Mother jailed for hiding baby’s death in 2005 – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in concealing birth, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A mother has been jailed for 21 months for covering up the death of her baby son for more than a decade.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2017


Tennis coach father John De’Viana cleared of cruelty – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in child abuse, news, sport by tracey

‘A tennis coach father who was accused of abusing his daughters in a bid to make them champions of Wimbledon has been cleared of mistreating them.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2017


Robert Thomas and Joe Tomlinson: A Design Problem for Judicial Review: What We Know and What We Need to Know about Immigration Judicial Reviews – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 17th, 2017 in immigration, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Immigration and asylum claimants often use judicial review to challenge immigration refusal decisions made by the Home Office. Immigration-related cases have, for a long time now, presented serious difficulties to the efficient management of the judicial review system in the UK.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th March 2017


Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards – Nearly Legal

Posted March 17th, 2017 in benefits, disabled persons, housing, judicial review, news by tracey

‘R (on the application of Halvai) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC (2017) QBD (Admin) (Sara Cockerill QC) 09/03/2017. This was a judicial review of H&F’s refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural difficulties. She requires one-to-one care, suffered from extreme anxiety and so had vital and complex accommodation needs, including a very quiet environment.’

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Nearly Legal, 14th March 2017



Posted March 17th, 2017 in insurance, news, road traffic by tracey

‘As Flax LJ neatly states at the beginning of his leading unanimous Judgment, “These two appeals are the latest round in the long-running battle between the motor insurance market and the credit hire companies”. Both appeals concerned the question of the correct approach to the assessment of damages in respect of a pecunious claimant.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 16th March 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 17th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

NA (Libya) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 143 (16 March 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Hamer, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 192 (16 March 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Clarke v General Optical Council [2017] EWHC 521 (Admin) (16 March 2017)

Zada v The Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Court of Trento, Italy [2017] EWHC 513 (Admin) (16 March 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Thefaut v Johnston [2017] EWHC 497 (QB) (14 March 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Celtic Bioenergy Ltd v Knowles Ltd [2017] EWHC 472 (TCC) (16 March 2017)

Hutton Construction Lted v Wilson Properties (London) Ltd [2017] EWHC 517 (TCC) (16 March 2017)

Brophy v Vodafone Ltd [2017] EWHC B9 (TCC) (15 March 2017)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 17th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016 (Consequential Amendments and Savings) Rules 2017

The Insolvency (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Corporation Tax Act 2010 (Part 8C) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Childcare (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Business Impact Target (Relevant Regulators) Regulations 2017

The Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2017

The Social Security (Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme) Regulations 2017

The Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 2017

The Pension Protection Fund (Modification) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Oil and Gas Authority (Levy) Regulations 2017

The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Non-Domestic Rating (Designated Areas etc.) Regulations 2017

The Road Traffic Offenders (Additional Offences) Order 2017

The Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 2017

The Harbour Directions (Designation of Harbour Authorities) Order 2017

The Economic Growth (Regulatory Functions) Order 2017

The Claims in respect of Loss or Damage arising from Competition Infringements (Competition Act 1998 and Other Enactments (Amendment)) Regulations 2017

The Capital Gains Tax (Annual Exempt Amount) Order 2017

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Occupational Pension Schemes and Social Security (Schemes that were Contracted-out and Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017

The Wales Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017

The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2017

The Universal Credit (Reduction of the Earnings Taper Rate) Amendment Regulations 2017

The Enterprise Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2017

The Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Church of England Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2016


Terry Bridger spared jail after 40-hour Pagham police stand-off – BBC News

‘A terminally-ill pensioner who threatened to shoot at police during a 40-hour stand-off has been spared jail after a judge heard he has a year to live.

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BBC News, 16th March


Litigant in person network goes live to co-ordinate support for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2017 in internet, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘The Litigant in Person Network – an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice – has gone live this week.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017


Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: City of London Solicitors’ Company – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 17th, 2017 in judicial appointments commission, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: City of London Solicitors’ Company.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th March 2017


Schemes allowing barristers to receive instructions without solicitors are working well, BSB’s latest review finds – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 17th, 2017 in barristers, legal services, licensing, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the results of a review into the Public and Licensed Access schemes. These schemes allow members of the public and other lay clients to instruct barristers directly without first instructing a solicitor or other intermediary.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2017


Attorney general defends article 50 litigation costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 17th, 2017 in costs, EC law, news, prerogative powers, referendums, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The attorney general has defended the government’s decision to take the fight over how article 50 is triggered to the highest UK court, assuring MPs that the cost of the appeal will be published “in due course”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th March 2017


New watchdog to oversee profession’s anti-money laundering regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 17th, 2017 in money laundering, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Treasury is to open a new front in the fight against money laundering by creating a watchdog that will tackle potential weaknesses in the supervision of lawyers and other professionals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2017


Civil Partnerships and Marriage: Labels or a state of mind? – Family Law Week

Posted March 17th, 2017 in civil partnerships, marriage, news by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, traces the development of the law relating to marriage and civil partnership up to and including the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Steinfeld & Keidan.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017


Finance and Divorce Update March 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017


Migrant teachers and nurses face overseas crime checks – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in criminal records, disclosure, news, nurses, social services, teachers, visas by tracey

‘Teachers, nurses and social workers from outside the European Union are set to face criminal record checks before being allowed to work in the UK.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017


Asthmatic chess champion Michael Uriely ‘could have been saved’ – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in children, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘A nine-year-old chess champion who died of an asthma attack could probably have been saved if he had not been sent home from hospital, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017


Cocaine smuggling Bianca skipper found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in drug trafficking, news by tracey

‘The skipper of a fishing boat has been convicted of one of Britain’s biggest-ever cocaine smuggling operations.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017


Coroner to write to Blenheim Palace over safety of ‘grace and favour’ cottages after gamekeeper and wife die in fire – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2017 in health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner is to write to Blenheim Palace over the safety of a “grace and favour” cottage after a head game-keeper and his wife died in a fire.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2017


Adam Johnson refused leave to appeal against child abuse conviction – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2017 in appeals, child abuse, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Adam Johnson, the former England footballer, has lost a challenge against his conviction for sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2017