Prosecution of trafficking victim not an abuse of process – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R v A [2020] EWCA Crim 1408. On 29/10/2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against an aggravated burglary conviction brought by a teenage victim of human trafficking.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd November 2020


Covid-19 and False Imprisonment – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Cambridge Private Law Centre last week hosted its annual Freshfields lecture. Lord Sumption addressed us on “Government by decree—Covid-19 and the Constitution”. This lecture has received considerable media attention and already been mentioned on this blog.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd November 2020


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Lambert v Forest of Dean District Council [2020] EWHC 2854 (Admin) (02 November 2020)

Scott v The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia [2020] EWHC 2924 (Admin) (02 November 2020)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Cage Consultants Ltd v Iqbal & Anor (Re Totalbrand Ltd and the Insolvency Act 1986) [2020] EWHC 2917 (Ch) (02 November 2020)

High Court (Commercial Court)

SRS Middle East FZE v Chemie Tech DMCC [2020] EWHC 2904 (Comm) (02 November 2020)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in legislation by tracey

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 21) Regulations 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

The Bank Levy (Loss Absorbing Instruments) Regulations 2020

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No. 2) Order 2020


Former UN chief hits out at “activist lawyer” label – Legal Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in harassment, human rights, legal profession, news, rule of law by tracey

‘The former secretary-general of the United Nations has condemned Home Secretary Priti Patel’s recent attack on lawyers – although he did not criticise her by name.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd November 2020


‘Like zero-hours workers’: barristers lash out over ‘unsafe’ courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The government is treating criminal barristers like “zero-hours workers” and is endangering court users, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has said, demanding a national risk assessment for court buildings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2020


Lone child migrants cannot be put in adult hotels, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in asylum, children, housing, judicial review, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘The high court has ruled that unaccompanied child migrants cannot be placed in adult hotel accommodation after three young asylum seekers won the right to be placed in the care of social services in the first case of its kind.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2020


Father jailed over son’s death in M62 ‘race’ – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who caused the death of his son after racing with another driver at more than 100mph has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2020


Neo-Nazi teenager spared jail for encouraging terror attacks – The Independent

‘A neo-Nazi teenager who encouraged terror attacks and downloaded indecent images of young children has been spared jail.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2020