Ministers face legal battle with criminal solicitors over legal aid – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2023 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, remuneration, solicitors by tracey

‘Ministers could face a legal battle over their refusal to increase legal aid rates for criminal defence solicitors in England and Wales by the minimum recommended in an independent review. The Law Society, the professional body for solicitors, claims there has been an “unlawful and irrational” failure to implement the 15% minimum increase recommended by Christopher Bellamy as necessary to sustain the future of the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2023


Colin Pitchfork: MP to meet Raab over double child killer’s parole – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2023 in ministers' powers and duties, murder, news, parole, rape by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has agreed to meet a Leicestershire MP to discuss concerns over the possible release of Colin Pitchfork.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2023


Birmingham City Council told to change handling of care complaints – BBC News

‘A council wrongly handled complaints by families over respite care for children with disabilities, an ombudsman found.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2023


Supreme court rules in favour of halting housebuilding in Shrewsbury park – The Guardian

‘Campaigners have won a supreme court appeal to stop houses being built on a park protected by a 100-year-old statutory trust in Shrewsbury, in a landmark ruling for the protection of green spaces.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2023


Hundreds of trafficking victims in UK missing after referral to support scheme – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2023 in missing persons, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of trafficking victims in the UK have gone missing after being referred to the government’s scheme to protect them, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2023


Millionaire loses sentence appeal over leisure complex – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2023 in appeals, contempt of court, news, planning, sentencing by tracey

‘A man jailed for refusing to demolish a leisure complex built in his garden without planning permission has lost his appeal against his sentence.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2023


Kaylea Titford: Parents who let neglected teen die jailed – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2023 in child neglect, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The parents of a 16-year-old girl who died following “shocking” neglect have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2023


Why thousands of people who thought they were British could lose their citizenship – EIN Blog

‘Confusion has arisen around the British government’s own understanding of its citizenship laws, following a judgment by the UK’s high court. In a ruling handed down on January 20 2023, in the case of Roehrig v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr Justice Eyre determined that the restrictive approach applied by the Home Office since 2000 to how the children of EU nationals automatically acquire citizenship is the correct interpretation of the law.’

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EIN Blog, 28th February 2023


City law firms using diversity schemes for “reputation laundering” – Legal Futures

Posted March 1st, 2023 in diversity, equality, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘The efforts of City law firms to become more diverse and inclusive are a form of “reputation laundering”, offering only the “illusion of change”, an academic and diversity specialist has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2023


Hundreds of UK sex offenders went missing, figures show – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2023 in government departments, names, news, police, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of sex offenders across the UK slipped off the radar of police in a three-year period, the BBC can reveal.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2023


Court of Appeal quashes planning permission for only having consideration of part of site – Local Government Lawyer

‘Maidstone Borough Council will have to reconsider a planning application after the Court of Appeal found the local authority misinterpreted its own planning policy on brownfield developments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th February 2023


Surrogacy, IVF and equality: JR176(2)’s application for judicial review – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Two men are in a relationship and want to have a child. They approach a female friend who is happy to be their surrogate. She has previously had a voluntary sterilisation procedure, so she would need in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) using a donor egg (a procedure known as gestational surrogacy), to help her friends realise their wishes. This is where they all encounter a problem: voluntary sterilisation makes the woman ineligible for publicly funded IVF.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th February 2023


Leila Borrington: Woman guilty of killing three-year-old stepson – BBC News

‘A woman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her three-year-old stepson but acquitted of his murder.’

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BBC News, February 2023


Election court awards costs against petitioner in ‘dates bribe’ case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 1st, 2023 in bribery, costs, elections, local government, news, political parties by sally

‘A rare sitting of the Election Court has agreed to withdraw a petition for a council election to be declared void after receiving “conclusive evidence” that the petitioner handed packets of dates to potential voters.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th February 2023


Judge jails fake NHS psychiatrist and criticises ‘abject failure of scrutiny’ – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2023 in doctors, fraud, hospitals, imprisonment, news, psychiatrists, sentencing by sally

‘A bogus psychiatrist who practised in the NHS for 22 years with a fake degree has been jailed, as a judge criticised medical authorities for an “abject failure of scrutiny”.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2023


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 1st, 2023 in legislation by tracey

SI 2023/213 – The Police Pensions (Contributions and Pensionable Earnings) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/227 – The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (Commencement No. 1) (England and Wales) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/223 – The National Health Service (Joint Working and Delegation Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/222 – The Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/221 – The Income and Corporation Taxes (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/220 – The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/219 – The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (England) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/217 – The Approved Country Lists (Animals and Animal Products) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/216 – The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/164 – The Parochial Fees (Amendment) Order 2023

SI 2023/214 – The Trade (Mobile Roaming) Regulations 2023


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 1st, 2023 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd & Anor v LA Micro Group, Inc & Ors [2023] EWCA Civ 214 (28 February 2023)

Banks v Cadwalladr [2023] EWCA Civ 219 (28 February 2023)

Milburn, R (On the Application Of) v Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman [2023] EWCA Civ 207 (28 February 2023)

S, Re (A Child) (Abduction: Article 13(B): Mental Health) [2023] EWCA Civ 208 (28 February 2023)

P, Re (A Child: Fair Hearing) [2023] EWCA Civ 215 (28 February 2023)

MAH (Egypt) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 216 (28 February 2023)

P, H-L (CHILDREN) (Mobile Phone Extraction) [2023] EWCA Civ 206 (27 February 2023)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Stafi v Judecatoria Roman, Romania [2023] EWHC 429 (Admin) (28 February 2023)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Ellison Road Ltd v Mian (t/a HKH Kenwright & Cox Solicitors) & Anor [2023] EWHC 375 (Ch) (28 February 2023)

Hanover Investors Management Llp (On Behalf of Hanover Catalyst Fund) v Hawkwing Plc [2023] EWHC 407 (Ch) (28 February 2023)

Musst Holdings Ltd v Astra Asset Management UK Ltd & Anor [2023] EWHC 432 (Ch) (28 February 2023)

Moorwand Ltd v K Wearables Ltd [2023] EWHC 410 (Ch) (27 February 2023)

AGPS Bondco Plc, Re [2023] EWHC 415 (Ch) (27 February 2023)

Simmonds v Wilson & Ors [2023] EWHC 289 (Ch) (24 February 2023)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Lonestar Communications Corporation LLC v Kaye & Ors [2023] EWHC 421 (Comm) (28 February 2023)

SMA Investment Holdings Ltd v Harbour Fund II LP & Ors [2023] EWHC 428 (Comm) (28 February 2023)

Drax Smart Generation Holdco Ltd v Scottish Power Retail Holdings Ltd [2023] EWHC 412 (Comm) (27 February 2023)

High Court (Family Division)

Tousi v Gaydukova [2023] EWHC 404 (Fam) (27 February 2023)

C, Re (‘Parental Alienation’; Instruction of Expert) [2023] EWHC 345 (Fam) (21 February 2023)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

SS v Essex County Council & Ors [2023] EWHC 417 (KB) (28 February 2023)

FGX v Gaunt [2023] EWHC 419 (KB) (27 February 2023)