UK and US sign landmark Data Access Agreement – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Priti Patel last night (Thursday 3 October) signed an historic agreement that will enable British law enforcement agencies to directly demand electronic data relating to terrorists, child sexual abusers and other serious criminals from US tech firms.’

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Home Office, 4th October 2019

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‘Matter of time’: lawyers optimistic about enforcing foreign judgments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2019 in enforcement, foreign jurisdictions, judgments, news, treaties by sally

‘Lawyers are optimistic about the success of a new international convention designed to make the enforcement of court judgments easier across jurisdictions.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2019

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HMRC faces legal fight for handing Britons’ data to US tax officials – The Guardian

‘HMRC is facing a legal battle to block it from handing personal details about British citizens to US tax authorities. The case could have wide-ranging implications for tens of thousands of so-called accidental Americans who left the US when they were months or years old but risk having their British bank accounts frozen for failing to comply with the US tax requirements.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Service by Whatsapp? – Family Law

‘In a recent dispute between cohabitees, the court has upheld an order that a claim form could be served on a defendant out of the jurisdiction by way of a Whatsapp message.’

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Family Law, 4th September 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Court cannot deviate from six month limit for cross-border merger certificates – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 5th, 2019 in EC law, foreign companies, foreign jurisdictions, jurisdiction, mergers, news, time limits by tracey

‘The High Court in England has ruled that the EU’s cross-border merger regulations meant that a pre-merger certificate from an EU member state court cannot be more than six months old when hearing an application for sanction of the merger, even where obtaining a second pre-merger certificate would be difficult.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th September 2019

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Akcil & Ors v Koza Ltd & Anor [2019] UKSC 40 – Hardwick Chambers

‘The first respondent (“Koza Ltd”) was a private company incorporated in England in March 2014. Koza Ltd was a wholly owned subsidiary of the sixth appellant (“Koza Altin”), a publicly listed company incorporated in Turkey and part of a group of Turkish companies known as the Koza Ipek Group (“the Group”). The Group was formerly controlled by the second respondent (“Mr Ipek”).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 22nd August 2019

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Exclusive Jurisdiction for Company Law Claims Under Article 24 (2) of the Brussels I (Recast) Regulation: Akçil and Others v Koza Ltd and Another [2019] UKSC 40 – 39 Essex Chambers

‘On 29 July 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Akçil and others v Koza Ltd and another [2019] UKSC 40 (see Supreme Court judgment) unanimously overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal ([2017] EWCA Civ 1609) regarding the interpretation of the the exclusive company law jurisdictional provisions in Article 24(2) of the Brussels I (Recast) Regulation (1215/2012).’

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39 Essex Chambers, 2nd August 2019

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Special Guardianship Orders and Overseas Placements – Family Law Week

Posted July 25th, 2019 in children, foreign jurisdictions, guardianship, news, placement orders by tracey

‘Maria Wright, PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol, and solicitor, highlights some of the challenges associated with placing children under SGOs overseas and asks whether such placements warrant a distinct form of legal framework tailored to meet their specific needs.’

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Family Law Week, 19th July 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, June 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during May 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 20th June 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Principles for lawyers dealing with offshore structures published – Legal Futures

‘International standards for lawyers advising on offshore commercial structures have been put forward at the same time as parliamentarians called for stronger laws on foreign ownership of UK property.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New Judgment: Vedanta Resources PLC & Anor v Lungowe & Ors [2019] UKSC 20 – UKSC Blog

‘1826 Zambian citizens issued proceedings against Zambian company KCM and Vedanta (KCM’s ultimate parent company) for personal injury, damage to property and loss of income, amenity and enjoyment of land as a result of pollution and environmental damage caused by discharges of harmful effluent from the Nchanga mine since 2005. Vedanta was served within the jurisdiction, while KCM was served out of the jurisdiction, with permission obtained on a without notice application. In September and October 2015 Vedanta and KCM respectively applied for declarations that the court lacked jurisdiction to try the claims or, alternatively, that it should not exercise such jurisdiction that it might have. Coulson J dismissed those applications. The Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of those applications.’

