Landmark judgment in group litigation data leak claim – 5RB

‘Judgment in the trial on liability in a group litigation claim brought by 5,518 employees of the supermarket chain WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC has been handed down today [1 December].’

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5RB, 1st December 2017


Reasons – Local Government Law

Posted December 8th, 2017 in environmental protection, local government, news, planning, reasons by sally

‘In Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79 the Supreme Court reviewed various statutory rules relating to the provision of reasons for planning decisions, observing that these rules are to be found in subordinate legislation and that it is hard to detect a coherent approach to their development. The three main categories of planning decision are: (i) decisions of Secretaries of State and inspectors, (ii) decisions by local planning authorities in connection with planning permission, and (iii) decisions, at any level, on applications for EIA development.’

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Local Government Law, 6th December 2017


Collateral waiver of privilege (Holyoake and another v Candy and others) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in disclosure, evidence, news, privilege by sally

‘Dispute Resolution analysis: When is it appropriate to waive privilege during the course of civil proceedings, and what are the risks if you do? These questions regularly create difficulties for litigators, and a variant of them arose during the trial of Holyoake v Candy. Roger Stewart QC, of 4 New Square, Richard Fowler, of Maitland Chambers, and John Beresford, of Hardwicke Chambers, who appeared for the claimants, examine the issues and say being able to advise with reasonable assurance as to the scope of any collateral waiver will be key to the decision on whether privilege ought to be intentionally waived.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th December 2017


Essop & Naeem in the Supreme Court: giving answers and provoking new questions in indirect discrimination – Cloisters

‘This summer’s Supreme Court decision in Essop reinstated the established postition in indirect discrimination cases – that there is no requirement for a claimant to establish the reason for disadvantage arising from the provision, criterion or practice in question.’

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Cloisters, 6th December 2017


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted December 8th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

O’Connor v Bar Standards Board [2017] UKSC 78 (6 December 2017)

Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79 (6 December 2017)

High Court (Administrative Court)

T v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWHC 3181 (Admin) (07 December 2017)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) v Smith [2017] EWHC 3193 (Admin) (07 December 2017)

O’Connell, R (On the Application Of) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWHC 3120 (Admin) (06 December 2017)

Power v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Inner North London [2017] EWHC 3117 (Admin) (05 December 2017)

Rostron v Guildford Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3141 (Admin) (05 December 2017)

Skelton, R (On the Application Of) v Winchester Crown Court [2017] EWHC 3118 (Admin) (05 December 2017)

High Court (Chancery Division)

The National Crime Agency v Dong & Anor [2017] EWHC 3116 (Ch) (07 December 2017)

Wallace v Revenue And Customs [2017] EWHC 3115 (Ch) (06 December 2017)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company BSC(c) v BNP Paribas [2017] EWHC 3182 (Comm) (07 December 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

AB v CD (Jurisdiction Global Maintenance Orders) [2017] EWHC 3164 (Fam) (06 December 2017)

HRS Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma & Anor [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (05 December 2017)

High Court (Patents Court)

Eli Lilly & Co & Ors v Genentech Inc [2017] EWHC 3104 (Pat) (06 December 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Faieta v ICAP Management Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 2995 (QB) (06 December 2017)

Dhir v Saddler [2017] EWHC 3155 (QB) (06 December 2017)

Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd v Yavuz & Ors [2017] EWHC 3088 (QB) (06 December 2017)

Dring v Cape Distribution Ltd & Anor (Constitution – access to courts – open justice) [2017] EWHC 2103 (QB) (05 December 2017)

Bing Holdings Inc & Anor v Hue-Williams [2017] EWHC 3149 (QB) (05 December 2017)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

DPM Property Services Ltd v Emerson Crane Hire Ltd [2017] EWHC 3092 (TCC) (06 December 2017)


The death of holiday pay has been greatly exaggerated, but has the King slain Bear Scotland? – Cloisters

Posted December 8th, 2017 in contract of employment, EC law, holiday pay, news, self-employment by sally

‘Caspar Glyn QC considers the decision of C‑214/16 King v The Sash Windows Workshop Limited which was handed down today.’

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Cloisters, 29th November 2017


Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted December 8th, 2017 in agriculture, consultations, enforcement, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger and Charles Morgan consider the Environment Agency’s consultation on a new Enforcement and Sanctions Policy, an inquiry into Green Finance by the Environmental Audit Committee and new farming rules for water.’

