Information sharing with new IP crime police unit can help rights holders obtain redress for infringements, says expert –

“The establishment of a dedicated police unit for investigating and prosecuting against individuals involved in intellectual property (IP) crime can help rights holders obtain redress for the infringement of their rights, an expert has said.”

Full story, 2nd August 2013


Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another – WLR Daily

Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another [2013] EWHC 2350 (Fam); [2013] WLR (D) 319

“There was no power whereby a police force could apply for a person to be committed to prison for contempt of court for breach of a forced marriage protection order where the police themselves were not the applicants who had obtained the order. The relevant departments of state should give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and the means of enforcement.”

WLR Daily, 26th July 2013


New measures to clamp down on legal aid cheats – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 30th, 2013 in assets recovery, enforcement, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“New measures launched today will see those criminals who deliberately cheat the system and leave taxpayers to foot their legal aid bill, despite being able to pay, face having their cars seized.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 30th July 2013


How to make human trafficking a priority for law enforcement agencies – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2013 in enforcement, news, police, trafficking in human beings by sally

“In the UK, knife crime and gang crime have been decreasing rapidly. The significant reductions have been achieved largely because of the way police and other investigative agencies manage their intelligence. They’ve prioritised a few key crimes and focused on preventing them.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th July 2013


Data protection enforcement in UK, France and Germany explained –

Posted July 8th, 2013 in data protection, EC law, enforcement, internet, jurisdiction, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

“FOCUS: Companies operating in the European Union must process personal data in line with the EU’s Data Protection Directive. But, like Google in recent years, they find themselves facing very different enforcement regimes in each country.”

Full story, 5th July 2013


ICO considers enforcement action over disclosure of ‘hidden’ personal data in FOI responses –

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned public sector bodies that they face being fined for breaching data protection laws if they disclose “hidden” personal information in their responses to freedom of information (FOI) requests.”

Full story, 1st July 2013


Government to consult on whether to make imprisonment potential sanction for data protection offences –

Posted June 19th, 2013 in consultations, data protection, enforcement, imprisonment, news by sally

“The Government is to consult on whether to introduce new laws that would make it possible for judges to send individuals to jail for offences under the Data Protection Act (DPA).”

Full story, 19th June 2013


Goldbet Sportwetten GmbH v Sperindeo – WLR Daily

Posted June 18th, 2013 in EC law, enforcement, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Goldbet Sportwetten GmbH v Sperindeo (Case C-144/12); [2013] WLR (D) 230

“Pursuant to article 6 of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1896/2006 creating a European order for payment procedure, read in conjunction with article 17, a statement of opposition to a European order for payment that did not contain any challenge to the jurisdiction of the court of the member state of origin did not constitute ‘the entering of an appearance’ within the meaning of article 24 of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, and the fact that the defendant had, in the statement of opposition lodged, put forward arguments relating to the substance of the case was irrelevant.”

WLR Daily, 13th June 2013


Private enforcement: the Commission speaks at last – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

“The trio of documents published by the Commission last week mark an important moment in private competition enforcement in the EU. After years of debate and consultation, it is now clear that, whilst the Commission is determined to take some important steps to assist claimants in private actions, it is not prepared to bring about the sorts of fundamental changes which would be needed to realise the full potential of private enforcement.”

Full story

Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 15th June 2013


CCTV road fines: Tackling traffic or raising money? – BBC News

“A growing number of councils want to use CCTV to catch more drivers breaking traffic laws. They say the move will ease congestion but drivers say they are being unfairly penalised to raise money.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th June 2013


Supreme court chooses the ‘third way’ in Prest divorce case – The Guardian

“Lord Sumption’s ruling resolves the dilemma of enforcing the law and doing judgment.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th June 2013


Is small print in online contracts enforceable? – BBC News

“With some internet companies’ terms and conditions being longer than Shakespeare’s Hamlet, could it be that ‘unfair’ clauses in agreements are not even worth the paper they are printed on?”

Full story

BBC News, 6th June 2013


Employers forced to repay workers for refusing minimum wage – The Guardian

“Tens of thousands of workers who were denied the minimum wage have received hundreds of pounds in back pay from their employers following tougher enforcement policy by tax inspectors. Over the last year more than 26,000 workers were paid back £4m after action by HM Revenue and Customs, who are responsible for enforcing minimum wage laws.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th May 2013


Action to tackle drug cutting agents – Home Office

Posted May 28th, 2013 in consultations, crime prevention, drug trafficking, enforcement, news by sally

A consultation was launched today on whether powers to seize substances used by criminals to mix with illegal drugs and maximise their profits should be strengthened.

Full story

Home Office, 28th May 2013


Regina (JL) v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Posted May 7th, 2013 in appeals, enforcement, housing, human rights, law reports, repossession by sally

Regina (JL) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWCA Civ 449; [2013] WLR (D) 161

The occupant of a house was entitled to rely upon article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, entitling the occupant to a proportionality review, by way of opposition to the enforcement of a possession order already obtained by the owner in the exceptional circumstances where there had been a substantial change of circumstances which gave rise for the first time to an article 8 issue which neither was nor could have been pursued prior to the making of the possession order.

WLR Daily, 30th April 2013


When is Article 8 available at the enforcement stage of the eviction process? – NearlyLegal

Posted May 2nd, 2013 in appeals, armed forces, enforcement, human rights, news, repossession by sally

“In R (JL) v SSD [2013] EWCA Civ 449, the Court of Appeal ‘broke new ground’ by considering how Article 8 applied to the stage at which possession orders are enforced.”

Full story

NearlyLegal, 1st May 2013


Law Commission proposes changes to ‘groundless threats’ IP laws –

“A law reform body has proposed changes to the law that would make it easier for businesses seeking to protect their trade marks and design rights to make threats of legal action against alleged infringers of their rights without fear that those threats could be the subject of court action.”

Full story, 22nd April 2013


International Children Law Update – Family Law Week

“Jacqueline Renton, Barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.”

Full story

Family Law Week, 5th April 2013


Enforcement of custody in the face of children’s dissent: should law prevail? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 5th, 2013 in children, custody, EC law, enforcement, families, news by sally

“This complicated inter-jurisdictional battle between estranged parents is a stark illustration of how difficult it can be in these sorts of cases to apply the law in the fog of family warfare.”

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 4th April 2013


UK Border Agency to split into two new groups – Home Office

Posted March 27th, 2013 in enforcement, immigration, press releases, visas by tracey

“The UK Border Agency is to be split into two separate entities – an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation – as part of a package of changes announced today.”

Full press release

Home Office, 26th March 2013