Local authority ordered to pay mother fleeing ex-partner £10k in compensation following data breach – Local Government Lawyer

‘Hampshire County Council should pay £10,000 in compensation after a mother who was fleeing her ex-partner had her address exposed in a data breach, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Sexual abuse in School – Adopting a zero-tolerance approach – 3 Hare Court

‘In April this year, thousands of anonymous reports were shared by students on Everyone’s Invited, a website which encourages young survivors of sexual abuse to share their stories. After these reports were received, Everyone’s Invited decided to name the schools implicated in these accounts. Of the 2,962 schools identified, 2,556 are secondary schools and 406 primary schools and 119 universities. To date, in excess of 51,000 testimonies have been shared on the site.’

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3 Hare Court, 1st September 2021

Source: www.3harecourt.com

When a case is described finely balanced, how important are the children’s expressed wishes and feelings? Dorset Council v M & Ors (Removal : Balance of Harm) [2021] EWFC B43 – Transparency Project

Posted September 8th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, children, families, family courts, fostering, local government, news by sally

‘Every case is fact specific but what makes cases like this interesting is seeing what it was that made the Judge’s decision fall on the opposite side of the line to the professionals when the decision is said to be “finely balanced” and “on a knife edge”.’

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Transparency Project, 7th September 2021

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Web cookies rules could be set for shake-up – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 8th, 2021 in brexit, data protection, government departments, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Rules requiring cookie consent pop-ups on websites could be in for a shake-up following a move by the data watchdog which is likely to feature in government plans to reform data protection laws.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th September 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What does the UK elections bill set out? – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2021 in bills, elections, government departments, identification, identity fraud, news by sally

‘The elections bill, which will be debated in the Commons for the first time on Tuesday, is, according to the government, an ambitious and timely set of plans to ensure elections remain fair and secure. To critics, it is undemocratic and intended to rig elections in favour of the Conservatives. So what does the bill set out?’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

First Tier Tribunal wrongly struck out landlord penalty appeal after solicitor failed to pay hearing fee, Upper Tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A private landlord will have her appeal of a £7,000 penalty for failure to license a house in multiple occupation (HMO) decided by a different judge after it was initially refused by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) because her solicitor failed to pay the hearing fee on time, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Darlington man jailed for four years for killing woman during sex – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2021 in homicide, imprisonment, news, sentencing, sexual offences, women by sally

‘A man who strangled a vulnerable woman during sex after drinking 24 bottles of beer has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Education Secretary and local authorities threatened with legal challenge over approach to vulnerable children and school attendance – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Good Law Project (GLP) has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, threatening legal action if he fails to issue guidance that protects vulnerable children and families as schools reopen.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Inquiry Finds Religious Groups Are Failing Over Child Sex Abuse – Each Other

‘UK religious groups have been accused of “shocking failings” and “blatant hypocrisy” in the way they handle child sex abuse allegations, according to the findings of a recent inquiry.’

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Each Other, 7th September 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

Woman refused 5pm finish wins £185,000 payout – BBC News

‘Alice Thompson wanted to work shorter hours to pick her daughter up from nursery, but ended up resigning.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Former CPS solicitor rebuked for offensive Facebook posts – Legal Futures

‘ A solicitor who shared a petition from far-right group Britain First on her Facebook page while working for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Man jailed for driving a car half a mile on railway track in Birmingham – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2021 in dangerous driving, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for 15 months after driving a car half a mile down a railway track, causing passenger delays of up to eight hours.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 8th, 2021 in legislation by tracey

SI 2021/985 – The Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2021

SI 2021/984 – The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes Order 2021

SI 2021/995 – The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts and Personal Medical Services Agreements) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021

SI 2021/993 – The Public Interest Merger Reference (Perpetuus Advanced Materials plc) (Pre-emptive Action) Order 2021

SI 2021/987 – The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Freezing Order) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

SI 2021/986 – The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2021

SI 2021/978 – The Infrastructure Planning (Prescribed Consultees and Interested Parties etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

SI 2021/1003 – The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) (No. 10) Regulations 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: New Decisions

Posted September 8th, 2021 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Chancery Division)

Maranello Rosso Ltd v Lohomij BV & Ors (Rev1) [2021] EWHC 2452 (Ch) (06 September 2021)

Mars Capital Finance Ltd v Hussain & Ors [2021] EWHC 2416 (Ch) (06 September 2021)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Downs Road Development LLP v Laxmanbhai Construction (UK) Ltd [2021] EWHC 2441 (TCC) (07 September 2021)

Source: www.bailii.org