Lucy McHugh murder case: Stephen Nicholson jailed for life – BBC News

‘A lodger who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl to stop her exposing him as an abuser has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019


Patent trial over RAND not necessary after waiver –

Posted July 19th, 2019 in licensing, news, patents by tracey

‘Businesses using technology protected by standard-essential patents (SEPs) can elect not to take global licensing terms offered by patent holders at any stage, a London court has confirmed.’

Full Story, 19th July 2019


Extent of jurisdiction to award compensation under section 7(2) of the Party Wall Act 1996 – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted July 19th, 2019 in compensation, jurisdiction, news, party walls, surveyors by tracey

‘The question of just how wide a party wall surveyor’s jurisdiction is to award compensation to an adjoining owner (under section 7(2) of the Party Wall Act 1996) has been the subject of a considerable amount of debate among party wall surveyors, so every opportunity for judicial scrutiny and clarification should be welcomed. Therefore, the slightly unusual circumstances that unfolded in the 2012 unreported case of Davis v Trustees of 2 Mulberry Walk provides us with some useful guidance in relation to the operation of section 7(2).’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 17th July 2019


Statutory Instruments –

Posted July 19th, 2019 in legislation by tracey

The REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (No. 3) Regulations 2019

The Electricity Capacity (No. 2) Regulations 2019

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts and Personal Medical Services Agreements) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The Air Traffic Services (Exemption) Order 2019

The Power to Award Degrees etc. (Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education) Order of Council 2013 (Amendment) Order 2019

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2019

The Teachers’ Pensions Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2019


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 19th, 2019 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v MM (Scotland) [2019] UKSC 34 (18 July 2019)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Trail Riders Fellowship v Hampshire County Council [2019] EWCA Civ 1275 (18 July 2019)

MA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1252 (18 July 2019)

TQ Delta, LLC v Zyxel Communications UK Ltd & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 1277 (18 July 2019)

Timokhina v Timokhin [2019] EWCA Civ 1284 (18 July 2019)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Mott & Anor v Environment Agency [2019] EWHC 1892 (Admin) (18 July 2019)

Magness, R (On the Application Of) v Powys County Council [2019] EWHC 1901 (Admin) (18 July 2019)

AB, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1969 (Admin) (17 July 2019)

Ikram v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, And Local Government [2019] EWHC 1869 (Admin) (17 July 2019)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Bashir v Bashir [2019] EWHC 1810 (Ch) (18 July 2019)

Viagogo AG v Competition and Markets Authority [2019] EWHC 1706 (Ch) (18 July 2019)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Vald. Nielsen Holding A/S Newwatch Ltd v Baldorino & Ors [2019] EWHC 1926 (Comm) (18 July 2019)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Engie Fabricom UK Ltd v MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd [2019] EWHC 1876 (TCC) (17 July 2019)


CA ruling on ATE and proportionality “a victory for access to justice” – Litigation Futures

Posted July 19th, 2019 in costs, insurance, news, proportionality by tracey

‘Yesterday’s Court of Appeal decision on proportionality and the recovery of after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums was “a triumph for access to justice”, according to the insurer whose policy was under scrutiny.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th July 2019


BSB updates policy on the publication of disciplinary findings against barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night decided to update its policy on the publication of disciplinary findings for professional misconduct. The policy will in future extend to all avenues by which the BSB puts disciplinary findings into the public domain and the lengths of time for which such findings are made publicly available have also been revised.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th July


Competition watchdog warns Viagogo court action will continue – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2019 in competition, consumer protection, contempt of court, news, sport by tracey

‘The competition regulator has warned Viagogo that contempt of court proceedings against it will continue, despite a legal ruling that the controversial ticket resale company has hailed as a victory.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2019


Farmer fined after blaming sheep for 23ft hole he made in Offa’s Dyke – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2019 in animals, criminal damage, fines, monuments, news by tracey

‘A farmer who busted a 23ft hole in a world-famous Welsh monument and then tried to blame his sheep, has been ordered to pay more than £2,000.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2019


Violence rockets as police solve 40,000 fewer crimes a year in deepening ‘crisis’ – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in criminal justice, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Violence has risen by 20 per cent in a year as the number of crimes solved plummeted by 40,000, new figures show amid warnings of a deepening “crisis” in the justice system.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2019


Facial recognition trials should stop, MPs say – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in bills, facial mapping, forensic science, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘Police forces must stop using facial recognition technology until a legal framework for its use is set up, MPs have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2019


Lucy McHugh: How a Facebook password trapped a killer – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2019 in evidence, forensic science, internet, murder, news, rape, video recordings by tracey

‘A “violent sexual predator” who killed a 13-year-old girl in a bid to silence her is to be sentenced on Friday for her rape and murder. His arrest sparked one of the UK’s biggest evidence searches and a trawl of thousands of hours of CCTV footage. But a Facebook password proved to be his ultimate undoing.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019


Breast-ironing is abuse and could lead to prison term, says CPS – The Guardian

‘Relatives who “iron” a young girl’s chest with a hot stone or other objects to delay breast formation could face up to 10 years in prison, under new guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2019