If you go down to the woods today – Nearly Legal

Posted November 18th, 2019 in damages, estoppel, housing, human rights, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent, repairs, repossession by sally

‘This is a rather odd case concerning possession of a farmhouse in the Forest of Dean. It had been first occupied by the defendant’s mother and step father in 1993. The terms of this were in dispute, but the rent was £155 and the step-father was to undertake repairs and maintenance to the property. The step-father did carry out some repairs, but he moved out in 2002, visiting and leaving some possessions there thereafter. The mother moved out in 2006. Various other family and friends lived at the property in subsequent years. The defendant had rented and bought property of his own, but took on repairs to the farmhouse and regarded it as his family home.’

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Nearly Legal, 17th November 2019

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Tribunals and human rights – Nearly Legal

‘The question of the powers of the First Tier and Upper Tribunals (and indeed initial decision makers) to disapply secondary legislation where there is a breach of the appellant’s human rights has reached the Supreme Court. The decision has some far reaching implications for bedroom tax appeals and beyond.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th November 2019

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Solicitor tried to take unfair advantage of other lawyer’s error – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor discarded an undertaking he had given and tried to take advantage of a mistake made by the law firm on the other side of a conveyancing transaction, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Civil partnerships legislation – unfinished business – Law & Religion UK

The draft Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 (“the Regulations”) was the first item of the secondary legislation within the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 (“the Act”) to achieve the necessary approval of both Houses under the affirmative resolution procedure. It was also the last item of debated business before parliament was dissolved on 6 November. Through section 2(2) of the Act the regulations were subject to a “sunset clause” which required them to be in force by the end of December, and as such, only limited time was available for its scrutiny and approval; this left a number of items of unfinished business, and these are summarized below.

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Law & Religion UK, 18th November 2019

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Free Internet Access ‘Should Be A Human Right’ – Professor – Rights Info

Posted November 18th, 2019 in equality, human rights, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Many of us take for granted our ability to tap in to Twitter or spend longer than we would care to admit tumbling down a YouTube rabbit hole. But this luxury is not afforded to an estimated 1.94 million UK households lacking internet access in 2019.’

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Rights Info, 15th November 2019

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Cryptoassets and smart contracts valid in English law – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 18th, 2019 in computer programs, documents, electronic filing, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Assets and contracts created with blockchain-type encryption technology have validity under existing English law, a high-powered group of legal experts chaired by a senior member of the judiciary reported today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th Novembe 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Boxer’s banker fails in negligence claim against lawyers – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor, his law firm and the barrister they instructed have been granted summary judgment on a negligence claim brought against them by a banker fired for his work with boxer David Haye.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Sophie Brimble: Man jailed for killing woman in race crash – BBC News

‘A driver who caused the “needless” death of a woman in an 80mph crash has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Brothers’ and sisters’ rights in care – Transparency Project

Posted November 18th, 2019 in adoption, appeals, care orders, children, families, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Many people believe that we do not pay enough attention to the rights of children in care to stay with, or at least stay in touch with, their brothers and sisters. Our relationships with our brothers and sisters can be the longest and most valuable in our lives but, for a range of reasons, these relationships can be disrupted when children are taken into care – or adopted – and are arguably overlooked by the law.’

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Transparency Project, 17th November 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Information watchdog updates guidance for data controllers on protecting ‘special category data’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 18th, 2019 in codes of practice, data protection, local government, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

‘The ICO has issued updated guidance on special category data, to which data controllers must give extra protection under the GDPR.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th November 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Boss jailed after racially abusing and defrauding security guard staff – The Independent

‘A company boss who racially abused workers when they complained about not being paid has been jailed for defrauding staff out of almost £60,000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Go to the LAA for civil contempt funding, not us – High Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 18th, 2019 in appeals, civil justice, injunctions, legal aid, litigants in person, news, solicitors by sally

‘Litigants in person and solicitors should go through the Legal Aid Agency, not the High Court, for public funding in civil contempt proceedings, a judge has said in a bid to clear up confusion over who has the power to grant legal aid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court to rule next week on community benefit fund donations and material considerations for granting planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 18th, 2019 in appeals, energy, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next week (20 November) hand down an imporrtant ruling on whether a council was entitled to take into account as a material consideration, when granting planning permission, the offer of a community benefit fund donation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th November 2019

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‘Power of attorney more important than will’, says widow – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2019 in bereavement, documents, news, powers of attorney, wills by sally

‘The wife of a man who died in an electric skateboard crash has spoken of the importance of a legal document that let him “die with dignity”.’

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BBC News, Novembet 2019

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Lloyds shareholders lose legal fight over HBOS takeover – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2019 in banking, class actions, damages, disclosure, news, shareholders, takeovers by sally

‘Thousands of shareholders in Lloyds Banking Group have lost a multimillion pound legal battle against the bank over its takeover of HBOS at the height of the global financial crisis.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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Solicitor and ex-councillor jailed for housing fraud – Legal Futures

Posted November 18th, 2019 in disclosure, fraud, housing, local government, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor and former East London councillor was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of housing fraud.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Stephen Port: jury to decide whether police blunders were a result of homophobia – Daily Telegraph

‘A jury will look at whether “prejudice” played a part in how police initially treated the deaths of serial killer Stephen Port’s victims, a coroner has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2019

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British athletes launch legal action against BOA over sponsorship rules – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2019 in advertising, codes of practice, news, sport by sally

‘Twenty high-profile British athletes led by the sprinter Adam Gemili have taken the extraordinary step of launching legal action against the British Olympic Association to force it to relax its “unjust and unlawful” sponsorship rules for Team GB stars.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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International Criminal Court may investigate UK ‘war crimes cover-up’ – BBC News

‘The International Criminal Court could open its first investigation into the British military following a BBC programme about alleged war crimes.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Teacher sacked over gay dating app activity wins £700,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A primary school headteacher who was sacked after having sex with two 17-year-old boys he met through a gay dating app has been awarded nearly £700,000 compensation by a tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com