Campaigner for gender-neutral passports wins court challenge – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2017 in gender, human rights, news, passports by sally

‘A campaigner has been given the go-ahead to bring a High Court challenge against the government over gender-neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017


Home Office treated couple living legally in UK ‘like criminals’ – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in appeals, deportation, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘A Spanish woman who has lived in the UK for 15 years has accused the Home Office of treating her family like criminals after her American husband and the father of her three children applied for a permanent residency (PR) card.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017


Whalley v Advantage Insurance [2017]: Costs Consequences Following the Late Acceptance of Part 36 Offers in Fixed Costs Cases – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 12th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, insurance, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant brought a claim for personal injury arising out a road traffic accident which took place on 11th July 2014. The Claimant went on to make a Part 36 offer to accept an 85/15 split on liability dated 7th December 2015. The Defendant’s time for accepting the offer expired on 30th December 2015. The Defendant did not in fact accept the Claimant’s Part 36 offer until 29th January 2016. The delay in accepting the offer was therefore just under one month post expiry. Quantum was agreed in the sum of £10,000 which was paid. The issue was whether the Claimant’s costs were limited to fixed costs for the entire action or whether the Claimant was entitled to either assessed costs or indemnity costs for the period 30th December 2015 to 29th January 2016.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 11th October 2017


Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017


UK government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in freedom of expression, intellectual property, internet, media, news, publishing by sally

‘Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017


Moped robbery gang jailed after 100-victim crime spree – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2017 in conspiracy, gangs, motorcycles, news, offensive weapons, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘A moped gang that robbed more than 100 people, including an attempted robbery on former chancellor George Osborne, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2017


Tougher penalties proposed for unsophisticated plots – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2017 in attempts, news, penalties, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘New, tougher penalties are being proposed to deal with the “less sophisticated” but “equally as deadly” terror plots seen in recent years.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2017


Barrister shatters “taboo” by discussing emotional impact of rude judges – Legal Futures

Posted October 12th, 2017 in barristers, bullying, judges, legal profession, news by sally

‘A senior barrister has explained why she took to Twitter to shatter a longstanding “taboo” by discussing the emotional impact on advocates of “rude” or “abrasive” judges.’

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Legal Futures, 12th October 2017


Closures of ageing jails on hold for five years as prison numbers soar – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bail, detention, imprisonment, news, prisons by sally

‘The head of the prison service has ruled out any closures over the next five years, shelving a 2017 Conservative manifesto pledge to shut down and sell off dilapidated Victorian jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017


UK government pushes for compliance with Modern Slavery Act –

‘The UK government has amended its guidance over how companies and other organisations should show they have taken steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business and supply chains.’

Full Story, 9th October 2017


Expert’s evidence was extraordinary and “shot through with breath taking arrogance” – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 11th, 2017 in conflict of interest, disclosure, evidence, expert witnesses, judges, news, trials by tracey

‘For those of who have a weekly blog to populate with content, the court’s summer recess can prove to be a challenging time. It leads us to cast our net further afield looking for ideas and cases to highlight. That is why, this week, I’m looking at two cases from August, one a personal injury claim from the County Court in Leeds, the other an intellectual property dispute from the Chancery Division. What both have in common are some choice words about the parties’ expert evidence. I know Jonathan has looked at this topic twice in recent months but, as I said, we’ve had the summer recess and these comments are just too bloggable to be ignored!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th October 2017


Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online – Ministry of Justice

‘Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2017


Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales – Home Office

Posted October 11th, 2017 in coroners, government departments, licensing, press releases, weapons by tracey

‘The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.’

