Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 20th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Pension Schemes (Categories of Country and Requirements for Overseas Pension Schemes and Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes) (Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Registered Pension Schemes (Authorised Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2017

The Pension Schemes Act 2015 (Judicial Pensions) (Consequential Provision) Regulations 2017

The Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Social Security (Invalid Care Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2017

The Riot Compensation Act 2016 (Commencement) Regulations 2017

The Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017

The State Pension Debits and Credits (Revaluation) Order 2017

The Riot Compensation Regulations 2017

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


Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal – The Guardian

‘More than 35,000 motorists have joined a class action lawsuit against VW in England and Wales over the emissions scandal.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017


Driver jailed over Poppy-Arabella Clarke crossing death – BBC News

‘A pensioner who killed a three-year-old girl weeks after being told to stop driving because of poor eyesight has been jailed for four years.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2017


UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point – The Guardian

‘A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017


New Acts –

Posted March 20th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2017


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 20th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Social Security (Contributions) (Rates, Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2017

The Tax Credits and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating etc. Regulations 2017

The Transfer for Determination of an Application for International Protection (Detention) (Significant Risk of Absconding Criteria) Regulations 2017

The Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Child Tax Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) (England) Regulations 2017

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Rent Repayment Orders and Financial Penalties (Amounts Recovered) (England) Regulations 2017

The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations 2016 (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Equality Act 2010 (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) (Passengers in Wheelchairs – Notices of Exemption) Regulations 2017

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017

The North Korea (United Nations Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Oil and Gas Authority (Fees and Petroleum Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential, Supplementary and Incidental Amendments) Order 2017

The Pensions Increase (Modification) Regulations 2017

The Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment Regulations 2017

The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2017

The Licensing Act 2003 (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 20th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2017] EWCA Civ 153 (17 March 2017)

ZX, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 155 (17 March 2017)

Watermead Parish Council v Aylesbury Vale District Council [2017] EWCA Civ 152 (17 March 2017)

Patterson v Spencer [2017] EWCA Civ 140 (17 March 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Qarani, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 507 (Admin) (17 March 2017)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Inter Export LLC v Townley & Anor [2017] EWHC 530 (Ch) (17 March 2017)

Hand & Anor v George [2017] EWHC 533 (Ch) (17 March 2017)

Chuku v Chuku [2017] EWHC 541 (Ch) (17 March 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd [2017] EWHC 519 (Comm) (17 March 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

B (A Child by her Guardian), Re [2017] EWHC 488 (Fam) (15 March 2017)


Local authority alert sees family barrister fined over data security failings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A senior family law and Court of Protection barrister has been fined £1,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to keep clients’ sensitive personal information secure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th March 2017


Budgeting uncertainty set to roll on until Merrix appeal – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2017 in appeals, budgets, costs, news, reasons, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘The fall-out is continuing from the recent High Court decision that budgets bind the parties at detailed assessment unless there is good reason not to, although it seems clear that parties are waiting for a definitive ruling from the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017


MPs launch inquiry into government’s personal injury reforms – Legal Futures

‘MPs on the justice select committee have launched a “short” inquiry into the personal injury reforms contained in the Prisons and Courts Bill. The announcement comes ahead of the bill’s second reading – during which the principles behind it will be debated – on Monday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th march 2017


News focus: ‘Virtual justice’ and the IT panacea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Just over six years ago, a taxpayer funded independent study of a pilot “virtual court” concluded that: “A rollout based on the pilot’s performance and parameters is likely to cost more money than it saves. A break-even scenario may be achieved, but this is still likely to be a challenge.” ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th March 2017


Parental Alienation – learning from other jurisdictions and other disciplines – Family Law Week

Posted March 20th, 2017 in contact orders, families, foreign jurisdictions, news by tracey

‘Joanna Abrahams, Head of Family Law, Setfords, considers possible ways to overcome problems of parental alienation.’

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Family Law Week, 19th March 2017


Police wind up Sir Edward Heath sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, private investigators, sexual offences by tracey

‘The £1  million police investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile is being wound up amid claims it has found no evidence to justify tarnishing the former prime minister’s reputation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2017


Greedy treasurer jailed for selling sea rescue charity’s lifeboat on eBay – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in abuse of position of trust, charities, false accounting, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “greedy” treasurer sank her own sea rescue charity after selling its lifeboat on eBay.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2017


Dozens of crimes against MPs reported – BBC News

‘A police team created to handle crimes against MPs has dealt with 53 complaints since the murder of Jo Cox.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2017


New evidence links 1970s pregnancy test drug to life-changing birth defects – The Independent

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, documents, medicines, news, personal injuries, pregnancy, victims by tracey

‘New evidence has emerged linking the hormone-based drug Primodos to severe deformities or abnormalities in children, sparking fresh hope for families who have been campaigning for decades for compensation from its manufacturer.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2017


Rape victims to be spared ordeal of cross-examination in court – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2017 in cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘New measures to spare alleged rape victims from facing live cross-examination in court will be rolled out as part of changes being made by the justice secretary.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2017


Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming – Ministry of Justice

‘New offence of sexual communication with a child will be introduced, and measures to support victims of sex crimes accelerated.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2017


NHS whistleblowers will get compensation if blacklisted by health service – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, employment, health, news, tribunals, whistleblowers by tracey

‘NHS whistleblowers will be entitled to compensation if they are stopped from getting new jobs in the health service because of their disclosures, the government will announce.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2017