Bar Council and BSB cut costs as Scots slash fees for solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted April 30th, 2020 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board have announced a series of measures – including furloughing – to make savings of more than £200,000 to aid the profession during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Legal Futures, 30th April 2020

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Windrush backlog reaches 3,720 cases, Home Office reveals – The Guardian

‘Lawyers and campaigners have expressed concern about a large backlog of unresolved Windrush cases, revealed in fresh Home Office figures, two years after Amber Rudd resigned as home secretary amid the emerging scandal.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Judge dismisses bid to restrain presentation by councils of winding-up petitions over unpaid business rates – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 30th, 2020 in local government, news, rates, restraint orders, winding up by sally

‘The High Court has thrown out a case against two councils brought by the director of a company already subject to a general civil restraint order and who made a “bizarre” suggestion to a judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th April 2020

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“My friend’s name is Sidley” – Domain hijack bid fails – Legal Futures

Posted April 30th, 2020 in dispute resolution, domain names, law firms, news by sally

‘A man who claimed to have registered the domain name “sidleylawyers.co.uk” on behalf of a friend called Sidley who was about to qualify has been ordered to hand it over to US giant Sidley Austin.’

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Legal Futures, 30th April 2020

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 30th, 2020 in legislation by tracey

The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Misuse of Drugs (Coronavirus) (Amendments Relating to the Supply of Controlled Drugs During a Pandemic etc.) Regulations 2020

The Harbours and Highways (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 30th, 2020 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

McConnell & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v The Registrar General for England and Wales [2020] EWCA Civ 559 (29 April 2020)

S (Parental Alienation: Cult), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 568 (29 April 2020)

Logfret (UK) Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs [2020] EWCA Civ 569 (29 April 2020)

Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v OOO “Insurance Company Chubb” & Ors (Rev 1) [2020] EWCA Civ 574 (29 April 2020)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Privett, R. v [2020] EWCA Crim 557 (29 April 2020)

Booth & Anor v R. [2020] EWCA Crim 575 (29 April 2020)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Stokes, R (On the Application Of) v Parole Board Of England And Wales [2020] EWHC 992 (Admin) (28 April 2020)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Sky Plc & Ors v Skykick UK Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 990 (Ch) (29 April 2020)

London Borough of Brent Susan Lyon v Malvern Mews Tenants Association Ltd [2020] EWHC 1024 (Ch) (29 April 2020)

London Borough of Brent v Johnson [2020] EWHC 933 (Ch) (29 April 2020)

Source: www.bailii.org

NHS staff coronavirus inquests told not to look at PPE shortages – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, doctors, inquests, news, nurses, protective equipment by sally

‘Inquests into coronavirus deaths among NHS workers should avoid examining systemic failures in provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), coroners have been told, in a move described by Labour as “very worrying”.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2020

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Home Office barred from deporting Zimbabwean with HIV – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2020 in criminal records, deportation, HIV, human rights, news, Supreme Court, Zimbabwe by sally

‘UK Home Office efforts to deport an HIV-positive Zimbabwean man because of his lengthy criminal record have been blocked after the supreme court ruled removing him would breach his human rights.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2020

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How to divine statutory purpose: the Israel/arms trade disinvestment case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case is about Government “Guidance” aimed at local authorities, banning some of those “ethical” objections to investment policies but allowing other objections. “Guidance” in quotes because the net effect of the Act and secondary legislation was to make the Guidance mandatory: see [10] of Lord Wilson’s judgment. In particular, the policy ban was to apply to (a) boycotts to foreign nations and (b) UK defence industries. The sharp focus of the former was Israel. No surprises that the Quakers and the Campaign against the Arms Trade should appear in support of the challenge to the latter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th April 2020

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Martin Cooper: ‘Sadistic psychopath’ sentenced for 1980s rape – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2020 in murder, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man jailed for life for brutally murdering and raping a teenager in 1987 has been sentenced for attacking a second victim before the killing.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jeremy Bamber lawyers seek review of CPS refusal to disclose evidence – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, judicial review, murder, news by sally

‘Lawyers representing Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for killing five members of his family in 1985, will ask the high court to review the refusal of the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose evidence they believe could undermine his conviction.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Civil and family cases being adjourned “for no apparently good reason”: Bar Council – Local Government Lawyer

‘Many civil and family cases are being adjourned “for no apparently good reason”, the Chair of the Bar Council, Amanda Pinto QC, has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2020

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Publication and correction of judgments – official and unofficial sources – Transparency Project

Posted April 29th, 2020 in courts, internet, judgments, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news, tribunals by sally

‘Who is responsible for publishing the official approved version of judgments of the courts? Where should we look to find the latest, in some cases corrected, version of a court judgment? These are not new questions, but the sudden swerve to virtual justice has thrown them into new focus.’

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Transparency Project, 29th April 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

The Frontline Doctors Challenging The Government’s Handling Of Covid-19 – Each Other

‘On Thursday (23 April), the couple launched a legal challenge against the government’s guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), which they argue exposes them to coronavirus infections.’

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Each Other, 28th April 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Coronavirus Q&A: Changes to housing eviction notices – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In these rapidly changing and arguably unsettling times, the government has moved to create legislation to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th April 2020

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Paul Bowen QC: Learning lessons the hard way – Article 2 duties to investigate the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘As we watch the Covid-19 pandemic unfold our attention is naturally on the steps that HM Government (“HMG”) is taking to mitigate the immediate crisis. The time is approaching, however, when it will be necessary to evaluate HMG’s preparation for, and response to, the pandemic. Calls are being made by the TUC and doctors’ groups for a public inquiry into one aspect of its response, namely failures to procure adequate personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for NHS staff, at least 100 of whom are believed to have died having contracted the virus while treating patients. HMG is accused of failing to respond to a national exercise in 2016 testing the UK’s resilience to a similar flu pandemic which highlighted an increased need for ventilators. Other criticisms go further. This blog argues that the state owes a duty under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights to investigate some deaths caused by Covid-19. This duty will require not only inquests into individual deaths but also a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 to address those systemic issues not suitable for determination by an inquest. The post builds on and responds to posts by Conall Mallory, James Rowbottom and Elizabeth Stubbins Banes. It also foreshadows the need for reform in this area.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th April 2020

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Government relaxation of regulations relating to children’s social care draws criticism – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has amended several sets of regulations with a view to assisting the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic but the move has been strongly criticised by a children’s rights charity.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Appeal judges to rule on legality of Covid-19 practice direction – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal is to rule on Thursday on the power of the Master of the Rolls (MR) to make an emergency practice direction in response to Covid-19.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th April 2020

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FCA warns banks not to put pressure on clients during Covid-19 crisis – The Guardian

‘The City watchdog is cracking down on UK banks that have been preying on corporate clients seeking financial help during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2020

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Bitcoin: The Future of Money? – St Paul’s Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2020 in banking, chambers articles, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Cryptocurrency: The Future of Money? Bitcoin is just one of many cryptocurrencies (internet currency). It’s not the first but it’s the first that works and the one that’s caught everyone’s attention. As with any currency comes regulation and in light of the rise of Bitcoin in recent years, it’s important to consult a Bitcoin lawyer if seeking advice in cryptocurrency law, regarding Bitcoin law.’

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St Paul's Chambers, 24th April 2020

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