Matthew Selby given life sentence for killing sister – BBC News

‘A man who killed his 15-year-old sister in a caravan has had his sentence increased to life in prison.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2023


Upper Tribunal issues ruling on acquisition of land subject to compulsory purchase where ownership unknown – Local Government Lawyer

‘Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has secured an order from the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that it need not serve a notice to treat when engaged in the compulsory purchase of land from an unknown person, despite the Court Funds Office maintaining that it was.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2023


What are the legal obstacles faced by the UK’s illegal migration bill? – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2023 in asylum, bills, human rights, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘A major piece of legislation unveiled this week seeks to achieve nothing less than the holy grail of current immigration policy: making asylum claims inadmissible from those who travel to the UK on small boats.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2023


Boy, 14, sentenced for causing death after crashing into woman with e-scooter – The Guardian

‘A 14-year-old boy has been sentenced for causing the death of a woman after colliding with her while riding a private e-scooter on the pavement.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2023


Court of Appeal rejects claim by mother Family Court should not have made placement order after her lawyers withdrew at advanced stage – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Family Court did not act unfairly when a judge refused to adjourn an adoption case when the mother’s solicitors withdrew at a late stage, the Court of Appeal had decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2023


Lincolnshire woman jailed for killing and eating pet hamster – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2023 in animal cruelty, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who was filmed killing and eating her pet hamster has been jailed for 12 months.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2023


PwC fined for Babcock audit failings including creating false record – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2023 in accounts, auditors, financial regulation, fines, news, standards by sally

‘The consultancy group PwC has been hit with a £7.5m fine over a string of serious breaches while auditing the engineering company Babcock’s accounts, including creating a false record of documents reviewed for a sensitive government contract.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2023


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 9th, 2023 in legislation by tracey

SI 2023/240 – The Valuation for Rating (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/239 – The Branded Health Service Medicines (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/238 – The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Care Functions) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/235 – The Genetically Modified Food and Feed (Authorisations and Modifications of Authorisations) (England) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/231 – The Rating Lists (Valuation Date) (England) Order 2023

SI 2023/244 – The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/252 – The Public Service Pensions Revaluation Order 2023

SI 2023/250 – The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (Consequential Provision) (England and Wales) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/247 – The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/243 – The Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/242 – The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Practitioners (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2023

SI 2023/241 – The Local Authorities (Capital Finance and Accounting) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/187 – The Local Government (Structural Changes) (Supplementary Provision and Amendment) Order 2023

SI 2023/269 – The Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/268 – The Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention: Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/265 – The Occupational Pension Schemes (Pension Protection Fund (Compensation) and Fraud Compensation Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/264 – The Individual Savings Account (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/246 – The Merchant Shipping (Cargo and Passenger Ship Construction and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/283 – The Nationality and Borders Act 2022 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/280 – The Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2023

SI 2023/277 – The Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/273 – The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/266 – The Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 2023

SI 2023/275 – The Higher-Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/270 – The Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2023


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 9th, 2023 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

VIP Communications Ltd (In Liquidation), R. (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] UKSC 10 (08 March 2023)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

BB & Ors v Doha Bank Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 253 (08 March 2023)

Power & Anor v Shah [2023] EWCA Civ 239 (07 March 2023)

Hexpress Healthcare Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v The Care Quality Commission [2023] EWCA Civ 238 (06 March 2023)

Zanatta v Metroline Travel Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 224 (03 March 2023)

Warburton v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary [2023] EWCA Civ 209 (02 March 2023)

Volkerrail Plant Ltd & Ors v Revenue and Customs [2023] EWCA Civ 210 (01 March 2023)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Ali, R. v [2023] EWCA Crim 232 (03 March 2023)

Mohamed & Ors, R. v (Rev1) [2023] EWCA Crim 211 (02 March 2023)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Douglas-O’Callaghan, Review of the tariff in the case of [2023] EWHC 368 (Admin) (08 March 2023)

Banica v Pogoanele District Court, Romania [2023] EWHC 405 (Admin) (08 March 2023)

Angell & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Health And Social Care & Ors [2023] EWHC 495 (Admin) (08 March 2023)

Strongroom Ltd v London Borough of Hackney [2023] EWHC 488 (Admin) (08 March 2023)

ZB & Anor , R (On the Application Of) v NHS South West London ICB [2023] EWHC 489 (Admin) (07 March 2023)

Bobirnac v Constanta Tribunal (Romania) [2023] EWHC 479 (Admin) (07 March 2023)

Lawal v Crown Court at Cambridge [2023] EWHC 466 (Admin) (03 March 2023)

Vasile v Judecatoria Oltenita Romania [2023] EWHC 467 (Admin) (03 March 2023)

Stefanov v District Attorney of the Court of Venice, Italy [2023] EWHC 463 (Admin) (03 March 2023)

Suceava District Court, Romania v Gurau [2023] EWHC 439 (Admin) (02 March 2023)

Bentley Pauncefoot Parish Council v Redditch Borough Council & Anor [2023] EWHC 456 (Admin) (02 March 2023)

Heilligger v Government of Sint Maarten & Anor [2023] EWHC 422 (Admin) (28 February 2023)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Naidoo v Barton & Anor (Undue influence – mutual wills – fraudulent misrepresentation – mistake – laches) [2023] EWHC 500 (Ch) (08 March 2023)

Shill Properties Ltd v Bunch [2023] EWHC 478 (Ch) (07 March 2023)

Marwaha v Entertainment One Ltd [2023] EWHC 480 (Ch) (06 March 2023)

Prescott Place Freeholder Ltd & Ors v Batin & Anor [2023] EWHC 435 (Ch) (03 March 2023)

Instagram LLC v Meta 404 Ltd [2023] EWHC 436 (Ch) (03 March 2023)

Bastholm & Ors v Peveril Securities (Dalton Park Retail) Ltd & Ors [2023] EWHC 438 (Ch) (03 March 2023)

Listrac Midco Ltd & Ors, Re (Re Part 26A Companies Act 2006) [2023] EWHC 460 (Ch) (03 March 2023)

Sova Capital Ltd (Company Number 04621383), Re [2023] EWHC 452 (Ch) (02 March 2023)

Morina & Ors v Scherbakova & Ors (Re Estate of Vladimir Alekseyevich Scherbakov) [2023] EWHC 440 (Ch) (02 March 2023)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Rajabieslami v Tariverdi & Ors [2023] EWHC 455 (Comm) (06 March 2023)

Eteboxagu AB v Cycle Pharmaceuticals Ltd [2023] EWHC 462 (Comm) (06 March 2023)

Litkraft Ltd v Cottrell [2023] EWHC 465 (Comm) (03 March 2023)

Primafacio Ltd v Tres Canopia Ltd & Anor [2023] EWHC 430 (Comm) (02 March 2023)

King & Ors v Stiefel & Ors [2023] EWHC 453 (Comm) (02 March 2023)

High Court (Family Division)

Teasdale v Carter & Anor [2023] EWHC 490 (Fam) (07 March 2023)

P (Service on Parent in a Refuge) [2023] EWHC 471 (Fam) (03 March 2023)

W v Z [2023] EWHC 469 (Fam) (03 March 2023)

Z, Re (Disclosure To Social Work England: Findings of Domestic Abuse) [2023] EWHC 447 (Fam) (02 March 2023)

G, Re (Disclosure of Fact-Finding Judgment to Secretary of State for the Home Department) [2023] EWHC 450 (Fam) (01 March 2023)

B v C [2023] EWHC 291 (Fam) (28 February 2023)

High Court (Patents Court)

Kigen (UK) Ltd v Thales Dis France SA & Anor [2023] EWHC 369 (Pat) (22 February 2023)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

Versi v Husain (aka Ed Husain) (Rev1) [2023] EWHC 482 (KB) (03 March 2023)

Barry v Ministry of Defence [2023] EWHC 459 (KB) (03 March 2023)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Jalla & Anor v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd & Anor [2023] EWHC 424 (TCC) (28 February 2023)


Edith Thompson: Commission to re-examine hanged woman’s case – BBC News

‘The case of a woman who was hanged 100 years ago for the murder of her husband is to be reviewed as a potential miscarriage of justice.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2023


Domestic abuse survivor takes UK justice ministry to court over legal aid – The Guardian

‘A single mother and domestic abuse survivor is taking the Ministry of Justice to court this week after being refused legal aid because she was deemed to have no dependents, even though she had applied for the funding to enforce a child custody arrangement.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2023


Sunak Plans Lifetime Ban For Channel Migrants – Each Other

‘Prime minister Rishi Sunak is set to introduce an Illegal Migration Bill to remove migrants arriving on small boats and ban them from re-entering the UK.’

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Each Other, 7th March 2023


Asylum plan ‘very concerning’ and would break international law – UN refugee agency – BBC News

‘The government’s proposed asylum law is “very concerning” and would block even those with a compelling claim, the United Nations refugee agency has said.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2023


Case Preview: Lifestyle Equities C.V. and Anor v Ahmed and Anor – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Mark Chapman and Alisha Young (both associates within the Insurance Group at CMS) preview the decision awaited from the Supreme Court in Lifestyle Equities C.V. and Anor v Ahmed and Anor. The appeal was heard by the Supreme Court on 20 & 21 February 2023 and judgment is presently awaited.’

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UKSC Blog, 8th March 2023


‘Martyn’s law’ anti-terrorism bill to be published this spring, says Braverman – The Guardian

‘A draft bill known as “Martyn’s law”, aimed at forcing all venues to draw up plans to prevent terrorist attacks and ensure public safety, is on track to be published this spring, the home secretary told MPs on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2023


Research Briefing: The end of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions – House of Commons Library

‘The Queen’s Speech 2022 committed to a Bill in the 2022-23 session to abolish ‘no-fault’ section 21 evictions in the private rented sector. This paper covers developments to date.’

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House of Commons Library, 7th March 2023


Court restrictions on climate protesters ‘deeply concerning’, say leading lawyers – The Guardian

‘Restrictions placed on non-violent climate protesters who have been tried in criminal courts were part of a “deeply concerning” “pincer movement” narrowing their rights to free expression, leading lawyers have told the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2023


Wayne Couzens sentenced to 19 months in prison for indecent exposure – The Guardian

‘Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to 19 months in prison for flashing at women in the months before he kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2023


UK’s drug advisory panel rejects calls for nitrous oxide ban – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2023 in drug abuse, drug offences, government departments, news by sally

‘The UK’s drug advisory panel has rejected calls to ban the sale and possession of nitrous oxide for recreational use, despite the Home Office’s eagerness to do so, a new report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2023


Solicitor apprenticeships launched for part-qualified legal professionals – Legal Futures

Posted March 7th, 2023 in legal education, legal profession, news, paralegals, solicitors by sally

‘The first solicitor apprenticeship scheme has been launched which is specifically designed for paralegals part-way through qualifications with other legal bodies, such as CILEX and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2023