Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – The Independent

‘The Home Office is obtaining patient data from the NHS and using it for immigration enforcement purposes, despite suggesting last year that this form of data-sharing would no longer take place. A report by the chief inspector of borders reveals immigration enforcement teams are using hospital records containing data on migrants with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £500 or more.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Court of Appeal says no to indefinite delay to insolvency case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, debts, delay, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has said that English courts will not indefinitely delay a case, preventing English creditors from pursuing claims in insolvency proceedings abroad, especially when the foreign proceedings had ended. It said that an English debt can only be discharged by an English law process.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2019

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Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent, going against CMA rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Students have been banned from accessing university emails and shut out from campus libraries after failing to pay rent, it has been revealed. Undergraduates at the University of Liverpool who live in university-owned accommodation and are unable to pay their rent on time are being handed “academic sanctions”, contrary to Competition and Markets Authority rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2019

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Solicitor who owed barristers £146,000 in fees is struck off – Legal Futures

Posted December 17th, 2018 in barristers, costs, debts, deceit, disciplinary procedures, fees, licensing, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who admitted that he owed barristers over £146,000 in fees, and even took money from the estate of his dead mother, has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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Tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India, UK judge rules – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2018 in airlines, banking, debts, extradition, fraud, loans, news by sally

‘Vijay Mallya, the multimillionaire former owner of the Force India Formula One team and self-proclaimed “King of the Good Times”, can be extradited to India to face allegations of fraud.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Women launch legal challenge to ‘irrational’ universal credit system – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, debts, families, news by tracey

‘Four women have launched a high court legal challenge to universal credit, arguing that an arbitrary design flaw in the payment system for the new benefit is “irrational and discriminatory” and leaves some families hundreds of pounds a year worse off.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Crackdown to stop rogue bailiffs making lives a misery – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, press releases by tracey

‘Sweeping Government reforms in 2014 significantly curtailed bailiffs’ powers, as well as improving transparency and ensuring those with outstanding debts knew their rights.
Having listened to concerns from charities, debt advice organisations and others, the Government has today launched a Call for Evidence to seek views on what more should be done to protect the public.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2018

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Rogue bailiffs face crackdown as MP urges government to act – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, disabled persons, identification, news by sally

‘The government has pledged to crack down on rogue bailiffs after an MP raised the case of a disabled constituent who thought she was being burgled when debt collectors burst into her home without showing ID and took cash from her purse.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2018

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New Judgment: Dooneen Ltd (t/a McGinness Associates) & Anor v Mond [2018] UKSC 54 – UKSC Blog

Posted November 1st, 2018 in appeals, compensation, debts, insurance, news, Supreme Court, trustees in bankruptcy by sally

‘This appeal considered the construction of the expression ‘final distribution’ in a voluntary trust deed for creditors, and whether this includes a distribution made when the creditors receive less than 100 pence in the pound and there remain (following that distribution) assets vested in the trustee, albeit the trustee is unaware of their existence.’

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UKSC Blog, 31st October 2018

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Claimants who discontinued huge case during trial ordered to pay indemnity costs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 19th, 2018 in bankruptcy, civil procedure rules, costs, debts, indemnities, insolvency, news by sally

‘Claimants who discontinued their case four days into a six-week trial have been ordered to pay the defendants’ costs on the indemnity basis because their conduct took it ‘out of the norm’.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th October 2018

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HMRC seizes assets from almost 3,000 businesses as government ramps up pressure on late tax payment – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in assets recovery, debts, HM Revenue & Customs, news, repayment, statistics, taxation by tracey

‘HM Revenue and Customs seized assets from 2,833 businesses last year as the government ramps up pressure on firms not paying tax on time. The number of firms facing asset seizures jumped 45 per cent from 2016/17 and has increased more than fourfold since 2014/15.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2018

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Divorce & Financial Remedy Update, October 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd October 2018

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Reforms to improve enforcement of family financial orders fall short – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in debts, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Plans to make it easier for divorcees to enforce financial orders of the courts in England and Wales do not go far enough to address the challenges those divorcees face in obtaining access to offshore assets of high net worth individuals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2018

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Government agrees to improve financial order enforcement – Family Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in debts, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has announced that the Government has agreed to help improve financial orders enforcement following its report published in 2016. The Government has committed to bringing forward non-legislative measures in order to reform and improve the enforcement system, as well as taking time to consider further reform in the future.’

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Family Law, 17th August 2018

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Tougher regulation of bailiffs urged as debt levels rise – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2018 in bailiffs, citizens advice bureaux, debts, enforcement, local government, news by sally

‘A charity has called for tougher regulation of bailiffs, as it calculated that households have fallen behind on essential bills by £18.9bn.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

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Families of missing people struggle with mounting debts as new powers to let them manage affairs are delayed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in debts, families, missing persons, news by sally

‘Families of missing people are struggling to deal with mounting debts as the Government delays new powers to enable them to manage their loved one’s affairs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2018

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Grove v S&T cited as court dismisses winding up petition (Chancery Division) – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in contracts, debts, news, winding up by tracey

‘In Victory House General Partner Ltd, Re A Company [2018] EWHC 1143 (Ch), the court dismissed a party’s winding-up petition as the employer’s cross-claim was bona fide and the debt was disputed on substantial grounds.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 22nd June 2018

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Family’s £15k debt from fight against Section 322(5) immigration rule – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in debts, deportation, immigration, news, passports, taxation by tracey

‘A family say they have been left £15,000 in debt, without passports and unable to register their son as British because of the Home Office’s actions. The Bristol couple are among 1,000 highly-skilled migrants said to be facing deportation because of how the government has applied immigration law. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a review into use of Section 322(5).’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Fake bomb detector seller James McCormick jailed again – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2018 in confiscation, debts, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fraudster jailed for selling fake bomb detectors to war-torn countries has received two more years in prison for failing to pay back nearly £2m.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2018

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Aggressive bailiff behaviour remains ‘lingering concern’ – MoJ review – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2018 in bailiffs, debts, enforcement, harassment, news, reports by sally

‘Concerns persist over bailiffs using aggressive behaviour to pursue debts despite a legal crackdown, a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) report has found.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2018

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