Tribunal judiciary “most diverse in Europe” – Litigation Futures

‘The tribunal judiciary is not only representative of the British population but “arguably the most diverse judiciary in Europe and perhaps beyond”, the Senior President of Tribunals has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th November 2019


New Act –

Posted November 5th, 2019 in elections, legislation, parliament by tracey

Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted November 5th, 2019 in legislation by tracey

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Reviews of Sentencing) (Amendment) Order 2019

The Accreditation of Forensic Service Providers (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2019

The Eggs and Poultrymeat (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2019

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2019

The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

The Cross-border Parcel Delivery Services (EU Information Requirements) Regulations 2019

The Insolvency Practitioners and Insolvency Services Account (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2019

The Finance Act 2004 (Specified Pension Schemes) Order 2019

The Firearms Regulations 2019

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Directives) (England and Wales) Order 2019

The Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2019

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

The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2019

The Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 (Amendments to Chapter 2A of Part 5) Regulations 2019

The Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No. 6 and Saving Provision) Regulations 2019

The Data Protection Act 2018 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2019

The Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Non-Domestic Rating Multipliers) (England) Order 2019

The Parliamentary Elections (Returning Officers’ Charges) Order 2019


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 5th, 2019 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd [2019] UKSC 47 (30 October 2019)

NY (A Child), Re [2019] UKSC 49 (30 October 2019)

Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ [2019] UKSC 48 (30 October 2019)

Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd [2019] UKSC 50 (30 October 2019)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Higgins v Revenue And Customs [2019] EWCA Civ 1860 (04 November 2019)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Environment Food And Rural Affairs [2019] EWHC 2951 (Admin) (05 November 2019)

Rahman, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2952 (Admin) (05 November 2019)

Messaoud, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2948 (Admin) (05 November 2019)

High Court (Chancery Division)

George v McCarthy & Anor [2019] EWHC 2939 (Ch) (05 November 2019)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Chelfat v Chaudhry’s Restaurant Ltd [2019] EWHC 2959 (QB) (05 November 2019)

Baker v Hemming [2019] EWHC 2950 (QB) (05 November 2019)


Concerns raised about Calderbank offers being used to assess litigation conduct – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Reservations have been expressed about plans to change the rules for determining costs at the end of family proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th November 2019


Commonwealth head warns of dangers of denying justice to all – The Guardian

‘Denying access to justice risks creating fresh conflicts at a time when the international rule of law is under threat, the Commonwealth secretary general has warned ahead of a meeting of the organisation’s law enforcement officers.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019


Warning shot for BSB after it axes Legal Choices funding – Legal Futures

Posted November 5th, 2019 in barristers, budgets, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has issued a thinly veiled warning to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over the need to invest “substantially” in consumer information after its controversial decision to withdraw from funding Legal Choices.’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2019


Rise of the algorithms – UK Human Rights

‘The use of algorithms in public sector decision making has broken through as a hot topic in recent weeks. The Guardian recently ran the “Automating Poverty” series on the use of algorithms in the welfare state. And on 29 October 2019 it was reported that the first known legal challenge to the use of algorithms in the UK, this time by the Home Office, had been launched. It was timely, then, that the Public Law Project’s annual conference on judicial review trends and forecasts was themed “Public law and technology”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th November 2019


Drone registration made compulsory as UK scheme launches – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2019 in aircraft, fees, fines, news by sally

‘Drone users in the UK must now sit an online test and pay a £9 annual fee or face a £1,000 fine after the launch of a mandatory national registration scheme on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019


Couple fined £20,000 for planning offences over work on outbuildings and fish pond – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 5th, 2019 in enforcement, fines, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A couple have been handed a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of offences under the Town and Country Planning Act relating to outbuildings and a fish pond.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th November 2019


A third of women at the biggest female jail are spending just three weeks or less in prison – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 5th, 2019 in homelessness, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘A third of the inmates at Europe’s largest female jail spend three weeks or under behind bars, watchdogs have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2019


Carlisle man who poured boiling water on partner jailed – BBC News

‘A man who beat his partner with a mallet and poured boiling water over her head has been jailed for 15 years.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2019


Age of criminal responsibility must be raised, say experts – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2019 in children, criminal responsibility, news, young offenders by sally

‘In England and Wales, children as young as 10 can be convicted of a crime – the lowest minimum age of any EU state.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2019


Litigation funding agreements are not DBAs, tribunal rules – Litigation Futures

‘Agreements with third-party litigation funders are not damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th November 2019


Outcomes for children in custody worse than a decade ago, says report – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2019 in children, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, standards, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘The government has failed to capitalise on the “remarkable” fall in the number of children in youth custody, with outcomes for those sent to prison worse than a decade ago, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019


Brothers sentenced for knife attack outside mosque during Ramadan – The Independent

‘Two brothers have been sentenced for attacking a group of men outside a mosque during Ramadan.’

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The Independent, 4th November 2019


Estranged wife and her lover guilty of murdering millionaire farmer found in river – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 5th, 2019 in families, married persons, murder, news by sally

‘An estranged wife and her lover have been found guilty of murdering a millionaire farmer whose body was found in a river eight months after being reported missing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2019