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UKSC Blog, 10th April 2019

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What Happens When A Solicitor Provides The Client With No Guidance As To Costs? – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted March 13th, 2019 in costs, foreign jurisdictions, murder, news, notification, solicitors by sally

‘You would hope that, these days, situations where a solicitor has provided his client no guidance as to costs would be rare. One came before Master Leonard in a Solicitors Act assessment of a bill for work representing the client’s son, who had been arrested and charged with murder following a fight in Crete. The client’s son denied any involvement.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 25th February 2019

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Getting home: how can Britons serving sentences overseas transfer to a British prison? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The Ministry of Justice recently updated its guidance for UK nationals who are serving sentences in prisons overseas, and who may wish to serve the remainder of their sentences in the UK. You can read that guidance by clicking here. But what are the conditions which must be met, and what are the practical steps which might be taken to help a UK national serve the remainder of their sentence in their own country? Christopher Sykes from our Criminal Law and Appeals Team looks at how to go about achieving this.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 5th February 2019

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Court of Appeal says no to indefinite delay to insolvency case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, debts, delay, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has said that English courts will not indefinitely delay a case, preventing English creditors from pursuing claims in insolvency proceedings abroad, especially when the foreign proceedings had ended. It said that an English debt can only be discharged by an English law process.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2019

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Case Comment: KO (Nigeria) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘(ii) Undue Harshness

Next, the court opined that the structure of s 117C was difficult to follow as it begins by asad-khanstressing that deporting foreign criminals is in the public interest; which increases with the seriousness of the offending. The unimpressive drafting led Lord Carnwath to observe that rather than expressly indicating “how or at what stage of the process those general rules are to be given effect,” s 117C is instead devoted to rules for two types of foreign criminals and two exceptions.’

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UKSC Blog, 9th November 2018

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Case Comment: KO (Nigeria) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 Part One – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed these appeals. But thankfully Lord Carnwath’s meticulous judgment clarified wide-ranging misconceptions in the courts below regarding the correct interpretation of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (as amended), Part 5A, ss 117A to 117D. Centrally, s 117D(1) defines a “qualifying child” as someone under the age of 18 who is either a British citizen or has lived in the UK for a continuous period of seven years or more. Despite the controversial nature and history of these cases, Lord Carnwath’s short but robust judgment concentrates on simplicity because the novel statutory scheme aims “to produce a straightforward set of rules” on ECHR, art 8 and public interest considerations.’

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UKSC Blog, 9th November 2018

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High Court to look at case of alleged Isis duo who may face execution in US – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in death penalty, foreign jurisdictions, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘The British government’s decision to co-operate with US authorities over the prosecution of two alleged Islamic State executioners without assurances that they will not face the death penalty, is to be challenged in the high court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2018

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The need for a ‘joined up’ or holistic evaluation of welfare in children proceedings – Family Law

‘In AH v CD and others [2018] EWHC 1643 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 162 (Jun) an application by a father who sought his son’s return to Spain, after the child was taken out of the jurisdiction by his mother, raised issues under the 1980 Hague Convention, and also as to the discharge of a care order made by a court which had not been told of the child’s father’s whereabouts. Richard Jones, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, explains the issues.’

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Family Law, 28th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The International Dimension of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – Drystone Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in foreign jurisdictions, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘Organised crime is an international business. Assets are not kept in one country but moved rapidly from one jurisdiction to another. Stopping this flow of money is crucial to the international effort to curb the effect of organised crime in every jurisdiction. This can only be done by better regulation, prosecution of criminal matters and the use of non-conviction based asset recovery. This has been recognised in recent times both nationally and internationally.’

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Drystone Chambers, July 2018

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Appeal judges reject “sliding scale” approach to quantum of security for costs – Litigation Futures

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in appeals, costs, enforcement, foreign jurisdictions, judgments, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected the use of a “sliding scale” to reduce the amount of security for costs in cases where there is a risk that court orders will not be enforced.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd August 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com