Easter Break

Posted April 13th, 2017 in news by sally

There will be no posts over the Easter weekend (Friday 14 April – Monday 17 April inclusive) during which time the Library will be closed. We will resume posting on Tuesday 18 April.

Here comes Billy, the robot junior clerk – Legal Futures

‘Innovative chambers Clerksroom is building Billy.Bot, a ‘robot junior clerk’ that will do the work of a traditional barristers’ clerk and also provide basic legal information to online users, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 13th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Revised ‘section 182’ guidance issued to help curb illegal working at licensed premises – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 13th, 2017 in employment, immigration, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The UK government has issued new guidance to help local authorities meet duties to check that people selling alcohol in licensed premises in England and Wales are entitled to work in the country.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th April 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 13th, 2017 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

High Court (Administrative Court)

High Court (Chancery Division)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Source: www.bailii.org

Does a lack of integrity show dishonesty? High Court says yes as it overturns “flawed” strike-off – Legal Futures

Posted April 13th, 2017 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by sally

‘A High Court judge has overturned a decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to strike off a former partner of national law firm Bond Dickinson, because the distinction it drew between acting without integrity and being dishonest meant the whole case against him was flawed.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Jackson backs cost capping for Mercantile Court pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted April 13th, 2017 in costs, courts, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has chosen cost capping, rather than fixed costs, as the way forward for a voluntary pilot he hopes to introduce in the Mercantile Court, as the judge continues to investigate the possible extension of fixed recoverable costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

K M Hayne: The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In the White Paper published in February this year (“The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union” Cm 9417), the very first point made was that the “Great Repeal Bill” will “remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book and convert the ‘acquis’ – the body of existing EU law – into domestic law”. It was said that “[t]his means that, wherever practical and appropriate, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after [the United Kingdom] leave[s] the EU as they did before”.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 12th April 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Terminally ill former lecturer wins right to fight assisted dying ban – The Guardian

‘A terminally ill former lecturer has won the right to challenge the legal ban on assisted dying in the hope that he can end his life at home surrounded by his family.

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The Guardian, 12th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court backs pre-LASPO recoverability of success fees and ATE premiums – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court has ruled against three leading newspaper groups over having to pay claimants’ success fees and after-the-event insurance under the pre-LASPO regime, saying that the media’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were not engaged as critically as the rights of those suing them.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2017 in child abuse, child cruelty, education, news, social services by sally

‘Teachers and social care staff did not show enough “professional curiosity” in a girl who died after years of abuse by her aunt, a serious case review said.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for four months over Facebook threat to kill MP – The Guardian

‘A factory worker has been jailed for four months for posting on Facebook a “sinister and menacing” threat to stab a Conservative MP to death.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk