Property developer ordered to pay £55k over listed building offences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 19th, 2017 in construction industry, costs, fines, historic buildings, local government, news by tracey

‘A property development business, a director and a site manager have been ordered to pay more than £55,000 between them after removing historic fixtures in every room of a grade-II listed house in Lincoln without consent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th January 2017


SDT throws out surveillance allegations against News of the World solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in costs, disciplinary procedures, media, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has thrown out charges against a solicitor for Rupert Murdoch’s News International accused of unreasonably advising and commissioning surveillance of two high-profile lawyers bringing phone hacking cases.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017


Judiciary issues warning to government over impact of PI reform – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in consultations, insurance, judiciary, news, small claims by tracey

‘The judiciary has weighed into the debate about raising the small claims limit for personal injury by expressing “serious dismay” about the lack of consultation with judges and warning the government that any savings are likely to be outweighed by the significant extra burden litigants in person (LiPs) will put on the small claims court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017


Families of murder victims to get more support – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 19th, 2017 in families, murder, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Relatives of murder victims where an individual is acquitted after a trial will be offered enhanced support under a scheme launched today (17 January). Justice After Acquittal (JAA) has worked with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police to draw up new National Standards of Support (NSS). JAA is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support to families who suffer the double trauma of the murder of a loved one and the subsequent acquittal of the alleged perpetrator.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2017


Practice guidance: Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 19th, 2017 in courts, family courts, practice directions, press releases, time limits by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 18 January 2017.’

Full guidance

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th January 2017


At last: MoJ announces timetable for LASPO review – Law society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2017 in housing, law centres, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The government has set the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2017


BAILII: Recent decisions

Posted January 19th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

FirstGroup Plc v Paulley [2017] UKSC 4 (18 January 2017)

Rahmatullah (No 2) v Ministry of Defence & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] UKSC 1 (17 January 2017)

Al-Waheed v Ministry of Defence [2017] UKSC 2 (17 January 2017)

Belhaj & Anor v Straw & Ors (Rev 1) [2017] UKSC 3 (17 January 2017)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Shanks v Unilever Plc & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 2 (18 January 2017)

Hamnett v Essex County Council [2017] EWCA Civ 6 (18 January 2017)

British Airline Pilots Association v Jet2.Com Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 20 (18 January 2017)

Channon (t/a Channon & Co) v Ward (t/a Ward & Associates) [2017] EWCA Civ 13 (18 January 2017)

Manna v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 12 (18 January 2017)

London Borough of Hackney v Haque [2017] EWCA Civ 4 (17 January 2017)

Wood & Anor v TUI Travel Plc (t/a First Choice) [2017] EWCA Civ 11 (16 January 2017)

EA v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 10 (16 January 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Rashid, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 2 (18 January 2017)

Younas v R [2017] EWCA Crim 1 (16 January 2017)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Couper & Ors v Albion Properties Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 22 (Ch) (16 January 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Silver Dry Bulk Company Ltd v Homer Hulbert Maritime Company Ltd [2017] EWHC 44 (Comm) (18 January 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2017] EWHC 43 (Fam) (18 January 2017)

A & Ors (Children : Scottish adoptions) [2017] EWHC 35 (Fam) (17 January 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

The London Borough of Croydon v Lopes [2017] EWHC 33 (QB) (18 January 2017)

ARF v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 10 (QB) (12 January 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray and Slaughter Ltd [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC) (18 January 2017)

Lalana Hans Place Ltd v Michael Barclay Partnership LLP [2017] EWHC 29 (TCC) (13 January 2017)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted January 19th, 2017 in news by tracey

The Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Employment and Support Allowance (Consequential Amendment) (Police Injury Benefit) Regulations 2017

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order 2017


Home Office refuses to enforce privacy code on NHS staff using video – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news, privacy, video recordings by tracey

‘The government has rejected a request by the surveillance camera watchdog to allow it to monitor the increasing and unregulated use of CCTV and body-worn video cameras in hospitals.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2017


Single mum unlawfully jailed for council tax debt in Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2017 in appeals, council tax, legal aid, news, Wales by tracey

‘A single mother who was sent to prison by magistrates for 81 days because she was unable to pay her council tax bill was unlawfully jailed, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2017


All crime victims ‘should get court statement opportunity’ – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2017 in criminal justice, news, victims by tracey

‘All victims of crime should be given the chance to make a statement in court about the impact the offence has had on their lives, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales has said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2017


Sussex University failed duty of care to student assault victim, inquiry finds – The Independent

‘A top UK university failed in its duty of care towards a student who was violently assaulted by her staff lecturer, a formal inquiry has concluded, following an investigation by The Independent.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2017


Export ban for Clive of India’s £6m rare jewelled flask – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2017 in artistic works, export controls, news by tracey

‘An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757 could be exported from the UK unless a buyer can match the £6 million price tag. Culture Minister Matt Hancock has put temporary export bars on the flask and on Clive’s huqqa smoking set, which has a price tag of £240,000, to give UK buyers the chance to save the Mughal treasures for the nation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2017