EVENT: Discrimination Law Today – Threats and Opportunities (Discrimination Law Association Annual Conference 2016)

Posted November 7th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Book today to attend this year’s DLA conference: places are filling up fast.
Following the referendum on EU membership we find ourselves at a critical juncture for discrimination law. The DLA invites you to joint them in conversation about what the referendum result means for discrimination law, and what practitioners can do to maintain and enhance legal protection against discrimination.

The keynote speakers are Professor Uduak Archibong MBE and Clare Moody, MEP, and Robin Allen QC will speak on current trends in discrimination law. In the afternoon participants will be able to choose from a range of breakout sessions led by experienced practitioners with specialist expertise. The closing panel includes Professor Aileen McColgan of Matrix Chambers, Omar Khan of the Runnymede Trust, Ben Patrick of Unison and Sam Smethers of the Fawcett Society, and is followed by a drinks reception.

The DLA conference is renowned for its combination of cutting-edge legal commentary and insightful exposition and this year will be no exception. Join us to help shape the policy agenda for discrimination lawyers.’

Date: 14th November 2016

Location: Baker & McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA

Charge: £25-£180 depending on status and income: see website for details

More information can be found here.

Liz Truss defends judiciary after Brexit ruling criticism – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The lord chancellor, Liz Truss, has broken her silence on the high court’s Brexit ruling, saying the independence of the judiciary was the “foundation upon which our rule of law is built”.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Second (non-) succession – Nearly Legal

Posted November 7th, 2016 in housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, succession by sally

‘In Holley v Hillingdon LBC [2016] EWCA Civ 1052, Mr Holley was seeking to challenge the council’s decision to evict him and his brother from a three bedroom property that could sleep up to six persons, in which Mr Holley had lived for 32 years of his life and where he was suffering from a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, panic attacks and depression following his grandmother’s death in 2009. There had already been a statutory succession to Mr Holley’s grandfather, so Mr Holley was, “in the rather antiquated private law jargon”, a trespasser. The judge made a possession order on the basis that there were no seriously arguable defences under Articles 8 and 14.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st November 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Ipswich murders: Suffolk Police arrest no kerb crawlers in six years – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in murder, news, prostitution by sally

‘No arrests for kerb crawling have been made in the past six years in a town where five sex workers were murdered, police figures show.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nick Barber and Jeff King: Responding to Miller – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The most surprising thing about the decision in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union is that so many people have found the decision surprising. The reasoning in the case – essentially, that the executive is unable to use the prerogative to remove statutory rights – rests on a clear line of case-law going back four hundred years, and turns on a foundational principle of constitutional law. It is unremarkable that three of the country’s leading judges – the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice, and the leading public law judge in the Court of Appeal – were able to produce a unanimous, clear, judgment restating this orthodoxy. The only remarkable thing about the judgment is how such quality was produced under such extraordinary time and political pressure.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th November 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

High Court judge quashes DEFRA air quality plan over non-compliance – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2016 in environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘A High Court judge has this week quashed the Government’s Air Quality Plan 2015 over its failure to bring the UK into compliance with the law “as soon as possible”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd November 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Workers’ rights in the gig economy – Technology Law Update

Posted November 7th, 2016 in employment, news, taxis by sally

‘Last week a UK employment tribunal case came down on the side of a group of Uber drivers. It said that they qualified as “workers” and should receive certain protections and benefits.’

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Technology Law Update, 1st November 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

The vicious assault on UK judges by the Brexit press is a threat to democracy – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, media, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The judiciary is a vital pillar of our constitution. The government must defend it from these unconscionable attacks – or put all our freedoms at risk.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Advertisers and ‘vloggers’ both ‘responsible for accurately labelling ads’, says CAP – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 7th, 2016 in advertising, internet, news by sally

‘Advertisers and video bloggers (vloggers) have been issued with a reminder that they are both “responsible for accurately labelling” adverts contained in video blogs (vlogs).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Dying boy’s parents lose palliative care court fight – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in children, consent, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A terminally ill boy should be moved to a palliative care regime proposed by specialists despite his parents’ objections, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Christian couple blocked from adoption amid ‘gay parents’ row – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in adoption, Christianity, fostering, homosexuality, news by sally

‘A couple have been blocked from adopting their two foster children after expressing concerns about them being raised by a gay couple.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Number of people lodging unfair dismissal complaints plummets after Government introduces tribunal fees – The Indepedentn

‘The number of workers taking claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination to employment tribunals has slumped since charges came into force, a new study has revealed.’

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The Independent, 4th November 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Brexit high court decision means nothing has been ruled out – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Parliament has been jolted back to life by three judges, and the British political landscape is once again one of fury, division and uncertainty.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Celebrity injunction: Sun on Sunday publisher makes payment – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in damages, injunctions, media, news by sally

‘The publisher of the Sun on Sunday has agreed to make a payment to a celebrity who won the right to keep his name out of a “kiss and tell” story.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Real Questions? – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, health & safety, news, regulations by sally

‘In his preface to the latest Ninth Edition of Redgrave’s Health and Safety, just published, Jonathan Clarke asks certain questions and answers them with a non-answer “time will tell”. I do not accept that these are real questions, because it seems to me the answers are so obvious, that they hardly need to have been asked.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 3rd November 2016

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Solicitor who forged bank statements and QC’s opinion struck off – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, forgery, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor has been struck off after taking hundreds of thousands of pounds in client money and covering his tracks by forging a host of documents – from bank statements to building regulations certificates – and also falsifying leading counsel’s opinion.’

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Legal Futures, 7th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Unpaid internships reform plan blocked in Commons – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in bills, minimum wage, news, remuneration, volunteers by sally

‘Reforms aimed at banning unpaid internships have been blocked after Tory backbenchers and the government spoke against the proposals in the Commons.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A non-binary outcome – Nearly Legal

‘This is a cautionary tale for DJs and DDJs hearing Equality Act defences. In Birmingham CC v Stephenson [2016] EWCA Civ 1029 (not on Bailii yet, but we have seen a transcript), the Court of Appeal considered whether a possession order granted in respect of an introductory tenancy was wrongly granted where an Akerman-Livingstone Equality Act style defence was raised (alongside an Article 8 defence). Mr Stephenson had been responsible for noise nuisance from his (uncarpeted) flat. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, the symptoms of which are alleviated but not completely cured by medication.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st November 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Rotherham child abuse: Eight jailed for rape and sexual abuse of three girls – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in child abuse, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Eight men who sexually abused three teenage girls in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003 have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Seizing our sovereignty or declaring war on democracy: split view on judges’ ruling – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, news, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Six leading figures during the EU referendum speak out.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk