SFO increasingly using power to demand information without court approval – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2018 in disclosure, investigatory powers, news, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is increasingly using its powers to demand information from large businesses without the need to ask for court approval, new data has shown.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources codes of practice – Official Publications

Posted September 27th, 2018 in codes of practice, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by tracey

‘Guidance on the use of covert surveillance or human intelligence sources by public authorities under part 2 of RIPA 2000.’

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Official publications, 20th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications/

Multiple defendants, discontinuance and QOCS – Zenith PI

Posted September 27th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘Cartwright v Venduct Engineering Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1654. When a claimant with the benefit of QOCS protection discontinues a claim there should be no enforceable costs order against them unless there has been fundamental dishonesty in bringing the claim. But what is the position in a case of multiple defendants where the same claimant is eventually successful in obtaining damages from another defendant to the action?’

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Zenith PI, 26th September 2018

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Ilott v Mitson (no. 2) revisited – Zenith PI

Posted September 27th, 2018 in appeals, families, news, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

‘At long last, 18 months after the judgments were delivered, Ilott v Mitson has reached the Law Reports – [2018] AC 554. It gives an opportunity to look again at some of the views expressed by the Supreme Court in what was and may well remain the one and only time that the interpretation of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 was considered by the Supreme Court.’

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Zenith PI, 25th September 2018

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Our Human Rights: A joint Effort? – Speech by Lord Wilson

Posted September 27th, 2018 in human rights, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Wilson at the Howard J. Trienens Lecture at the Northwestern University, Chicago.’

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Supreme Court, 25th September 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Equalities watchdog in legal challenge over fertility services for transgender people – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, equality, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to take NHS England to judicial review over fertility services for transgender people.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council secures Ofcom ruling in complaint of unfairness against Piers Morgan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2018 in armed forces, complaints, housing, local government, media, news by tracey

‘Herefordshire Council has welcomed regulator Ofcom’s decision to partly uphold a complaint of unfairness that it made against television presenter Piers Morgan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Chambers to adopt name of female barrister pioneer – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2018 in barristers, news, women by tracey

‘The first set to be named after a woman in the history of the Bar is to honour one of the first two female King’s Counsel, as they then were, it has emerged. 218 Strand Chambers in London – which claims to be the closest set of chambers to the Royal Courts of Justice – is to change its name to Normanton Chambers in January.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Consultation launched into how employment law disputes are decided – Law Commission

Posted September 27th, 2018 in consultations, employment, jurisdiction, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The jurisdiction of employment tribunals, and the areas where they share jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear employment and discrimination claims, are being independently reviewed in a consultation paper. The Law Commission – an independent body set up to reform the law – has today published a consultation paper which asks questions about many areas of shared and exclusive jurisdiction to hear employment law and discrimination law claims.’

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Law Commission, 26th September 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

UK agrees principles for tackling modern slavery in supply chains – Home Office

‘The UK has developed, alongside the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, principles for nations to adopt to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains.’

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Home Office, 25th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Woman who laundered money from corrupt payments to her brother sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 27th, 2018 in confiscation, conspiracy, money laundering, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who hid $3.5 million in corrupt payments by letting it pass through her foreign bank accounts has been given a suspended prison sentence today (25 September).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

£7m win for Chinese company in first ‘persons unknown’ freezing order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 27th, 2018 in computer crime, costs, damages, freezing injunctions, news by tracey

‘The High Court has awarded the UK arm of natural resources company China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) £7m, in a case in which a worldwide freezing injunction against “persons unknown” was approved for the first time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

“Wait a Minute, Mr Postman”: Post-Adoption Contact after the Children and Families Act 2014 – Family Law Week

Posted September 27th, 2018 in adoption, contact orders, families, news by tracey

‘Dr Bianca Jackson, barrister, Coram Chambers and co-author of “Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues” examines the issue of post-adoption contact.’

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Family Law Week, 21st September 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Child spies: judicial review sought to challenge May’s government – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2018 in children, human rights, news, spying, treaties by tracey

‘Human rights lawyers have been crowdfunding for a judicial review to challenge the government’s use of child spies, arguing that the tactic was incompatible with the UN convention on the rights of the child. Just for Kids Law, a charity that represents, advises and supports children in legal difficulty, has issued a pre-action letter to the Home Office raising concerns over the practice, which has been condemned by politicians and human rights groups.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2018

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Birmingham pub bombing inquests: Suspects will not be named – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2018 in anonymity, appeals, explosives, inquests, news by tracey

‘Suspects in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will not be named at fresh inquests, the appeal court has ruled. Coroner Sir Peter Thornton challenged an earlier High Court decision to allow evidence about alleged suspects to be included in the inquest hearings. Judges at the Court of Appeal have now ruled in the coroner’s favour.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2018

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Serial harassers who target a new student every year working in universities, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, sexual grooming, universities by tracey

‘Universities are employing serial sex abusers who date a different student every year, a report has found. Research by campaigners the 1752 Group and the University of Portsmouth found that university staff who had had inappropriate relationships with one student or junior colleague were likely to have behaved similarly with others.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rape charges down by 23% in year despite rise in police reports – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by tracey

‘The number of people being charged with rape has fallen by almost a quarter, despite a rise in attacks being reported to police. New figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) show a 23 per cent drop in the number of rape suspects prosecuted in 2017-18 from the year before.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK asylum seekers refused housing over ‘social cohesion issues’ – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2018 in asylum, detention, housing, immigration, news, race discrimination, refugees by tracey

‘Details of the ban emerged in a note from the Home Office to an asylum seeker’s solicitor, in which the department said that it had an agreement with local authorities in that region not to house any “foreign nationals with known criminality”.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

BAILII: recent Decisions

Posted September 27th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests v Hambleton & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 2081 (26 September 2018)

Rana v London Borough of Ealing & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2074 (25 September 2018)

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs [2018] EWCA Civ 2069 (21 September 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Bayer Plc v NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) & Ors [2018] EWHC 2465 (Admin) (21 September 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Onzm & Anor v Watson & Ors [2018] EWHC 2483 (Ch) (25 September 2018)

Thirunavukkrasu v Brar & Anor [2018] EWHC 2461 (Ch) (24 September 2018)

Vastint Leeds BV v Persons Unknown [2018] EWHC 2456 (Ch (24 September 2018)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Slade (t/a Richard Slade And Co) v Abbhi [2018] EWHC 2039 (Comm) (24 September 2018)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Curo Places Ltd v Walker [2018] EWHC 2462 (QB) (25 September 2018)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Palmer Birch (A Partnership) v Lloyd & Anor [2018] EWHC 2316 (TCC) (24 September 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org