Domestic workers win supreme court case against Saudi diplomat – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in appeals, diplomats, immunity, news, Supreme Court, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Two domestic workers who say they were exploited by a Saudi diplomat in London have won a major victory in the supreme court after judges ruled that their employer was no longer protected by diplomatic immunity.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017


Graduate’s dream of joining the police was ruined – because she’d been told off for shoplifting at 13 – WalesOnline

Posted October 19th, 2017 in cautions, news, police, theft, young persons by tracey

‘A bright graduate’s dream of joining the police was destroyed – because she’d been told off for shoplifting from Primark when she was just 13. And now top judges have slammed a police recruitment policy that “irrationally” led to rejection of the job application from the woman, who is now in her 20s.’

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WalesOnline, 18th october 2017


Foster care abuse victim in ‘landmark’ win against council – BBC News

‘A woman who was abused as a child by her foster parents has won a Supreme Court battle against the local authority responsible for her care.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2017


EVENT: DLA Annual Conference 2017

Posted October 19th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Book soon to secure a place at this year’s DLA conference.

The DLA conference is renowned for its combination of cutting-edge legal commentary, insightful exposition and shaping the policy agenda for discrimination lawyers – this year is no exception.

Speakers in the morning include Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society; Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers and Professor Iyiola Solanke, Professor of EU Law and Social Justice at Leeds University. During the afternoon participants will be able to choose topics they wish to explore in greater depth during breakout sessions covering a range of current equality law issues. The breakout sessions, led by experienced practitioners with specialist expertise, will provide practical advice in relation to particular areas of law or procedures

The day concludes with a panel discussion chaired by Robin Allen QC followed by a drinks reception.’

Date: 3rd November 2017

Location: Allen & Overy, Bishops Square, London E1 6AD

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted October 18th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Social Security and Child Support (Care Payments and Tenant Incentive Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

The Designation of Schools Having a Religious Character (Independent Schools) (England) (No. 2) Order 2017

The Transfer of Functions (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Order 2017


Transactions in land tax rules: unexpected implications –

Posted October 18th, 2017 in budgets, news, sale of land, taxation by sally

‘New ‘transactions in land’ UK tax rules took effect from 5 July 2016. The rules were aimed at larger property developers with the means to implement cross-border structures to avoid UK income or corporation tax.’

Full Story, 17th October 2017


Can Social Media Damage Your Right to a Fair Trial? – RightsInfo

Posted October 18th, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, internet, juries, news by sally

‘An impartial jury is an essential part of our right to a fair trial, and the people may only consider evidence which has been lawfully presented in the courtroom.’

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RightsInfo, 18th October 2017


Ten years after the death of Fiona Pilkington, have the police got better at tackling hate crime? – The Independent

Posted October 18th, 2017 in hate crime, mental health, news by sally

‘Everyone remembers Fiona as the woman who burnt herself to death. They remember reading about her in the papers or seeing her face on the news: a photo of a brown-haired, middle-aged woman with downcast eyes. No one knew her personally. Fiona spent much of her life isolated and alone. Ten years on, residents in the Leicestershire village where she lived and worked still seem disconnected to her death. Locals living just a few metres from the lay-by where Fiona eventually set her own car ablaze struggle to recall the details. “We saw nothing,” one elderly resident says. “There was no fuss here. We had no one asking any questions.”’

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The Independent, 18th October 2017


Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2017 in benefits, children, judicial review, news, tax credits by sally

‘The government is facing a high court challenge to its two-child limit on benefit claims, the basis for the hugely controversial “rape clause” policy, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017


Catford park murder: Longer sentence for lost shoe boy killer – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2017 in abuse of position of trust, appeals, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A killer who beat a five-year-old boy to death for losing a trainer in a park has had his prison sentence extended to a minimum of 21 years.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2017


Couple who had sex at Domino’s Pizza banned from spending the night together – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2017 in community service, news, outraging public decency, sentencing by sally

‘A couple who had sex at a pizza takeaway as staff worked on the other side of the counter will not be allowed to spend the night together for nearly six months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2017


Brook House: Inquiry call into immigration centre allegations – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2017 in detention, immigration, inquiries, news, security companies by sally

‘A “prompt” and independent inquiry should be held into alleged abuse at an immigration removal centre in the UK, a human rights body has said.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2017


UK withdrawal bill ‘rips the heart out of environmental law’, say campaigners – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2017 in bills, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The cornerstones of wildlife and habitat protection have been quietly left out of the withdrawal bill ripping the heart out of environmental law, campaigners say.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017


Court of Appeal clarifies contractual rights for issuers of bearer notes –

Posted October 17th, 2017 in appeals, banking, contracts, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal (CoA) has issued a landmark judgment which clarifies the rights and obligations for issuers of bearer notes and investors in them.’

Full Story, 16th October 2017


UK courts did not breach man’s right to reputation when dismissing his defamation claims, rules human rights court –

Posted October 17th, 2017 in defamation, human rights, internet, news, publishing by tracey

‘Courts in the UK did not breach their obligation to protect a budding politician’s right to respect for his reputation when it dismissed his claim for allegedly defamatory comments published about him online, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said.’

Full Story, 17th October 2017


Can a party withdraw from adjudication part way through and what are the implications? – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 17th, 2017 in construction industry, costs, dispute resolution, news, wasted costs orders by tracey

‘Jacobs UK Ltd v Skanska Construction UK Ltd was a dispute all about the adequacy of Jacobs’ design services, which related to street lighting in Lewisham and Croydon. It highlights some interesting issues related to whether a party is entitled to withdraw from an adjudication and then start again.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog , 17th October 2017


Understandable Relief – CPR 3.9 Appeal – Late Filing Of Costs Budget – Zenith PI

Posted October 17th, 2017 in appeals, budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, delay, news by tracey

‘I recently represented the Claimant/Appellant before HHJ Gosnell in Leeds in relation to an appeal against the refusal of an application for relief from sanctions at first instance. The appeal was successful, with relief being granted and the Claimant being permitted to rely on his costs budget, despite it having been served over two months late, rather than being treated as having filed a budget comprising only the applicable court fees.’

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Zenith PI, 16th October 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 17th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

UBS AG (London Branch) & Anor v Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH [2017] EWCA Civ 1567 (16 October 2017)

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services And Skills v The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School (Rev 1) [2017] EWCA Civ 1426 (13 October 2017)

Lungowe & Ors v Vedanta Resources Plc & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1528 (13 October 2017)

Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd & Anor v Revenue And Customs [2017] EWCA Civ 1512 (13 October 2017)

Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service [2017] EWCA 1529 Civ (13 October 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Tapster v Nursing And Midwifery Council [2017] EWHC 2544 (Admin) (13 October 2017)

General Medical Council v Stone [2017] EWHC 2534 (Admin) (13 October 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Zayo Group International Ltd v Ainger & Ors [2017] EWHC 2542 (Comm) (13 October 2017)

The Kyrgyz Republic v Stans Energy Corporation & Anor [2017] EWHC 2539 (Comm) (13 October 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Royal Mail Group Ltd v Communication Workers Union [2017] EWHC 2548 (QB) (13 October 2017)


Life sentences for killer drivers – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 17th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, drug abuse, homicide, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Ministers confirm plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2017


Government accepts Jackson’s call for CJC to seek industry agreement on low-value clin neg claims – Litigation Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in Civil Justice Council, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘The government has accepted Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation that the Civil Justice Council (CJC) be tasked with negotiating a new bespoke process and fixed costs regime for low-value clinical negligence claims, it emerged yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2017