Law Society victimisation claim struck out over volunteer status – Legal Futures

Posted March 25th, 2021 in news, solicitors, striking out, victimisation, volunteers by sally

‘A solicitor has had her claim for victimisation by the Law Society struck out by an employment tribunal on the basis that, as the chair of a committee, she was not an employee or office-holder.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2021


Public Accounts Committee warns of “huge backlogs” in courts, justice system under “unprecedented pressure” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Ministry of Justice “faces significant risks across the full range of its services, without a clear sense of prioritisation” and huge backlogs that have built up are causing “unacceptably long waiting times for people to access justice”, the Public Accounts Committee has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2021


Fiona de Londras: Six-Monthly Votes on the Coronavirus Act 2020: A Meaningful Mode of Review? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 25th, 2021 in coronavirus, emergency powers, news, parliament, regulations, reports, time limits by sally

‘A year since the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent, Parliament will today (25 March 2021) once more debate the Coronavirus Act 2020 and its effects, effectiveness, and continuation. The Coronavirus Act 2020 is a touchpoint in the legal and regulatory response to the pandemic.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th March 2021


MPs launch inquiry into Government approach to permitted development rights – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2021 in housing, inquiries, local government, news, planning, select committees by sally

‘The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the Government’s approach to permitted development rights (PDR).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2021


Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation vicariously liable – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 25th, 2021 in causation, news, psychiatric damage, rape, vicarious liability by sally

‘In The Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v BXB [2021] EWCA Civ 356, the Court of Appeal has offered further guidance on vicarious liability following Supreme Court decisions last year in VM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12 and Barclays Bank v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th March 2021


Stalking victims ‘sitting ducks’ in lockdown, say Suzy Lamplugh Trust – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2021 in charities, coronavirus, news, stalking, victims by sally

‘Stalking victims say they feel like “sitting ducks” in lockdown, according to a charity which has seen a surge in calls for help.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2021


Patient safety watchdog launches investigation into NHS 111 advice to Covid patients – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2021 in bereavement, coronavirus, health, news, reports, telecommunications by sally

‘The NHS patient safety watchdog has launched an investigation into failings by the NHS 111 telephone advice service which may have cost the lives of people with Covid-19.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2021


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 25th, 2021 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

UK Gymnastics Ltd & Ors v British Amateur Gymnastics Association [2021] EWCA Civ 425 (24 March 2021)

Athena Capital Fund SICAV-FIS S.A v Crownmark Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 414 (23 March 2021)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Baldwin v R. [2021] EWCA Crim 417 (24 March 2021)

Warren & Ors v R. [2021] EWCA Crim 413 (23 March 2021)

Sakin & Anor, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 411 (22 March 2021)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Swire v Ashford Borough Council [2021] EWHC 702 (Admin) (24 March 2021)

Croyde Area Residents Association, R (On the Application Of) v North Devon District Council [2021] EWHC 703 (Admin) (23 March 2021)

CGM v Luton Council [2021] EWHC 709 (Admin) (23 March 2021)

Kane, R (On the Application Of) v The Independent Adjudicator [2021] EWHC 673 (Admin) (23 March 2021)

AA, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Hackney [2021] EWHC 674 (Admin) (22 March 2021)

Borough Council of Calderdale v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2021] EWHC 695 (Admin) (22 March 2021)

LYB, R (On the Application Of) v Kent County Council [2021] EWHC 663 (Admin) (22 March 2021)

Worcestershire County Council, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2021] EWHC 682 (Admin) (22 March 2021)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Nakamura v Armstrong [2021] EWHC 654 (Ch) (24 March 2021)

Womble Bond Dickinson (Trust Corporation) Ltd & Ors v Glenn & Ors [2021] EWHC 624 (Ch) (24 March 2021)

Taylor v Khodabakhsh & Ors [2021] EWHC 655 (Ch) (23 March 2021)

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy And Industrial Strategy v Geoghegan & Ors [2021] EWHC 672 (Ch) (23 March 2021)

MSD Cash & Carry Ltd, Re [2021] EWHC 639 (Ch) (23 March 2021)

One Blackfriars Ltd, Re [2021] EWHC 684 (Ch) (23 March 2021)

HRH the Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2021] EWHC 669 (Ch) (22 March 2021)

Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2021] EWHC 680 (Ch) (22 March 2021)

High Court (Commercial Court)

PJSC National Bank Trust & Anor v Mints & Ors [2021] EWHC 692 (Comm) (23 March 2021)

Quadra Commodities SA & Ors v International Bank of St-Petersburg (Joint-Stock Company) (Rev 1) [2021] EWHC 730 (Comm) (22 March 2021)

McFarland-Cruickshanks v England Kerr Hands Solicitors Ltd [2021] EWHC 525 (Comm) (22 March 2021)

Foglia v Family Officer Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 650 (Comm) (22 March 2021)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

McGann v Bisping [2021] EWHC 704 (QB) (24 March 202

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Bechtel Ltd v High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd ((No.2) Costs of the Interested Party) [2021] EWHC 640 (TCC) (23 March 2021)