Community Treatment Orders: does seeing patients remotely suffice? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 8th, 2021 in coronavirus, detention, local government, mental health, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘Jonathan Auburn and Lucy McCann assess whether decision-making as to community treatment orders requires physical attendance.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th February 2021


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted February 8th, 2021 in legislation by tracey

The Insolvency Practitioners (Recognised Professional Bodies) (Revocation of Recognition) Order 2021

The Education (Coronavirus, Remote Education Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Capital Allowances Act 2001 (Car Emissions) (Extension of First-year Allowances) (Amendment) Order 2021


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 8th, 2021 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

KBR, Inc, R (on the application of) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2021] UKSC 2 (5 February 2021)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Clin v Walter Lilly & Co. Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 136 (08 February 2021)

Global Energy Horizons Corporation v Gray [2021] EWCA Civ 123 (05 February 2021)

Tomanovic & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2021] EWCA Civ 117 (04 February 2021)

Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2021] EWCA Civ 104 (03 February 2021)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

A & Ors, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 128 (05 February 2021)

CS & Anor, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 134 (05 February 2021)

Thomasson & Anor, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 114 (04 February 2021)

Wainwright, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 122 (04 February 2021)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Oprea v Constanta Tribunal (A Romanian Judicial Authority) [2021] EWHC 223 (Admin) (08 February 2021)

Sirbu v Sibiu Court of Law, Romania [2021] EWHC 212 (Admin) (08 February 2021)

High Court (Chancery Division)

State Bank of India & Ors v Mallya [2021] EWHC 191 (Ch) (08 February 2021)

Peter Jones (China) Ltd, Re [2021] EWHC 215 (Ch) (05 February 2021)

Saxby & Ors v UDG Healthcare (UK) Holdings Ltd [2021] EWHC 144 (Ch) (05 February 2021)

Steinhoff International Holdings N.V., Re [2021] EWHC 184 (Ch) (05 February 2021)

Hall (Liquidator of Ethos Solutions Ltd) v Nasim & Ors [2021] EWHC 142 (Ch) (04 February 2021)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Credico Marketing Ltd & Anor v Lambert & Anor [2021] EWHC 204 (QB) (05 February 2021)

Polmear & Anor v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 196 (QB) (05 February 2021)

Executive Authority for Air Cargo And Special Flights v Prime Education Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 206 (QB) (05 February 2021)

London Borough of Lambeth v AM (Judgment No. 2) [2021] EWHC 186 (QB) (05 February 2021)

Jamieson v Wurttemburgische Versicherung AG & Anor [2021] EWHC 178 (QB) (05 February 2021)

D & Anor v Persons Unknown [2021] EWHC 157 (QB) (04 February 2021)

Vafa v Patel [2021] EWHC 198 (QB) (04 February 2021)


Documents on CEO’s personal phone should be disclosed, court rules –

‘The terms of a contractual agreement between a CEO and his company mean material held on a personal mobile phone should be disclosed in litigation the company is involved in, the High Court of England has ruled.’

Full Story, 8th February 2021


Client sued over unpaid fees loses appeal against contempt sentence – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2021 in appeals, contempt of court, fees, law firms, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A man sued by a Kent law firm for unpaid fees has lost his appeal against a suspended sentence handed out for contempt over his failure to comply with court orders.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2021


Bar Council warns of post-pandemic barrister shortfall – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 8th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council has warned that the pandemic could cause a “persisting” shortage of barristers, after the number of pupillages registered last year fell by 35%.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th February 2021


Court rules lawyers’ £1m advertising costs are not recoverable – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 8th, 2021 in advertising, airlines, case management, class actions, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘Lawyers leading group litigation against British Airways have been told they cannot expect the defendant to pay the £1m costs of advertising for claimants if the action succeeds.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th February 2021


Practice Direction 12J & Scott Schedules – Rearranging a spider’s web – Family Law Week

Posted February 8th, 2021 in appeals, children, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘Jeremy Ford, Partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice LLP, calls for clarity in the court’s attitude to Scott Schedules when considering what is relevant to its welfare determination.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd February 2021


FCA warning over ‘risky’ TikTok trading tips – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2021 in financial services ombudsman, internet, news, shareholders by tracey

‘TikTok creators have been offering “risky” trading tips in the wake of the GameStop shares frenzy, a UK regulator has warned. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said people should be wary of users “promising high-return investments”.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2021


More deaths, worse care: inquiry opens into NHS maternity ‘systemic racism’ – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2021 in birth, equality, hospitals, human rights, inquiries, news, race discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘An urgent inquiry to investigate how alleged systemic racism in the NHS manifests itself in maternity care will be launched on Tuesday with support from the UK charity Birthrights. The inquiry will apply a human- rights lens to examine how claimed racial injustice – from explicit racism to bias – is leading to poorer health outcomes in maternity care for ethnic minority groups.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2021


Almost a third of prosecutions under coronavirus laws dropped, review shows – The Independent

‘Almost a third of prosecutions under coronavirus laws have been brought incorrectly, leading to hundreds of cases being dropped, analysis has revealed. A review by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) found that 359 of 1,252 charges last year under laws brought in to aid public health measures were later withdrawn or quashed in court.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2021


Queen did not block legislation, says Palace – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2021 in bills, news, parliament, royal family by tracey

‘Claims the Queen blocked government legislation in the 1970s are “simply incorrect”, Buckingham Palace says.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2021


Peer is asked to investigate the activities of extreme right and left – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2021 in government departments, news, political parties, statistics, terrorism by tracey

‘The government has reportedly ordered an investigation into the extreme fringes on both ends of the political spectrum, with a peer tasked with offering recommendations to the prime minister and home secretary. The review will be led by John Woodcock, the former Labour MP who now sits in the upper chamber as Lord Walney and was appointed as the government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption last November.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2021


Domestic abuse victims stalked as family courts share refuge addresses with ex-partners, commissioner warns – The Independent

‘The family courts are putting domestic abuse victims and children at grave risk by sharing the secret addresses of shelters with the abusive ex-partner they are fleeing, and some survivors are suffering stalking as a result, London’s independent victims’ commissioner has warned.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2021