Council told to pay £90,000 after boy nearly drowns during swimming lesson – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in costs, fines, health & safety, local government, news by tracey

‘A local authority in Wales has been ordered to pay more than £90,000 in fines and damages after a four-year-old boy nearly drowned during a swimming lesson.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 22nd November 2016


Responding to human rights judgments: 2014 to 2016 –

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in courts, declarations of incompatibility, human rights, judgments, reports, treaties by tracey

‘This report sets out the government’s position on the implementation of human rights judgments from the European Court of Human Rights and our domestic courts.’

Full text, 18th November 2016


New crackdown on whiplash claims set to cut insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in consultations, fraud, insurance, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Millions of motorists could see their car insurance cut by about £40 a year thanks to plans to crackdown on the epidemic of whiplash claims.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2016


Costs ordered against party that ignored efforts to discuss expert evidence – Litigation Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in costs, expert witnesses, law firms, news by tracey

‘Defendants who failed to engage in discussions about expert evidence, leading to the claimants having to go back to court, have been ordered to pay the costs of the hearing.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 23rd November 2016


Home Secretary speech to APPC and NPCC Partnership Summit – Home Office

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in diversity, emergency services, police, speeches by tracey

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s speech on police reform.’

Full speech

Home Office, 16th November 2016


CPS confiscates £4.2m from mortgage fraudster – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in confiscation, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘A convicted mortgage fraudster has been stripped of more than £4 million in criminal assets after prosecutors forced him to sell off his property empire or face further time in prison.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 18th November 2016


Members of £2 million cold call gang jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘Two members of a gang who defrauded more than £2 million from members of the public in a large-scale cold-calling fraud have been jailed, bringing the total number of people sent to prison to eight.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 21st November 2016


BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016


Serving prisoner to spend longer in prison after sexually assaulting another inmate – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in press releases, prisons, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of serving prisoner following Attorney General referral.’

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 22nd November 2016


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in legislation by tracey

The Police Federation (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Progress Power (Gas Fired Power Station) (Amendment) Order 2016

The Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016

The Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

The Financial Services and Markets (Disclosure of Information to the European Securities and Markets Authority etc. and Other Provisions) Regulations 2016

The Lifts Regulations 2016

The Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016

The Driving and Motorcycle Riding Instructors (Recognition of European Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2016

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2016

The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2016

The European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Architects Act 1997 (Amendment) Order 2016

The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Regulations 2016

The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2016

The Finance Act 2016, Sections 184 to 188 and Schedule 25 (Commencement) Regulations 2016

The Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2016

The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications and Induction Arrangements and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (Amendment) Regulations 2016


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Hesham Ali (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 60 (16 November 2016)

Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland) [2016] UKSC 59 (16 November 2016)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Fomento De Construcciones Y Contratas SA v Black Diamond Offshore Ltd & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1141 (22 November 2016)

Avonwick Holdings Ltd & Anor v Shlosberg [2016] EWCA Civ 1138 (18 November 2016)

Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1144 (18 November 2016)

Birmingham City Council v Wilson [2016] EWCA Civ 1137 (17 November 2016)

Quilter v Hodson Developments Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1125 (17 November 2016)

W (A Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1140 (17 November 2016)

Hashi vThe Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 1136 (17 November 2016)

Finmeccanica Global Services Spa v HM Revenue and Customs [2016] EWCA Civ 1105 (17 November 2016)

Qader & Ors v Esure Services Ltd & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1109 (16 November 2016)

T-B-N (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1098 (15 November 2016)

Wells v Devani [2016] EWCA Civ 1106 (15 November 2016)

Hussain, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWCA Civ 1111 (15 November 2016)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Garland, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 1743 (21 November 2016)

Burke, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 1744 (21 November 2016)

Sellu v The Crown [2016] EWCA Crim 1716 (15 November 2016)

Huggins & Ors, R v [2016] EWCA Crim 1715 (15 November 2016)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Jelson Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Anor [2016] EWHC 2979 (Admin) (22 November 2016)

