‘What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)).’
Transparency Project, 31st January 2018
‘Revised Guidance has been published on 24 December 2017. The Home Office website states:
New guidance on the use of anti-social behaviour powers will help police and councils continue to take appropriate action against nuisance behaviours while ensuring the most vulnerable, including the homeless, are not disproportionately targeted.’
UK Police Law Blog, 27th December 2017
‘A combination of high profile cases and policy announcements about the so-called “gig economy” has a particular resonance for technology companies. Technological change has transformed the labour market, which has given added urgency to finding better solutions to three much older problems:
– How should we best draw the line between the independent contractors, workers and employees?
– Should the self-employed and employees be taxed differently?
– How should personal service companies be treated for tax purposes?’
Panopticon, 2nd January 2018
‘Readers of this blog will recall an important DPA judgment, particularly on the legal professional privilege exemption, which came out in January 2017 called Holyoake v Candy & CPC  EWHC 52 (QB) (see the blogpost here). That case has, however, involved various pieces of satellite litigation including a 193 page judgment of Nugee J handed down just before Christmas in Holyoake & Hotblack v Candy & Candy & others  EWHC 3397 (Ch).For some reason the parties to the extensive Chancery proceedings appear to have seen as most important the multi-million pound claims for misrepresentation, duress, unlawful means conspiracy, interference with economic interests, undue influence, breach of consumer credit legislation, breach of the rule against penalty clauses and the exotically named extortion under colour of due process. For very detailed and lengthy reasons which it is unnecessary to set out here, Nugee J rejected all of Mr Holyoake’s various claims. The judge made numerous adverse findings in respect Mr Holyoake’s performance as a witness, although it is fair to say that the Candy brothers did not escape without some measure of criticism either. (I should declare that I acted for Candy and CPC in the earlier DPA proceedings; although all of the Panopticon editors were on one side or the other.)’
Panopticon, 29th December 2017
‘Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.’
Local Government Lawyer, 2nd January 2018
‘Following Ofsted winning a judgment against an Islamic co-education state school, Rosalind English talks to Rajkiran Barhey about measuring unlawful discrimination in cases where two groups of students are treated equally, but separately, by their school.’
Law Pod UK, 21st December 2017