The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘Minding our standards: in the first of a new column for Counsel, Andrew Walker QC outlines fresh imperatives and initiatives for barristers to enhance their knowledge of ethics in practice and stay ahead of the curve.’

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Counsel, March 2017


Church liability: fall from ladder – Law & Religion UK

‘On 3 March 2017, the Court of Appeal (Civil) Division handed down the judgment in Casson v Hudson & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 125 in relation to a claim for damages following a fall from a ladder during the painting of a church hall. The case highlights the potential liabilities faced by incumbents and PCCs in relation to persons undertaking work on premises for which they are responsible.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th March 2017


Supreme Court rates on redevelopment decision will be welcomed by developers, experts say –

Posted March 8th, 2017 in news, planning, rates, Supreme Court, valuation by tracey

‘Developers will welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to reduce the rateable value of unoccupied office space undergoing substantial redevelopment works, according to property law experts at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind’

Full story, 6th March 2017


Recent ruling a reminder that journalistic defence can defeat data protection breach claims, says expert –

‘ A ruling by the High Court in London last month highlights the special rules that publishers can rely on under UK data protection law to defeat claims that they have processed personal data unlawfully.’

Full story, 8th March 2017


Yet another subject access judgment… – Panopticon

Posted March 8th, 2017 in appeals, costs, data protection, disclosure, documents, judgments, news, reasons, universities by tracey

‘So, as the saying goes, you wait months for a subject access judgment, and then three come along at once.’

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Panopticon, 6th march 2017


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 8th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Public Record Office (Fees) Regulations 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 5, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Regulations 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Permission in Principle etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2017

The National Health Service Pension Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions (Amendment) Regulations 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 8th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 119 (07 March 2017)

Jones v Canal & River Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 135 (07 March 2017)

Ahmed v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 118 (07 March 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Wright, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 126 (07 March 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) & Ors, R (on the application of) v Darrington Quarries Ltd [2017] EWHC 442 (Admin) (07 March 2017)

Ross v Secretary of State for Defence [2017] EWHC 408 (Admin) (06 March 2017)

Maciejewski v District Court In Elbag, Poland [2017] EWHC 426 (Admin) (06 March 2017)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Wilson v Lassman [2017] EWHC 85 (Ch) (07 March 2017)


Legal problem and resolution survey 2014 to 2015 – Ministry of Justice

‘These reports present the findings from the Legal Problem and Resolution Survey 2014 to 2015, a telephone survey of 10,058 adults in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd march 2017


Appeal court sends £4m solicitors’ negligence claim to trial – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2017 in appeals, intellectual property, law firms, negligence, news, summary judgments by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that gave a national law firm summary judgment in a case alleging that its negligence had caused a company to lose a £4m intellectual property licensing deal with a global engineering giant.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2017


Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Grand Court of the Cayman Islands guest lecture 2017 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 8th, 2017 in arbitration, courts, dispute resolution, international law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Grand Court of the Cayman Islands guest lecture 2017.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th march 2017


Reforms to cross-examination by alleged abusers in the Prisons and Courts Bill – Family Law Week

‘Mark Roscoe, barrister of The 36 Group, outlines the provisions which the Government proposes to insert into section 31 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.’

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Family Law Week, 7th March 2017


Divorce Jurisdiction after Brexit – Family Law Week

Posted March 8th, 2017 in brexit, divorce, EC law, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘An EU law working group, comprising 15 international family law experts, considers the basis on which couples should be able to engage the jurisdiction of the UK courts in order to divorce, following the UK’s departure from the European Union.’

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Family Law Week, 7th march 2017


Prolific LiP’s case partly struck out to give her a helping hand – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 8th, 2017 in judges, legal representation, litigants in person, news, striking out by tracey

‘A High Court judge has thrown out elements of a case brought by a litigant in person, telling her the ruling would help to remedy a lack of legal representation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2017


Torture victims in high court challenge to Home Office over detentions – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2017 in detention, health, human rights, judicial review, news, torture, victims by tracey

‘Seven victims of torture who have been locked up in immigration detention are at the high court, challenging as unlawful a government policy that allows some torture survivors to be imprisoned.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017


Mother-of-three to be forcibly deported on Jamaica charter flight – after 25 years in the UK – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in deportation, families, health, immigration, Jamaica, news, restraint by tracey

‘A mother of three whose youngest son suffers from a serious blood disorder, is to be forcibly deported to Jamaica tomorrow, despite having lived in the UK for more than 25 years.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2017


Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2017 in amendments, bills, brexit, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, treaties, veto by tracey

‘The government has suffered a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2017


Met Police still don’t know where FGM is happening after 32 years without a conviction – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in children, female genital mutilation, London, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘The police inspector in charge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) investigations in London said the Metropolitan Police still does not know where young women and girls are being cut and disfigured. Inspector Allen Davis’s comments came as the NHS revealed there were nearly 5,500 new FGM cases reported to hospitals, clinics and GPs in 2016.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2017


Lawyer who started her career with work experience aged 15 becomes UK’s youngest ever female judge at just 31 – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 8th, 2017 in Crown Court, judges, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A woman who began her career in law as a 15-year-old on work experience has become the country’s youngest ever female judge.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2017


MPs raise concerns over tougher knife crime guidelines’ impact on prison populations – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, violence, weapons by tracey

‘MPs have raised concerns over tougher knife crime sentencing guidelines due to the “substantial” impact it could have on the escalating prison population in Britain.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2017


Far-right activist decision to be re-examined by CPS – BBC News

‘A decision not to prosecute a far-right activist with links to Nazi sympathisers is to be re-examined, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2017