Secretary of State for the Home Department v CC and another – WLR Daily

Secretary of State for the Home Department v CC and another [2012] EWHC 2837 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 283

“Where it was alleged that illegal actions of state agents constituted an abuse of the process of the court, it was not necessary to prove actual knowledge of that illegality for abuse of process to be established. There might be situations where mere recklessness or even negligent conduct could justify a stay on grounds of abuse of process.”

WLR Daily, 19th October 2012


Terror suspects arrested in Somaliland lose UK appeal – BBC News

“Two men accused of being part of a ‘prolific extremist network’ have lost their appeal against control orders.”

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BBC News, 19th October 2012


Arrears, warrants and abuse of process – NearlyLegal

Posted October 1st, 2012 in abuse of process, loans, mortgages, news, repossession, warrants by sally

“A report of a County Court mortgage possession case has reached us, in which the secured lender’s behaviour resulted in a finding of abuse of process. The question was when (an if) an arrears payment had been received.”

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NearlyLegal, 30th September 2012


London bomb plotters launch appeal over ‘flawed’ forensic evidence – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, evidence, forensic science, news, terrorism by sally

“Four of the terrorists convicted for the 21 July 2005 bomb plot will launch an attempt to have their sentences quashed following claims by a former senior government scientist that key forensic evidence used to jail the attackers was flawed.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012


Westbrook Dolphin Square Ltd v Friends Life Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted May 22nd, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, landlord & tenant, law reports, leases by sally

Westbrook Dolphin Square Ltd v Friends Life Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 666; [2012] WLR (D) 151

“Since the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 gave a tenant of a flat the right to acquire the freehold of his premises following service on the landlord of a notice of claim under section 13, and the tenant also had the statutory right to serve a second notice of claim at any time after a year had expired following the withdrawal of the first notice of claim, the general provision in CPR r 38.7, requiring the permission of the court to bring a second claim, did not apply to a second claim based on such a second notice.”

WLR Daily, 18th May 2012


Sullivan (aka Soloman) v Bristol Film Studios Ltd – WLR Daily

Sullivan (aka Soloman) v Bristol Film Studios Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 570; [2012] WLR (D) 145

“In deciding whether a small claim ought to be struck out as an abuse of process it was relevant to consider whether there was a proportionate procedure available by which the claim could be adjudicated.”

WLR Daily, 3rd May 2012


Adams and others v Ford and others – WLR Daily

Adams and others v Ford and others [2012] EWCA Civ 544; [2012] WLR (D) 125

“It was not right to lay down a categorical rule that the issue of proceedings without valid authority from a claimant ought necessarily to amount to an abuse of the process of the court. The principle in Presentaciones Musicales SA v Secunda [1994] Ch 271, that a claimant could ratify and adopt proceedings started in his name by a solicitor without authority, remained binding on the court.”

WLR Daily, 26th April 2012


Duress, abuse of process and erasing convictions: the questions raised in Regina v A – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 20th, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, duress, news, perverting the course of justice, rape by sally

“It seems remarkable that if a woman tells a lie when living in permanent fear of being attacked and stabbed she would probably be able to put forward the defence of duress (if that lie tended to pervert the course of justice), but it seems such a defence does not apply if the woman is living in fear of being raped.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th March 2012


Regina v A (RJ) – WLR Daily

Posted March 16th, 2012 in abuse of process, Crown Prosecution Service, law reports, prosecutions by tracey

Regina v A (RJ): [2012] EWCA Crim 434;  [2012] WLR (D)  76

“A prosecution which did not constitute an abuse of process at the date of conviction could not acquire that characteristic on the basis of new or amended prosecutorial guidance or policy subsequently issued.”

WLR Daily, 13th March 2012


Former cricketer Chris Cairns sues in libel tourism case – Daily Telegraph

“Ex-New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns, who is suing a former Indian Premier League boss over a Twitter posting, will have his case heard by the High Court today in the latest example of libel tourism.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2012


High Street Gloom, Adjudication Boom – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2012 in abuse of process, dispute resolution, jurisdiction, news by sally

“Forum shopping is an ill against which the courts are always vigilant to guard. Adjudication is a process that, naturally, is vulnerable to forum shopping because the parties have control over the selection of the tribunal that is to decide the dispute, which is unlike anything that would occur in the ordinary run of litigation.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th February 2012


Regina v Ideal Waste Paper Co Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 16th, 2011 in abuse of process, contamination, EC law, law reports, waste by tracey

Regina v Ideal Waste Paper Co Ltd and others: [2011] WLR (D)  370

“The absence of guidance relating to the permissible levels of contamination of waste which could legally be exported did not render criminal proceedings an abuse of process on grounds that the charges were so imprecise as to offend the requirements of the common law and of article 7 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning accessibility and certainty of criminal offences.”

