Regina v Clayton – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in abuse of process, appeals, enforcement, law reports, planning by michael

Regina v Clayton [2014] EWCA Crim 1030;  [2014] WLR (D)  231

‘Where there was information suggesting that an enforcement notice should not have been issued, a prosecution for breach of the notice was not open to challenge as an abuse of process because that would involve a challenge to the validity of the enforcement notice and such a challenge could be mounted only on appeal or by way of judicial review.’

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2014


Bank St Petersburg OJSC and another v Arkhangelsky and another; Arkhangelsky and others v Bank St Petersburg OJSC and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 21st, 2014 in appeals, enforcement, injunctions, jurisdiction, law reports by tracey

Bank St Petersburg OJSC and another v Arkhangelsky and another: Arkhangelsky and others v Bank St Petersburg OJSC and another: [2014] EWCA Civ 593; [2014] WLR (D) 215

‘Although exceptional, the power existed to grant a world-wide anti-enforcement injunction as opposed to an anti-suit injunction. The Court of Appeal so held when, inter alia, allowing the appeal of the defendants in the first case, Vitaly Arkhangelsky and Julia Arkhangelskaya, and the Part 20 claimant, Oslo Marine Group Ports LLC, against the refusal by Hildyard J, sitting in the Chancery Division on 14 November 2013 [2013] EWHC 3529 (Ch); [2013] CN 1773, to grant a world-wide anti-enforcement injunction, leaving the first claimant in the first case, Bank St Petersburg OJSC, free to execute on certain judgments it had obtained in Russia wherever assets could be found. The judge held, inter alia, that any such injunction would appear to be an infringement of the sovereignty of the states where enforcement was taking place.’

WLR Daily, 14th May 2014


In the matter of K (A child) (Northern Ireland) – Supreme Court

In the matter of K (A child) (Northern Ireland) [2014] UKSC 29 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 15th May 2014


Blue badge fraud prosecutions ‘double over three years’ – BBC News

‘Blue badge fraud prosecutions have doubled over three years, figures from English councils have revealed.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2014


The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 12th, 2014 in ASBOs, enforcement, housing, injunctions, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘This briefing note seeks to explain the main changes to anti-social behaviour injunctions (ASBIs), anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs), possession claims relating to anti-social behaviour under the Housing Acts of 1985 and 1988, and related remedies brought in by Parts 1 to 6 of the Act1 as far as they concern local housing authorities (LHAs) and private registered providers (PRPs).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th April 2014


Quarter of billion in court fines written off – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 28th, 2014 in auditors, compensation, costs, courts, delay, enforcement, fines, news, victims by sally

‘Millions of pounds in fines and victim compensation cancelled because offenders can no longer be traced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2014


Akzo Nobel NV v Competition Commission and others (Metlac Holding Srl intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted April 17th, 2014 in competition, enforcement, foreign companies, jurisdiction, law reports, mergers by tracey

Akzo Nobel NV v Competition Commission and others (Metlac Holding Srl intervening): [2014] EWCA Civ 482;   [2014] WLR (D)  171

‘For the purposes of determining whether the Competition Commission had power under section 86(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002 to make an enforcement order against a person in order to prevent the anti-competitive outcome of a transaction, a person who exercised the strategic and operational management and control of a manufacturing and sales business, a substantial part of which was carried on within the UK, was to be regarded as “carrying on” that business in the UK, even where he or she never established a presence in the UK and his or her management and control took place entirely outside the UK.’

WLR Daily, 14th April 2014


Intellectual property law – achieving a balance between the right to enforce and protecting innovation – Law Commission

‘Patents, trade marks and design rights are valuable intellectual property (IP) rights and vital to economic growth. They ensure that research and innovation is encouraged and rewarded. And, for some small businesses, they can represent their most significant assets. The law provides effective ways to enforce IP rights but these can be misused to drive competitors from the market. In a report published today, the Law Commission is recommending reforms that will allow individuals and businesses to protect their IP rights but not at the expense of new ideas and inventions.’

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Law Commission, 15th April 2014


Crackdown to stop bailiffs using aggressive tactics – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2014 in bailiffs, debts, enforcement, news by sally

‘Sweeping changes to the way bailiffs can enforce the repayment of debts come into force on Sunday.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2014


Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2014 in animals, enforcement, news, prosecutions, protected species by tracey

‘Ministers have admitted defeat in their battle against grey squirrels, and will scrap a law to protect their red cousins. Campaigners, and MPs in the North East where the red squirrel can still be found, have expressed their shock at the abandonment of the law requiring people to report grey squirrels on their land so they can be exterminated.’

