Court dismisses Nigerian claim against UK parent company –

Posted February 21st, 2018 in environmental protection, negligence, news, subsidiary companies by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claim brought by two Nigerian community groups against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) for environmental damage caused by one of its subsidiaries.’

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UK to allow ‘moving image’ trade marks –

Posted February 21st, 2018 in news, trade marks by tracey

‘Businesses will be able to register trade marks for moving images under changes proposed to UK law.’

Full Story, 21st February 2018


Harbour View, contractor insolvency and the importance of a guarantee expiry date – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted February 21st, 2018 in construction industry, guarantees, insolvency, news, time limits by tracey

‘One of the interesting features of the recent decision of Coulson J in Ziggurat (Claremont Place) LLP v HCC International Insurance Company Plc is the effect on a guarantee of a contractor becoming insolvent many years after a construction project has been completed. In Ziggurat, the amended ABI model form of guarantee bond had not yet expired. This allowed the employer to make a claim under the guarantee arising out of the contractor’s insolvency, notwithstanding the fact that the contractor’s employment had already been terminated and the project had achieved practical completion.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 21st February 2018


The right to be forgotten before the Courts again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 21st, 2018 in criminal records, data protection, human rights, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘NT 1 & Anor v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 261 (QB) (15 February 2018). This was a Pre Trial Review of an application by the claimants to have details about an old criminal conviction and other information removed from Google and associated websites under the “right to be forgotten”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2018


Not so fast-track! Holding a standard misconduct hearing after a quashed fast-track decision – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 21st, 2018 in appeals, misfeasance in public office, news, police, tribunals by tracey

‘Where an officer is dismissed at a fast-track hearing, based upon a conviction which is then subsequently overturned, a Police Appeals Tribunal (“PAT”) will likely allow the misconduct appeal. In such circumstances, there has been no finding on the merits in misconduct proceedings to prevent the officer from facing a subsequent standard-track hearing. So said the Court of Appeal in CC Nottinghamshire v R (Gray) [2018] EWCA Civ 34.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 13th February 2018


Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester – Supreme Court

Posted February 21st, 2018 in elections, judiciary, legal profession, parliament, sex discrimination, speeches, women by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester.’

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Supreme Court, 8th February 2018


Resident wins judicial review challenge over decision on siting of radio masts – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 21st, 2018 in judicial review, news, planning, telecommunications by tracey

‘A London borough wrongly interpreted the General Permitted Development Order on the siting of radio masts, the High Court has said. Granting an application for judicial review brought by local resident Nigel Mawbey, Lang J said the London Borough of Lewisham had been wrong when it gave permission to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure to erect the masts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2018


Barristers ‘more stressed’ than NHS staff – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2018 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘Barristers are less happy in their working lives than staff in the National Health Service, with stress and a failure of chambers to help with pressures outside work among major concerns.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th February 2018


Breaking: Supreme Court rules against treating LiP as a special case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court today narrowly rejected a plea from a litigant in person for special dispensation in navigating civil procedure rules. Justices ruled by a majority of 3-2 in Barton v Wright Hassall that unrepresented claimant Mark Barton should have checked whether he could email a claim form and that without such permission his claim was invalid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st February 2018


Child Contact Interventions – Family Law Week

Posted February 21st, 2018 in children, contact orders, news by tracey

‘Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, barrister of St Alban’s Chambers, explains the practicalities of a valuable resource for children lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 15th February 2018


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted February 21st, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2018

The Finance Act 2004 (Standard Lifetime Allowance) Regulations 2018


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 21st, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 240 (20 February 2018)

Knight v Goulandris [2018] EWCA Civ 237 (20 February 2018)

Sveriges Angfartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) & Ors v Connect Shipping Inc & Anor, Re Renos [2018] EWCA Civ 230 (19 February 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Seferi & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 287 (Admin) (20 February 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Citibank NA, London Branch v Oceanwood Opportunities Master Fund & Ors [2018] EWHC 305 (Ch) (19 February 2018)

High Court (Commercial Court)

National Bank of Kazakhstan & Anor v The Bank of New York Mellon Sa/nv, London Branch [2018] EWHC 300 (Comm) (20 February 2018)

CCUK Finance Ltd & Anor v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWHC 304 (Comm) (20 February 2018)

High Court (Family Division)

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam) (20 February 2018)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

London Borough of Haringey v Simawi [2018] EWHC 290 (QB) (19 February 2018)


MPs publish full unredacted report into RBS small business scandal – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2018 in banking, financial regulation, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Treasury committee has published the full unredacted report into Royal Bank of Scotland’s “disgraceful” treatment of struggling small businesses that came to it for financial assistance in the wake of the banking crisis.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2018


John Worboys’ victims win human rights case against police – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2018 in compensation, human rights, news, parole, police, rape, Supreme Court, victims by tracey

‘Two victims of John Worboys have won their claim for compensation from the Metropolitan police after the supreme court ruled that the force had failed to carry out an effective investigation into the serial sex attacker.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2018


Child sex crime accusations reach record high, says charity – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 21st, 2018 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned. Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2018


Woman fined £120 after admitting leaving abusive note on ambulance – The Independent

Posted February 21st, 2018 in emergency services, fines, news, public order by tracey

‘A woman who admitted to leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance has been fined £120.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2018


Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2018 in children, consent, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The parents of a seriously ill 20-month-old boy have lost a legal fight to keep their son alive after a judge ruled that further treatment would harm his “future dignity”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2018


William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission for lax controls – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2018 in fines, gambling, money laundering, news by tracey

‘Betting firm William Hill has been hit with a £6.2m penalty package for breaching anti-money-laundering and social responsibility regulations. The Gambling Commission said the company did not do enough to ensure prevention measures were effective.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2018