Domestic violence legal aid applications rise – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in domestic violence, legal aid, legal representation, news, statistics, time limits by sally

‘Relaxing time limits for reporting domestic violence may have contributed to the steep increase in legal aid applications from victims this year, latest government figures suggest.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court of Appeal upholds English court’s jurisdiction in Portuguese derivatives case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 19th, 2016 in appeals, banking, international law, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a high profile challenge by four Portuguese state-owned transport companies to the jurisdiction of the English courts in a dispute over a commonly-used standard form derivatives agreement.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th December 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Bar Standards Board removes minimum CPD hours for experienced barristers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 19th, 2016 in barristers, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has published the details of its new CPD regime, effective from 1st January 2017, removing the minimum hourly training requirement for barristers with more than three years experience.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th December 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Family solicitors welcome call for tougher enforcement powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in enforcement, families, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has called for a cultural change to ensure family financial orders are enforced more effectively, estimating that millions of pounds go unpaid every year as a result of non-compliance. The report has been welcomed by family practitioners.’

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Law Society, 19th December 2016

Source: www.lawsociety.org.uk

Richard Clayton QC: New Directions for Article 10: Strasbourg Reverses the Supreme Court in Kennedy – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v Charity Commission was striking from many points of view. Mr Kennedy was a journalist frustrated by the way the Commission handled his allegations concerning George Galloway MP’s controversial Iraq charity, the Miriam Appeal. He applied for disclosure of documents under the Freedom of Information Act, arguing that a prohibition from disclosure under s 32 should be interpreted compatibly with Article 10, as required by s 3 of the HRA. However, the Supreme Court declined to follow the recent ECtHR case law, holding that Article 10 did not encompass a right of access to information, deprecating the parties’ failure to rely upon the common law right to information and disagreeing over the question of whether proportionality should replace Wednesbury unreasonableness: see my previous post on this here.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 13th December 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Justice catches up with 101-year-old paedophile – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in child abuse, elderly, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A 101-year-old man – thought to be the oldest defendant convicted in England and Wales – has been found guilty of a string of historical child sex offences.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Incurred costs do not need to be contested at first CMC, rule committee says – Litigation Futures

Posted December 19th, 2016 in case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘The cost budgeting rules are to be amended to make it clear that the case management hearing is not the forum to debate incurred costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th December 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Human rights and business: is international law relevant? – OUP Blog

Posted December 19th, 2016 in company law, human rights, international law, news, United Nations by sally

‘Corporations are now widely seen as having responsibilities in regard to human rights abuses. This was thrown starkly onto the front pages recently when a number of high profile UK companies, including M&S and Asos, were caught up in allegations of child refugees from Syria working in very poor conditions for clothing suppliers based in Turkey. They are just one of many instances around the world where corporations have been shown to be involved in human rights abuses.’

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OUP Blog, 19th December 2016

Source: www.blog.oup.com

Application for Permission to Bring Contempt Proceedings: A Useful Illustration (Aviva IInsurance Ltd V Randive) – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 19th, 2016 in contempt of court, costs, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘In Aviva Insurance Ltd v Randive [2016] EWHC 3152 (QB). Slade J dealt with the Applicant’s application for permission to bring contempt proceedings against the Respondent. No new points of principle arise, but Slade J’s recitation of the existing principles and treatment of the issues in the case is a useful indication of how common RTA issues are treated in contempt proceedings.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 15th December 2016

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Babies made from three people approved in UK – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in assisted reproduction, DNA, embryology, news by sally

‘Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Model agencies fined £1.5m by competition watchdog for price-fixing – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2016 in competition, fines, news, price fixing by sally

‘Modelling agencies who have represented clients including Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss have been fined a total of £1.5 million for price-fixing, the competition watchdog said today.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How warring divorcees could face travel bans – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news, penalties by sally

‘Law reformers have called for fresh sanctions against divorcees who try to wriggle out of paying their ex-spouses.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The new domestic violence bill has finally been passed – but there’s a disappointing reason it took so long – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2016 in bills, crime prevention, domestic violence, news, social services, treaties, victims by sally

‘The current attitude towards victim support reveals much about societal attitudes towards domestic abuse, which does not see dignity as something abuse survivors are entitled to as a fundamental and inalienable human right, but rather as an additional extra for which they must work, opt in to, convince society that they have earned.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Transgender teen who cut parents out of his life wins payout after council let slip his new identity – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2016 in damages, families, gender, human rights, mental health, news, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender teenager who used human rights law to cut his parents out of his life has won thousands of pounds in compensation after a council official let slip his new identity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th December 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family seeks justice over alleged ‘honour’ killing – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2016 in adoption, domestic violence, India, news, police by sally

‘When Seeta Kaur arrived in India with her children for a three-week visit to her husband’s relatives she was determined that when she returned to Britain it would be with both the sons who had accompanied her.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Axe-wielding man chased by police through Birmingham is jailed for 18-months – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2016 in news, offensive weapons, police, sentencing by sally

‘The British Transport Police have released the moment a thug armed with an axe was stopped in his tracks after being chased through a busy city centre and tasered by police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th December 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Poppy Widdison death: Mother and partner guilty of cruelty – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in child cruelty, child neglect, news by sally

‘A mother and her ex-partner have been found guilty of child cruelty after feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities – The Guardian

‘Thousands of people are being made homeless every year because they cannot find lawyers to help them resist eviction, charities are warning.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk