Men jailed over huge £100m tax fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Five men have been jailed today (November 10) for their part in a £100m tax fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th November 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Law and religion round-up – 5th November – Law & Religion UK

‘A week in which the Westminster sexual exploitation scandal continued to claim scalps, there was an important report on House of Lords reform – and Brexit rumbled on’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th November 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

New rules to tackle ‘monster’ of civil disclosure – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 6th, 2017 in civil justice, disclosure, dispute resolution, documents, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Parties in civil litigation will have to persuade a court if they want disclosure to encompass more than just certain key documents, under plans for reforming ‘monster’ levels of disclosure.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fraud may justify ‘collateral use’ of documents in multiple sets of civil proceedings, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘The “strong public interest” in pursuing claims for fraud, bribery and corruption may justify allowing the use of documents obtained in one set of legal proceedings in a different set of proceedings, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Judiciary signals major culture and rule change to control disclosure – Litigation Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘A “wholesale cultural change” in the approach to disclosure in the Business and Property Courts is needed, a judiciary-led working group has said, which will be brought about by a completely new rule and guidelines applying to the majority of cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd November 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Youth Justice System ‘Falls Short’ of Human Rights Obligations, MPs Claim – Rights Info

‘The current system of disclosing past convictions undermines the principles of the youth justice system, according to a report published today by the Justice Committee.’

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Rights Info, 27th October 2017

Source: rightsinfo.org

“Complete backing” for not extending cab-rank rule to public access work – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, consultations, disclosure, insurance, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The cab-rank rule will not be extended to public and licensed access (PLA) cases after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) received complete backing for the position in consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court grants injunction to stop former in-house solicitor acting against ex-employer – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has granted an injunction restraining a former in-house solicitor from acting in proceedings against her former employer, saying that even if she was aware of the danger of disclosing confidential information, she might still subconsciously use it.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs – BBC News

‘Rules on disclosing crimes committed in childhood in England and Wales should be “radically revised”, say MPs.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Tribunal refuses to force council to disclose legal advice over costs of employment case involving mayor – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 25th, 2017 in costs, disclosure, indemnities, local government, news, privilege, tribunals by michael

‘A member of the public has failed in a bid to force Liverpool City Council to disclose the legal advice behind its decision to pay the costs incurred by elected mayor Joe Anderson in an unfair dismissal case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th October 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Suspicious transaction reports to FCA soar to record high – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of reports notifying the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of suspicious transactions have risen to their highest ever level, more than doubling in the last two years.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Employer had no property claim in its emails or their contents: (1) Capita Plc, (2) Capita Property & Infrastructure Ltd v Darch & Others – Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in disclosure, electronic mail, employment, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘The High Court held that an employer did not have a claim to property in emails or the contents of emails (not limited to those concerning business matters) that were sent by employees from the employer’s email accounts.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 4th October 2017

Source: www.employeecompetition.com

Case Law Update – Byrom Street Chambers

‘This paper examines a selection of those of the more interesting cases to those acting for defendants over the past two years.’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 26th September 2017

Source: www.byromstreet.com

Ignore the procurement dispute timetable at your peril – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The parties to procurement challenges are required to act quickly and in accordance with a strict timetable. When a losing bidder issues a claim, it must serve the claim form on the defendant within seven days after the date of issue. Pursuant to CPR 7.4(2), the particulars of claim are to be served no later than the latest time for serving the claim form. That is, they must also be served within seven days after the date of issue.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 18th October 2017

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Six County FAs fail to respond to questions on football sex abuse – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2017 in disclosure, news, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘The failure by some to cooperate with the independent review into the game’s child sexual abuse scandal was laid bare again on Monday night after it emerged six County Football Associations had not responded to requests for information five months after being asked to do so.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Expert’s evidence was extraordinary and “shot through with breath taking arrogance” – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 11th, 2017 in conflict of interest, disclosure, evidence, expert witnesses, judges, news, trials by tracey

‘For those of who have a weekly blog to populate with content, the court’s summer recess can prove to be a challenging time. It leads us to cast our net further afield looking for ideas and cases to highlight. That is why, this week, I’m looking at two cases from August, one a personal injury claim from the County Court in Leeds, the other an intellectual property dispute from the Chancery Division. What both have in common are some choice words about the parties’ expert evidence. I know Jonathan has looked at this topic twice in recent months but, as I said, we’ve had the summer recess and these comments are just too bloggable to be ignored!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th October 2017

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Bar to consult on scrapping LGBT reporting restrictions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board is considering dropping a rule that allows one barrister to prevent an entire set from revealing the sexual orientation and religious beliefs of its members.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

When is a financial agreement between a separating couple binding? – Family Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, delay, disclosure, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘In the case of Briers v Briers [2017] EWCA Civ 15, Mrs Briers (W) issued financial remedy proceedings 11 years after she separated from Mr Briers (H), and eight years after H alleged they had reached a concluded agreement settling their financial affairs. The Court of Appeal found that the parties had not reached a concluded agreement, despite both acting on the agreement including the transfer of assets to one another. W could, therefore, bring further financial claims against H.’

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Family Law, 6th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Plans for domestic violence register could save women’s lives – Daily Telegraph

‘An MP is to try to introduce a law to create a register of those convicted of domestic violence and make police warn new partners of a repeated offender’s violent past.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk