Short Cuts – London Review of Books

‘After Brexit, the public face of criminal justice will look much the same as it does now. The UK has resisted many of the European Union’s moves towards harmonisation of substantive criminal law and procedure, and it is unlikely to use its new-found freedom from the restraints of EU law to decriminalise things like child pornography, cybercrime and people trafficking. The EU’s greatest impact on criminal justice has been through the multiple agreements and instruments that facilitate the detection, investigation and prosecution of such crimes as terrorism, people trafficking, child pornography, drug-smuggling, cybercrime and fraud across the EU. The best known of these is the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), implemented in 2004.’

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London Review of Books, 18th May 2017

Source: www.lrb.co.uk

Government discriminated against job applicant with Asperger’s – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government Legal Service (GLS) discriminated against a woman with Asperger’s syndrome, who had applied to join it, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Give us a heavyweight lord chancellor, bar urges next government – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2017 in barristers, judiciary, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘The next lord chancellor must be someone whose ’experience is combined with the requisite authority among ministerial colleagues’ to defend the independence of the judiciary, the bar’s representative body says today in a thinly veiled attack on Liz Truss.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

SFO wins disclosure bid in legal privilege case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2017 in disclosure, fraud, news, privilege, prosecutions, Serious Fraud Office by sally

‘Companies can no longer assume that private documents, including interview records used for internal investigations, will be protected after a High Court ruling this week, lawyers have claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

A new understanding of ‘professionalism’ – Legal Voice

‘Many lawyers are in denial about the toll traumatic cases can take on them and their work. Time to drop the stiff upper lip, says Lee Moore.’

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Legal Voice, 11th May 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Supreme Court hands down key ruling over meaning of planning framework – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2017 in housing, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘Two local authorities have lost appeals today to the Supreme Court, although judges did back the councils’ interpretation of a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Police dog Finn stabbing: Boy, 16, found guilty – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2017 in assault, criminal damage, dogs, news, offensive weapons, police, young offenders by sally

‘A teenage boy has been found guilty of stabbing a police dog and wounding his handler during a chase’

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BBC News, 11th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Supreme Court: Simultaneous weather events did not put charterers in breach of ‘safe port’ warranty – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 12th, 2017 in charterparties, harbours, insurance, news, shipping law by sally

‘The rare simultaneous occurrence of two otherwise common events was an ‘abnormal occurrence’, which did not put the charterers of a ship which ran aground in port in breach of the ‘safe port’ warranty they gave to the owners.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th May 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Nuisance marketing company that made 100m cold calls receives record fine – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2017 in complaints, fines, news, nuisance, telecommunications by sally

‘A company behind 100m nuisance calls has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after more than 1,000 people complained about automated calls.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Cyril Smith abuse inquiry will not require specific findings on MP – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The child sexual abuse inquiry will investigate whether Cyril Smith targeted boys in Rochdale care homes but will not be required to make “specific findings” against the dead former Liberal MP.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man jailed after raping 13-year-old and punching baby – The Independent

Posted May 12th, 2017 in assault, child abuse, news, rape, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old girl and assaulting a baby by a court in Newcastle.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2017

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Supreme Court favours narrow interpretation of ‘relevant policies for supply of housing’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 12th, 2017 in housing, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘Only those local planning policies dealing with housing-specific questions, such as numbers and distribution of housing, will be deemed out of date in the absence of a five year supply of deliverable sites for housing in a particular area, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th May 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Fox News must let Ofcom meet harassment victims, lawyer says – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2017 in harassment, injunctions, media, news, sex discrimination, victims by sally

‘Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox should waive gagging orders on victims of alleged racial and sexual harassment at Fox News so they can speak to the UK media watchdog, a lawyer representing the victims has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court again overturns SDT ruling that cleared solicitor over Axiom fund borrowing – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, loans, news, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has overturned a decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to clear a solicitor who borrowed money from the controversial Axiom Legal Financing Fund of charges of misconduct – five months after a ruling that cleared two other solicitors who took an Axiom loan was also reversed.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Mother and daughter in terror plot case ordered to lift veils by magistrate who demands to see their eyes – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2017 in conspiracy, court dress, Islam, magistrates, news, terrorism by sally

‘A woman and her daughter charged in connection with what is thought to be Britain’s first all-female alleged terror plot were told to lift their veils in court by a magistrate who asked to see their eyes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Estranged wife gets £453m in one of biggest UK divorce settlements – The Guardian

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

‘The former wife of an oil and gas trader has been awarded £453m in one of the largest divorce settlements ever agreed by a UK court. It confirms London’s status as the favoured location to bring divorce claims against super-rich spouses.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk