Paddy Power beheading: Coroner highlights authority ‘failures’ – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in coroners, inquests, mental health, murder, news, offensive weapons, police by sally

‘The death of a man who was decapitated in a betting shop “would not have occurred” if his attacker had been referred to mental health services the month before, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2022


Crucifixes, neck-chains and food hygiene: Kovalkovs – Law & Religion UK

‘In Mr J Kovalkovs v 2 Sisters Food Group Limited [2022] UKET 4102454/2020, Mr Kovalkovs, an Orthodox Christian, was a quality inspector in 2 Sisters Food Group’s chicken processing factory. He wore a silver crucifix on a neck-chain as an expression of his faith. 2 Sisters’ Foreign Body Control policy stated that “jewellery must not be worn in the production areas on site, with the exception of a single plan band ring”. An exception was made for religious jewellery, subject to a risk assessment; however, the risk assessment concluded that “because the chain was made of links there was a risk of contamination” and there was a potential for “entanglement, entrapment or tearing”. Mr Kovalkovs refused to give up wearing his crucifix and was dismissed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st June 2022


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in legislation by tracey

SI 2022/687 – The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts and Personal Medical Services Agreements) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022

SI 2022/686 – The Civil Enforcement of Moving Traffic Contraventions Designations and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2022


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Schofield & Anor v Smith & Anor [2022] EWCA Civ 824 (21 June 2022)

Barton Park Estates Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Anor [2022] EWCA Civ 833 (21 June 2022)

Khan v Mehmood [2022] EWCA Civ 791 (21 June 2022)

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Khan [2022] EWCA Civ 831 (21 June 2022)

Build-A-Bear Workshop UK Holdings Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2022] EWCA Civ 825 (21 June 2022)

Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Ltd v Simply Construct (UK) Llp [2022] EWCA Civ 823 (21 June 2022)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Nazari v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2022] EWHC 1574 (Admin) (21 June 2022)

AB & ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 1524 (Admin) (20 June 2022)

Piffs Elm Ltd v Commission for Local Administration In England [2022] EWHC 1547 (Admin) (20 June 2022)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Sheeran & Ors v Chokri & Ors [2022] EWHC 1528 (Ch) (21 June 2022)

Gee, Re The Estate of [2022] EWHC 1590 (Ch) (21 June 2022)

Blacklion Law LLP v Amira Nature Foods Ltd & Anor [2022] EWHC 1500 (Ch) (20 June 2022)

Fitzroy Street Capital Inc & Anor v Manning & Ors [2022] EWHC 1495 (Ch) (20 June 2022)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Bank of America Europe DAC v CITTA Metropolitana Di Milano [2022] EWHC 1544 (Comm) (20 June 2022)

ARI v WXJ [2022] EWHC 1543 (Comm) (20 June 2022)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

GJE & Anor v SLE [2022] EWHC 1592 (QB) (21 June 2022)

Jabbar & Anor v Aviva Insurance UK Ltd & Anor [2022] EWHC 1383 (QB) (20 June 2022)

Johnson v Williams [2022] EWHC 1585 (QB) (20 June 2022)

FXJ vSecretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2022] EWHC 1531 (QB) (20 June 2022)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Specialist Building Products Ltd (t/a Profile 22 Systems) v New Century Doors Ltd [2022] EWHC 1571 (TCC) (20 June 2022)


Windrush: only one in four applicants have received compensation – The Guardian

‘Only one in four applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have received payments four years after the government promised redress for those wrongly classified by the Home Office as illegal immigrants.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2022


Upcoming Data Reform Bill “to give Parliament and Government greater oversight” of Information Commissioner’s Office – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in bills, data protection, government departments, news, ombudsmen, parliament by sally

‘The Government has set out plans to reform the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that will give Parliament and the Secretary of State greater oversight of the data regulator and broaden the legal responsibility underpinning its work.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2022


Ex-soldier jailed for murdering couple in Somerset after parking dispute – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in armed forces, imprisonment, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former soldier who murdered his nextdoor neighbours with a commando dagger after a dispute over parking has been told he will serve at least 38 years in prison before being considered for parole.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2022


Domestic abuse and defamation – Transparency Project

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in defamation, domestic violence, families, news by sally

‘This is a post about a defamation trial where one party (the claimant – C) is claiming the other party (the defendant – D) has caused his reputation serious harm by making statements that allege domestic abuse by C against D. Far removed from the recent Depp-Heard trial in the US, this case is being heard in London and the parties are not celebrities: C is described as a businessman and D is a school teacher.’

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Transparency Project, 22nd June 2022


First openly gay judge to lead LGBT veterans probe – BBC News

‘Britain’s first openly gay senior judge will lead a review into the impact of a historical ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2022


High Court quashes planning permission over flawed report from planning officer – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in housing, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

The High Court has quashed Bristol City Council’s grant of planning permission for a 62-home development on a former zoo car park, following a judicial review claim that argued the local authority based its decision on a flawed planning officer’s report.

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2022


Post Office IT scandal victims may be disqualified from compensation scheme – The Guardian

‘Scores of post office operators wrongly accused of embezzlement by the Post Office due to faulty accounting software, may be disqualified from a dedicated compensation scheme.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2022