Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 11th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The European Union Financial Sanctions (Enhanced Penalties) Regulations 2017

The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

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Jehovah’s Witnesses lose appeal to block New Moston inquiry – Law & Religion UK

‘In Tayo & Ors (Trustees of Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses) v Charity Commission for England and Wales [2017] UKUT 134 (TCC), the trustees of Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses lost their appeal against the First Tier Tribunal’s refusal in 2015 – which we noted at the time – to review the Charity Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into the charity under s 46 Charities Act 2011.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th April 2017

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Tribunal judge overturns listing of allotment site as an asset of community value – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 11th, 2017 in appeals, commons, housing, local government, news, tribunals by sally

‘A tribunal has overturned the listing of an allotment site in Lancashire as an asset of community value (ACV), on the grounds that nearby housing development makes it “highly unrealistic” that the site will ever be used as allotments again.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th April 2017

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Man who torched dream home after row with building society is jailed – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2017 in arson, building societies, mortgages, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who set fire to his dream rural retreat after a bitter dispute with a building society was found strumming a guitar and cooking on a barbecue next to the burning building by firefighters who arrived to help.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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Somebody else’s money – Nearly Legal

‘Ms Oliver was the long leaseholder in a block of flats on the Lansdowne Estate, which was owned by the Council. The Council carried out city wide major works, which included works on the Lansdown Estate. Some of the works were eligible for a contribution from a commercial energy company as part of the Community Energy Savings Programme (“CESP”). In total 15 of the 25 blocks on the Lansdowne Estate were eligible to receive CESP funding. The contribution to Ms Oliver’s block was £43,570.44. The Council decided not to pass the CESP directly to the leaseholders as a set off against their service charge contributions. Rather, the Council decided to attribute the money to the funding of works to its city-wide housing stock. The effect of this was that every leaseholder’s service charge was reduced irrespective of whether their block had been entitled to CESP funding.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th April 2017

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Court of Appeal warns judges against interrupting witness evidence too much – Litigation Futures

‘The Chancellor of the High Court has urged judges to “temper eagerness with restraint” in the way they conduct trials, after a circuit judge was found to have made excessive interventions while witnesses were giving evidence.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th April 2017

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Shared legal service terminated after requirements of partner councils change – Local Government Lawyer

‘The shared legal service between Spelthorne Borough Council and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council came to an end last month after three years, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2017

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‘Blood contamination tore my family apart’ – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2017 in blood products, health, HIV, inquiries, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Thousands of people with haemophilia were infected with HIV and hepatitis as a result of NHS treatments in the 1970s and 80s. But their families are still seeking a public inquiry into the scandal.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2017

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BREXIT: Banks told to show Brexit plans to PRA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 11th, 2017 in banking, EC law, financial regulation, news, treaties by sally

‘The Bank of England has written to UK financial services firms asking them to send a summary of their contingency plans for Brexit to the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) by July.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th April 2017

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Cuts to legal aid for prisoners ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2017 in appeals, equality, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons by sally

‘The government has lost a key court of appeal battle over access to legal aid for prisoners in a ruling that campaigners have called a groundbreaking victory.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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EVENT: Gresham College – Expert Witnesses: A Zero-Sum Game?

Posted April 11th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The use of experts in the family courts can make a significant difference to outcomes. The debate about the use of experts in court cases reflects the conflicted stance society takes on the emotive issue of child protection. It is a gross injustice to the child and parent for social workers, backed by ‘expert’ opinion, to wrongly remove children but it is equally unacceptable for vulnerable children to be left at home to suffer abuse.’

Date: 12th April 2017, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

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Whistleblowing: Would you blow the whistle on your boss? What protections do you get? – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2017 in arson, banking, disclosure, financial regulation, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Some people may prefer the quiet life choosing not to rock the boat unless they really have to. Others could feel that the only correct thing to do is to spill the beans.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2017

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Death at immigration detention centre comes under investigation – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2017 in death in custody, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘An investigation has been launched into the death of a 43-year-old man in an immigration removal centre on Sunday, the Home Office has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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Drink-driver who crashed with son in car jailed – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2017 in costs, dangerous driving, disqualification, driving licences, news, sentencing by sally

‘A drink-driver who smashed into a concrete roundabout island and launched her car 14ft into the air while her child was in the back has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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