‘Grenfell’ cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, mortgages, news, valuation by sally

‘A family who have seen the value of their London flat slashed from £600,000 to just £90,000 because of Grenfell-style cladding could sue a government agency that helped them buy their home.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Brighton student jailed for freshers’ night rape – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A student from the University of Sussex has been jailed for raping a fellow student at her flat in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

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League Against Cruel Sports in legal battle with vegan ‘whistleblower’ – The Guardian

‘A leading animal welfare charity is locked in an acrimonious legal dispute with a former employee who claims he was dismissed for telling colleagues that its pension fund invested in companies that have been involved in animal testing.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2018

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Do Children Have a Right to Privacy? – Rights Info

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, data protection, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘In the age of the internet, privacy is an important and controversial issue. But what do privacy rights mean for children? RightsInfo takes a look.’

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Rights Info, 15th June 2018

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Costs can be proportionate even if they exceed damages, Senior Costs Judge says – Litigation Futures

Posted June 18th, 2018 in costs, damages, interception, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘The proportionality test does not prevent the recovery of costs that are higher than the sums at issue in litigation, the Senior Costs Judge has said in allowing such a recovery by a host of celebrities awarded damages in the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) phone hacking litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th June 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

ICO hits police force with £80k penalty for revealing identities of abuse victims – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, data protection, electronic mail, fines, news, police by sally

‘A police force has been hit with an £80,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it sent a bulk email that identified victims of non-recent child abuse.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2018

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The law must change on upskirting. One Tory MP won’t stop us – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in bills, news, outraging public decency, photography, sexual offences by sally

‘Upskirting is a depraved violation of privacy. It is outrageous that a single Tory MP has been able to derail a much needed and universally supported change in the law. But that is exactly what has happened.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

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Grooming cases soar under new law, as police reveal 3,000 crimes against children as young as five in just a year – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, statistics by sally

‘More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2018

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Care Crisis Review publishes report setting out options for change – Family Law

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, family courts, news, reports, social services by sally

‘The Care Crisis Review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by the Family Rights Group, has published its report. The report considers how to address the crisis in children’s social care and the family justice sector, and explores the factors which have contributed to it.’

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Family Law, 13th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Child prisoners ‘held in solitary confinement’ – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, imprisonment, news, young offenders by sally

‘At least 40 children have been held in solitary confinement in young offenders institutions in the past year, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2018

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‘Smoke and mirror’ tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised – The Guardian

‘The “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Parachute murder bid: Emile Cilliers jailed for life – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2018 in attempted murder, attempts, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘An Army sergeant has been jailed for life for trying to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachutes.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

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Supreme Court restores avoidance finding in Project Blue SDLT case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2018 in news, sale of land, stamp duty, Supreme Court, tax avoidance by tracey

‘A stamp duty land tax (SDLT) claim by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with the purchase of the former Chelsea Barracks in London, worth a potential £50 million, has been restored by the UK Supreme Court.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2018

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Appeal court restores public sector pensions investment guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2018 in local government, news, pensions, sanctions by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the government in a legal challenge to its guidance preventing the local government pension scheme (LGPS) from pursuing boycotts as part of its investment strategy’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th June 2018

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Appealing adjournments in misconduct hearings – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 15th, 2018 in adjournment, appeals, case management, news, police, tribunals by tracey

‘Challenges to a failure to adjourn seem to be popping-up at the moment. There was the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Solanki v (1) Intercity Telecom Ltd (2) Guidinglight Finance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 101 – where a judge had failed to give adequate reasons for rejecting medical evidence justifying an adjournment. By contrast, in the recent decision of Lindsay v Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority [2018] EWHC 1275 (Admin), the respondent in misconduct proceedings failed to advance adequate evidence to support such an application. What lies deeper beneath, however, is whether an appeal against a decision not to adjourn requires the appellate court or tribunal to consider whether the original decision lay within the range of reasonable responses open to the decision maker below or, alternatively, has to determine the question of fairness / correctness itself.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th June 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted June 15th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Commencement No. 18) Order 2018

The Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure 2018 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2018

The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 (Commencement and Transitional Provision) Order 2018

The Housing Administration (England and Wales) Rules 2018

The Statute Law (Repeals) Measure 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018

The Pensions (Pre-consolidation) Measure 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Amendment) Order 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 15th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Morris v Metrolink RATP DEV Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1358 (14 June 2018)

Kelly v Pyres [2018] EWCA Civ 1368 (14 June 2018)

Nesiama & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1369 (14 June 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

TP and AR, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions [2018] EWHC 1474 (Admin) (14 June 2018)

Giese v The Government of the United States of America [2018] EWHC 1480 (Admin) (14 June 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

London Borough of Hounslow v Devere & Ors [2018] EWHC 1447 (Ch) (14 June 2018)

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Plc, Re [2018] EWHC 1445 (Ch) (12 June 2018)

High Court (Family Division)

MK v RP (Hague Child Abduction Convention) [2018] EWHC 1475 (Fam) (12 June 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

Finance and Divorce Update, June 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during May 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 14th June 2018

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Varying your child maintenance: it can pay dividends! – Family Law Week

Posted June 15th, 2018 in children, costs, family courts, financial provision, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Using a fictitious scenario Gwyn Evans, barrister, Tanfield Chambers highlights legal and practical issues relating to child maintenance.’

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Family Law Week, 14th June 2018

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Child abuse victims named in police bulk email error – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2018 in child abuse, data protection, electronic mail, fines, news, police by tracey

‘A police force has been fined and heavily criticised for sending out a bulk email that identified victims of historical child abuse. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the error by Gloucestershire police was likely to have caused “substantial distress” to alleged abuse victims, some of whom were legally entitled to lifelong anonymity.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com