Competition watchdog delays initial verdict on 21st Century Fox’s Sky deal – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in competition, delay, media, news by sally

‘The UK competition watchdog has delayed by a month its provisional decision on 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn proposed deal to take full control of Sky in order to allow sufficient time to consider the thousands of submissions it has received.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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High Court halts deportation of Afghan interpeter who worked with British Army – The Independent

Posted December 7th, 2017 in armed forces, deportation, interpreters, news by sally

‘An Afghan interpreter who was due to be deported imminently has had his removal from the UK halted after the High Court ordered he be released from detention.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2017

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Advocate general backs UK pensioner in gender recognition pension case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 7th, 2017 in EC law, married persons, news, pensions, transgender persons by sally

‘A UK law requirement that a transgender woman annul her marriage before she is entitled to a full gender recognition certificate is unlawful to the extent that it impacts on state pension entitlement, an EU legal adviser has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2017

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Supreme Court go-ahead for barrister’s race claim against regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A practising barrister who alleges that her regulator discriminated against her on grounds of her race in bringing disciplinary proceedings has won the backing of the UK’s highest court. In O’Connor v Bar Standards Board, five Supreme Court justices unanimously granted Daphne Evadney Portia O’Connor’s appeal against a Bar Standards Board decision to strike out a claim that the BSB had acted unlawfully in charging her with professional misconduct.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2017

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Brexit: UK fails to retain voice in European court of justice – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in barristers, brexit, courts, EC law, news by sally

‘Theresa May has failed to get the EU to agree that Britain will retain a voice at the European court of justice in return for her concession that the Luxembourg court will retain a role in protecting citizens’ rights in the UK after Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2017

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Competition regulator to prioritise productivity growth in future work – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 7th, 2017 in competition, employment, news, reports by sally

‘The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will prioritise “cases in markets which underpin and enable economic growth” as part of its programme of work for next year, it has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2017

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Dramatic decline in access to legal help for immigration detainees, reports charity – Legal Voice

Posted December 7th, 2017 in detention, immigration, law centres, legal representation, news, reports by sally

‘The number of immigration detainees with no access to legal representation while in detention has tripled in the past few months, a new survey published by the immigration detention charity BID has indicated.’

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Legal Voice, 6th December 2017

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Birmingham Six: Calls for end to ‘double injustice’ – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2017 in disclosure, elderly, explosives, miscarriage of justice, news, terrorism by sally

‘Two men who were wrongly convicted of carrying out the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 have supported calls for the alleged bombers to be named publicly to end a “double injustice”.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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Forcing law firms to publish prices could make consumers focus just on cost, Law Society warns – Legal Futures

Posted December 7th, 2017 in consumer protection, fees, law firms, news, publishing by sally

‘Forcing law firms to publish prices could “bias” clients in favour of choosing their solicitor on price rather than quality or consumer protection, the Law Society has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2017

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To Me …To You… – Assign of Things To Come – Budana and CFA Assignment in the Court of Appeal – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the case of Alina Budana (Appellant) v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Respondent) & Law Society (Intervener) [2017] EWCA Civ 1980.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 7th December 2017

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Supreme Court rejects appeal by council over reasons for planning decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a council’s appeal over the quashing of the grant of planning permission for a controversial residential development in an area of outstanding natural beauty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2017

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High Court criticises BSB for pursuing tougher sentence against barrister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 7th, 2017 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, sentencing by sally

‘The bar regulator has been criticised after it failed to persuade the High Court that a disciplinary sanction against a barrister convicted of harassment should have been more severe.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2017

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Data Breach, Group Actions, and the criminal insider: the Morrisons case – Panopticon

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, damages, data protection, mental health, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘In Vidal-Hall v Google [2015] EWCA Civ 311 the Court of Appeal held that damages claims under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) can be brought on the basis of distress alone, without monetary loss. Since that decision there has much speculation that a major data breach could lead to distress-based claims against the data controller by a large class of individuals. Even if each individual claim was modest (in the hundreds or low thousands of pounds) the aggregate liability could be substantial.’

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Panopticon, 6th December 2017

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Supreme Court rules on time limitation for claims under the Human Rights Act – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that a barrister’s claim against the Bar Standards Board for discrimination should not be time barred under the one year limit prescribed by the Human Rights Act. In her case, the Court said, the time limit for bringing proceedings only started running when she successfully appealed against disciplinary action taken against her. The decision to bring disciplinary proceedings and the subsequent hearings were part of a single process, not a series of disparate acts which set the time limitation period running.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th December 2017

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Sexist criminals could get longer sentences under proposals to make misogyny a type of hate crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2017 in crime, hate crime, news, pilot schemes, sentencing, sex discrimination by sally

‘Sexist criminals could get longer sentences under plans to make misogyny a type of hate crime.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2017

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Pair guilty of human trafficking after drugs raid in UK legal first – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Two gang members who ran a so-called “county line” drug network have been convicted of human trafficking in the first case of its kind.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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Council defeats High Court challenge over care home fees increase – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, fees, local government, news by sally

‘Essex County Council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the fees it proposed paying to operators of care homes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2017

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The Trade Bill – renegotiation and renewal of EU trade agreements after Brexit – in this new constitutional territory more Parliamentary scrutiny is urgently needed – Brexit Law

‘The lack of adequate Parliamentary scrutiny when the UK negotiates trade agreements (something it has not done in its own right for many years) has come to the attention of the House of Commons International Trade Committee. This is timely given the prospect of the UK negotiating the single most important trade agreement it is likely to negotiate for a long time – its future trade agreement with the EU. The context for the Committee’s concern is its inquiry into the Trade Bill. One of the issues which the Bill addresses is the domestic implementation in the UK of those EU trade agreements which are adapted for continued application by the UK after Brexit. The Committee has asked whether Parliamentary scrutiny of ministerial rules implementing these agreements is adequate, and, more broadly, whether scrutiny of the UK signing up to these and other trade agreements, is adequate.’

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Brexit Law, 6th December 2017

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UK arrests for terror offences up 54% – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in news, statistics, terrorism by sally

‘The number of people arrested for terrorism-linked offences in Britain rose 54% to 400 in the 12 months to September in one of the most intense periods for terrorist attacks in recent British history.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2017

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Ex-priest Laurence Soper guilty of sexually abusing boys – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2017 in clergy, extradition, news, sexual offences by michael

‘Laurence Soper, 74, was extradited to face 19 charges of indecent and serious sexual assault against 10 former pupils at the independent St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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