UK government pays £1m to Cyprus ‘torture victims’ – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2019 in armed forces, class actions, Cyprus, damages, news, rape, sexual offences, torture, victims by tracey

‘Thirty-three Cypriots who claimed they were tortured by British forces during an armed uprising in the late 1950s are to be awarded £1m damages, to be shared between them, by the UK government.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019


Sex offenders put up in hotels as no space in bail hostels, says report – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, hotels, news, ombudsmen, prisons, probation, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Sex offenders are being put up in high-street budget hotels without the knowledge of the proprietors or guests because spaces in closely monitored bail hostels are unavailable, inspectors have discovered.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019


Wanted man who taunted police on Instagram from Dubai jailed after being extradited back to UK – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, dangerous driving, extradition, news, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A man who taunted police in Instagram posts from Dubai has been jailed after he was extradited back to the UK.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019


The case for a referendum re-run – New Law Journal

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in brexit, constitutional law, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘How close is Plan B for a People’s Vote? David Wolchover reports.’

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New Law Journal, 18th January 2019


Female barristers highlight clash between work and family – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in barristers, families, flexible working, news, women by sally

‘Research led by female barristers has highlighted the stark choices faced by women trying to balance working in private practice with looking after children.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2019


What Is The Human Rights Act And Why Is Theresa May ‘Considering Scrapping’ It? – Rights Info

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in brexit, human rights, news, repeals by sally

‘The Human Rights Act preserves all of our fundamental human rights, from the right to life to the right to privacy and the right to free speech. It is the catch-all law that states our most basic rights so all of us can fight against discrimination and injustice.’

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Rights Info, 22nd January 2019


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in legislation by tracey

The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The Food for Specific Groups (Information and Compositional Requirements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019

The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 (Commencement No. 5) Regulations 2019

The Value Added Tax (Tour Operators) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 (Appointed Day No. 2) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (Amendment) Order 2019

The Value Added Tax (Accounting Procedures for Import VAT for VAT Registered Persons and Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Value Added Tax (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Electronic Commerce (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Town and Country Planning (Manston Airport) Special Development Order 2019

The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The European Research Infrastructure Consortium (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Jagoo v Bristol City Council [2019] EWCA Civ 19 (23 January 2019)

Royal Mail Group Ltd v Efobi [2018] EWCA Civ 18 (23 January 2019)

Doyle v PRA Group (UK) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 12 (23 January 2019)

J v K & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 5 (22 January 2019)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Director of Public Prosecutions v Ziegle & Ors [2019] EWHC 71 (Admin) (22 January 2019)

Haq, R (On the Application Of) v Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council [2019] EWHC 70 (Admin) (22 January 2019)

ZS v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 75 (Admin) (22 January 2019)

Liverpool Open And Green Spaces Community Interest Company, R (On the Application Of) v Liverpool City Council [2019] EWHC 55 (Admin) (18 January 2019)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Invista Textiles (UK) Ltd & Anor v Botes & Ors [2019] EWHC 58 (Ch) (21 January 2019)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc & Ors v Dencora Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 97 (Comm) (22 January 2019)

JSC VTB Bank v Skurikhin & Ors [2019] EWHC 69 (Comm) (21 January 2019)

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc & Ors v Zhunus (Formerly Baglan Abdull) & Ors [2019] EWHC 80 (Comm) (18 January 2019)

High Court (Patents Court)

Illumina, Inc. & Anor v TDL Genetics Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 79 (Pat) (22 January 2019)

Regen Lab SA v Estar Medical Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 63 (Pat) (18 January 2019)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Koutsogiannis v The Random House Group Ltd [2019] EWHC 48 (QB) (18 January 2019)


Four key messages about EU staff and Brexit – Technology Law Update

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in brexit, EC law, employment, news, treaties by sally

‘The recent vote in the UK House of Commons to reject the EU Withdrawal Agreement may result in additional concern for EU staff and their employers in the tech sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 23rd January 2019


Research to probe ethical issues raised by legal technology – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘A project to look at the ethical and others issues issues that technology raises for legal services and their regulation has been launched by the Legal Services Board.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2019


Teenager killed herself after changes at mental care home, inquest told – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in care homes, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenager took her own life at a mental health care home after the charity in charge laid off external therapists, employed unqualified staff and turned it into a “boot camp”, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2019


City council concedes defeat after judge quashes open land planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in listed buildings, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Mayor of Liverpool has said the city council will accept a High Court ruling quashing its grant of planning permissions for a scheme including the building on an area of open land of 39 new dwellings and the conversion of a historic house into 12 apartments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st January 2019


Domestic abuse: Non-physical and economic abuse included in law – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in coercive & controlling behaviour, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Non-physical and economic abuse are to be included in the first legal definition of domestic abuse as part of a landmark overhaul of the law.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2019


Bullying and harassment calls to legal helpline double – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in bullying, harassment, legal profession, news by sally

‘Calls from lawyers complaining of bullying and harassment to health support charity LawCare almost doubled last year.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2019


Jurisdiction after a no deal Brexit – Competition Bulletin

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in brexit, domicile, EC law, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘Time for some more speculation about the future which awaits us after 29 March. The topic this time is jurisdiction.’

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Competition Bulletin, 22nd January 2010


UK Benefits System Fails Mentally Ill Claimants ‘Disproportionately’ By Refusing Benefits – Rights Info

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in benefits, disabled persons, mental health, news by sally

‘The UK benefits system’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been designed to support people living with disabilities – but handouts may be unfairly benefiting claimants with physical injuries over those with mental illnesses.’

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Rights Info, 22nd January 2019


Relevance and homelessness – Nearly Legal

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Safi v Sandwell BC (2018) EWCA Civ 2876 can be regarded as a footnote of some significance in the factors which are relevant in determining whether a household is homeless for the purposes of s. 175, Housing Act 1996. (And, as a footnote to that footnote, a point for the cognoscenti of review processes: it is interesting that Sandwell has a review panel (whether officer or councillor-led is not clear from the report), which appears to work by way of meetings; such panels, which were frequently constituted prior to and just after the 1996 Act, are rare these days, reviews being conducted commonly by a single officer.)’

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Nearly Legal, 21st January 2019


Gross defends arbitration against claim it damages common law – Litigation Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in arbitration, civil justice, dispute resolution, judges, news by sally

‘A Court of Appeal judge has rejected the argument – pressed by a former Lord Chief Justice – that the growth of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes has retarded the development of the common law.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd January 2019


MPs pass counter-terror bill amendments to protect aid workers – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in bills, charities, freedom of expression, media, news, terrorism by sally

‘MPs have passed amendments to the government’s latest counter-terrorism bill to try to protect British aid workers and journalists from facing criminal charges in conflict zones.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019


Oxford grooming gang members handed life sentences – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in child abuse, conspiracy, news, rape, sentencing, sexual grooming by sally

‘Three men who groomed and sexually abused an Oxford schoolgirl have been handed life sentences.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2019