Ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in UK ruled discriminatory – The Guardian

‘A heterosexual couple who were denied the right to enter into a civil partnership have won their claim at the UK’s highest court that they have suffered discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Council ordered to pay £68k on account in costs over coroner burial policy case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 27th, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, costs, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘The Divisional Court has ordered Camden Council to pay £68,000 in costs on account following the high-profile case where judges ruled that the Senior Coroner for Inner North London acted unlawfully in adopting a policy that resulted in Jewish and Muslim families facing delays in the burials of family members, contrary to their religious beliefs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th June 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The CoA finds that a bank was contractually entitled to comply with foreign court orders – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 27th, 2018 in banking, contracts, foreign jurisdictions, freezing injunctions, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an appeal in which the Republic of Kazakhstan (RoK) and its national bank argued that their custodian bank, Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM), had acted in breach of contract by freezing their assets in accordance with foreign court orders.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th June 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Fraud, bribery and money laundering offences: Assessment of guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in bribery, fraud, money laundering, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published its assessment of the impact of its Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering offences guideline on sentencing trends, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Sentencing of drug offences involving newer and less common drugs – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Since publication of the Drug Offences guideline in 2012, there has been an increase in the number of cases before the courts involving newer drugs, such as synthetic opioids, which may have much higher potency and potential to cause harm than more common drugs. In addition, some new offences have been created, for example, those in the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. We have therefore published guidance on the sentencing of offences involving newer and less common drugs, in particular covering how to assess the harm caused.’

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Sentencing Council, 25th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Secretary of State launches dedicated strategy to ‘break the cycle’ of female offending – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2018 in imprisonment, press releases, prisons, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘The female offender strategy sets out a commitment to divert the most vulnerable women in the criminal justice system away from custody through the provision of tailored support.’

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Ministry of Justice, 27th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Court of Appeal overturns costs penalty imposed on claimant who gave dishonest evidence – Litigation Futures

Posted June 27th, 2018 in costs, disclosure, evidence, news, part 36 offers, penalties by tracey

‘A judge was wrong to penalise a claimant for not disclosing an important piece of evidence, given that the defendant made the part 36 offer she accepted in full knowledge of her dishonesty, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Court in tangle after law firm ‘whistleblower’ sends it privileged material – Legal Futures

Posted June 27th, 2018 in divorce, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The president of the Family Division is to be asked what the court should do in the highly unusual case of a ‘whistleblower’ from the solicitors of one party to a divorce sending it legally privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Families Need Fathers Conference 2018 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 27th, 2018 in domestic violence, families, family courts, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Families Need Fathers Conference 2018.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th June 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Time to get tougher on harassment and bullying, says Bar Council as it publishes new report on Barristers’ Working Lives Survey – The Bar Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘New figures from the Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Harassment and bullying report, released by the Bar Council today, indicate that reports of harassment or bullying and discrimination within the barristers’ profession, as well as reports of observations of harassment or bullying and discrimination, have increased in comparison with previous years.’

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The Bar Council, 26th June 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted June 27th, 2018 in EC law, legislation, nuclear power, treaties by tracey

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted June 27th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Police Super-complaints (Designation and Procedure) Regulations 2018

The Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018

The Bus Services Act 2017 (Commencement) Regulations 2018

The Cattle Compensation (England) (Amendment) Order 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 27th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Garcia v Marex Financial Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1468 (26 June 2018)

The General Optical Council v Clarke [2018] EWCA Civ 1463 (25 June 2018)

Tuson v Murphy [2018] EWCA Civ 1461 (22 June 2018)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

K & Ors, R v [2018] EWCA Crim 1432 (26 June 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Al Enein, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1615 (Admin) (26 June 2018)

Canterbury City Council v SSCLG & Anor [2018] EWHC 1611 (Admin) (26 June 2018)

Adath Yisroel Burial Society & Anor, R (on the application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London [2018] EWHC 1286 (Admin) (25 June 2018)

Drain, R (On the Application Of) v Birmingham Crown Court [2018] EWHC 1605 (Admin) (25 June 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWHC 1558 (Ch) (22 June 2018)

High Court (Commercial Court)

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation v Emerald Energy Resources Ltd [2018] EWHC 1503 (Comm) (22 June 2018)

High Court (Family Division)

Bruzas v Saxton [2018] EWHC 1619 (Fam) (21 June 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

Family Mediation: Piercing the cloak of confidentiality – Family Law Week

Posted June 27th, 2018 in confidentiality, dispute resolution, families, news by tracey

‘Deborah Eaton QC, 1 King’s Bench Walk, Hassan Khan, 4 Paper Buildings and Mark Irving, Harbottle & Lewis examine whether mediation agreements are always susceptible to privilege, following Mr Justice Williams’s judgment in BL v TC & OD [2017] EWHC 3363.’

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Family Law Week, 21st June 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

The Routemaster replica model that costs £1,150 and takes two years to complete – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

‘The advertising standards watchdog has banned a series of adverts promoting the chance to build the replica after it emerged it would take two years to complete , at a cost of more than £1,150.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The ‘new Asbos’ issued without the burden of proof – BBC News

Posted June 27th, 2018 in harassment, local government, news by tracey

‘Prosecutions for breaking Community Protection Notices – sometimes known as the new Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) – are on the rise in England and Wales. But there are concerns the powers are being used unfairly, with no need to prove the accusations being made.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police officers who took cocaine together during extra-marital affair jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2018 in news by tracey

‘Two police officers who took cocaine together in hotel rooms during an extramarital affair have been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government scraps proposed women’s ‘community prisons’ in new strategy to reduce female offending – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2018 in news by tracey

‘The government has scrapped proposals to create “community prisons” for women as part of a delayed strategy aiming to combat female offending.

The new strategy is moving “emphasis from custody to the community” and trying to bring the female prison population down. “We want to ensure that the public and judiciary have confidence in non-custodial sentences – such as effective community orders – which directly tackle the causes of reoffending, including alcohol or drug abuse,” said the MoJ.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Children of renowned sculptor Lynn Chadwick in court battle over his art work – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2018 in news by tracey

‘The children of a renowned sculptor have taken their stepmother to court in a battle over his artwork. The family of Lynn Chadwick, who died in 2003 aged 88, have become embroiled in a bitter legal row over ownership of hundreds of his works.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple who murdered French nanny and burned her body in garden jailed for life – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2018 in murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “cruel and evil” couple have been jailed for life for murdering their French nanny and burning her body.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk