Litigant unwittingly put fake cases generated by AI before tribunal – Legal Futures

‘Nine authorities put before the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) by a litigant in person challenging a penalty from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) were fakes generated by an artificial intelligence (AI) system like ChatGPT, a judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2023


Part-time and shift workers to lose up to £248m holiday pay in UK rule change – The Guardian

‘The government is changing how holiday days and pay are calculated for people who do not work full-time throughout the year, such as shift-workers, school employees and those on zero-hours contracts.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2023


Lincoln’s Inn looks to tackle “unacceptable” bullying and harassment – Legal Futures

Posted December 8th, 2023 in barristers, bullying, diversity, equality, harassment, inns of court, news, statistics by michael

‘The historic body has put in place an interim action plan to address the issue, including diversity and inclusion training and an anonymised reporting mechanism.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2023


Scottish court rules UK government veto of gender recognition bill lawful – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2023 in bills, devolution, devolution issues, equality, gender, news, Scotland, transgender persons by michael

‘In a ruling that will disappoint LGBTQ+ campaigners and offers a boost to Rishi Sunak at the end of a difficult week, Lady Haldane rejected the Scottish government’s petition to rule the UK government’s section 35 veto – contained in the 1998 Scotland Act, which created the devolved parliament – as unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2023


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted December 8th, 2023 in law reports by michael

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha & Ors v Mark McLaren Class Representative Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 1471 (08 December 2023)

Abdi & Ors v Entry Clearance Officer [2023] EWCA Civ 1455 (07 December 2023)Amersi v Leslie & Anor [2023] EWCA Civ 1468 (07 December 2023)

Amersi v Leslie & Anor [2023] EWCA Civ 1468 (07 December 2023)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Ali, R. v [2023] EWCA Crim 1464 (07 December 2023)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Davies, R (On the Application Of) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2023] EWHC 3161 (Admin) (08 December 2023)

Overton, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice [2023] EWHC 3071 (Admin) (07 December 2023)

High Court (Chancery Division)

The Ali Abdullah Alesayi Will Establishment v Alesayi [2023] EWHC 3150 (Ch) (08 December 2023)

BV8 Ltd v BV9 Ltd & Ors [2023] EWHC 3048 (Ch) (06 December 2023)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Palmat NV v Bluequest Resources AG [2023] EWHC 2940 (Comm) (07 December 2023)

King & Ors v DWF LLP & Ors [2023] EWHC 3132 (Comm) (06 December 2023)

Frasers Group PLC v Saxo Bank A/S & Anor (Re Disclosure Rulings) [2023] EWHC 3105 (Comm) (01 December 2023)

High Court (Family Division)

Lancashire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3097 (Fam) (01 December 2023)

A v B & Anor [2023] EWHC 3041 (Fam) (29 November 2023)

H v Butt & Anor [2023] EWHC 3042 (Fam) (28 November 2023)

XK v JY [2023] EWHC 2996 (Fam) (24 November 2023)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

The Duke of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2023] EWHC 3120 (KB) (08 December 2023)

Parsons v Isle of Wight NHS Trust [2023] EWHC 3115 (KB) (05 December 2023)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Van Elle Ltd v Keynvor Morlift Ltd [2023] EWHC 3137 (TCC) (08 December 2023)

Iluminesia Ltd (t/a AlterEgo Facades) v RFL Facades Ltd [2023] EWHC 3122 (TCC) (06 December 2023)

IBM United Kingdom Ltd v LzLabs GmbH & Ors [2023] EWHC 3015 (TCC) (29 November 2023)

Lidl Great Britain Ltd v Closed Circuit Cooling Ltd (t/a 3cl) [2023] EWHC 3051 (TCC) (29 November 2023)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted December 8th, 2023 in legislation by michael

SI 2023/1345 – The Misuse of Drugs (England and Wales and Scotland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1343 – The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels: NHS Ambulance Services and the NHS Patient Transport Service) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1338 – The Early Years Foundation Stage (Learning and Development, Early Years Register and Welfare Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1333 – The Code of Practice (Reasonable Steps for Trade Unions) Order 2023

SI 2023/1330 – The Childcare (Free of Charge for Working Parents) (England) (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1329 – The Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Act 2023 (Commencement) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1324 – The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2023

SI 2023/1323 – The Central Counterparties (Equivalence) (United States of America) (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1320 – The Haiti (Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1321 – The Plant Protection Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1319 – The Prohibition of Cross-Examination in Person (Fees of Court-Appointed Qualified Legal Representatives) (Amendment) Regulations 2023


Housing Ombudsman issues report setting out key learning and guidance on service charges – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 8th, 2023 in housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, ombudsmen, service charges by michael

‘The Housing Ombudsman has provided updated guidance on the “often contentious” area of service charges in its latest Insight report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2023


High Court finds council in breach of duties to disabled child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 8th, 2023 in children, disabled persons, families, local government, news, statutory duty by michael

‘In TS, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Hackney [2023] EWHC 3063 (Admin), Jonathan Glasson KC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, quashed the council’s assessment and care planning decision, concluding that the decision making in relation to the care package was “flawed”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2023


Police still victim blaming in grooming gang cases, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2023 in child abuse, children, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by michael

‘The inquiry by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) comes more than a decade after scandals in Rotherham and Rochdale came to light, revealing failings by the authorities that left gangs of men free to attack vulnerable young girls.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2023


Prince Harry loses battle to get Mail on Sunday defence thrown out in libel case – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2023 in defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, police, royal family by michael

‘Prince Harry has lost an attempt to get part of the Mail on Sunday publishers’ defence thrown out in a libel case.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2023


UK’s top mobile firms face £3.3bn class action lawsuit over ‘loyalty penalties’ – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2023 in class actions, compensation, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by michael

‘The UK’s biggest mobile phone companies face a £3.3bn class action lawsuit alleging that long-standing customers are being ripped off by “loyalty penalties”, under which the same services are offered to new customers at a better price to lure them from rivals.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2023