Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted July 27th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (Commencement No. 5) Regulations 2017

The Apprenticeships (Modifications to the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England) Order 2017

The Tax Credits (Exercise of Functions in relation to Northern Ireland and Notices for Recovery of Tax Credit Overpayments) Order 2017

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2017

The Antarctic Act 1994 (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Falkland Islands Courts (Overseas Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations 2017

The Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2017

The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2017

The Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2017


Sentencing guidelines and offences involving corrosive substances – Sentencing Council

‘Reports of assaults and robberies involving the use of acid or other corrosive substances have increased in profile recently, with questions being asked as to how offenders who attack or threaten people with such substances are dealt with by the courts. In its guidelines for judges and magistrates, the Sentencing Council is clear that use of a corrosive substance is a factor that shows high culpability on the part of the offender.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th July 2017


Medical equipment expert convicted of £1.7m corruption – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 27th, 2017 in corruption, news, press releases, tenders by tracey

‘An expert in the procurement of medical equipment who received £1.7m in corrupt payments to help medical supply companies win tenders has been convicted of corruption.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th July 2017


Speech by The Lord Chief Justice: Opening of the Business and Property Courts for Wales – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 27th, 2017 in courts, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘It is a privilege and a great pleasure to be in the other capital city of the jurisdiction of England and Wales to open the Business and Property Courts for Wales at Cardiff.
This opening represents the pragmatic and dynamic approach of our joint jurisdiction. As the Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales will explain in a little more detail, the bringing together of the specialist civil courts for Wales at Cardiff follows the launch of the Business and Property Courts in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, to be followed in due course by a similar opening in Bristol.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th July 2017

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 27th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

UNISON, R (on the application of) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 (26 July 2017)

McDonald v Newton or McDonald (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 52 (26 July 2017)

Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 (26 July 2017)

Sadovska & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 54 (26 July 2017)

BPP Holdings Ltd & Ors v Revenue and Customs [2017] UKSC 55 (26 July 2017)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Curzon v Wolstenholme & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1098 (26 July 2017)

Fox-Davies v Burberry Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1129 (26 July 2017)

Revenue And Customs v Hutchinson [2017] EWCA Civ 1075 (26 July 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Uddin, R v [2017] EWCA 1072 (Crim) (26 July 2017)

Quinn & Anor, R v [2017] EWCA 1071 (Crim) (26 July 2017)

Criminal Practice Directions 2015 Amendment No. 5 [2017] EWCA Crim 1076 (26 July 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Okon v The London Borough of Lewisham [2017] EWHC 1933 (Admin) (26 July 2017)

Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1930 (Admin) (26 July 2017)

Chancepixies Animal Welfare v North Kesteven District Council & Anor [2017] EWHC 1927 (Admin) (26 July 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Blue v Ashley (Rev 1) [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm) (26 July 2017)

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc v Ukraine [2017] EWHC 1902 (Comm) (26 July 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Redman v Zurich Insurance Plc & Anor [2017] EWHC 1919 (QB) (26 July 2017)

Various Claimants v Barclays Bank Plc [2017] EWHC 1929 (QB) (26 July 2017)

Cameron Developments (UK) Ltd v National Westminster Bank Plc & Anor [2017] EWHC 1884 (QB) (26 July 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Castle Trustee Ltd & Ors v Bombay Palace Restaurant Ltd [2017] EWHC 1889 (TCC) (26 July 2017)


Joe Perry gets three-month suspended ban over betting rule breaches – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2017 in disqualification, gambling, news, sport, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Joe Perry has been given a three-month ban – suspended until May 2018 – for breaching rules on betting on matches.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2017


Dorset village brothel uncovered by police after woman helping to run it rings 999 when client collapses – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2017 in conditional discharge, costs, news, prostitution, sentencing by tracey

‘A brothel run from a Dorset village was uncovered by police after a client collapsed, leading a woman who helped run the premises to ring 999.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2017


Businessman guilty of mixing horsemeat with beef – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2017 in conspiracy, food, fraud, horses, news by tracey

‘A businessman has been found guilty of being part of a £200,000 conspiracy to pass off horsemeat as beef, much of which went on to enter the food chain.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2017


FCA to extend regulatory regime to 47,000 firms – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2017 in banking, consultations, consumer credit, news by tracey

‘A regulatory regime intended to crack down on the behaviour of bank bosses is to be extended to 47,000 firms including dentists, gyms and tool hire companies that offer credit to customers.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017


More than one prisoner a week is released from jail by mistake, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2017 in assault, mistake, news, prison officers, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017


Family court delay risking lives, says charity – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2017 in children, delay, domestic violence, family courts, news by tracey

‘Domestic violence campaigners say they are very concerned plans to protect children from violent parents during custody battles have been delayed. Changes to family court guidelines were announced in January, but still have not been signed off by the government.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2017


‘The Ombudsman ordered Lloyds to repay us £47,500 – and then changed its mind’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2017 in banking, compensation, conveyancing, fraud, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A couple who were told by the Financial Ombudsman they would be repaid more than £47,000 stolen in a conveyancing scam have now been told, more than a year later, that they will not be getting their money back.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017


Why UK law still caters to the norms of public disgust towards homosexuality – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2017 in crime, homosexuality, legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘We tend to assume that law is objective and disembodied, but the story of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK shows that it is in fact, like the people who create it, an emotional creature: animated by visceral human feelings – and as far as sexuality is concerned, the chief emotion at work is often disgust.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2017


Female physics teacher, 28, banned after drunken sex with pupil in plane toilet – Daily Telegraph

‘A physics teacher who had sex with a pupil in the loos on a plane was only caught after a second pupil tried to blackmail her, a tribunal heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2017


Technical consultation to simplify sentencing launched – Law Commission

Posted July 27th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A new consultation which looks to tidy up sentencing law has been launched by the Law Commission. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use outdated and inaccessible language. So in plans published today – which do not affect current maximum or minimum sentences for criminal offences, nor replace the work of the Sentencing Council – the Law Commission offers a technical fix to modernise the law, bring greater transparency and improve efficiency.’

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Law Commission, 27th July 2017