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Six Pump Court, 4th December 2017


When silence is deafening: adverse inferences in relation to absent witnesses – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in construction industry, news, witnesses by sally

‘Staff turnover in the construction industry can be particularly high and finding the right person to give evidence on all issues in a case can sometimes be difficult. Parties are often suspicious when they know there is someone who should be able to give evidence for their opponent, but whom their opponent does not plan to call. There is an obvious risk in a party calling that witness when there has been a seemingly positive pre-existing relationship with the opposing party. Consequently, it is more common for a party to invite the court to draw an adverse inference where a witness should have been called to give evidence, but is absent from the proceedings.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 22nd November 2017


Inquiry announced into case of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2017 in doctors, inquiries, news by sally

‘The government will launch an independent national inquiry into the actions of the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August after carrying out needless surgery on patients who were left traumatised and scarred.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2017


Have Your Say – The Inner Temple

Posted December 8th, 2017 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘The BSB consultation on Future Bar Training – Shaping the education and training requirements for prospective barristers – closes on 8 January 2018. The BSB is seeking views on the following:

– The extent to which it should prescribe the role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers
– Future regulatory arrangements and rules for work-based learning (pupillage)
– A draft of the Authorisation Framework which will guide training providers in developing new training routes and against which their proposals will be assessed for approval.’

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The Inner Temple, December 2017


Social worker wins right to use documents for ECHR claim over judicial criticism – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 8th, 2017 in care orders, disclosure, family courts, human rights, news, social services by sally

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has allowed a social worker to use restricted documents in proceedings to be brought over a judge’s critical remarks about her.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2017


Oxford student appeals against suspended sentence for stabbing boyfriend – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2017 in appeals, assault, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A University of Oxford student who avoided prison after stabbing her boyfriend has appealed against the suspended sentence handed to her.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2017


Mohammed Abdallah guilty of joining Islamic State – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2017 in news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘A British man has been found guilty of travelling to join so-called Islamic State in Syria.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2017


Rights body endorses UK prisoner voting plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 8th, 2017 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘In a rare piece of European good news for the government this week, the 47-member Council of Europe has endorsed the UK’s action plan to resolve a simmering dispute over the ban on allowing prisoners to vote in elections.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th December 2017


Robert Craig: The Fall-out from Evans: Positioning Roszkowski and Privacy International in a Post-Evans Constitutional Landscape (Part 1) – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Two recent Court of Appeal decisions raise some interesting constitutional questions about the status of Tribunals in the UK legal system. This post (in two parts) seeks to explore some of the implications and suggests that a key constitutional principle, the separation of powers, has once again been neglected. The two cases are Roszkowski v Secretary State for the Home Department (‘Roszkowski’) and R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal (‘Privacy International’). Privacy International has received considerably more coverage than Roszkowski and is rumoured to be on the way to the Supreme Court. It has already been addressed on this blog by Thomas Fairclough and elsewhere by Mark Elliott. Roszkowski explores the implications of an important and controversial Supreme Court case, R (Evans) v Attorney General (‘Evans’) and contains some critical comment on the reasoning of Lord Neuberger in that case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 8th December 2017


Solicitors “at risk of contempt finding” by signing statement of truth in bogus claims, judge warns – Litigation Futures

Posted December 8th, 2017 in contempt of court, fraud, news, oaths, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has raised the prospect of solicitors who sign statements of truth on behalf of fraudulent clients being held in contempt of court.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2017


When can a Closed Material Procedure be used? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 8th, 2017 in closed material, human rights, news by sally

‘The Justice and Security Act 2013 introduced the idea of Closed Material Proceedings (CMP) to civil litigation in a significant way for the first time. This is a procedure (which had previously only used in a small number of specialist tribunals) whereby all or part of a claim can be heard in closed proceedings in order for the court to consider material which, if disclosed publicly, would risk harming national security. These hearings exclude even the claimant, who is represented instead by a Special Advocate who takes instructions and then is unable to speak to his or her client again once they have seen the sensitive material.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th December 2017


Acid attacks: 2017 likely to set new record in UK – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2017 in crime, grievous bodily harm, hazardous substances, news, statistics by sally

‘The national police lead on acid attacks has said 2017 is likely to see the most on record in the UK, as the profile of incidents shifts from domestic violence to street attacks involving gangs and young people.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2017


New payment services must gain consumer trust through sound data security practices to succeed –

Posted December 8th, 2017 in consumer protection, electronic commerce, news by sally

‘Without the trust of consumers, third parties requiring consumer consent to use new rights of access to bank and payment account data will struggle to make an impact in the market.’

Full Story, 7th December 2017


Call for action on violent porn after ‘barbaric’ teenager convicted of rape and attempted murder – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2017 in attempted murder, attempts, murder, news, pornography, rape, young offenders by sally

‘Pornography depicting rape must be banned, campaigners said last night, after a “barbaric” teenager obsessed with sexually violent images raped and bludgeoned his victim on his 17th birthday, leaving her for dead.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2017