Man who called Tory MP Mike Freer’s office saying ‘I’m coming for you’ is sentenced – The Independent

‘A 46-year-old man who called the office of Tory MP Mike Freer and said “I’m coming for you” has been given a community order.’

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The Independent, 6th March 2024


Bar Council warns regulator over plans for chambers – Legal Futures

Posted March 7th, 2024 in barristers, consultations, mergers, news, standards by sally

‘The Bar Council has warned the Bar Standards Board (BSB) not to go too far in its oversight of chambers and said its idea of encouraging smaller sets to merge is “inappropriate”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2024


“All the world’s a stage” – or perhaps not: Omooba – Law& Religion UK

‘In Omooba v Michael Garrett Associates Ltd (t/a Global Artists) & Anor [2024] EAT 30, Ms Seyi Omooba, an actor, was cast as Celie in a stage production of The Color Purple. Celie is regarded as an iconic lesbian role and the announcement that Ms Omooba was to play it led to a social media storm about an earlier Facebook post in which she had expressed her belief that homosexuality was a sin. As a result, her contracts with the theatre (the second respondent) and her agency (the first respondent) were terminated.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th March 2024


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 7th, 2024 in legislation by tracey

SI 2024/298 – The Recall Petition (Petition Officers’ Charges) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/297 – The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Local Returning Officers’ and Police Area Returning Officers’ Charges) Order 2024

SI 2024/294 – The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/290 – The Public Service Pensions Revaluation Order 2024

SI 2024/289 – The Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/287 – The Income Tax (Exemption of Social Security Benefits) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/285 – The Single Trade Window (Establishment, Operation and Information) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/265 – The Charities Act 2022 (Commencement No. 3, Consequential, Saving and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/264 – The Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave and Shared Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/243 – The Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2024

SI 2024/242 – The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2024

SI 2024/236 – The Principal Office Address (Rectification of Register) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/302 – The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/301 – The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Order 2024

SI 2024/300 – The Excise Duties (Surcharges or Rebates) (Hydrocarbon Oils etc.) Order 2022 (Continuation) Order 2024

SI 2024/284 – The Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 2024

SI 2024/296 – The Animal Welfare (Primate Licences) (England) Regulations 2024


Rwanda bill: House of Lords inflicts further defeats on government plan – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2024 in asylum, bills, deportation, immigration, news, parliament, Rwanda by sally

‘The government has suffered five further defeats in the House of Lords over its Rwanda bill.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2024


Talking Pensions Ep14 – Dominic Harris – Pensions Barrister

Posted March 7th, 2024 in news, ombudsmen, pensions, podcasts by sally

‘In the latest episode of Talking Pensions (recorded in January 2024), Paul talks to the Pensions Ombudsman, Dominic Harris. They discuss Dominic’s background in pensions, the work of the Ombudsman, the recent cyber-incident and the key issues likely to emerge in the future.’

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Pensions Barrister, 7th March 2024


Lawyers and the misuse of NDAs – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Legal Services Board has published its report on the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). It focuses on the conduct of lawyers and forms part of the LSB’s Reshaping Legal Services strategy, which centres on the delivery of high-quality legal advice with strong professional ethics.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th March 2024


Joshua Jacques: Serious failings in probation supervision – report – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2024 in drug abuse, murder, news, probation, release on licence, reports by sally

‘There were “serious failings” in the probation supervision of a quadruple murderer, the chief inspector of probation has said.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2024


Family Drug and Alcohol Court model suitable for domestic abuse cases even where no substance misuse, says judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 7th, 2024 in alcohol abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, family courts, news by sally

‘A judge sitting in the Family Court has highlighted the successful use of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) model in a case where the main presenting difficulty was domestic abuse.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th March 2024


Shein UK breaches company law by failing to disclose human owner – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2024 in company law, disclosure, financial regulation, news by sally

‘The UK business of the fast-fashion company Shein has failed to disclose its ultimate ownership, a breach of company law that could disrupt the firm’s reported plans to consider listing in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2024


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 7th, 2024 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Ullah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWCA Civ 201 (06 March 2024)

Tousi v Gaydukova [2024] EWCA Civ 203 (06 March 2024)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Kamarra-Jarra v R. [2024] EWCA Crim 198 (20 February 2024)

ADX, R. v [2024] EWCA Crim 196 (16 February 2024)

Gjikola, R. v [2024] EWCA Crim 207 (15 February 2024)

Ludar-Smith, R. v [2024] EWCA Crim 199 (14 February 2024)

Hull, R. v [2024] EWCA Crim 195 (14 February 2024)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Gurvits & Anor v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing And Communities [2024] EWHC 490 (Admin) (06 March 2024)

Haczelski v Poland [2024] EWHC 459 (Admin) (05 March 2024)

Gomulka v Poland [2024] EWHC 460 (Admin) (05 March 2024)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Frost & Anor v The Good Box Co Labs Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 422 (Ch) (05 March 2024)

Isbilen v Selman Turk & Ors [2024] EWHC 505 (Ch) (05 March 2024)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Sian Participation Corp & Anor v Domidias Ltd & Anor [2024] EWHC 458 (Comm) (06 March 2024)

The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Wazzan & Ors [2024] EWHC 480 (Comm) (05 March 2024)

GI Globinvestment Ltd & Ors v Faleschini & Ors [2024] EWHC 481 (Comm) (05 March 2024)

Ayhan Sezer Yag Ve Gida Endustrisi Ticaret Ltd Sirket v Agroinvest SA [2024] EWHC 479 (Comm) (05 March 2024)

High Court (Family Division)

Peterborough City Council v Mother & Ors [2024] EWHC 493 (Fam) (06 March 2024)

PZ (A Child) (Hague Convention: Art 13(B)), Re [2024] EWHC 489 (Fam) (06 March 2024)

H v A [2024] EWHC 476 (Fam) (26 February 2024)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

Craft Development SCI v ACTIS LLP (a firm) & Ors [2024] EWHC 484 (KB) (06 March 2024)

Coltech Recruitment Ltd & Anor v Cera Care Ltd [2024] EWHC 466 (KB) (05 March 2024)

Dziugys v Ersan And Co Solicitors Ltd [2024] EWHC 434 (KB) (01 March 2024)

Maia Luxury Ltd v Luxierge Ltd & Anor [2024] EWHC 454 (KB) (01 March 2024)

Anyon & Ors v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2024] EWHC 326 (KB) (01 March 2024)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

WOL (London) LLP v Croydon Investments Ltd & Ors (Re Costs) [2024] EWHC 485 (TCC) (06 March 2024)