‘Black Friday’ promotion breached advertising rules, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 9th, 2017 in advertising, consumer protection, internet, news, sale of goods by sally

‘A short-term promotion for the sale of Apple Watch devices at a discounted price breached UK advertising rules because the promotion was not fair and resulted in “unnecessary disappointment” for consumers, the UK’s advertising watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2017

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Benefit claimants twice as likely to experience multiple legal problems, according to MoJ study – Legal Voice

Posted March 9th, 2017 in benefits, law centres, legal aid, news, social services, victims by sally

‘People receiving means-tested benefits were twice as likely to experience multiple legal problems as those who did not, according to new research by the Ministry of Justice. It also found that almost one in four black and minority ethnic adults received no help in relation to their legal problems compared with 15% of white adults.’

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Legal Voice, 7th March 2017

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Bar chief warns of ‘loss of confidence’ in fee reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 9th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, news by sally

‘The chairman of the Bar Council has weighed into the debate on plans to restructure the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), claiming the body is in danger of losing confidence in the government’s proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th March 2017

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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and Delegated Powers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘A good deal of the legal and constitutional interest generated by Brexit has so far, perhaps unsurprisingly, focussed upon the very beginning of the withdrawal process. Initially, all eyes were on the courts, with the Supreme Court holding in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 that the Article 50 mechanism can be activated only with Parliament’s legislative blessing. As a result of that landmark judgment, attention has now switched to Parliament, through which the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is presently passing.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th March 2017

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May a parish council grant-aid a place of worship? – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 9th, 2017 in Church of England, historic buildings, local government, news by sally

‘he following is based on a recent submission of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance (HRBA) to the DCMS English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review and is posted with the kind permission of the HRBA Chairman, Trevor Cooper.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th March 2017

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Museum workers win employment tribunal case against council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in employment tribunals, local government, news, remuneration by sally

‘Brighton & Hove City Council has lost an employment tribunal case brought by its museum staff over unlawful deductions from wages.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2017

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UK businesses see record number of European patents granted by EPO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 9th, 2017 in EC law, intellectual property, news, patents, reports, statistics by sally

‘A record number of European patents were granted to UK businesses in 2016 by the European Patent Office (EPO), according to new figures.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th March 2017

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When is an antitrust/competition claim caught by an arbitration clause? The Microsoft Mobile decision – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 9th, 2017 in agreements, arbitration, competition, contracts, news, price fixing, sale of goods by sally

‘The decision of the High Court in Microsoft Mobile Oy (Ltd) v Sony offers some helpful guidance as to when a competition law tort claim will be caught by an arbitration clause in a sale or supply agreement.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 7th March 2017

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Care home owners seek to bar council officers from entering premises – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in care homes, harassment, local government, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The owners of a care home have sought to bar Cornwall Council officers from entering its premises, claiming that the action was necessary to “protect service users from disruptive local officials”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2017

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Fake news inquiry to review social networks’ complaints procedures – The Guardian

‘A parliamentary inquiry into fake news is to consider legislation forcing social networks to improve the way they handle complaints after Facebook’s failure to remove sexualised images of children.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2017

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First Uber, now DX – union brings legal action over “forced self-employed” workers – Legal Futures

Posted March 9th, 2017 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment, trade unions by sally

‘DX has become the latest delivery company to face legal claims that it is taking advantage of the ‘gig economy’ by forcing workers into bogus self-employment, after the GMB union announced it was to start legal action on behalf of members working as couriers.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2017

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Gay man in fight for equal pension rights for husband ‘confident’ of Supreme Court win – Daily Telegraph

‘A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy in a heterosexual relationship described feeling “confident” as he began the final round of his legal battle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2017

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District urges neighbouring councils to clarify legal process for planned merger – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2017 in consultations, local government, mergers, news by sally

‘Sedgemoor District Council has urged its neighbours, Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils, to clarify the legal process to be used for their proposed merger.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2017

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Miners’ strike policing inquiry ‘would have been witch hunt’ – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in disclosure, documents, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police by sally

‘The Thatcher government feared a “witch hunt” if a public inquiry were held into policing of the 1984-5 miners’ strike, declassified files show.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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Assisted Dying: Lords Debate – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 9th, 2017 in assisted suicide, bills, euthanasia, news, parliament by sally

‘On 6 March 2017, the House of Lords held a short debate on assisted dying. Baroness Jay of Paddington asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they had made of recent legislation on assisted dying in North America; and whether those laws provide an appropriate basis for legislation in England and Wales.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th March 2017

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Rotherham sexual abuse scandal: no misconduct found so far, IPCC says – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of allegations of police wrongdoing during the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have not resulted in a single case of misconduct against an officer, the police watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2017

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Future-proof growth for the digital economy – Technology Law Update

Posted March 9th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, education, employment, news, regulations, reports by sally

‘Last year, the digital economy accounted for 14.5% of all UK service exports, at around £30bn. The UK remains a leader in digital innovation, and maintaining that status is a Government priority. Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, has released a detailed report suggesting four areas that for improvement to keep pace in the global race: skills, talent, investment and trade.’

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Technology Law Update, 7th March 2017

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The ‘robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, asylum, computer programs, news, refugees by sally

‘A technology initially used to fight traffic fines is now helping refugees with legal claims.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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British supreme court justice makes veiled attack on Donald Trump – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2017 in judges, judiciary, news, speeches by sally

‘A senior British supreme court justice has made a veiled attack on Donald Trump’s hostility towards the US judiciary in a speech defending the independence of UK judges mauled by the media over their Brexit judgment.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2017

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