The traps in the Divorce etc Bill that could cause as much harm as finding fault – Family Law

Posted March 5th, 2020 in bills, divorce, news, notification, time limits by tracey

‘Traditional marriage etiquette recommends sending out wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. Under the proposed new divorce reform, a spouse might have the same amount of notice of the ending of their marriage.’

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Family Law, 5th March 2020


Everton football fan convicted of hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 5th, 2020 in hate crime, news, racism, sport by tracey

‘A football supporter who shouted racial abuse at a player during a game between Crystal Palace and Everton in August 2019 has been convicted of a hate crime.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th March 2020


‘Astonishing breakthrough’: Munby hails access to family justice data – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2020 in anonymity, data protection, family courts, news by tracey

‘A national support service representing children in family court cases has opened up its data to researchers as part of wider efforts to understand how well the family justice system is working. Cafcass has transferred its file data to the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank, which is based at the University of Swansea. Cafcass said the move was part of a strategy to exchange knowledge and learning with key partners such as the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, set up by the Nuffield Foundation to improve the use of data and research in the family justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd March 2020


Supreme Court president refuses to rule out stepping down if Boris Johnson tries to politicise judiciary – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2020 in judiciary, ministers' powers and duties, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The president of the Supreme Court has declined to rule out resigning if Boris Johnson attempts to politicise the judiciary.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2020


Oxford dean accused of failing to report child sexual assault claim – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2020 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘The head of a prestigious Oxford college has been accused of failing to disclose an allegation of sexual assault of a minor to police or safeguarding officials.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2020


Commons spends more than £800,000 on paying off former staff – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2020 in confidentiality, news, non-disclosure agreements, parliament by tracey

‘The House of Commons has paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds in non-disclosure and settlement agreements with former employees, according to official figures.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2020


Victims given right to challenge attackers’ release from prison in new code – The Independent

‘Victims of violent and sexual offences are being given the automatic right to challenge their attackers’ release and apply for restrictions to protect themselves.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020


Sentencing Code unveiled in Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 5th, 2020 in bills, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Plans to simplify the country’s complex sentencing laws moved a step closer today (5 March 2020) as Ministers unveiled a Bill in Parliament.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th March 2020


Police watchdog drop investigation into Scotland Yard’s contact with Caroline Flack before her death – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2020 in media, mental health, news, police, suicide by tracey

‘The police watchdog has dropped its investigation into the Metropolitan Police’s contact with Caroline Flack before her death.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2020


Save The Children misled public while failing to deal with sexual harassment allegations against top bosses, report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2020 in charities, complaints, harassment, news by tracey

‘Save the Children UK let down women who complained and the public through serious failures including a cover-up in how it handled sexual harassment claims against senior staff, according to a watchdog’s damning report.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020


Aston Villa and Leicester City settle sexual-abuse claims – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2020 in child abuse, compensation, news, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘Aston Villa and Leicester City have paid damages to five victims of a football scout convicted of child sex abuse, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2020


Michael Phillips death: Three guilty of burglary revenge killing – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2020 in burglary, homicide, murder, news by tracey

‘Three men including a company director have been found guilty of killing a man in revenge for a burglary.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2020


Over £3m in fines and £1m for NHS in CMA pharma probe –

Posted March 5th, 2020 in competition, fines, medicines, news by tracey

‘Following an investigation, the CMA has found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an antidepressant.’

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gov,uk, 4th March 2020


Parties praised after first trial in capped costs pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2020 in costs, leases, local government, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The first case under the capped costs pilot reached trial last week, with the judge commending the parties for their “significant degree of collaboration” to make it work.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd March 2020


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 4th, 2020 in legislation by tracey

The Van Benefit and Car and Van Fuel Benefit Order 2020

The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Video Recordings (Labelling) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England) Order 2020

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2020

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Oil and Gas Authority (Levy and Fees) and Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Amendment) Regulations 2020


When the end is not the end…. Until clean break us do part – 5 SAH

Posted March 4th, 2020 in chambers articles, children, divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘There are commonly two forms of maintenance obligations in a financial order – maintenance for the Wife (so called “periodical payments” or “pps”) and payments for the benefit of a child/ children. The order will prescribe the date for the first payment, the rates of pps and the date for termination of those pps. Termination of pps are commonly the first to occur of:

– the death of either party
– the receiving party’s remarriage
– the youngest child completing secondary education or attaining 18 years of age, whichever is the later or
– Further order of the court.’

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5 SAH, 26th February 2020


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 4th, 2020 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Alize 1954 & Anor v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 293 (04 March 2020)

Williams, R (On the Application Of) v Caerphilly County Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 296 (03 March 2020)

Revenue And Customs v Smith & Nephew Overseas Ltd & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 299 (03 March 2020)

Kingsley & Ors v Kingsley [2020] EWCA Civ 297 (Ch) (03 March 2020)

Nottinghamshire County Council v SF And GD (Rev 1) [2020] EWCA Civ 226 (03 March 2020)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Addlesee & Ors v Dentons Europe LLP [2020] EWHC 238 (Ch) (03 March 2020)

Deacon v Yaseen [2020] EWHC 465 (Ch) (03 March 2020)

Kea Investments Ltd v Watson & Ors [2020] EWHC 472 (Ch) (02 March 2020)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Dowman Imports Ltd v 2 Toobz Ltd (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 291 (Comm) (28 February 2020)

High Court (Family Division)

A (A Child) (Inherent Jurisdiction: Parens Patriae, FMPO And Passport Orders) (Rev 2) [2020] EWHC 451 (Fam) (27 February 2020)

A (A child) (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order Application) [2020] EWHC 323 (Fam) (18 February 2020)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Alsaifi v Npower Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 480 (QB) (03 March 2020)

JKL v VBN [2020] EWHC 458 (QB) (28 February 2020)

Tracey King (As Personal Representative of the Estate of Kevin King, Deceased) v South Tees NHS Hospital Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 416 (QB) (28 February 2020)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Jalla & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Ors [2020] EWHC 459 (TCC) (02 March 2020)


CA declares Heathrow expansion decision unlawful on climate change grounds – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 4th, 2020 in airports, appeals, climate change, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘Airport expansion has taken a long and winding road, not least at Heathrow. But the proponents of the 3rd runway at Heathrow would have been heartened by the Secretary of State’s decision in June 2018 to set out a policy which preferred Heathrow over Gatwick and which was designed to steer planning processes thereafter in support of the new runway.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th February 2020


Early advice enthusiast takes on legal aid brief at MoJ – Legal Futures

Posted March 4th, 2020 in barristers, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, select committees by sally

‘A criminal law barrister who has called for the restoration of legal aid for early advice has become the new minister at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) responsible for legal aid.’

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Legal Futures, 4th March 2020


HS2: Chris Packham launches legal challenge to rail link – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2020 in budgets, climate change, delay, environmental protection, news, railways by sally

‘TV naturalist Chris Packham has launched a legal challenge to HS2 high-speed rail link.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2020