I’ve fought for years to report what really goes on in family courts. At last, journalists can – Louise Tickle – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2024 in family courts, media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions by sally

‘Allowing journalists to report on hearings is welcome. Now editors need to give them the resources to be able to tell these complex stories properly.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2024

Source: www.theguardian.com

The legality of the new minimum income requirement – EIN Blog

Posted February 1st, 2024 in families, human rights, news, remuneration, social security by sally

‘The recently announced plan to increase the minimum income requirement (MIR) to £38,700 led to widespread criticism, with the government appearing to exclude all but the affluent from establishing family life in the UK. This has led to a partial policy shift, with it now announced that the threshold to sponsor a spouse will not rise to this amount until 2025, with an interim rise to £29,000 taking place in the Spring. Nonetheless, even this lower amount will be unaffordable to many families, raising questions about the compatibility of the rise with Convention rights. In R (MM) Lebanon v SSHD [2017] UKSC 10 the Supreme Court found that the initial MIR, set at £18,600, was lawful. In this post, I will highlight two key problems with the judgment, along with the failure of the MIR to restrict the social security entitlement of many affected families: the MIR’s primary justification.’

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EIN Blog, 31st January 2024

Source: www.ein.org.uk

DPP appeals to supreme court in case of protesters who called MP ‘Tory scum’ – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions is appealing to the supreme court in an ongoing and expensive battle to overturn the acquittal of two protesters found to have acted reasonably in calling Iain Duncan Smith “Tory scum”.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2024

Source: www.theguardian.com

Kenneth Armstrong: The First Statutory Report on Retained EU Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 1st, 2024 in brexit, EC law, news, reports, statute law revision by sally

‘Successive UK Governments have promised to regulate less, better or smarter to promote economic growth and competitiveness while protecting consumers, workers and the environment. Relatively low visibility reviews and reports – recast and relaunched over time – have belied the public politics of “burning red tape”. But as the fireworks faded over Westminster as 2024 began, you could be forgiven for thinking that the lingering smoke was from the incineration of swathes of regulation produced during EU membership and revoked by the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023. Quite how big this bonfire really is, and how much is smoke and mirrors, is quantified in the first six-monthly statutory report to Parliament under section 17 of the Act and published on 22 January 2024. This post examines what we do and do not learn from this report about what is really changing in UK regulatory policy.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th January 2024

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Builder jailed for killing Dudley woman who hired him for extension – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2024 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A builder who killed a customer in a brutal hammer attack after “chronic” delays in building an extension to her home has been jailed for life.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2024

Source: www.theguardian.com

Criminal legal aid “coming apart at the seams”, High Court says – Legal Futures

‘Two High Court judges have described the system of criminal legal aid as “slowly coming apart at the seams” and reliant on solicitors’ goodwill and sense of public duty.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2024

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 1st, 2024 in legislation by tracey

SI 2024/111 – The Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Prescription of Non-Domestic Rating Multipliers) (England) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/108 – The Electricity and Gas (Standards of Performance) (Suppliers) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/107 – The Data Reporting Services Regulations 2024

SI 2024/114 – The Financial Services Act 2021 (Overseas Funds Regime and Recognition of Parts of Schemes) (Amendment and Modification) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/104 – The Building Safety Act 2022 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/100 – The Online Safety (List of Overseas Regulators) Regulations 2024

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 1st, 2024 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Potanina v Potanin [2024] UKSC 3 (31 January 2024)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Imani v General Dental Council [2024] EWHC 132 (Admin) (31 January 2024)

Law Society of England and Wales, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor [2024] EWHC 155 (Admin) (31 January 2024)

SK, R (On the Application Of) v Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead [2024] EWHC 158 (Admin) (31 January 2024)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Mercy Global Consult Ltd v Adegbuyi-Jackson & Ors (Re Consequential Matters) [2024] EWHC 171 (Ch) (31 January 2024)

Jaffer v Jaffer & Ors (Re The World Federation of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities and the Charities Act 2011) [2024] EWHC 135 (Ch) (31 January 2024)

Baldudak v Matteo [2024] EWHC 167 (Ch) (31 January 2024)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

Santander Consumer (UK) PLC v Chaudhry [2024] EWHC 170 (KB) (31 January 2024)

Nightingale & Anor v Bromford Housing Association Ltd [2024] EWHC 136 (KB) (31 January 2024)

Lunn v Antarctic Logistics Centre International (Pty) Ltd (No. 2) [2024] EWHC 169 (KB) (31 January 2024)

Source: www.bailii.org

Legal action launched against ‘rip-off’ secret commissions on UK firms’ energy bills – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2024 in class actions, energy, fees, news, small businesses, third parties by sally

‘Businesses across the UK have been forced to pay an extra 10% on average for their gas and electricity because suppliers routinely add third-party broker commissions to their bills, according to a leading litigation law firm.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2024

Source: www.theguardian.com