Home Office still has no agreements with other countries for deportations central to new immigration plan – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2021 in asylum, brexit, deportation, EC law, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘Britain still has no way of deporting refugees from the UK to other countries, the Home Office has confirmed – despite this being a key component of its asylum overhaul announced on Wednesday. Priti Patel has unveiled new measures that will see refugees who arrive in Britain via unauthorised routes denied an automatic right to asylum and instead regularly reassessed for removal to safe countries they passed through, which are usually in the EU.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2021

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High Court: restructuring plans are ‘insolvency proceedings’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 15th, 2021 in banking, brexit, company law, EC law, insolvency, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘A recent High Court decision on the legal status of a UK statutory restructuring plan may impact on the way in which these proceedings are viewed by European courts post-Brexit.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th March 2021

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High court rejects bid to extend UK’s EU settlement scheme – The Guardian

‘The high court has rejected a legal bid for an extension to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS), dismissing campaigners’ concerns that those EU residents who fail to apply to remain in the UK before July could face “devastating” consequences, similar to those experienced by the Windrush generation.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2021

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UK to depart from GDPR – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 8th, 2021 in brexit, data protection, EC law, government departments, news, privacy by tracey

‘The government has sent a first signal of its intention for UK data protection laws to part company with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. In a Financial Times article last week, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would use the appointment of a new information commissioner to focus not just on privacy but on the use of data for “economic and social goals”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th March 2021

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UK broke law by ‘systematically and persistently’ breaching air pollution limits, top court rules – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2021 in brexit, EC law, environmental health, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘The EU’s top court court has ruled that the UK broke the law by “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2021

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UK failed to inform EU countries about almost 200 killers and rapists – The Guardian

‘The conviction of 109 killers, 81 rapists and a man found guilty of both crimes in UK courts was not passed on to the criminals’ home EU countries due to a massive computer failure and subsequent cover-up, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2021

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A crucial and long-needed step against the devaluation of domestic work: ‘family worker’ exemption dis-applied in Puthenveettil v Alexander & ors – by Natalie Sedacca – UK Labour Law

‘On 15 December 2020, the London South Employment Tribunal gave its judgment in a claim brought by a domestic worker, Ms Kamalammal P K Puthenveettil, challenging her exemption from payment of the national minimum wage on the basis of the “family worker” exemption. The Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) accepted the Claimant’s argument that this exemption, stemming from the “family worker” exemption, was unlawful and indirectly discriminatory on the basis of sex. This exemption has meant that some live-in domestic workers – part of an overwhelmingly female and largely ethnic minority and / or migrant workforce – have been at worst denied payment of the national minimum wage (‘NMW’), and in other cases lacked clarity about their entitlement to this very basic right. After outlining the background to Puthenveettil, this post will explain the family worker exemption and its (mis-)application to some live-in domestic workers. It will then analyse the judgment in Puthenveettil, its significance in questioning the devaluation of domestic work, and the limitations of the legal framework for domestic workers in the UK.’

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UK Labour Law, 1st March 2021

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What Brexit means for employers and the right to work – EIN Blog

‘In simple terms, Brexit means that EU/EEA nationals are now treated the same way as non-EU/EEA nationals. This fact may, however, not be a lot of help to employers who have only ever recruited from the UK, EU and EEA. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to the new rules.’

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EIN Blog 22nd February 2021

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European Commission approval for the ‘adequacy’ status of our data protection laws has been welcomed by the government. But is the UK making the wrong choice of regimes? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in brexit, data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘Last week’s news that the European Commission is to approve the treasured ‘adequacy’ status of UK data protection laws came as a relief to much of the legal sector. Apart from allowing businesses to continue sharing personal data across the EU when the current bridging agreement expires in June, adequacy status also helps with law enforcement and other matters where cross-border co-operation is vital.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd February 2021

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Brexit: DUP launches court challenge to Northern Ireland protocol – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in brexit, EC law, judicial review, news, Northern Ireland by tracey

‘DUP leader Arlene Foster has launched legal action to challenge the Northern Ireland protocol amid unionist anger over post-Brexit trade disruption. The judicial review proceedings will argue that the new checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland were imposed without the consent of the public.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2021

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Case Note: Município de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc, BHP Billiton plc and BHP Group Ltd – Blackstone Chambers

