Overcoming the hurdles – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 21st, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘The recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London has brought into sharp focus the importance of having adequate fire safety in large blocks of flats. There has been much public debate about landlords cutting corners with fire protection or failing to retro-fit sprinklers. There are now calls for landlords to be required to bring older blocks up to modern standards of fire protection. This is an imperative but there are obstacles to achieving it. This article examines the legal and financial hurdles that landlords face in bringing their blocks up to an acceptable standard and proposes legislative reform to bring about the much needed works quickly.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 25th July 2017

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

The “Great Repeal Bill” and environmental law – Six Pump Court

Posted August 21st, 2017 in bills, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 July. Its substantive provisions occupy 13 pages, with a further 47 pages of schedules (much of the latter being devoted to devolution issues). The accompanying Explanatory Notes, despite describing themselves as “not, and not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill”, are nevertheless of roughly equal total length.’

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Six Pump Court, 24th July 2017

Source: www.6pumpcourt.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted August 21st, 2017 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

High Court (Administrative Court)

High Court (Family Division)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Source: www.bailii.org

Tudor mansion arsonist jailed after being caught by single match – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2017 in alcohol abuse, arson, DNA, drug abuse, listed buildings, news, sentencing by sally

‘An arsonist who caused £5m worth of damage to a Tudor mansion has been jailed for four and a half years after being caught by a single match.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: initial impressions – Technology Law Update

Posted August 21st, 2017 in computer crime, computer programs, news, road traffic by sally

‘On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the first of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.’

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Technology Law Update, 21st August 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Connor Sparrowhawk: no risk assessments before teenager’s death, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘A senior psychiatrist failed to carry out any risk assessments on an epileptic teenager before he had a seizure and drowned in a bath, a medical tribunal has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Employment tribunal president lifts fees claim stay with “administrative” solution imminent – Litigation Futures

Posted August 21st, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, news, stay of proceedings by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will soon announce an “administrative” solution to claims arising from the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that the current fees regime is unlawful, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st August 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Police inaction over Ian Watkins left child at risk of abuse, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2017 in child abuse, complaints, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘The inaction of South Yorkshire police officers left a child at risk of being abused for months by the former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins, the police watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bedfordshire detective jailed for filming sex act in child’s bedroom – BBC News

‘A detective has been jailed for filming himself performing a sex act in a child’s bedroom while on duty.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Financial ombudsman gearing up for more complaints ahead of PPI deadline – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2017 in complaints, financial regulation, insurance, news, ombudsmen, time limits by sally

‘The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is anticipating a “significant increase in demand” for its services in the run-up to the August 2019 deadline for complaints about potentially mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI)’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th August 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Dead mouse in Jiffy bag stalker given suspended jail sentence – BBC News

‘A woman who posted a dead mouse to her ex-partner’s girlfriend has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sufficient Notice – Nearly Legal

Posted August 21st, 2017 in civil procedure rules, landlord & tenant, news, notification by sally

‘Those who have been readers of this blog for a while may recall our campaign about evictions by High Court Sheriffs where the writs were (wrongly) obtained as an administrative act by using form N293A. This culminated in a practice note by Senior Master Fontaine, stressing that – for tenants, if not for trespassers or mortgage possessions – any application for a writ had to comply with CPR 83.13.’

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Nearly Legal, 20th August 2017

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Ex-legal chief attacks Theresa May’s ‘foolish’ claim on European court of justice – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2017 in customs and excise, EC law, interpretation, markets, news by sally

‘Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Privy Council: ‘fairness’ central to whether evidence must be put to party at trial – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2017 in cohabitation, cross-examination, evidence, news, Privy Council, shareholders by sally

‘The question of whether a case will fall if a judge rejects a party’s evidence on grounds which that party has not had a chance to explain during the trial should be based on whether the overall trial is fair, senior UK judges have indicated.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th August 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Britain could be subject to European Court rulings until 2027, it emerges – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 21st, 2017 in EC law, interpretation, judgments, judiciary, news, precedent by sally

‘Britain could be subject to rulings by the European Court of Justice for years after the UK leaves the European Union, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2017 in bills, electronic mail, fraud, news, pensions, telecommunications by sally

‘A forthcoming ban on cold-callers who try to scam people out of their pension savings will include emails and texts, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2017

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CPS to crack down on social media hate crime, says Alison Saunders – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, hate crime, internet, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutors will be ordered to treat online hate crime as seriously as offences carried out face to face in plans announced by the director of public prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com