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Home Office, 10th October 2017


CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before – Crown Prosecution Service

‘More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 11th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Entry Clearance Officer, Sierra Leone v Kopoi [2017] EWCA Civ 1511 (10 October 2017)

Yang v The Official Receiver [2017] EWCA Civ 1465 (10 October 2017)

Ipswich Town Football Club Company Ltd v The Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary [2017] EWCA Civ 1484 (10 October 2017)

Secure Capital SA v Credit Suisse AG [2017] EWCA Civ 1486 (06 October 2017)

Degorce v Revenue and Customs [2017] EWCA Civ 1427 (06 October 2017)

Visa Joy Ltd & Anor v Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner [2017] EWCA Civ 1473 (05 October 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

R v The Crown [2017] EWCA Crim 1487 (9 October 2017)

Bala, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 1460 (06 October 2017)

Reynolds & Ors, R, v [2017] EWCA Crim 1455 (06 October 2017)

Kiziltan v R [2017] EWCA Crim 1461 (06 October 2017)

McLellan, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 1464 (06 October 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Medical Justice & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2017] EWHC 2461 (Admin) (10 October 2017)

Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities And Local Government & Anor [2017] EWHC 2448 (Admin) (06 October 2017)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Willmont & Anor v Shlosberg [2017] EWHC 2446 (Ch) (09 October 2017)

Sowden v Smyth-Tyrrell & Anor [2017] EWHC 2477 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Abanka DD v Abanca Corporacion Bancaria SA [2017] EWHC 2428 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Hardy & Anor v Hoade & Ors, Re North Harrow Tennis Club [2017] EWHC 2476 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Group Seven Ltd & Anor v Nasir & Ors [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Santander UK Plc v Wells & Anor [2017] EWHC 2413 (Ch) (05 October 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Wright v Rowland & Anor [2017] EWHC 2478 (Comm) (09 October 2017)

UMS Holding Ltd & Ors v Great Station Properties SA & Anor [2017] EWHC 2473 (Comm) (06 October 2017)

Team Y&R Holdings Hong Kong Ltd & Ors v Ghossoub [2017] EWHC 2401 (Comm) (06 October 2017)

UMS Holding Ltd & Ors v Great Station Properties SA & Anor [2017] EWHC 2398 (Comm) (05 October 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

The London Borough of Wandsworth v M & Ors (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 2435 (Fam) (03 October 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Al-KO Kober Ltd & Anor v Balvinder Sambhi (t/a Torquebars) [2017] EWHC 2474 (QB) (06 October 2017)

ARB v IVF Hammersmith Ltd [2017] EWHC 2438 (QB) (06 October 2017)

Brainbox Digital Ltd v Backboard Media GmbH & Anor [2017] EWHC 2465 (QB) (06 October 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Bank of Ireland (Governors and Company of) & Anor v Watts Group Plc [2017] EWHC 2472 (TCC) (06 October 2017)


Asda equal pay case: The landmark legal battle that could stop women in the UK being paid less than men – The Independent

‘The latest hearing in the UK’s largest ever private sector equal pay claim is due to kick off on Wednesday, in a case that could eventually see around 15,000 predominantly female Asda workers recovering well over £100m in pay.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2017


Child Protection in Sport chief says loophole must be closed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, sexual offences, sport, young persons by tracey

‘British sport’s most senior child protection officer has condemned what she branded “a lack of will” to change the law to prevent coaches having sex with 16 and 17-year-olds under their care on the back of football’s paedophile scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2017


Ex-NHS chief backs doctors’ warning over ID checks on patients – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, health, identification, news, pilot schemes, regulations by tracey

‘A former chief executive of the NHS is among 1,000 signatories to a letter to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warning of the risks posed by imposing identification checks and upfront charges for NHS care. School nurses, abortion services, community-based midwifery and mental health services, as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers, will be included in the new regime. Doctors say the rules will deter sick people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017


Victims need legally enforceable rights, commissioner says – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in criminal justice, human rights, news, victims by tracey

‘The victims commissioner, Helen Newlove, has urged the government to guarantee victims legally enforceable rights within the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017


Facebook and Twitter could be hit by new tax as part of Government crackdown – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2017 in codes of practice, internet, news, taxation by tracey

‘Internet giants Facebook and Twitter would be hit by a new tax under Government plans to clamp down on dangers like cyber-bullying, online abuse and underage-access to porn.
Ministers want money raised from the proposed levy to pay for schemes to raise people’s awareness of the dangers of the internet and to tackle their worst effects.’

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The Independent, 11th October 2017