Review of Bar exam chaos points finger at BSB and Pearson VUE – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and electronic testing company Pearson VUE have both come under fire from the independent review of last year’s Bar professional training course (BPTC) exams.’

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Legal Futures, 7th May 2021


Fairness to birth parents in adoption hearings – Transparency Project

‘This case was an application by a birth mother for permission to appeal against a decision in the High Court that had refused her leave to apply to oppose an adoption order – Re S (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 605.’

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Transparency Project, 6th May 2021


High Court orders urgent trial in claim by Liverpool mayor for indemnity against legal costs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 7th, 2021 in corruption, costs, indemnities, local government, news by sally

‘The High Court in Manchester has ordered that an urgent trial take place of the claim by Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, that Liverpool City Council are acting unlawfully in refusing to provide him with the same indemnity against legal costs offered to other council members.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th May 2021


Home Office unlawfully stopped family joining Windrush woman, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Home Office unlawfully prevented the children and husband of a Windrush generation woman from joining her in the UK, separating the family for almost three years in a manner the high court ruled represented “a colossal interference” in her right to family life.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2021


Judge criticises solicitors for sending him letter during trial – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has criticised solicitors who sent him a letter during a trial trying to explain points that had arisen during cross-examination.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th May 2021


Byron burger death: No damages payout for Owen Carey’s family – BBC News

‘The family of a teenager who died after unwittingly eating food he was allergic to at a Byron Burger restaurant say they do not feel properly compensated.’

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BBC News, 6th May 2021


Judge criticises Priti Patel over policy for asylum seekers in pandemic – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has criticised the British home secretary in court and said he found it “extremely troubling” after one of her officials admitted the Home Office might have acted unlawfully in changing its asylum accommodation policy during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2021


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted May 7th, 2021 in legislation by tracey

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2021

The Road Tunnel Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amendment) Order 2021

The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Care Leavers and Homeless) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2021

The Trade Act 2021 (Commencement No. 1 and Expiry Provision) Regulations 2021


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 7th, 2021 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Secretary of State for Transport v Curzon Park Ltd & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 651 (06 May 2021)

Wisbey v Commissioner of the City of London Police & Anr [2021] EWCA Civ 650 (06 May 2021)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Mahabir & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 1177 (Admin) (06 May 2021)

Dickins v Parole Board for England And Wales [2021] EWHC 1166 (Admin) (06 May 2021)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Palmali Shipping SA v Litasco SA (Rev 1) [2021] EWHC 1161 (Comm) (06 May 2021)

High Court (Patents Court)

Semtech Corporation & Ors v Lacuna Space Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 1143 (Pat) (05 May 2021)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

TVZ & Ors v Manchester City Football Club Ltd [2021] EWHC 1179 (QB) (06 May 2021)

Spicer v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2021] EWHC 1099 (QB) (06 May 2021)

Windhorst v Levy [2021] EWHC 1168 (QB) (06 May 2021)