Becky Watts: case review finds care service failed murdered teenager – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2018 in news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Professionals who worked with a 16-year-old Bristol girl killed in a sexually motivated attack by her stepbrother and his partner treated her as problematic rather than as a vulnerable adolescent with a difficult past, a serious case review has found. Seventeen experts from eight service providers saw Becky Watts in the three-and-a-half years before she was killed by her step-brother, Nathan Matthews, and his partner, Shauna Hoare, but she received a fragmented service and there was a lack of communication.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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CPS rules out review of Poppi Worthington’s death – The Guardian

‘Poppi Worthington’s mother has said she may never learn the “devastating truth” behind her daughter’s death after prosecutors ruled out a review of the case.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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Man jailed for 30 years over Aldi murder – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for at least 30 years for stabbing to death a woman at an Aldi supermarket.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 15th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Tax Credits and Childcare (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018

The Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment Regulations 2018

The Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Colombia) Order 2018

The Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Lesotho) Order 2018

The Pension Schemes (Application of UK Provisions to Relevant Non-UK Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

The Relevant Overseas Schemes (Transfer of Sums and Assets) Regulations 2018

The Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent decisions

Posted March 15th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16 (14 March 2018)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Bubbles & Wine Ltd v Lusha [2018] EWCA Civ 468 (14 March 2018)

Kebbell Developments Ltd v Leeds City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 450 (14 March 2018)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Ikram, R v [2018] EWCA Crim 440 (14 March 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Abolarin, R (on the application of) v Liverpool City Council [2018] EWHC 319 (Admin) (14 March 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Burnden Group Holdings Ltd v Hunt [2018] EWHC 463 (Ch) (14 March 2018)

PSJC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & Ors [2018] EWHC 482 (Ch) (12 March 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

BHS to repay rental discounts says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 15th, 2018 in agreements, company law, insolvency, news, rent by tracey

‘The High Court has said that BHS cannot challenge the terms of its own company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as unenforceable contractual penalties. The case provides guidance as to how CVAs operate post termination and the payment of rent as an expense of a company’s administration in priority to other debts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th March 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Employees must comply with work at height safety duties too – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 15th, 2018 in employment, fines, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Two recent cases involving breaches of working at height regulations offer a clear reminder to workers of their own duties to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th March 2018

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Are you being served (electronically)? Email service under the CPR and the Party Wall Act 1996 – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted March 15th, 2018 in boundaries, civil procedure rules, electronic mail, news, service, surveyors by tracey

‘Two recent cases, one in the Court of Appeal, the other in the Supreme Court, have created significant uncertainty around the acceptability of email service. It seems that there may now be a disparity between the CPR and the Party Wall Act 1996, despite the similarities in the wording of the relevant provisions for the two regimes.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 14th March 2018

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Reminder that adjudicator’s appointment lapses if no decision – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted March 15th, 2018 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, fees, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Some judgments seem destined to be blogged about (at least by me) and Baldwin v J Pickstock Ltd is one such judgment. It’s all about the adjudicator’s decision (or lack of), whether there was an extension of time for reaching that decision and whether the adjudicator had properly resigned and should be paid for the work he did (even though he did not reach a decision). It’s not quite Cubitt Building & Interiors v Fleetglade, but it does demonstrate how adjudicators need to be alive to banana skin tactics, even those coming from the referring party!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 13th March 2018

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Case Preview: Project Blue Ltd v HMRC – UK Supreme Court Blog

Posted March 15th, 2018 in appeals, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, taxation by tracey

‘Steven Sieff, consultant in the tax team at CMS, offers a preview of the decision awaited in Project Blue Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.’

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UK Supreme Court Blog , 13th March 2018

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Judge orders husband in bitter divorce case to stop emailing wife’s solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted March 15th, 2018 in divorce, electronic mail, harassment, news, restraining orders, solicitors by tracey

‘A High Court judge has issued a restraining order to stop a man in a long-running divorce case from contacting his former wife’s solicitor on her private email address.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 15th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

‘A man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General appealed it for being too low.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

City watchdog: Civil justice ‘out of reach’ for most British citizens – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 15th, 2018 in civil justice, financial regulation, news, speeches by tracey

‘Civil justice is readily available to the international super-rich but out of reach of most British citizens, according to a top City watchdog. But John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, believes it is the job of parliament to boost consumer redress by changing the law, rather than simply tinkering with the regulator’s rulebook.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th March 2018

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Appeal court rejects apparent bias claim over judge’s private meeting – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 15th, 2018 in appeals, bias, judges, news, recusal by tracey

‘A trial judge was right not to recuse himself from a dispute over building work despite meeting one party’s advocate in private and discussing elements of the case, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th March 2018

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Finance & Divorce Update March 2018 – Family Law Week

Posted March 15th, 2018 in divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, senior associate, Mills & Reeve LLP, analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 9th March 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Victims of John Worboys face wait to hear if serial sex attacker will be released – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2018 in news, parole, release on licence, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Victims of the black cab rapist John Worboys face a wait to see if their challenge to the Parole Board’s decision to release him from jail has been successful. After two days of legal argument, three leading judges at the High Court reserved their ruling to a date to be fixed, saying they wanted time to give the case “anxious scrutiny”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2018

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Parents fined £24m for children’s truancy and term time holidays – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in education, fines, holidays, news, school children, truancy by tracey

‘Parents across England and Wales have been fined about £24m for failing to send their children to school during the past three years, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Family court secrecy lets judges get away with mistakes, senior judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2018 in family courts, judges, law reports, media, mistake, news, private hearings by tracey

‘Secrecy in family courts could be allowing judges to get away with mistakes, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said. Speaking at an event on Tuesday evening, Sir James Munby, president of the high court’s family division, said that judges were “grotesquely overworked” and “tired” and so more likely to make errors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk