Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Companies House lambasted for trumpeting conviction of fraud whistleblower Kevin Brewer – The Independent

Posted April 17th, 2018 in costs, fines, fraud, money laundering, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Companies House has been lambasted for trumpeting the prosecution of a whistleblower who used Vince Cable’s name to expose a gaping loophole exploited by fraudsters.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2018

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Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink-driving – The Guardian

‘The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months after admitting drink-driving.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

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UK appeal court overturns ‘manifestly excessive’ health and safety fine – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2018 in appeals, fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has reduced to £200,000 a “manifestly excessive” £475,000 fine imposed on a truck sale and leasing company for breaches of health and safety law which led to the accidental death of a contractor.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th April 2018

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Police error meant ‘speeding’ motorists paid fines but never exceeded the limit – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2018 in drafting, fines, mistake, news, police, regulations, road traffic, speed cameras by tracey

‘A police force has admitted it has wrongly fined ‘speeding’ motorists after a clerical error meant the speed limit was never officially lowered. Avon and Somerset Police face having to cancel hundreds of tickets after a motorist successfully overturned his fine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2018

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Police force hit with £130k monetary penalty for losing rape victim interview – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 6th, 2018 in data protection, encryption, fines, news, police, rape, victims, video recordings by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £130,000 monetary penalty on Humberside Police after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

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Housing association fined £30k over Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2018 in costs, fines, health & safety, industrial injuries, local government, news by sally

‘A community housing association in Wales has been fined £30,000 after it failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2018

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Tribunal lifts restrictions on solicitor who “carved out new area of expertise” – Legal Futures

Posted April 4th, 2018 in client accounts, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, solicitors, tribunals by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has removed the conditions on the practising certificate (PC) of a solicitor fined for allowing improper payments to be made out of client account.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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Skybet fined £1m by gambling regulator for not protecting vulnerable customers – The Independent

Posted March 28th, 2018 in fines, gambling, news by tracey

‘Skybet has been fined £1m by the gambling regulator for failing to protect its most vulnerable customers. The Gambling Commission on Wednesday said that it had issued the penalty in response to the sports betting company allowing customers who had self-excluded to open accounts.’

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The Independent, 28th March 2018

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NHS trust fined £2m for Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin deaths – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2018 in fines, health, health & safety, mental health, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust has been fined a record £2m after admitting “systemic failures” following the deaths of two vulnerable patients. Southern Health pleaded guilty last year to breaching health and safety laws following the deaths of Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk, an epileptic teenager with autism who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2018

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National law firm fined £20,000 for using client account as banking facility – Legal Futures

‘National law firm Laytons has been fined £20,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for using its client account as a banking facility for a European network of law firms, a foreign client and a tax practitioners’ group.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2018

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Beggars to be issued with £100 fines by Poole council sparking outrage – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2018 in fines, local government, news, vagrancy by tracey

‘Beggars in the Dorset town of Poole will be issued with fines of £100, its council has said. Despite heavy criticism Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will be introduced from 16 April in a bid to “tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviours.” ‘

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The Independent, 16th March 2018

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Employees must comply with work at height safety duties too – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 15th, 2018 in employment, fines, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Two recent cases involving breaches of working at height regulations offer a clear reminder to workers of their own duties to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th March 2018

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Parents fined £24m for children’s truancy and term time holidays – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in education, fines, holidays, news, school children, truancy by tracey

‘Parents across England and Wales have been fined about £24m for failing to send their children to school during the past three years, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Co-operative Group repays £500,000 as it faces probe for mistreating suppliers – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2018 in fines, news, unfair commercial practices by tracey

‘Regulators have launched a probe into the Co-operative Group that could force it to pay £70m of fines for mistreating its suppliers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2018

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Wagamama fined for failing to pay the minimum wage – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2018 in fines, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘Restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays have each been fined an undisclosed amount for failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage. They were among 43 employers in the hospitality sector on the government’s latest list of firms breaking the law.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2018

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Barrister who lied about LLM and death penalty experience to gain pupillage disbarred – Legal Futures

‘A barrister has been disbarred for lying about her qualifications and experience, including a claim that she had saved 10 men from the death penalty in Malawi.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2018

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Doorstep lender to return £169m to customers – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2018 in consumer credit, financial regulation, fines, loans, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘A division of troubled lender Provident Financial has been told to pay almost £169m in compensation to customers. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Provident’s Vanquis unit failed to properly disclose charges on one of its popular repayment plans.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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Red Arrows death: Ejection seat firm fined £1.1m – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2018 in aircraft, fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘An ejection seat manufacturer prosecuted over the death of a Red Arrows pilot thrown from his jet has been fined £1.1m.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2018

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Woman fined £120 after admitting leaving abusive note on ambulance – The Independent

Posted February 21st, 2018 in emergency services, fines, news, public order by tracey

‘A woman who admitted to leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance has been fined £120.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2018

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