Council prosecution sees property owner fined £18k over Japanese knotweed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, nuisance, prosecutions, trees by sally

‘A Bristol property owner has been fined £18,000 for allowing the spread of Japanese knotweed, after what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions nationally using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle the issue.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2018

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Rogue landlord in Harrow faces jail if he doesn’t pay £1.5m fine – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2018 in fines, landlord & tenant, news, planning by sally

‘A rogue landlord who illegally carved up family homes to create cramped bedsits and charged tenants hundreds of pounds a month is facing prison unless he pays what is believed to be a record £1.5m penalty for breaking planning laws.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

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Ex-headteacher fined for unlawfully obtaining personal data on school children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2018 in abuse of position of trust, data protection, fines, news, teachers by sally

‘A former headteacher has been fined for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2018

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Councils warned against using new waste crime powers to raise revenue – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 30th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, waste by sally

‘The government has this week issued guidance for councils on using new powers to fine householders up to £400 for failing to ensure they gave their waste to a licensed carrier.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in enforcement, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘Almost 90% of local authorities failed to use new powers to fine rogue landlords last year, in the latest finding to suggest tenants are being failed by a lax enforcement regime.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2018

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Online gambling firms fined in crackdown – BBC News

‘Three online casino companies have been fined and one has been prevented from operating in the UK following a crackdown by the industry regulator. The Gambling Commission has fined three firms almost £14m for not having “effective safeguards” to prevent money laundering and harm to customers from gambling.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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Coventry supermarket death crash bus company fined £2.3m – BBC News

‘A bus company that ignored warnings about a driver who crashed into a supermarket, killing two people, has been fined £2.3m.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2018

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Uber fined after hackers download 2.7 million customers’ data – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2018 in computer crime, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, privacy, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has been fined £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ information during a cyber attack, in a “serious breach” of UK data protection law. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) found Uber was guilty of “a series of avoidable data security flaws” that allowed the personal details of around 2.7million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2018

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Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in appeals, data protection, fines, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

‘Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed on it by the UK’s data watchdog after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2018

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Barrister reprimanded for drunken behaviour at Bar Mess event – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, drunk and disorderly, fines, law firms, news by sally

‘A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for his drunken behaviour towards a pupil at an informal Bar Mess event.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Facebook to lodge appeal against ICO’s £500,000 fine – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in appeals, data protection, fines, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook is lodging an appeal against the record fine of £500,000 levied against it by the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK, arguing that the penalty “challenges some of the basic principles of how people should be allowed to share information online”.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2018

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EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2018 in consumer protection, contracts, fines, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Virgin Media and EE have been fined a combined £13.3m by the regulator Ofcom for overcharging nearly 500,000 phone and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early.@

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The Guardian, 16th November 2018

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Enfield care home guilty over ‘predatory’ resident’s sex attacks – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2018 in care homes, fines, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A care home has been convicted and fined for failing to protect two vulnerable adults from a sexually predatory resident.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2018

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Owner of unauthorised scrap yard hit for £200k in fines, costs and confiscation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 12th, 2018 in confiscation, costs, enforcement notices, fines, news, proceeds of crime, waste by tracey

‘The owner of an unauthorised scrap yard in South Staffordshire was last month fined £24,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £28,280 at Birmingham Crown Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th November 2018

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Law firm sanctioned over conveyancing conflicts – Legal Futures

‘A law firm that also owns an estate agency and acted for seller, buyer and as the seller’s agent in 14 residential conveyancing transactions has been fined over the conflict of interest this generated.’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2018

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Solicitor paid B&B and caravan park income into client account – Legal Futures

Posted October 31st, 2018 in client accounts, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who paid over £100,000 in income from her bed and breakfast and caravan park businesses into her firm’s client account has been fined £15,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

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Facebook fined £500k for UK data protection law breaches – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 29th, 2018 in data protection, fines, internet, news by sally

‘Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the watchdog found that the company was responsible for serious breaches of UK data protection laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2018

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School which taught that only Muslims were saved on Noah’s Ark is first to be fined for opening illegally – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2018 in education, fines, Islam, news, school children by tracey

‘An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah’s ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2018

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Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2018 in data protection, fines, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place.’

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BBC News, 25th October 2018

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London Zoo fined after keeper fell from faulty stepladder retrieved from skip – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 24th, 2018 in accidents, animals, charities, employment, fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘London Zoo has been fined £40,000 after a keeper cleaning out a hawk aviary fell off a faulty step ladder that was wrongly retrieved from a skip.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2018

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