Rolf Harris indecent assault conviction overturned – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2017 in appeals, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Former entertainer Rolf Harris has had one of 12 indecent assault convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2017


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted November 16th, 2017 in legislation by sally

The Childcare Payments Act 2014 (Commencement No. 5) Regulations 2017

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2017

The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (No. 4) Order 2017

The Childcare Payments (Eligibility) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Patents and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Childcare Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2017


A cautionary tale on the importance of client service – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 16th, 2017 in budgets, construction industry, news by tracey

‘The recent decision in Riva Properties Ltd v Foster + Partners Ltd, considers the duties that an architect owes to its client, specifically in the context of working in accordance with the client’s budget. Helena White and Matt Malloy have recently written about issues of contributory negligence and evidence arising out of the case. One of the most interesting aspects of the decision for me is that, over the course of a searing 313 paragraph judgment, Fraser J delivers a forceful reminder that client service is at the heart of the construction industry. Although the case specifically concerns the provision of architectural design services, it is a cautionary tale of the consequences of failing to put clients’ objectives first, which is just as relevant to lawyers, professional advisers of any specialism and indeed to all parties involved in the delivery of construction projects.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 15th November 2017


Applications open for employment tribunal fee refunds as scheme rolls out – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 16th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, press releases, repayment by tracey

‘All those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can apply from today, following a successful opening phase of the scheme.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th November 2017


Solicitors under fire for failing to act in best interests of seriously injured clients – Litigation Futures

Posted November 16th, 2017 in case management, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors, victims by tracey

‘Personal injury lawyers are often failing to act in the best interests of seriously injured clients, according to a law firm’s online poll. The survey by Nockolds Solicitors found that a large majority (81%) of rehabilitation case managers had experienced a situation where a claimant solicitor had “clearly not acted in the best interests of the client”.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2017


Progress report on police response to domestic abuse causes concern – Family Law

Posted November 16th, 2017 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, victims by tracey

‘Organisations working to support victims of domestic abuse have expressed concerns over a progress report on police response to such abuse, saying it demonstrates that forces are struggling to cope with the rising levels of abuse recorded and that little appears to have changed for victims. Refuge and Women’s Aid said the report underlined the urgent need for the law reform proposed within the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in June.’

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Family Law, 15th November 2017


BAILII: Recent decisions

Posted November 16th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Gordon & Ors (Trustees of the Inter Vivos Trust) v Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson LLP (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 75 (15 November 2017)

HC, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2017] UKSC 73 (15 November 2017)

De Silva & Anor, R (on the application of)v Revenue and Customs [2017] UKSC 74 (15 November 2017)

Scotch Whisky Association & Ors v The Lord Advocate & Anor (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 76 (15 November 2017)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Fletcher, R v [2017] EWCA Crim 1778 (15 November 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Monarch Airlines Ltd -v- Airport Coordination Ltd Anor [2017] EWHC 2896 (Admin) (15 November 2017)

Braintree District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors [2017] EWHC 2743 (Admin) (15 November 2017)

McDermott v The Health and Care Professions Council [2017] EWHC 2899 (Admin) (15 November 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor (Deceased), Re [2017] EWHC 2887 (Fam) (15 November 2017)

X (A Child) (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order : Restrictions on Travel) [2017] EWHC 2898 (Fam) (15 November 2017)


Families of 1974 bombings victims turn to crowdfunding after legal aid denied – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2017 in costs, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is seeking funds to pay for a judicial review challenging the terms of reference of an inquest into the deaths of the Birmingham Pub Bombings victims after a request for legal aid was denied. Justice4the21 is asking legal professionals to donate what they can to fund a challenge to a coroner’s decision earlier this year to exclude the issue of who was responsible for the 1974 bombings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017


Have We Created a Monster? Intractable Contact Disputes and Parental Alienation in Context – Family Law Week

Posted November 16th, 2017 in children, contact orders, divorce, family courts, news, parental rights, residence orders by tracey

‘Briony Palmer, barrister of 3 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, considers intractable contact disputes where the underlying dynamics are not obvious.’

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Family Law Week, 15th November 2017


Ukad close investigation into Team Sky and British Cycling after failing to determine Jiffy bag contents – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2017 in corruption, drug abuse, drug offences, evidence, news, sport by tracey

‘UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) have closed their investigation into British Cycling and Team Sky, deeming it “impossible” to determine the contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2011.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2017


Man aged 74 jailed after 160 guns are found at his home in Kent – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in firearms, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A pensioner has been jailed for five years after 160 guns were found at his home.

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017


Court hears transgender woman’s appeal over access to her Jewish children – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in appeals, children, contact orders, Judaism, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A parent who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to embark on a new life as a woman has taken her battle to be allowed access to her five children to the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017


Cheers for The Crown makers as, 45 years on, Duke of Windsor’s will to be unsealed – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 16th, 2017 in news, royal family, wills by tracey

‘With a scandalous abdication, colourful love life and rift with his relatives, the life of the Duke of Windsor was not short of private information to fascinate the public.
More than 40 years after his death, it appears, there may be more to learn, as a senior judge has ruled that the contents of his will can be unsealed for the first time.
The will of the Duke, who was King Edward VIII until his abdication in December 1936, will be unsealed for the benefit of the Royal Archives, after a keeper applied to the Family Division of the High Court to beg special permission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2017


Daryll Rowe guilty of infecting men with HIV – BBC news

Posted November 16th, 2017 in grievous bodily harm, HIV, news by tracey

‘A man has been convicted of trying to infect 10 men with HIV in a “campaign” to infect as many as possible.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2017


Recycling company apologises after trial over shredder death – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A recycling company has apologised after an agency worker was dragged into an industrial waste shredder and killed.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017