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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Contaminated blood scandal: Victims win right to seek damages after thousands infected in 1970s and 80s – The Independent

‘Victims of the contaminated blood scandal in the 1970s and 80s have won the right to launch a High Court action for damages.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2017

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Children’s evidence and ABE interviews Children’s evidence – Family Law

Posted September 21st, 2017 in child abuse, children, disclosure, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘In Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors [2017] EWFC 62, Keehan J dealt with a care case which involved allegations of sexual abuse of two young girls. They were aged 13 (X) and 12 (Y) at the time of his judgment. The proceedings are continuing. There were a variety of allegations against the children’s father and two male friends of the mother dating back nearly ten years.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

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FCA refuses to publish leaked RBS report into disgraced unit that squeezed small businesses – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in banking, disclosure, financial regulation, news, reports by tracey

‘Britain’s financial watchdog has refused to publish a leaked report into the scandal at Royal Bank of Scotland’s controversial restructuring unit, despite demands for its release by an influential committee of MPs.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2017

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Can police forces publish misconduct investigation reports? Should they? – UK Police Law Blog

‘Publication of misconduct investigation reports can give rise to difficult and important questions, particularly in cases where there has been no misconduct hearing because there has been a determination of “no case to answer”, or because the accused officer has resigned or retired.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 11th September 2017

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Council wins injunction against duo to prevent disclosure of school information – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 12th, 2017 in confidentiality, disclosure, education, injunctions, local government, media, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Croydon has secured an injunction to prevent a former headteacher and an educational advocate from disclosing information about a school that it considers confidential.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th September 2017

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Use of cloud-based communications raises challenges over compliance with FOI laws, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

‘The use of cloud-based communications tools by employees of public sector bodies presents challenges over the way those organisations comply with freedom of information (FOI) laws in the UK, the information commissioner has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, September 2017

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Ep. 10: How A.I. is set to change the legal profession – Law Pod UK

Posted September 4th, 2017 in computer programs, disclosure, dispute resolution, legal profession, news by sally

‘Tom Beamont talks to Rosalind English about the role artificial intelligence is likely to play in the way lawyers and judges operate in the U.K., including discussion about the use of e-Disclosure, online dispute resolution, and whether advice and decisions can reliably be generated by algorithms.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st September 2017

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Exam leak allegations trigger Ofqual review of rules – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2017 in disclosure, examinations, news, teachers by sally

‘England’s exams watchdog has announced a review of rules allowing teachers to set question papers, in the wake of allegations of exam leaks at public schools first revealed in the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2017

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Crime agency admits acting illegally in death penalty case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The National Crime Agency (NCA) has admitted acting unlawfully in assisting Thai police investigate, arrest and convict two Burmese men sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers. Campaigners against the death penalty said the disclosure raises questions about the UK cooperation with authorities in countries with dubious human rights records.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th August 2017

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2017) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews a range of recent important public law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th August 2017

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Whistleblowing – an update – 11KBW

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in disclosure, news, unfair dismissal, whistleblowers by sally

‘Protected disclosure claims continue to keep employment lawyers, Tribunals and the EAT busy. The attractions of whistleblowing claims for claimants are well rehearsed: no qualification period for unfair dismissal claims and no cap on compensation, plus a whistleblowing claim can raise the publicity stakes for respondents.’

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11KBW, 10th August 2017

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Protecting/Exposing Confidential Documents – Blackstone Chambers

‘In this paper, presented at the recent Blackstone Chambers Employee Competition Seminar, Kerenza Davis addresses the tricky issue of protecting confidential documents when litigating in the areas of employee competition.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 19th July 2017

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Court orders injunction against party that sought to use privileged document disclosed by error – Litigation Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in disclosure, documents, injunctions, news, privilege by sally

‘The High Court has granted an injunction against a party that was well aware that a document it was using was a privileged letter accidentally disclosed by the other side.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd August 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com