Digital warning over tribunal reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government should learn lessons from failed attempts to introduce new technology to improve the way employment tribunals work, the Law Society has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2017

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Teenager who praised killer of Jo Cox guilty of making pipebomb – The Guardian

‘A teenage white supremacist who lauded the killer of MP Jo Cox as a hero has been found guilty of making a pipebomb.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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Patrick O’Brien: All for Want of a Metaphor: Miller and the Nature of EU Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 30th, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, international law, Supreme Court by sally

‘The judgments in Miller highlight the fact that the common law has never managed to arrive at a satisfactory intellectual framework for European law. I will focus first on Lord Reed’s dissent. On Lord Reed’s account, the situation is simpler than anyone who had observed UK and EU law for the past 45 years could have imagined. The UK takes a dualist approach to international law, and EU law is international law. Once this characterisation is accepted the case is over.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th January 2017

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Clin neg fixed costs plans unveiled as Hunt targets ‘unscrupulous’ firms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today finally announced the details of the fixed costs regime for clinical negligence cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2017

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3D printing – two key legal issues – Technology Law Update

Posted January 30th, 2017 in consumer protection, intellectual property, news by sally

‘3D printing is moving from a narrow role as a prototyping technology to offer an exciting new spectrum of possibilities. From home printing for the consumer to high-end manufactured products in applications ranging from aerospace and automotive parts, medical and dental prostheses to fine arts and jewellery, the possibilities are widening all the time. Uniting digital manipulation with additive manufacturing, 3D printing offers huge potential for many sectors, with even digitally printed foods now being explored.’

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Technology Law Update, 30th January 2017

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

Former judge and assistant jailed after stealing more than £700,000 – The Guardian

‘A former judge and his law firm assistant have been jailed for six years each after siphoning off almost £700,000 from clients to hide debts, pay for holidays in Barbados and bet on races at Cheltenham.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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Court of Appeal delivers landmark ruling in ‘state detention’ inquest case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman with a learning disability who died whilst in the intensive care unit of a hospital was not in ‘state detention’, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th January 2017

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Pavlos Eleftheriadis: The Systematic Constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 30th, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, news, repeals, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The Supreme Court judgment in Gina Miller is not merely an affirmation of what the High Court said. The eight member majority confirmed the earlier decision, but also took the opportunity to restate a fundamental principle, which had been left implicit by the court below. The High Court said that the substantive rights arising out of EU law and the European Communities Act 1972, in employment, environment, consumer protection, competition or free movement, could not be abolished merely by the exercise of the royal prerogative. This was a standard interpretation of existing law, adapted for the context of Article 50. The Supreme Court accepted that this was correct, but added one additional reason.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th January 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Secret files on battle of Orgreave could be published within weeks – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2017 in archives, documents, industrial action, news, select committees by sally

‘Home Office files that have been classified for more than 30 years and could help unlock the truth about the battle of Orgreave could be published within weeks, the government has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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Pedestrian v Car: RTA Case Summary – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 30th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, careless driving, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The driver of a car, who was not distracted and was driving at only 20mph, was negligent in failing to see a pedestrian who, in drink, walked out into the road in front of her car.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th January 2017

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Council defeats challenge over decision not to take enforcement action at quarry – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2017 in enforcement, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Cornwall Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision not to take enforcement action in respect of unauthorised development at a quarry in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th January 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

English Heritage faces High Court battle over plans to dig underneath medieval tower to add visitor centre – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2017 in judicial review, listed buildings, local government, news, planning by sally

‘English Heritage is facing a High Court battle over plans to dig underneath a medieval tower to add a visitor centre.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2017

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Drunken girl gang jailed after posting sex attack of amateur footballer on Snapchat – Daily Telegraph

‘A drunken gang of girls who took Snapchat photos and videos of a “ritualised humiliation” sex attack on an amateur footballer has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2017

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CPS accused of failing domestic violence victims after woman loses eye in attack – The Guardian

‘A woman who was left permanently blind in one eye by her violent fiance has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service after her case was initially dropped despite “overwhelming evidence” of the cause of her injuries.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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‘Solicitor’s agents’ yet again – no rights of audience? – Nearly Legal

‘What is more, there is updated guidance from the Bar Council to ‘unregistered barristers acting as solicitor’s agents’ (ie, barristers who have been called, even passed the BPTC, but do not have pupillage or have qualified). The effect of which is that “many individuals currently exercising rights of audience in reliance on this provision (Sch 3 Legal Services Act 2007) are at risk of contravening the Act”. Which is a potentially criminal offence.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th January 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Government facing legal action over failure to fight climate change – The Independent

‘The Government is facing legal action over its failure to come up with a plan to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to meet the UK’s international commitments in the fight against climate change.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2017

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Bath tipper truck crash: haulage company owner and mechanic jailed – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2017 in health & safety, homicide, news, road traffic, sentencing by sally

‘The owner of a haulage company and a mechanic have been jailed after a 32-tonne truck with faulty brakes killed four people, including a four-year-old girl, when it careered down a steep hill in Bath.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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IPCC investigates police officer’s comments to black DJ he pulled over – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2017 in London, news, police, race discrimination by sally

‘The police watchdog has launched an investigation after an officer pulled over a DJ driving a Bentley in central London and told him that black people driving in “gangster-style clothing” are more likely to be stopped.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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‘Hidey hole’ paedophile case reviewed by police watchdog – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2017 in children, false imprisonment, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘Claims authorities missed chances to stop a violent paedophile who kept one of his victims inside a “hidey hole” are to be probed by a watchdog.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2017

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Perception of doors – Nearly Legal

‘The issue in this Upper Tribunal case was whether LB Southwark was entitled charge the leaseholders for works to replace communal doors and front entrance doors carried out during fire safety improvement works on the estate (some 10 block of flats).’

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Nearly Legal, 29th January 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk