UK ministers face legal action over lack of abortion services in Northern Ireland – The Guardian

‘Northern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe and accessible abortion services more than a year after abortion was made legal in the country, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2021


Covid fine review welcomed by ‘intimidated’ women – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, interpretation, news, police by sally

‘Two women who criticised a police force for its “intimidating” approach to lockdown fines have welcomed a review.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2021


The Domestic Abuse Bill and family courts – Transparency Project

Posted January 11th, 2021 in appeals, bills, domestic violence, families, family courts, news by sally

‘As was noted in the “Harm report” published in June last year and the Family Justice Council forum that was held on 14 December, there is mounting concern about the way family courts deal with allegations of domestic abuse that arise in some contact disputes.’

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Transparency Project, 10th January 2021


Ping Pong and fire safety – Nearly Legal

Posted January 11th, 2021 in accidents, bills, fire, health & safety, housing, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Fire safety issues in blocks of flats and other multi-occupancy buildings are one of, if not *the* biggest issue in housing law and policy today. The background is pretty well-known and, for present purposes, can be quite easily summarised. Since the Grenfell Tower disaster, it has become clear that there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dwellings across England and Wales which have fire safety problems, either as a result of how they were originally constructed or because of conversion/adaptation works. Those problems are not limited to ACM cladding (which was the kind of cladding on Grenfell Tower) but also includes lots of other types cladding (including something called HPL cladding, in essence, wood-effect), and the absence of fire breaks (designed to stop fire spreading from one flat to another), defective or absent fire doors.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th January 2021


McFarlane tells family judges to curb out-of-hours hearings – Legal Futures

Posted January 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, families, family courts, judges, news, remote hearings by sally

‘The president of the Family Division has told judges and lawyers to stop the increasing practice of holding virtual hearings outside of normal court hours, citing wellbeing concerns.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2021


Non-fatal strangulation set to become criminal offence in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2021 in bills, criminal justice, domestic violence, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘The government is set to make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to seven years in prison after a sustained campaign from victims and activists.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2021


Tribunal finds law firm unfairly dismissed paralegal – Legal Futures

‘A law firm dismissed a paralegal because he was close to his supervisor, with whom it was in dispute, rather than due to the allegations levied against him, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2021


6 UK Human Rights Issues And Trends To Watch In 2021 – Each Other

‘It’s clear that coronavirus will inevitably continue to be one of the biggest rights issues of 2021 – but it’s not the only thing that should be on our radar. This selection of things to look out for – some quite specific and some more general – is by no means exhaustive and, as the last year has shown, there’s no way we can accurately predict the future. However, there are pressing issues on the horizon – here are just a few, in no particular order.’

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Each Other, 8th January 2021


Covid leading to four-year waits for England and Wales court trials – The Guardian

‘Defendants, victims including teenagers, and witnesses are having to wait up to four years from the time of an alleged offence to the case reaching crown court trial because of delays caused mainly by Covid.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2021


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted January 11th, 2021 in legislation by tracey

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 (Prescribed Education and Training etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2021


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 11th, 2021 in law reports, Uncategorized by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Allsop v Banner Jones Ltd (t/a Banner Jones Solicitors) [2021] EWCA Civ 7 (08 January 2021)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Reynolds, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 10 (08 January 2021)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Privacy International v Investigatory Powers Tribunal [2021] EWHC 27 (Admin) (08 January 2021)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Coward Phaestos Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 9 (Ch) (08 January 2021)

Ceviz v Frawley & Anor [2021] EWHC 8 (Ch) (08 January 2021)

Bernel Ltd v Canal and River Trust [2021] EWHC 16 (Ch) (08 January 2021)

PA Consulting Group Ltd, Re [2021] EWHC 29 (Ch) (07 January 2021)

High Court (Family Division)

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Children’s NHS FoundationTrust & Anor v Knight & Anor [2021] EWHC 25 (Fam) (08 January 2021)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Just Digital Marketplace Ltd (enforcement – controlled goods agreements – taking control of goods) [2021] EWHC 15 (QB) (08 January 2021)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

TRW Ltd v Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH & Anor [2021] EWHC 19 (TCC) (08 January 2021)