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The Independent, 18th Independent 2014


Mann v Mann – WLR daily

Mann v Mann: [2014] EWHC 537 (Fam);   [2014] WLR (D)  114

‘In proceedings to enforce an order for ancillary relief, not governed by FPR Pt 9, where the parties had made an agreement to engage in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) the court could exercise its powers under FPR r 3.3(1)(b) to enable ADR to take place even if one party was trying to back out of that agreement. Although it was not possible to compel the parties to take part in mediation, since that would operate as a bar to enforcement, it was possible to robustly encourage mediation by means of an “Ungley order” to make it clear that an unreasonable refusal to participate in the ADR might well attract a costs sanction.’

WLR Daily, 5th March 2014


Coming to a tribunal near you: Anti-competitive practices and land agreements? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 10th, 2014 in competition, enforcement, jurisdiction, news, restrictive covenants, tribunals by sally

‘The First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has just been asked to decide whether it has jurisdiction to make a determination as to whether a restrictive covenant is void and unenforceable pursuant to the “Chapter I Prohibition” under the Competition Act 1998 (“the Act”).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th March 2014


CCTV warning notices non-compliant with data protection laws, says watchdog –

‘The Government must take action to ensure that signs used to warn motorists that CCTV cameras are being used to monitor for parking offences are compliant with UK data protection laws, a watchdog has said.’

Full story, 7th February 2014


Charity Commission not fit for purpose, warn MPs – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2014 in Charity Commission, enforcement, news by sally

‘The Charity Commission is not “fit for purpose” and has persistently failed to tackle abuses of charitable status properly, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2014


When to plead fraud – Barristers’ Hub

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in enforcement, fraud, misrepresentation, news, pleadings, time limits by tracey

‘Pleading fraud is not to be done lightly, and there can be significant adverse consequences of doing so inappropriately. Equally, however, failing to plead fraud where appropriate can deprive a party to litigation of the opportunity to succeed on a point which might be decisive in that party’s favour, and successfully alleging fraud can have very beneficial consequences in terms of liability, remedy and enforcement. This article is intended to provide a brief overview of factors that should be weighed when deciding whether to plead fraud in any given (civil) claim.’

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Barristers’ Hub, 31st January 2014


Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 2) – Issues Arising – Family Law Week

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in consent, enforcement, families, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘In the second of two articles providing an introduction to surrogacy law, Bianca Jackson, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers the main issues arising from the current legislation.’

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Family Law Week, 30th January 2014


Sixty victims of loan sharks in witness protection – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2014 in enforcement, interest, intimidation, loans, news, threatening behaviour, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Sixty victims of loan sharks are in witness protection, according to the country’s leading official tasked with breaking the cycle of fear, intimidation and violence trapping families who have borrowed money from illegal lenders.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014


Confiscation orders take only 26p in every £100 from criminals, NAO finds – The Guardian

‘Confiscation orders designed to ensure crime does not pay provide neither value for money nor a credible deterrent as perpetrators keep all but 26p in every £100 generated by the criminal economy, according to a damning report.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2013


Gomes Viana Novo and others v Fundo de Garantia Salarial IP (Wage Guarantee Fund) – WLR Daily

Posted December 4th, 2013 in EC law, employment, enforcement, insolvency, law reports, remuneration by sally

Gomes Viana Novo and others v Fundo de Garantia Salarial IP (Wage Guarantee Fund) (Case C‑309/12); [2013] WLR (D) 465

‘Council Directive 80/987/EEC of 20 October 1980 relating to the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer (as amended by Parliament and Council Directive 2002/74/EC of 23 September 2002) did not preclude national legislation which did not guarantee wage claims falling due more than six months before the commencement of an action seeking a declaration that the employer was insolvent, even where the workers initiated, prior to the start of that period, legal proceedings against their employer with a view to obtaining a determination of the amount of those claims and an enforcement order to recover those sums.’

WLR Daily, 28th November 2013


EU migrants: David Cameron sets out more benefit restrictions – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2013 in benefits, bills, EC law, employment, enforcement, fines, housing, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘David Cameron made a fresh effort to assuage public concern about a wave of migration from Bulgaria and Romania on Tuesday when he announced a series of benefit restrictions on all EU migrant workers, including a ban on access to housing benefit for all new arrivals and a three-month ban before jobseeker’s allowance can be claimed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2013