Government to tweak planning laws to solve housing crisis – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2017 in housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Government is to outline a series of tweaks to planning laws it says will help solve the housing shortage.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2017

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Paying your fair share: when can an adjudicator decide more than the notified sum must be paid? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 7th, 2017 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, housing, news by sally

‘Judgment in the case of Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray & Slaughter Ltd, handed down on 19 January 2017, is a new authority in the line of case law providing guidance on the provisions governing interim payments in Construction Contracts in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, as amended (“the Act”).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd February 2017

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Jane Collins defamation case: Labour Rotherham MPs awarded £54,000 – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in costs, damages, defamation, news, parliament, political parties, speeches by sally

‘Three Labour MPs have each won £54,000 High Court defamation damages from UKIP MEP Jane Collins over remarks she made about Rotherham’s child abuse scandal.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

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Subrogation to the Unpaid Vendor’s Lien- what is the procedure for obtaining an order for sale? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 7th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, mortgages, news, sale of land, substitution by sally

‘A recent decision by Master Matthews in Menalou v Bank of Cyprus UK Limited [2016] EWHC 2656 (Ch), in a characteristically detailed and interesting judgment, reaffirms the author’s long-held view that the appropriate procedure for the a claimant, claiming to be subrogated to the unpaid vendor’s lien, to use is to apply for an order for sale and vesting/appointment orders under s90 Law of Property Act 1925. Section 90 reads as follows:

“90.— Realisation of equitable charges by the court.

(1) Where an order for sale is made by the court in reference to an equitable mortgage on land (not secured by a legal term of years absolute or by a charge by way of legal mortgage) the court may, in favour of a purchaser, make a vesting order conveying the land or may appoint a person to convey the land or create and vest in the mortgagee a legal term of years absolute to enable him to carry out the sale, as the case may require, in like manner as if the mortgage had been created by deed by way of legal mortgage pursuant to this Act, but without prejudice to any incumbrance having priority to the equitable mortgage unless the incumbrancer consents to the sale…”’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th January 2017

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‘Archaic’ official secrets laws unfit for digital age – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2017 in internet, Law Commission, news, official secrets act, reports by sally

‘Legislation drafted to stop Edwardian secret agents lurking around dockyards or purloining papers from ambassadors’ desks is still the basis of protecting official data in the Wikileaks era, according to the Law Commission. In a report commissioned by the Cabinet Office on the protection of official data, the law reform body describes the body of law protecting data as ‘irrational, dispersed and lacking in uniformity’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2017

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Special Damages: Discount for Gratuitous Care; Dog Walking; Carers’ “Perks”; and Care Requirements on Ageing – Mehmetemin v Farrell – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 7th, 2017 in damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘On 27.1.17 Sir Robert Nelson, in the High Court, gave judgment in Sandra Mehmetemin v Craig Farrell [2017] EWCH 103 QB, after the four-day hearing of a claim for damages for serious personal injuries arising out of a serious road traffic accident on 14.12.09, including a substantial care claim.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 6th February 2017

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RSPCA will keep powers to prosecute animal abusers, Government rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2017 in animal cruelty, charities, news, private prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘The RSPCA will be allowed to continue animal cruelty prosecutions, a report published today has revealed, as MPs’ calls for the charity to be stripped of its powers have been ignored by the Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

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The UK’s new baby car seat law: When does it start and how do I fit my child’s seat correctly? – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2017 in children, health & safety, news, transport by sally

‘In order to keep babies and infants safe on car journeys, it’s not only essential to have a properly-fitted car seat for them – it’s the law.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2017

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Taxi drivers face £1,000 fine for refusing to pick up wheelchair users – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in disabled persons, equality, fines, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘Taxi drivers who refuse to pick up wheelchair users or attempt to charge more for transporting them could be fined up to £1,000 under new laws tackling discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2017

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Criminal bar adds to regulator’s woes over training reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news by sally

‘The Criminal Bar Association has added its voice to concerns over the Bar Standards Board proposals for training reform, suggesting vocational aspects should be given more ‘flexibility’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2017

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‘Itchy’ clerks wigs are scrapped after 300 years to make Commons less ‘stuffy’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2017 in civil servants, legal profession, news, parliament by sally

‘The 300-year-old custom of clerks wearing wigs in the Commons has been scrapped to save money and make the Commons “less stuffy”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2017

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Jury sworn in for inquest into man’s death after police restraint – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in death in custody, inquests, juries, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A jury has been sworn in for an inquest into the death of Olaseni Lewis, six and a half years after he died following prolonged restraint by 11 police officers at a psychiatric hospital in south London.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2017

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Lesson for employers and unions from Southern Rail industrial action, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 7th, 2017 in arbitration, employment, news, railways, trade unions, transport by sally

‘The partial resolution of the dispute between Southern Rail and trade union representatives for its drivers and conductors provides an “interesting contrast and lessons” for both employers and unions, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th February 2017

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Ticket inspector attack man jailed after train assault filmed – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in assault, news, public order, railways, sentencing by sally

‘A fare dodger who attacked a rail ticket inspector has been jailed for 15 weeks.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

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Court orders man to increase payments to wife who lost bulk of divorce settlement with ‘poor financial decisions’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2017 in appeals, debts, financial provision, news, periodical payments by sally

‘A wife who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making “poor financial decisions” has been awarded larger monthly payments from her ex-husband despite calls from his lawyer for maintenance limits to reflect “social change”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2017

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Sharp rise in county court judgments against consumers – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in consumer credit, county courts, debts, news by sally

‘The number of county court judgments (CCJs) registered against consumers has hit a record high, according to official figures that show that an increasing number of people will have problems getting a mortgage, credit card or bank account in the future.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2017

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Impact of currency fluctuation on costs awards up in air after judge rejects application this time – Litigation Futures

Posted February 7th, 2017 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘The novel issue of recovering more in costs to reflect changes in the exchange rate between sterling and the euro since the referendum has come before the High Court again, but this time it was refused.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th February 2017

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Naked gardener Robert Jenner denies 13 offences – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

‘A man who carried out DIY tasks and gardening while naked was seen bending over in his garden wearing only his work boots, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

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Judicial review aiming to stop UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to begin – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in international law, news, sale of goods, Saudi Arabia, select committees, weapons by sally

‘A judicial review that aims to halt UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they could be used to illegally kill civilians in Yemen is set to begin on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2017

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