East Staffordshire Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Anor [2016] EWHC 2973 (Admin) (22 November 2016)

Goring-On-Thames Parish Council v South Oxfordshire District Council & Anor [2016] EWHC 2898 (Admin) (17 November 2016)

Seprey-Hozo v Law Court of Miercurea Ciuc, Romania [2016] EWHC 2902 (Admin) (17 November 2016)

O’Flynn v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Anor [2016] EWHC 2894 (Admin) (17 November 2016)

Iteshi v Bar Standards Board [2016] EWHC 2943 (Admin) (17 November 2016)

Surrey County Council v Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead [2016] EWHC 2901 (Admin) (16 November 2016)

Sulaiman v Tribunal De Grande Instance, Paris [2016] EWHC 2868 (Admin) (15 November 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Gunewardena v Conran Holdings Ltd [2016] EWHC 2983 (Ch) (22 November 2016)

Victoria Plum Ltd (t/a Victoria Plumb) v Victorian Plumbing Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 2911 (Ch) (18 November 2016)

UPL Europe Ltd & Anor v Agchemaccess Chemicals Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 2889 (Ch) (17 November 2016)

Sherborne Corporate Services Ltd & Ors v Positive Approach Services Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 2867 (Ch) (15 November 2016)

Interactive Technology Corporation Ltd v Ferster & Ors [2016] EWHC 2896 (Ch) (15 November 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Amey LG Ltd v Cumbria County Council [2016] EWHC 2946 (TCC) (18 November 2016)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Srivatsa v Secretary of State for Health & Anor [2016] EWHC 2916 (QB) (18 November 2016)

Barclays Bank Plc v TBS & V Ltd [2016] EWHC 2948 (QB) (18 November 2016)

Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2864 (QB) (15 November 2016)


“If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?”: The Harassment of Cafcass and Local Authority Workers in Family Law Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in damages, harassment, injunctions, news, social services, violence by tracey

‘Bianca Jackson, barrister of Coram Chambers, sets out the civil remedies available to persons subjected to harassment.’

Full story

Family Law Week, 15th November 2016


Alleged people smuggler to be extradited to Greece – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in conspiracy, extradition, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A man accused of being part of an illegal people smuggling ring will be extradited to Greece from the UK, a judge has ruled.’

Full story

BBC News, 22nd November 2016


Mother’s £270 fly-tipping fine for putting rubbish out on wrong day outside neighbours’ homes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in fines, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘A woman who left her household rubbish on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to avoid waiting two weeks for it to be collected has been hit with a £270 fine for fly-tipping.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016


Senior former manager sues CPS for unfair dismissal – The Guardian

‘A senior former manager is suing the Crown Prosecution Service for unfair and constructive dismissal in an employment claim that has exposed strains in the way cases are brought to trial.’

Full story

The Guardian, 21st November 2016


Child sex abuse victims boycott inquiry meeting in anger over order to sign up to code of conduct – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, codes of practice, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims have begun a boycott of the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry after being ordered to sign up to a code of conduct if they want to attend meetings.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016


ASA bans Heinz Beanz’s Can Song advert for safety concerns – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in advertising, children, complaints, health & safety, news by tracey

‘A Heinz TV advert teaching viewers how to use cans of its baked beans to drum out a song has been banned for being dangerous for children to copy.’

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd November 2016


Bishop George Bell case: Lord Carlile to lead review – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘An independent review into how the Church of England handled the case of a bishop accused of being a child abuser is to be led by Lord Carlile.’

Full story

BBC News, 23rd November 2016


Spalding teenage couple’s murder sentences referred to Attorney General as ‘unduly lenient’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in appeals, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The 20-year minimum terms handed to a teenage couple – believed to be Britain’s youngest double-murderers – for the brutal “executions” of a mother and her daughter have been referred to the Attorney General for being “unduly lenient”.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016


Top judge urges tougher community service as alternative to prison – The Guardian

‘Fewer criminals should be jailed and tougher community punishments developed as an alternative to imprisonment, the lord chief justice has urged.’

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd November 2016