New Acts –

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in banking, charities, children, legislation by tracey

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Savings (Government Contributions) Act 2017


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2017

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 11, 13, 16, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2017

The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017

The Combined Authorities (Mayors) (Filling of Vacancies) Order 2017

The Combined Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Access to Information and Audit Committees) Order 2017

The Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Enterprise Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Water Act 2014 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2017

The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2017

The Bank of England and Financial Services (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2017
The Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 2 Assessment Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2017

The Export Control (North Korea Sanctions and Iran, Ivory Coast and Syria Amendment) Order 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Practitioners (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2017

The Food for Specific Groups (Information and Compositional Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017


BAILII: Recent decisions

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

XH and AI, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 41 (02 February 2017)

Al-Rawas v Hassan Khan & Co (a firm) & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 42 (01 February 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

R (oao TL) v Surrey Police [2017] EWHC 129 (Admin) (31 January 2017)

Nowocien v District Court In Poznan, Poland [2017] EWHC 115 (Admin) (31 January 2017)

HA, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 117 (Admin) (30 January 2017)

Taylor v Honiton Town Council & Anor [2017] EWHC 101 (Admin) (30 January 2017)

London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors v The Secretary of State for Transport & Ors [2017] EWHC 121 (Admin) (30 January 2017)

Akerman v London Borough of Richmond [2017] EWHC 84 (Admin) (27 January 2017)

Abbas, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 78 (Admin) (27 January 2017)

Wallace v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWHC 109 (Admin) (27 January 2017)

Jeffrey, R (on the application of) v The Independent Police Complaints Commission [2017] EWHC 102 (Admin) (27 January 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Lord Chancellor v Edward Hayes LLP & Anor [2017] EWHC 138 (QB) (01 February 2017)

Muller v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 128 (QB) (01 February 2017)

MacInnes v Gross [2017] EWHC 46 (QB) (27 January 2017)

Suresh v Samad & Ors [2017] EWHC 76 (QB) (27 January 2017)

Secker v Fairhill Property Services Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 69 (QB) (27 January 2017)

Mehmetemin v Farrell [2017] EWHC 103 (QB) (27 January 2017)

McGuinn v Lewisham And Greenwich NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 88 (QB) (26 January 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Construction Ltd [2017] EWHC 67 (TCC) (01 February 2017)

HRH Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor [2017] EWHC 89 (TCC) (26 January 2017)

McGee Group Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd [2017] EWHC 87 (TCC) (26 January 2017)


Post-portal PAD applications subject to fixed fees, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, fees, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Applications for pre-action disclosure (PAD) in cases that leave the personal injury portals are still subject to fixed costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 1st February 2017


Supreme Court adds to Bar regulator’s legal costs and training headaches – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found itself under attack from multiple directions this week, including the Supreme Court announcing yesterday that it would hear an appeal about a case involving claims of race discrimination in its disciplinary processes.’

Full story

Legal Futures, 2nd February 2017


Speaking to Witnesses at Court – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in courts, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘More than nine out of 10 victims and witnesses are now satisfied with the support provided to them at court by the CPS, following the implementation of a ground-breaking initiative. Since April 2016, the CPS has been rolling out a new nationwide programme in which prosecution staff or advocates provide essential information to witnesses at court in order to assist them in giving their evidence. This rollout was completed across all courts last Autumn.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd February 2017


Munby: court did not ‘cave in’ over release of jailed 71-year-old – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in appeals, consent, contempt of court, elderly, judges, news by tracey

‘The senior family judge has insisted the Court of Appeal has not “caved in” at the “first sign of obduracy” following the release of a 71-year-old jailed for contempt.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st February 2017


International Children Law Update: February 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Jacqueline Renton, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.’

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Family Law Week, 1st February 2017


FCA overhaul risks deluge of contested enforcement probes – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in enforcement, financial regulation, news, reports by tracey

‘The City watchdog has unveiled plans to overhaul the way it carries out enforcement investigations to make it easier for firms and individuals to dispute probes, sparking speculation the regulator could now become swamped in even lengthier cases.’

Full story

Full FCA press release

Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2017


Transgender teenager sues Hereford school for discrimination – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in education, equality, gender, news, transgender persons, young persons by tracey

‘A transgender teenager is taking legal action against his former school for discrimination.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017


Brexit free movement restrictions would ruin Britain’s £26bn legal services industry, country’s top lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, freedom of movement, legal services, news, select committees, treaties by tracey

‘Britain’s £26bn legal industry is under threat from post-Brexit restrictions to freedom of movement and exit from the single market, the country’s top lawyers have warned. MPs on the Justice Select Committee, who are gathering evidence on the impact of leaving the EU, were told that there would be little left to “salvage” of the successful industry if lawyers were stripped of free movement and lost the right to practise in the EU because of differing regulations.’

Full story

The Independent, 1st February 2017


Reports of antisemitic incidents increase to record levels in UK – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in harassment, hate crime, Judaism, news, religious discrimination by tracey

‘The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose by more than a third to record levels in 2016, according to data released by the Community Security Trust.’

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd February 2017


Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in bills, brexit, EC law, news, parliament, parliamentary papers, treaties by tracey

‘The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017


NHS pressured to reveal confidential patient data by Home Office under Theresa May, says former executive – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in data protection, government departments, health, illegality, immigration, news by tracey

‘The former head of NHS Digital has said he was put under “immense pressure” by the Home Office under Theresa May to release data on immigrants despite his concerns over its legality.’

Full story

The Independent, 1st February 2017


Tough new laws will ban the sale of puppies under eight weeks old – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in animals, licensing, news, sale of goods by tracey

‘The sale of puppies under eight weeks old is to be made illegal under plans to crack down on so-called backstreet breeders and puppy farms.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2017


UK deports 100 immigrants on ‘secretive’ charter flight, including bisexual man facing persecution in Nigeria – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in asylum, deportation, homosexuality, injunctions, news by tracey

‘The British Government deported up to 100 people to Nigeria and Ghana last night, including at least one bisexual man who activists say will be persecuted in his home country.’

Full story

The Independent, 2nd February 2017