WLR Daily, 14th December 2011


Regina v F(S) – WLR daily

Posted July 25th, 2011 in abuse of process, appeals, delay, law reports, stay of proceedings by tracey

Regina v F(S) [2011] EWCA Crim 1844;  [2011] WLR (D)  242

“An application to stay criminal proceedings for abuse of process on grounds of delay and a submission of ‘no case to answer’ were two distinct matters which had to receive distinct and separate consideration. An application to stay for abuse of process on the grounds of delay could not succeed unless, exceptionally, a fair trial was no longer possible owing to prejudice to the defendant caused by the delay which could not fairly be addressed in the normal trial process, whereas on a submission of ‘no case’ the question was whether the evidence, viewed overall, was such that the jury could properly convict.”

WLR Daily, 21st July 2011


Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Cotter – WLR Daily

Posted April 20th, 2011 in abuse of process, capital gains tax, income tax, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Cotter [2011] EWHC 896 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 137

“The court had jurisdiction to determine in collection proceedings whether a taxpayer was entitled to include in his tax return a claim for relief and so rely on it as a defence to the claim for immediate payment.”

WLR Daily, 14th April 2011


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Solicitors from Hell ‘abusing court process’, judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 4th, 2011 in abuse of process, defamation, internet, news, solicitors by sally

“The owner of Solicitors from Hell, the website that blacklists law firms and solicitors, has been accused by a High Court judge of abusing the process of the court.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2011


Police ‘witch hunt’ criticised as former school master is cleared of abuse – The Independent

Posted September 24th, 2010 in abuse of process, child abuse, compensation, news, police, sexual offences, teachers by sally

“The case against a former approved school housemaster accused of sexual abuse was thrown out by a judge today – amid stinging criticism of police investigators.”

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The Independent, 24th September 2010


Regina v R (L) – WLR Daily

Regina v R (L) [2010] EWCA Crim 924; [2010] WLR (D) 126

“Where a defendant was charged with offences relating to indecent images of children, arrangements to provide his lawyers with copies of those images for the sole purpose of discharging their professional responsibilities to the defendant, and the acceptance by them of access to the material for that purpose, could not in any circumstances be regarded as criminal. Where the Crown had possession of such material it had to propose satisfactory arrangements to enable the defendant to have confidential, private discussions of the material with his lawyers, unsupervised and unobserved by police officers or Crown representatives.”

WLR Daily, 18th May 2010


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Appeal court upholds ruling that CPS case was abuse of process – Law Society’s Gazette

“A prosecution for possession of indecent images of a child has been stayed as an abuse of process after the Crown Prosecution Service refused to make copies of the images for the defence, claiming that to do so would lead CPS staff to commit an offence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2010


Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted March 24th, 2010 in abuse of process, legislation by sally

The Saving Gateway Accounts Act 2009 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2010

The Capital Gains Tax (Annual Exempt Amount) Order 2010

The Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

The Value Added Tax (Consideration for Fuel Provided for Private Use) Order 2010

The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2010

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2010

The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No.12) Order 2010

The Rules of the Air (Amendment) Regulations 2010

The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (No. 2) Order 2010

The Electricity (Standards of Performance) Regulations 2010

The Landfill Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2010

The Registered Pension Schemes (Standard Lifetime and Annual Allowances) Order 2010

The School Support Staff Negotiating Body (Excluded Persons) Regulations 2010

The Complaints against Schools (England) Regulations 2010

The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Registration of Local Authorities) Order 2010

The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2010

The Right to Manage (Prescribed Particulars and Forms) (England) Regulations 2010

The Motor Vehicles (International Circulation) (Amendment) Order 2010

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2010

The International Criminal Court Act 2001 (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2010

The Welsh Zone (Boundaries and Transfer of Functions) Order 2010

The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010

The Protection from Tobacco (Sales from Vending Machines) (England) Regulations 2010

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display of Prices) (England) Regulations 2010

The Immigration Services Commissioner (Designated Professional Body) (Fees) Order 2010

The Police Pensions (Descriptions of Service) Order 2010

The Electronic Commerce Directive (Hatred against Persons on Religious Grounds or the Grounds of Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2010

The Service Voters’ Registration Period Order 2010

The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010

The Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government, etc.) (Modification) Order (Amendment) Order 2010

The Credit Rating Agencies Regulations 2010

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2010

The European Parliamentary (United Kingdom Representatives) Pensions (Amendment) Order 2010

The Value Added Tax (Increase of Registration Limits) Order 2010

The Income Tax (Manufactured Overseas Dividends) (Amendment) Regulations 2010


Matalan Retail Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted August 11th, 2009 in abuse of process, customs and excise, law reports, VAT by sally

Matalan Retail Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2009] EWHC 2046 (Ch); [2009] WLR (D) 283

“Where a classification for duty purposes had been allocated to imported swimwear but was then revised and corrected, the VAT & Duties Tribunal and Revenue and Customs were not precluded by the doctrines of estoppel or abuse of process from retaining the monetary difference between the correct higher rates paid and the sums which would have been due under the original classification.”

WLR Daily, 10th August 2009


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