Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance – Home Office

Posted February 26th, 2018 in child abuse, child neglect, consultations, reports by tracey

‘Summary of responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.’

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Home Office, 26th February 2018


Arsonist jailed for setting fires including at Titanic exhibition – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 26th, 2018 in arson, burglary, criminal damage, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man from Sheffield who admitted to deliberately setting fire to a museum, a university and a hospital, so he could steal from the evacuated buildings, has been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th February 2018


BSB agrees approach to improve transparency for clients of the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 26th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has set out a revised approach to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. This responds to the recent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study of legal services and takes full account of responses to a recent BSB consultation.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd February 2018


Bar Council responds to new AGFS announcement – The Bar Council

Posted February 26th, 2018 in barristers, fees, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to today’s announcement of a new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said: “For years, our system of criminal justice has suffered from a remorseless succession of cuts in funding, and wholly inadequate investment. This has included huge cuts in the fixed fees payable to those defence barristers who carry out publicly-funded work in the Crown Court under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS); cuts that, proportionately, have far exceeded those imposed on public service providers in any other sector. These are the very same barristers who are working tirelessly under an ever-increasing workload for those very same fees. Without their commitment, and their continued goodwill, the system would simply cease to function.” ‘

Full press release

The Bar Council, 23rd February 2018


Energy price cap: Government to introduce legislation to limit how much power firms can charge – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2018 in competition, energy, news by tracey

‘A bill introducing an energy cap for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Government claims the Domestic Gas and Electricity Bill, which will allow the regulator Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, could save people up to £100 a year.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2018


Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2018 in consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2018


Heraldic memorials in churches – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in ecclesiastical law, faculties, monuments, news by tracey

‘A recent judgment on the installation of a hatchment in the church of St Mary Magdalene, Adlestrop, includes an examination of the arcane rules of heraldry and their present-day relevance in the Church of England. Following a brief consideration of what is and who can have a hatchment, the court determined whether a hatchment should now be displayed in a Church. It also includes a warning to witnesses as well as others seeking information on obscure areas such as this: “Alas, a Google search is not always accurate or complete” [34], (to which should be added, Wikipedia, as we often remind ourselves).’

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Law & Religion UK, 22nd February 2018


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2018

The Research and Development (Qualifying Bodies) (Tax) Order 2018

The Social Security and Child Support (Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016) (Consequential Provision) Regulations 2018

The Electronic Monitoring (Responsible Persons) Order 2018

The Gambling Act 2005 (Amendment of Schedule 6) Order 2018

The Electronic Monitoring (Responsible Persons) Order 2018

The Financial Assistance Scheme (Increased Cap for Long Service) Regulations 2018


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v Birmingham City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 264 (22 February 2018)

Sea Tank Shipping AS v Vinnlustodin HF Vatryggingafelag Islands FH [2018] EWCA Civ 276 (22 February 2018)

Mynnyd Y Gwynt Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business Energy And Industrial Strategy [2018] EWCA Civ 231 (22 February 2018)

DN (Rwanda) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 273 (22 February 2018)

Bajracharya, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 277 (22 February 2018)

AL v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 278 (22 February 2018)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Gohil, R v [2018] EWCA Crim 140 (15 February 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Ali & Anor v Channel 5 Broadcast Ltd [2018] EWHC 298 (Ch) (22 February 2018)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Shakhboot Al Nehayan v Kent (aka John Kent) [2018] EWHC 333 (Comm) (22 February 2018)

Dana Gas PJSC v Dana Gas Sukuk Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 332 (Comm) (22 February 2018)

Minera Las Bambas SA & Anor v Glencore Queensland Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 286 (Comm) (21 February 2018)


Groundhog Day for air pollution breaches: Government loses again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.3) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 February 2018. DEFRA has been found wanting again, in its latest attempt to address nitrogen dioxide in air. This is the third time. Yet DEFRA’s own analysis suggests that some 23,500 people die every year because of this pollutant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd February 2017


Police liability for failures in criminal investigations – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in duty of care, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The hits for the police keep on coming. The decision in Commissioner of the Metropolis v (1) DSD (2) NBV [2018] UKSC 11 confirms that the police can be liable in proceedings for a breach of article 3’s prohibition on inhuman and degrading treatment (and possibly article 4’s prohibition on slavery) where they fail to perform an adequate criminal investigation into alleged serious ill-treatment.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 22nd February 2018


Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse – Sentencing Council

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in domestic violence, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this kind of offending.’

Full guideline

Sentencing Council, 22nd February 2018


Law firm was negligent in property purchase but clients would have gone ahead anyway, court rules – Legal Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in law firms, mortgages, negligence, news, valuation by tracey

‘A Kent law firm was negligent for failing to advise properly on a mortgage and valuation report (MVR), but this did not cause a couple in Canterbury to buy a house suffering from subsidence, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd February 2018


Home-ownership call for evidence – help make commonhold more common – Law Commission

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in consultations, Law Commission, leases, press releases, sale of land by tracey

‘The Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright. The independent legal body wants views on a little-known and little used home ownership status called commonhold, which provides an alternative to residential leasehold.’

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Law Commission, 22nd February 2018


DPP speech to the International Summit on Modern Slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in forced labour, speeches, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘DPP speech to the International Summit on Modern Slavery.’

Full speech

Crown Prosecution Service, 21st February 2018


Mother who poisoned and suffocated her baby is jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in children, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A mother who suffocated and poisoned her eight-week-old baby, causing his death, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years and nine months today (22 February).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd February 2018


Attorney General speech at the Modern Slavery Summit – Attorney General’s Office

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in forced labour, speeches, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP gives keynote speech at the Crown Prosecution Service Modern Slavery Summit.’

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 22nd February 2018


Mother faces £20,000 costs bill despite successfully challenging care order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in costs, legal aid, local government, news, placement orders by tracey

‘Local authorities should not have to cover legal aid funding deficiencies, the Court of Appeal has said, while upholding a mother’s challenge against a placement order. A placement order allows the local authority to place a child with suitable adopters following care proceedings, even if the parents do not agree.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd February 2018


BSB to proceed with ‘narrower’ transparency requirements – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in advertising, barristers, fees, news by tracey

‘The barristers’ regulator has reined in proposals to require barristers who specialise in contentious areas to publish their prices, opting instead to focus primarily on those undertaking public access work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd February 2018


Does the inclusion of families and children in family proceedings go far enough? – Family Law Week

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in children, families, family courts, judgments, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Adele Cameron-Douglas, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, asks how children can continue to be involved in proceedings that concern them after their conclusion.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd February 2018