Duran Duran lose High Court copyright battle – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘Pop group Duran Duran have lost a High Court fight to reclaim the US rights to some of their most famous songs.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2016

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Late Amendments to Pleadings – Proceed with Caution – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in amendments, building law, contracts, duty of care, news, pleadings by sally

‘The Claimant had purchased a new build property which had been constructed by the First Defendant company. Slightly over a year later the Claimant tripped over a paved step in her garden which rendered her tetraplegic. The other Defendants to the claim were the directors of the First Defendant and the contractor who had been engaged to lay the paving in the garden.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 30th November 2016

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Father who raped daughter ‘almost daily’ jailed for 14 years – The Independent

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A father who raped his daughter “almost daily” has been jailed for 14 years.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2016

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The ‘snooper’s charter’ is a threat to academic freedom – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, universities by sally

‘Increasing online surveillance has serious implications for researchers and study participants. Academics need to be more careful than ever.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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Art 50: the clash of the Brexit case arguments – New Law Journal

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Michael Zander QC reviews the written cases of the government & the lead claimants in next week’s Supreme Court hearing.’

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New Law Journal, 1st December 2016

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MoJ says it sets no travel time target when closing courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in budgets, courts, Ministry of Justice, news, transport by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has denied ever promising a benchmark figure for an acceptable maximum public transport travel time for people attending court when it considers court closures. In a letter to House of Commons justice select committee chair Bob Neill MP, permanent secretary Richard Heaton said access to justice was “not just about” court proximity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th November 2016

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Ombudsman pension award against Police Commissioner overturned by court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘A term in a settlement agreement that a public sector employer would use its “best endeavours” to maintain a former employee’s full pension entitlement was not a binding commitment, enforceable against a successor body, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st December 2016

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Defendant firm hails ‘significant’ fundamental dishonesty victory in appeal court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘A leading defendant firm says insurers will be more empowered to deploy fundamental dishonesty defences after another favourable judgment from the Court of Appeal. In Menary v Darnton, which is yet to be published, insurer Aviva was able to appeal the application of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) in favour of the claimant and avoid any costs.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2016

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A matter of trust – New Law Journal

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘Francesca Kaye & Helen Whalley discuss breach of trust claims against solicitors.’

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New Law Journal, 1st December 2016

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Violinist Bethan Doci jailed for £300,000 cancer fraud – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘A professional violinist has been jailed for conning more than £300,000 out of well-wishers by pretending that she had cancer. Bethan Doci, 38, claimed she needed the money for her treatment, but was fit and well and instead funded a lavish lifestyle including holidays abroad, luxury cars and expensive handbags.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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Unless Orders & Relief from Sanctions – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in news by sally

‘The claimant, a Royal Marine, contracted ‘Q Fever’ in October 2010 when he was travelling back to the UK from Afghanistan, as a result of which he developed a very serious chronic fatigue syndrome (a well known consequence of Q Fever). The value of his claim is estimated to be in the region of £6-8 million.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 30th November 2016

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MoD unveils plans to take military combat claims away from court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in armed forces, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence today unveiled plans to prevent the courts from adjudicating on allegations that injuries or deaths in the course of combat were the result of negligence. Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said he wanted to stop service and ex-service personnel being ‘caught up’ in long and frustrating legal cases where costs escalate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2016

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Thomas Poole: Losing our Religion? Public Law and Brexit – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Prerogative is the enemy of the people. This has been settled as matter of law for a very long time. The constitutional settlement of 1688 made a decision for responsible and representative government. We have had no constitutional moment of similar magnitude since. All constitutional changes – some very significant – have taken place within that foundational structure. The Bill of Rights treats prerogative as the antithesis of good government. Its primary target is a range of extra-legal powers hitherto asserted by the King, pride of place being given to the power to dispense with laws and the power to suspend Acts of Parliament.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd December 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Bar Council and Inns: Cut training cost by allowing students to learn the law how they want – Legal Futures

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘A model of training barristers that would split the Bar professional training course (BPTC) into two – allowing students to learn procedure and evidence however they want before undergoing compulsory skills training – has been put forward by the Bar Council and Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) as another alternative to the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) current consultation on training reform.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd December 2016

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Child sex abuse inquiry ‘hands police 80 cases a month’ – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘An average of 80 child sex abuse cases a month have been referred to police over the last year following victims’ testimony to an independent inquiry.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2016

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Why our 21st century democracy needs the spirit of 1647 – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The article 50 supreme court hearings won’t solve our systemic crisis. We need a new way to connect people and state.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2016

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Holocaust survivor: care home feels like being back in concentration camp – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in care homes, deprivation of liberty safeguards, elderly, news, restraint by sally

‘Holocaust survivor who said living in a care home reminded her of being back in a Nazi concentration camp has been given special permission by a court to return home despite her frail condition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2016

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Hate preacher laws may need re-examining, says independent reviewer – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in freedom of expression, hate crime, news, terrorism by sally

‘Extra legal powers may be needed to prosecute hate preachers who encourage violent radicalisation in private conversations, according to the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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