Police and Gambling Commission secure £140k confiscation order against defendant over illegal lotteries – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 21st, 2022 in confiscation, gambling, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing has seen almost £140,000 confiscated from a man who ran illegal lotteries from Middlesbrough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Fears over right to roam in England as ministers wind up review – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2022 in news, rights of way, trespass by sally

‘The government has quashed a review into the right to roam in England’s countryside, amid anger from campaigners that the law of trespass stops people from walking freely around the country.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2022

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Number of prisoners stuck in solitary confinement a real worry, prisons watchdog warns – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in coronavirus, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘The prisons watchdog has warned of the “long-term price” of restricting offenders’ time out of cells, as reports show many are living in conditions equal to solitary confinement.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2022

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UK to make fake reviews illegal and tackle ‘subscription traps’ – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2022 in competition, consumer protection, deceit, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Fake reviews are to be outlawed and consumers will have more chances to get out of subscriptions they do not want under a package of measures proposed by the UK government to stop people being ripped off online.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2022

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Official court judgments database goes live – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 20th, 2022 in internet, judgments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘A new official route for the online publication of court judgments marks “a vital step towards better transparency” in the justice system, the government said today. As the Gazette revealed last year, the new service from the National Archives, called Find Case Law, presents judgments formatted to ease analysis by computer. For the first time, judgments are published under a clear copyright licence permitting such use.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th April 2022

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Harassment in employment?: Ali v Heathrow Express – Law & Religion UK

‘Anis Ali, a Muslim, worked for the Heathrow Express which was at the relevant time run by the first respondent, Heathrow Express Operating Company Ltd. The second respondent, Redline Assured Security Ltd, was responsible for carrying out security checks at the airport and the Heathrow Express stations. The checks involved creating and leaving suspicious objects to test how security officers responded to them, and in August 2017 it carried out a test using a bag containing a box, some electric cable and, visible at the top, a piece of paper with the words “Allahu Akbar” written in Arabic. Subsequently, the Operating Company sent an e-mail reporting on the results of the test and including images of the bag and the note to a group of employees – including Mr Ali.’

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Law & Religion UK, 19th April 2022

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Judge could hand down judgment despite settlement – Legal Futures

‘A deputy master could hand down her judgment on a case that had been heard but settled the day before she was due to circulate a draft judgment striking out the claims.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Death classifications expanded after serial killer inquests – BBC News

‘The national police approach to investigating unexplained deaths is to be reformed following the inquests for victims of serial killer Stephen Port.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2022

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Going backwards: statutory sick pay after the pandemic – by Dr Lisa Rodgers – UK Labour Law

‘The coronavirus pandemic has seen unprecedented interference by governments in many aspects of our working lives. In terms of labour law, some of the changes made by the UK government during the pandemic have been deregulatory and served to erode protection for workers (for example, through increasing flexibility in working time for key workers: Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. For the most part though, these changes have increased worker protection and provided significant support for UK businesses and employees. The two furlough schemes, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the accompanying Self-Employment Income Support Scheme have been widely judged as pandemic success stories, with the CJRS supporting 11.6 million people and playing a clear role in limiting job losses. Likewise, changes to the sick pay system during the pandemic have been positive, serving to increase access to the scheme and reduce the administrative burden on both employees and their employers.’

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UK Labour Law, 12th April 2022

Source: uklabourlawblog.com

Dagenham Iceland killing: Father and son given life sentences – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2022 in imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A father and son who repeatedly ran over a man in front of witnesses in a car park have received life sentences for his murder.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2022

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Teacher wins £850k settlement following classroom assault – Local Government Lawyer

‘A teacher who was assaulted by a student has been awarded £850,000 in compensation following a personal injury claim, his union has reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th April 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Trial of Extinction Rebellion co-founder delayed pending High Court judgment – The Independent

‘The criminal damage trial of the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion has been delayed pending a High Court judgment over the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol.’

