCA Civ 1009 (14 October 2016)

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd v Grove Developments Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 990 (13 October 2016)

Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1006 (13 October 2016)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Finnerty, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 1513 (14 October 2016)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Anwar v National College for Teaching & Leadership & Anor [2016] EWHC 2507 (Admin) (13 October 2016)

Stonegate Homes Ltd & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Horsham District Council [2016] EWHC 2512 (Admin) (13 October 2016)

Viridor Waste Management Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Revenue And Customs [2016] EWHC 2502 (Admin) (13 October 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

EMW Law LLP v Halborg [2016] EWHC 2526 (Ch) (14 October 2016)

Ghadami v Bloomfield & Ors [2016] EWHC 2521 (Ch) (14 October 2016)

The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International [2016] EWHC 2530 (Ch) (14 October 2016)

High Court (Commercial Court)
Vinnlustodin HF & Anor v Sea Tank Shipping AS [2016] EWHC 2514 (Comm) (14 October 2016)

Simmonds v Gammell [2016] EWHC 2515 (Comm) (14 October 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Porter & Anor v Morgan [2016] EWHC B25 (TCC) (13 October 2016)


Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales –

Posted October 17th, 2016 in reports, Wales by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales’

Full press release, 14th October 2016


New legislation to attack criminal finances – Home Office

Posted October 17th, 2016 in corruption, money laundering, press releases, proceeds of crime, terrorism by tracey

‘New legislation to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing was published today.’

Full press release

Home Office, 13th October 2016


Speech by Mr Justice Baker: A matter of life or death – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 17th, 2016 in consent, euthanasia, judiciary, medical treatment, speeches by tracey

‘Oxford Shrieval Lecture on 11 October 2016.’

Full speech

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th October 2016


The Bar leads the way on wellbeing with launch of portal – The Bar Council

Posted October 17th, 2016 in barristers, barristers' clerks, internet, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal – a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.’

Full story

The Bar Council, 15th October 2016


Bar Conference – embrace digital justice, tribunals president urges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 17th, 2016 in barristers, dispute resolution, electronic filing, news by tracey

‘Online dispute resolution will ’become the norm’ in less complex civil, family and tribunals cases, the annual bar conference heard today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th October 2016


British soldiers face Iraq detainee abuse probe – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2016 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, legal aid, news by tracey

‘British soldiers are being investigated over allegations of mistreating two Iraqi detainees in 2003.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2016


Ched Evans: Scrutinising woman’s sexual history in rape trial ‘set us back 30 years’ – The Independent

Posted October 17th, 2016 in evidence, news, rape, retrials by tracey

‘A former solicitor general has condemned the way the Ched Evans rape trial was conducted. Vera Baird told the BBC details of the woman’s sexual past should not have been heard in court and the case could discourage people who are sexually assaulted from reporting it to police.’

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The Independent, 16th October 2016


Shami Chakrabarti facing questions from MPs over her controversial peerage – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2016 in news, peerages & dignities, political parties, racism, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Shami Chakrabarti will be forced to appear before MPs to answer questions about whether she was offered a peerage before completing a report into Labour anti-Semitism subsequently described as a “whitewash”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2016


Stalking victims backed in challenge to ‘disturbing’ lenient court sentences – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2016 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences, stalking, victims by tracey

‘Lenient sentences in cases involving stalking, terrorism and the sexual abuse of children could be challenged by victims under a law reform that is receiving cross-party support following a series of high-profile cases of so-called soft justice.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2016


Burglaries where window left open should not be investigated, police chief suggests – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2016 in burglary, crime prevention, news, police by tracey

‘A senior police officer has been criticised for suggesting some burglaries should not be investigated if doors and windows have been left open. Phil Kay, assistant chief constable of Leicestershire police, said he would “far rather” officers focus on preventing crime and protecting the public than investigate break-ins where carelessness may have played a role.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016


NHS legal bills for catastrophic childbirth blunders triples in a decade – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2016 in birth, compensation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade, official figures show, as ministers promise “dramatic” changes to improve the safety record of Britain’s maternity units.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2016


Footballer Ched Evans cleared of rape in retrial – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2016 in news, rape, retrials by michael

‘The international footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty at his retrial of raping a 19-year-old waitress in a hotel room after a drunken night out with former club-mates.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2016


Driving licences wrongly revoked under May’s immigration measures – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2016 in driving licences, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘Hundreds of people have been wrongly refused bank accounts or had their driving licences revoked under the former home secretary Theresa May’s measures to “create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants”, the immigration watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2016


EVENT: Halsbury’s Law Exchange – Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?

Posted October 14th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Join Halsbury’s Law Exchange and our panel of experts as we:

Examine the way in which female offenders are treated by the sentencing system.
Consider whether there is a true, principled, case for reform.
Debate whether or not women ought to be treated differently to men and, if so, how that should be approached.
We will be releasing an accompanying policy paper shortly before the event, which will raise issues for discussion and question the appropriateness of certain proposed reforms.’

Date: 8th November 2016, 6.30pm

Location: One Great George Street, SW1P 3AA

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

High court overturns lifetime bans for Trojan horse teachers – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, Islam, news, teachers by sally

‘The high court has thrown out the lifetime bans imposed by the Department for Education on two teachers caught up in the Trojan horse controversy.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2016


Judge issues warning on late service and litigants in person – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 14th, 2016 in case management, delay, litigants in person, news, practice directions, service by sally

‘A judge has warned against unfairness to litigants in person caused by late service of documents.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th October 2016


Syrian’s conviction for using false passport in asylum claim quashed – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2016 in appeals, asylum, news, possession of false identity documents by sally

‘A Syrian refugee has successfully appealed against his conviction for using false documents to claim asylum in the UK after spending six months in prison.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2016