‘This note considers the judgment of Turner J in the Technology and Construction Court of 10 November 2020 in the case of Município de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc, BHP Billiton plc and BHP Group Ltd. In that judgment, Turner J struck out a claim by a very large group of claimants for compensation for damage caused by the 2015 collapse of the Fundão Dam in South Eastern Brazil, in which over 40 million cubic metres of tailings washed into the Doce River with massive human, environmental, and economic cost. This note presents the factual background of the case and sets out the most relevant features of the judgment for the practice of mass tort litigation in the multinational context.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 15th February 2021

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Effect on Brexit on Part 26A Arrangements and Reconstructions – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in brexit, chambers articles, EC law, insolvency, news by sally

‘It is one of the ironies of Brexit that the UK has effectively implemented many of the features of the 2019 EU Restructuring Directive[1], providing for restructuring plans with cross-class cram down and moratoria, before all of the remaining EU member states (although the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 was avowedly not the implementation of EU law). The EU member states are required to implement the Restructuring Directive by 17 July 2021, although to date only Germany, the Netherlands and Greece have done so and many more are expected to seek an extension of the deadline to July 2022.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, February 2021

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Astra-Zeneca v EU – the vaccine row explained in straightforward terms – The 36 Group

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, EC law, medicines, news by sally

‘On 1 February, AstraZeneca told the EU that it would deliver around 50% of the 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that it had previously told the EU for the first quarter of 2021.’

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The 36 Group, 10th February 2021

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The new UK subsidy control regime – Brexit Law

Posted February 5th, 2021 in brexit, consultations, EC law, government departments, news, state aids by sally

‘The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“DBEIS”) announced yesterday [3 February] a consultation on new legislation to establish a domestic subsidy control regime.[i] The proposals are outlined in a consultation document “Subsidy control Designing a new approach for the UK”.[ii] The closing date for responses to the consultation document is 31st March 2021.’

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Brexit Law, 4th February 2021

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EU Settlement Scheme – Read the small print – EIN Blog

Posted February 5th, 2021 in brexit, citizenship, EC law, immigration, news by sally

‘The EU Settlement Scheme is being hailed as a great success, with well over 5 million people who have now applied under the scheme and one might be persuaded to consider it as being a good thing. It would have been much better however, if it had not been a constituent scheme, where people who had been living in the country for decades, were forced to “apply to prove their right to live here” or else face the might of the hostile environment.’

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EIN Blog, 4th February 2021

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UK government use of Henry VIII clauses to be challenged in court – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2021 in brexit, EC law, judicial review, news, parliament, state aids, statute law revision by tracey

‘A government move to change state aid rules after Brexit without a vote in parliament is being challenged in court, with a legal campaign group warning the manoeuvre could lead to a similar lack of scrutiny in areas such as workers’ rights and environmental protections.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2021

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A ‘brave new world’ for UK extradition law? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 28th, 2021 in brexit, EC law, extradition, news, warrants by sally

‘Upon our departure from the EU, the UK extradition landscape has changed – although not as much as one might think.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th January 2021

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Data-sharing safeguards: no ‘micro-managing’ – Panopticon

Posted January 26th, 2021 in data protection, EC law, news, police, privacy, young persons by sally

‘Data-sharing arrangements between one controller and another proliferate across all sorts of processing contexts, aimed at all sorts of purposes. If those arrangements are to comply with the GDPR and/or DPA 2018, they need to be structured so as to ensure that the data-sharing satisfies the data protection principles. This includes having “appropriate technical and organisational measures” in place. So far, so clear. But how do you assess whether your measures are “appropriate”? And if push comes to shove, how will a court approach that assessment?’

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Panopticon, 25th January 2021

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Thousands of EU care workers in UK face losing immigration status – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2021 in brexit, care workers, EC law, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘Care sector faces “devastation” as research shows one in seven EU employees unaware that they must apply to regularise status before June 2021 or be stripped of right to work and live in UK.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2021

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EU Commission issues “Notice to Stakeholders” on Brexit and State aid – EU Relations Law

Posted January 22nd, 2021 in brexit, EC law, Ireland, news, Northern Ireland, state aids by sally

‘In this post, George Peretz Q.C. of Monckton Chambers examines the EU Commission’s “Notice to Stakeholders” dated 18 January 2021 regarding State aid.’

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EU Relations Law, 21st January 2021

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