Student Natasha Abrahart’s suicide: Neglect a ‘contributory factor’ – BBC News

‘A university student took her own life partly as a result of neglect, an inquest has ruled.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Part 36 offer that included unpleaded counterclaim ruled valid – Litigation Futures

Posted May 8th, 2019 in appeals, construction industry, delay, interest, negligence, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘A part 36 offer made by a defendant in respect of both a claim and a proposed counterclaim which has yet to be pleaded is valid, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th May 2019

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Home Office abandons six-month target for asylum claim decisions – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is scrapping its target of processing most asylum claims within six months, the Guardian has learned. Human rights lawyers expressed alarm at the news, saying the number of vulnerable asylum seekers facing delays in having their claims processed could become even worse than its current level.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry ‘failing to deliver’ as survivors and bereaved families ‘lose faith’, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘The Grenfell Tower inquiry is “failing to deliver” on promises it made to traumatised survivors and the families of victims, who have “lost faith” in the process, lawyers have warned.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2019

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Re-baselining construction projects: drawing a line in the sand – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in construction industry, contracts, damages, delay, drafting, fees, news by tracey

‘As construction disputes lawyers, we see our fair share of settlement agreements. And not just the traditional full and final settlements, but also one page final account settlements, and “line in the sand” agreements in which the parties seek to renegotiate elements of the contract while it is in progress. These “line in the sand” agreements seem to feature disproportionately in court judgments, and in this blog I will look at the reasons why this might be the case.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 1st May 2019

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Home Office chaos and incompetence lead to unlawful detentions, claim whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘Chaos, incompetence and bullying of Home Office employees is resulting in failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people, whistleblowers allege.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2019

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Council takes 10 years not to make a decision on village green status – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2019 in commons, compensation, delay, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘Ombudsman orders Cornwall to pay compensation over locals’ plan for land near Saltash.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2019

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Terror case delayed after judge criticises pre-sentence report – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2019 in delay, news, probation, reports, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by michael

‘A judge has delayed sentencing a teenage student who was convicted of plotting a terror attack, because of “deep concerns” over a report prepared by an inexperienced probation worker.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2019

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High Court strikes out City firm’s ‘warehoused’ claim – Litigation Futures

Posted March 28th, 2019 in abuse of process, delay, law firms, news, striking out by sally

‘The High Court has struck out a claim by City firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BLCP) for abuse of process on the grounds of ‘warehousing’.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th March 2019

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Ep. 74: Brexit Delayed – Law Pod UK

Posted March 27th, 2019 in brexit, delay, EC law, news by sally

‘Professor Catherine Barnard, discusses the latest Brexit developments and looks at the options now with just four days to go before the UK was originally set to leave the EU.’

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Law Pod UK, 26th March 2019

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CPS under fire for delay in charging man accused of raping boy, 12 – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2019 in child abuse, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has come under fire for waiting nearly a year and a half to charge a man accused of raping a 12-year-old boy despite him admitting to the crime.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2019

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Claimant solicitors secure £150k interim costs for unfinished dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, negligence, news, personal injuries, solicitors by tracey

‘The county court has granted solicitors an interim costs order in a long-running case where the level of damages was still three years from being finalised.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st March 2019

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Judge: solicitors need “adequate cash flow” to fund med neg cases – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2019 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, negligence, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors may refuse to take on medical negligence cases at an early stage if courts fail to ensure “adequate cash flow”, a circuit judge has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th March 2019

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Changes to police bail has led to further delays and more uncertainty – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2019 in bail, delay, news, police by tracey

‘A landmark legal move introduced to prevent suspects spending months languishing on police bail, has backfired with people now spending even longer in limbo, official data has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

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Ruling offers guidance on liquidated damages clauses for delay – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 14th, 2019 in contracts, damages, delay, news by tracey

‘A ruling by the Court of Appeal earlier this month has highlighted the importance of ensuring IT contracts are clear about how liquidated damages apply in cases where technology suppliers are late in delivering a project, an expert in IT disputes has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th March 2019

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R (Youngsam) v The Parole Board – Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 13th, 2019 in appeals, delay, human rights, news, parole, precedent, prisons by sally

‘The case concerned a prisoner serving a determinate sentence who had been released on licence but then recalled to prison. He complained that there had been a delay in convening a Parole Board hearing concerning his detention, and that this breached his rights under article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 27th February 2019

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Winstone v MGN- 39 Essex Chambers

‘In this article Richard Spearman QC discusses the issues raised in Winstone and Others v MGN Ltd [2019] EWHC (Ch) 265 in which he represented the defendant. The application arose in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation, and concerned the extent to which materials subject to legal professional privilege remained susceptible to protection after they had been pleaded by claimants.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 28th February 2019

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Liquidated Damages after Termination: Triple Point Technology v. PTT – 4 New Square

Posted March 12th, 2019 in contracts, damages, delay, interpretation, news, penalties by sally

‘What happens to liquidated damages when a contract is terminated? Is the employer entitled to payment up until the point of termination? Can damages go beyond termination until the point at which the project is completed by someone else? If so, what happens if the project is never completed? These are all questions which one would normally associate with construction contracts. However, it was in the context of a software development project that they came to be considered in the Court of Appeal in Triple Point Technology v. PTT [2019] EWCA Civ 230.’

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4 New Square, 5th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Judge calls halt on parties ‘stopping the clock’ on delays – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2019 in bereavement, delay, news, time limits, wills by tracey

‘A widow has been refused permission to claim against the estate of her late husband after filing her application nearly 17 months out of time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th March 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk