Melania Trump accepts Daily Mail damages and apology in libel case – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘The Daily Mail and Mail Online will pay damages to settle a libel claim brought against it by the US first lady Melania Trump over false claims about her work as a professional model.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Duty of care’ – Not in housing allocation – Nearly Legal

Posted April 12th, 2017 in duty of care, housing, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Many of you, I suspect, will be like me – you hear from clients, prospective clients, tenants etc., on a very frequent basis that in making a housing decision, or indeed in not making it, the council or housing association has ‘breached its duty of care’ to them.’

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Nearly Legal, 11th April 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

EVENT: Farrar’s Building – Discount rate – where are we now and what next?

Posted April 12th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The seminar will look at:

– implications for claims for future losses – the schedule & counter-schedule
– Roberts v Johnstone – the problem and the alternatives
– future lump sums and accelerated receipt – the exaggerated effect on distant events
– Smith & Manchester – a re-think?
– pensions – a disproportionate increase & what to do about it
– periodical payments – advantages & disadvantages in a changed landscape
– Part 36 offers – to withdraw, to make, to accept
– tactics – to settle or adjourn pending new legislation
– what’s next – new legislation & the alternatives
– What’s past? Professional negligence issues arising out of claims settled at a 2.5% discount rate’

Date: 27th April 2017, 6.00pm

Location: The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, South Square, London

Charge: Free, booking required

More information can be found here.

Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, internet, judges, news by sally

‘A judge has been sacked for using a pseudonym to post abusive comments on a newspaper website about cases he was involved in.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Employment tribunal fees ‘barrier’ to justice in human rights cases, say MPs – Legal Voice

Posted April 12th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, human rights, news, select committees by sally

‘Employment tribunal fees were ‘a barrier to victims seeking justice when they have suffered human rights abuses’, according to an influential group of MPs. The House of Commons’ joint committee on human rights have added their collective voice to the justice and equalities committees in calling on the Government to cut the charges introduced in 2013.’

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Legal Voice, 11th April 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Let lawyers control supply of electronic legal documents, report says – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2017 in consumer protection, documents, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘Lawyers should control the supply of “so-called standard electronic documents”, such as confidentiality deeds or contracts, a report has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

EVENT: 11KBW – Term-time holidays: The decision of the Supreme Court in Isle of Wight Council v Platt

Posted April 12th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Term-time holidays were back in the headlines last week following the decision of Supreme Court in Isle of Wight Council v Platt but the consequences of the ruling go much wider than family vacations.

11KBW invites you to a breakfast seminar in Chambers on Tuesday 18 April 2017 from 8.45am to look at the decision and examine its implications, which will affect parents, schools and local authorities across the country.

It will be delivered by Paul Greatorex who represented Mr Platt throughout the proceedings and co-speaking will be Tom Cross. Places are limited and this is expected to be a very popular event so please book now.’

Date: 11th April 2017, 8.30am

Location: 11 King’s Bench Walk, London, EC4Y 7EQ

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Fracking activists in Lancashire lose high court bid to stop drilling – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in energy, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘Lancashire residents fighting to block a fracking site have said they are “truly dismayed” after losing a high court legal challenge.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barclays whistleblower case sparks calls for more protection – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in employment, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Whistleblowing charities and law firms have called for companies to offer more protection to workers who flag up internal problems after the chief executive of Barclays attempted to track down the author of anonymous letters.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Monks’ charitable status challenged – Law & Religion UK

Posted April 12th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, charities, news by sally

‘Today, BBC Devon carried the story “Strip ‘violent wine’ monks of charity status, say secularists“; this states: “monks who make Buckfast tonic wine linked to violent crime in Scotland should be stripped of charitable status…The National Secular Society says the beverage made at Buckfast Abbey in Devon is harmful. Buckfast Abbey Trust does not pay tax on the income because it is a charity, which the society claims is an;abuse of the charitable system’”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 11th April 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Cost of Legal Ombudsman to rise for first time as unpaid case fees cause problems – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman’s (LeO) budget is set to rise for the first time since its creation – by £1m – with claims management companies not paying the case fees they have been charged the key cause and more expected to follow as they continue to go out of business.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court quashes planning permission for five-bed home for third time – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 12th, 2017 in environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Northumberland Council has seen its grant of planning permission for a five-bed home quashed by the High Court for a third time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bank of England proposes ‘fund-based’ sharia-compliant liquidity facility – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2017 in banking, islamic law, news by sally

‘The Bank of England is proposing to introduce a “fund-based” deposit facility for Islamic banks, which would allow them to obtain access to additional liquidity when necessary in a way that is compliant with sharia law.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th April 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Millionaire is not a ‘genius’ so should give his ex-wife half his £180 million fortune, Court of Appeal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 12th, 2017 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘An American financier who claimed his work was so touched by “genius” that he should not be forced to give his estranged wife half their £180 million fortune has been told by a British court there was nothing exceptional about his contribution to their marriage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parents fighting to keep baby alive lose high court battle – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘Doctors can withdraw life-support treatment from a sick baby boy against his parents’ wishes, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

A culture of fear? – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘A newly published survey by the Law Society Junior Lawyer’s Division (JLD) has found that extreme stress affects a quarter of young lawyers. This highlights a worrying trend that we have been tracking for some time: young solicitors unable to cope and lacking proper support from their employers.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Dean Collins guilty over Joseph Smith’s crash death – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news by sally

‘The driver of a car involved in a head-on crash which killed his five-year-old stepson has been found guilty of causing his death by dangerous driving.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK supreme court denies tobacco firms permission for plain packaging appeal – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in appeals, health, news, smoking, Supreme Court by sally

‘All cigarettes sold in the UK must have standardised packaging from next month after the supreme court refused permission to the tobacco industry to appeal against the new laws.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government given 21 days to explain climate change failures or face legal action – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, climate change, delay, energy, government departments, news, pollution by sally

‘Environmental lawyers at campaign group ClientEarth set deadline amid concern over repeated delays to publication of Government’s key plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Selfridges ad of ‘thin’ model cleared by watchdog – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news by sally

‘A fashion advert for Selfridges has been cleared by the advertising watchdog following a complaint the model in it looked “unhealthily thin”.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk