AI Safety: UK and US sign landmark agreement – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in agreements, artificial intelligence, international relations, news by tracey

‘The UK and US have signed a landmark deal to work together on testing advanced artificial intelligence (AI).’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2024


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in legislation by tracey

SI 2024/439 – The Sea Fisheries (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/438 – The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 (Commencement) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/445 – The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (Financial Penalty) Regulations 2024

SI 2024/444 – The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance (Amendment) Regulations 2024


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

One Savings Bank PLC v Waller-Edwards (Rev1) [2024] EWCA Civ 302 (28 March 2024)

Howe Properties (NE) Ltd v Accent Housing Ltd [2024] EWCA Civ 297 (27 March 2024)

Querino v Cambridge City Council (Rev1) [2024] EWCA Civ 314 (27 March 2024)

Donovan v Prescott Place Freeholder Ltd & Ors [2024] EWCA Civ 298 (27 March 2024)

Hayes & Anor v Rex [2024] EWCA Crim 304 (27 March 2024)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Ismael, R. v [2024] EWCA Crim 301 (27 March 2024)

Umut Alpergin & Anor v R [2024] EWCA Crim 313 (27 March 2024)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Parkin, R (On the Application Of) v His Majesty’s Assistant Coroner for Inner London (East) [2024] EWHC 744 (Admin) (28 March 2024)

Kofa, R (On the Application Of) v Oldham Metropolitan Bolton Council [2024] EWHC 685 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

Sherratt, R (on the application of) v Bolton Council [2024] EWHC 699 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

Yusuff & Ors v Governor of His Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh [2024] EWHC 692 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

Uddin, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice [2024] EWHC 696 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

Lomas v Republic of South Africa & Anor (No. 2) [2024] EWHC 731 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

Swiatek v Regional Court In Lodz, Poland [2024] EWHC 726 (Admin) (27 March 2024)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Kendall & Anor v Ball & Anor (Re Sherwood Oak Homes Ltd – Sherwood Oak Holdings Ltd – Insolvency Act 1986) [2024] EWHC 746 (Ch) (28 March 2024)

Cousins Material House Ltd v The Swatch Group AG & Ors [2024] EWHC 710 (Ch) (27 March 2024)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Zephyrus Capital Aviation Partners 1D Ltd & Ors v Fidelis Underwriting Ltd & Ors (Re Russian Aircraft Operator Policy Claims (Jurisdiction Applications)) [2024] EWHC 734 (Comm) (28 March 2024)

Civiello & Anor v Brodahl [2024] EWHC 707 (Comm) (27 March 2024)

The Czech Republic v Diag Human SE & Anor [2024] EWHC 708 (Comm) (27 March 2024)

ABFA Commodities Trading Ltd v Petraco Oil Company SA (Re Consequential Matters) [2024] EWHC 706 (Comm) (27 March 2024)

Delos Shipholding SA & Ors v Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty SE & Ors [2024] EWHC 719 (Comm) (25 March 2024)

High Court (Family Division)

H & Anor v S & Anor [2024] EWHC 730 (Fam) (27 March 2024)

High Court (Patents Court)

Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH & Ors v Aspire Pharma Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 711 (Pat) (27 March 2024)

Interdigital Technology Corporation & Ors v Lenovo Group Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 742 (Pat) (27 March 2024)

High Court (King’s Bench Division)

Lonsdale & Ors v Wedlake Bell LLP & Ors [2024] EWHC 712 (KB) (27 March 2024)

Thorp & Ors v Mehta [2024] EWHC 652 (KB) (26 March 2024)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Vainker & Anor v Marbank Construction Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 667 (TCC) (25 March 2024)


The Lowe down – Nearly Legal

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in deposits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, penalties by tracey

‘Lowe v Governors of Sutton’s Hospital In Charterhouse (2024) EWHC 646 (Ch). A High Court appeal of a first instance county court judgment by HHJ Luba KC, which we noted here. The claim was for deposit penalties for failure to provide the prescribed information in breach of s.213(6) Housing Act 2004. It was dismissed at first instance on the basis that the requirements had been met.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st April 2024


Tribunal throws out solicitor’s claim based on sale of practice – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has struck out a solicitor’s breach of contract claim based on a business agreement to transfer his practice to another firm, which was then to employ him.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd April 2024


BSB will not investigate barrister over misgendering trans lawyers – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided not to investigate a gender-critical barrister who was accused of being transphobic by misgendering two trans lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd April 2024


Stephen Bear ordered to pay £22,305 Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Today at Chelmsford Crown Court, a Confiscation Order of £22,305 was given to Stephen Bear, to retrieve the ill-gotten gains he accumulated from publishing explicit content to a subscription site without the consent of those involved. The judge has ordered that the victim, Georgia Harrison, be compensated to the value of £5,000, which will be paid out of any monies paid towards the Confiscation Order.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 28th March 2024


Keynote speech by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb at the South Eastern Circuit: Mental Health, Diversion and Crime Speeches – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in criminal justice, judiciary, mental health, news, sentencing, speeches by tracey

‘Keynote speech by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb at the South Eastern Circuit: Mental Health, Diversion and Crime.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2024


Fixed costs JR dropped after government concessions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in costs, Ministry of Justice, news, personal injuries, solicitors by tracey

‘Personal injury lawyers have dropped legal action against the government after a series of concessions on when fixed recoverable costs (FRC) would apply.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th March 2024


Crackdown on ‘gagging orders’ to protect victims’ ability to access support – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims will no longer be prevented from accessing support or legal advice under plans to crack down on the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2024


Claimant lawyers ordered to pay half the costs of a fundamentally dishonest personal injury claim – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A defendant firm has hailed a rare court decision where a claimant’s lawyers were ordered to pay towards the costs of a fundamentally dishonest claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th March 2024


Family anger at sentence on fatal crash driver, 19 – BBC News

‘A 19-year-old has been jailed for six years for killing two teens in a crash after speeding at more than twice the limit.’

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BBC News, 28th March 2024


Revealed: Hundreds of repeat knife offenders spared jail despite ‘two strikes’ crackdown – The Independent

Posted April 2nd, 2024 in imprisonment, news, offensive weapons, police, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘The Police Federation of England and Wales calls for a royal commission as analysis of figures by The Independent reveals nearly four in 10 repeat knife offenders are spared immediate prison sentences.’

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The Independent, 1st April 2024