Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 13th, 2020 in appeals, families, family courts, internet, press releases, video recordings by tracey

‘Family hearings at the Court of Appeal will be live-streamed under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th March 2020


Amendment of LA Plan, post final orders – what can parents do? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 13th, 2020 in appeals, care orders, children, families, fostering, human rights, local government, news by tracey

‘Natalie Cross looks at what needs to happen where parents seek to challenge a change to a care plan where the earlier plan (i.e. remaining at home) has already been approved by the court when the final order was made.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th March 2020


Valid or not valid? – Local Government Lawyer

‘Does an obvious mistake in a Notice of Seeking Possession invalidate it…or not? Steven Eccles reports on the lessons for housing associations and local authorities from an important recent ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th March 2020


Islamic Nikah ceremony and marriage validity – Family Law

Posted March 13th, 2020 in appeals, divorce, families, financial provision, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by tracey

‘The case of Khan v Akhter has now been decided by the Court of Appeal. It received a huge amount of coverage in the legal press and beyond. In simple terms, the court has ruled that a couple who went through a religious-only wedding ceremony in the UK are neither validly married nor parties to a void marriage, overturning an earlier decision of the High Court.’

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Family Law, 12th March 2020


Care worker sentenced for misconduct in public office – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 13th, 2020 in care workers, imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A care worker, who had a sexual relationship with a vulnerable young adult and manipulated her colleagues to cover up her actions, has been imprisoned today (12 March 2020).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2020


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 13th, 2020 in legislation by tracey

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Alteration of Coroner Areas) Order 2020

The Capital Allowances Act 2001 (Amendment of Section 45K) Order 2020

The Recovery of Costs (Remand to Youth Detention Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Housing Benefit (Transitional Provision) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020

The National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Act 2019 (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2020

The Magistrates’ Courts (Functions of Authorised Persons – Civil Proceedings) Rules 2020

The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (No. 2) Order 2020

The Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Conventions) (Amendment) Order 2020

The Employment Allowance (Increase of Maximum Amount) Regulations 2020

The Healthy Start Scheme and Welfare Food (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2020

The Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2020

The Extradition Act 2003 (Amendments to Designations) Order 2020

The Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2020


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 13th, 2020 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Uddin v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 338 (12 March 2020)

Parveen, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Redbridge [2020] EWCA Civ 194 (12 March 2020)

UK Learning Academy Ltd v Secretary of State for Education [2020] EWCA Civ 370 (11 March 2020)

Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 352 (11 March 2020)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Attorney General v Gordon [2020] EWCA Crim 360 (11 March 2020)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Kapoor v Juzagado De Instruccion No.4 De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria (Spain) [2020] EWHC 590 (Admin) (12 March 2020)

Bloomsbury Institute Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Office for Students [2020] EWHC 580 (Admin) (12 March 2020)

Jackson, R (on the application of) v The Parole Board for England and Wales & Anor [2020] EWHC 559 (Admin) (11 March 2020)

Carr, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWHC 487 (Admin) (11 March 2020)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Oyesanya v Jackson [2020] EWHC 542 (Ch) (12 March 2020)

Horsford v Horsford [2020] EWHC 584 (Ch) (12 March 2020)

Poste Hotels Ltd v Cousins [2020] EWHC 582 (Ch) (12 March 2020)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Integral Petroleum SA v Petrogat FZE & Anor [2020] EWHC 558 (Comm) (12 March 2020)

High Court (Family Division)

A Healthcare B NHS Trust v CC [2020] EWHC 574 (Fam) (11 March 2020)

K (A Child), Re [2020] EWHC 488 (Fam) (28 February 2020)

High Court (Patents Court)

Evalve Inc & Ors Edwards Lifesciences Ltd [2020] EWHC 513 (Pat) (12 March 2020)

Evalve Inc & Ors Edwards Lifesciences Ltd [2020] EWHC 514 (Pat) (12 March 2020)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Hayden v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2020] EWHC 540 (QB) (11 March 2020)


Question of Incompatibility – Deprivation of Children’s Liberty Without Court Order? – Family Law Week

Posted March 13th, 2020 in care homes, care orders, children, families, human rights, news, privacy by tracey

‘Helen Crowell, Pupil Barrister and Shaun Spencer, Barrister, of St Johns Buildings discuss Deprivation of Liberty and the Children’s Home Regulations 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 12th March 2020


How the net closed on Oxford’s grooming gang – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2020 in child abuse, children, gangs, news, police, rape, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Nearly a decade after the abuse of vulnerable girls in Oxford began to be addressed, following years of negligence by police and social services, the last of the so-called Operation Bullfinch trials has ended. How did the sex offenders at the centre of the city’s depraved underworld finally come to face justice?’

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BBC News, 13th March 2020


Met Police criticised for response to VIP abuse inquiry review – BBC News

‘A watchdog has criticised the Met Police for being slow to learn lessons from a damning review of its probe into a Westminster paedophile ring.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2020


Manchester officers face investigations into death of unarmed man – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2020 in firearms, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Six officers including the former assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester police will be investigated for misconduct following an inquiry into the death of a man shot by armed police.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2020


Gambling firm Betway hit with record £11.6m penalty – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2020 in consumer protection, fines, gambling, money laundering, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Online betting firm Betway has been hit with a record penalty of £11.6m for failings over customer protection and money-laundering checks.’

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BBC news, 12th March 2020


‘Lacklustre’ response to suicides at London jail despite warnings, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2020 in drug abuse, news, ombudsmen, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘A prison in London has shown a “lacklustre” response to self-inflicted deaths despite major warnings that it must improve and widespread concerns over failures across the penal estate to respond to inmate suicides.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2020