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The Independent, 19th April 2022

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Leeds burger van’s Madeleine McCann posts ruled offensive – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2022 in advertising, children, complaints, families, missing persons, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Adverts by a takeaway firm featuring Madeleine McCann were likely to cause distress and offence, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2022

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 19th, 2022 in legislation by michael

SI 456/2022 – The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (Commencement No. 23) Order 2022

SI 454/2022 – The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Order 2022

SI 453/2022 – The Russia (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2022

SI 452/2022 – The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 8) Regulations 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 19th, 2022 in law reports by michael

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Zulfiqar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 492 (14 April 2022)

Cadogan Holdings Ltd v Alberti [2022] EWCA Civ 499 (13 April 2022)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Force India Formula One Team Ltd, Re [2022] EWHC 933 (Ch) (14 April 2022)

Smith & Anor v Gregory & Anor [2022] EWHC 910 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

On the Beach Ltd v Ryanair UK Ltd & Anor [2022] EWHC 861 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

Hoegh & Anor v Taylor Wessing Llp & Anor [2022] EWHC 856 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Adam & Ors [2022] EWHC 922 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

Tosi Ltd v 99 Hippos Ltd and Fairclough (specific disclosure) (Rev1) [2022] EWHC 878 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

Makki v Bank of Beirut SAL [2022] EWHC 733 (Ch) (13 April 2022)

High Court (Commercial Court)

JJH Enterprises Ltd (Trading As ValueLicensing) v Microsoft Corporation & Ors [2022] EWHC 929 (Comm) (14 April 2022)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Dudley v Phillips [2022] EWHC 930 (QB) (14 April 2022)

Mathieu v Hinds & Anor [2022] EWHC 924 (QB) (13 April 2022)

Source: www.bailii.org.uk


Bringing [Dis]Ability to the Bar – Counsel

Posted April 19th, 2022 in barristers, disabled persons, news by sally

‘Mary Prior QC profiles the founders of BDABar, Konstantina Nouka and James Ekin, who are determined to improve accessibility, support and inclusivity at the Bar, and dismantle the barriers that disabled aspiring barristers face.’

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Counsel, April 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

EPA prosecution costs – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review of a Magistrates Court decision on costs in a section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 prosecution.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th April 2022

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Tetyana Krupiy: The Modern Bill of Rights creates barriers to challenging algorithmic decisions – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 19th, 2022 in artificial intelligence, benefits, electronic filing, fraud, human rights, news by sally

‘Challenging inaccurate decisions of public authorities which fundamentally impact the life of the British public, could soon be harder. The UK government plans to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a Modern Bill of Rights. Its package of law reform proposals will make it very hard, and in some cases impossible, for individuals to challenge decisions produced by the operation of artificial intelligence decision-making processes in court. While individuals who experience discrimination in their daily lives will be particularly affected, all individuals will face barriers to accessing justice. This development is important in light of the fact that the UK government formulated a strategic priority in 2017 to create conditions for the growth of the artificial intelligence industry in the United Kingdom. As a follow up the UK government set up the Government Digital Service and the Office for Artificial Intelligence in 2019 in order to inform public authorities about how they can embed artificial intelligence technology into the provision of public services. This suggests that public authorities will make increasing reliance on the employment of artificial intelligence decision-making processes. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is already using artificial intelligence technology to detect which individuals are fraudulently claiming benefits.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 19th April 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Lessons learnt: An accessibility journey for the Bar – Counsel

Posted April 19th, 2022 in barristers, disabled persons, listed buildings, news by sally

‘A call to action on access: Dr Gregory Burke’s stark “lessons learnt” as a disabled barrister and why chambers are showing a “failure of imagination”.’

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Counsel, April 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Outsourcing asylum seekers: the case of Rwanda and the UK – EIN Blog

Posted April 19th, 2022 in asylum, human rights, news, refugees by sally

‘UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on April 14 2022 that Britain would relocate some asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda. The plan was condemned by the opposition as well as human rights groups such as Amnesty International. The UK has settled on Rwanda after earlier reports that it had been considering Albania and Ghana. In the light of the latest developments, Cristiano d’Orsi, an expert on the law and asylum seekers, provides insights into why Rwanda.’

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EIN Blog, 14th April 2022

Source: www.ein.org.uk