Exposing rogue landlords: ‘The deck feels stacked against tenants’ – The Guardian

‘Simon Goodley explains how the Guardian uncovered the secret world of convicted landlords who continue to operate – and exploit – with impunity.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2018

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Barrister wins right to see reports his bank made to police – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2018 in banking, barristers, freedom of information, money laundering, news, police by sally

‘A barrister has won the right to see suspicious activity reports (SARs) that his bank made to the National Crime Agency (NCA) about money received into his accounts.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2018

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Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK – The Guardian

‘The refusal rate for people applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2018 in compensation, freedom of information, news, prisons by sally

‘A prisoner was reimbursed 57 pence as compensation after a magazine they owned was lost or damaged by prison staff, as new figures reveal that over £1 million has been given out to convicts for lost property over the past five years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2018

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Identifiability and the Unmotivated Intruder – Panopticon

Posted August 6th, 2018 in disclosure, freedom of information, identification, news, statistics by sally

‘It is not uncommon for public authorities who hold statistical data to decline to disclose specific figures in categories for which the number is fewer than five, on the basis of a fear that the number of affected people is sufficiently small that they are reasonably identifiable. In other words, they rely on section 40(2) FOIA to withhold the number.That approach has now been considered by the Upper Tribunal in Information Commissioner v Miller [2018] UKUT 229 (AAC). That case concerned a request to (what is now) MHCLG for their information supplied by local authorities on a range of homelessness statistics. In relation to parts of the dataset which related to five or fewer individuals, section 40(2) was relied on. The FTT disagreed in a decision on the papers and the ICO appealed.’

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Panopticon, 3rd August 2018

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Costs and Vexatiousness: Upper Tribunal Updates – Panopticon

Posted August 6th, 2018 in costs, freedom of information, news, vexatious litigants by sally

‘The procedural exemptions in sections 12 and 14 of FOIA are some of the most commonly used, and most commonly litigated, provisions of the legislation. Unsurprisingly, they have led to a disproportionate degree of appellate involvement. More surprisingly, they continue to do so. Three recent Upper Tribunal decisions add to that body of jurisprudence which ought to be considered by authorities faced with burdensome requests. This post is, as a result, quite burdensome itself.’

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Panopticon, 3rd August 2018

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Council not required to disclose advice of independent person: Tribunal – Local Government Lawyer

‘Stratford-on-Avon District Council need not disclose advice given by an independent person in a case over a councillor’s conduct, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th July 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 36: Secrecy, anonymity and public information – 1 COR

Posted June 18th, 2018 in anonymity, freedom of information, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon discusses the challenges around secrecy, anonymity and public information in major inquests and inquiries in a talk recorded at One Crown Office Row’s 2018 seminar.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th June 2018

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Throttling Environmental Information – Panopticon

Posted April 27th, 2018 in environmental protection, freedom of information, news by tracey

‘As is so often the way in information rights, the Upper Tribunal reaches a perfectly sensible decision and gives practical guidance which others can actually apply, only for the Court of Appeal to insist on saying mostly the same thing but less clearly and less helpfully. As a result, the Upper Tribunal then has to reconsider the area and steer the law back to a productive course. So it was in Department for Transport & Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency & Porsche Cars GB Ltd v Information Commissioner & Cieslik [2018] UKUT 127 (AAC) (Cieslik), on the – to put it politely – potential interpretative difficulties on the issue of the meaning of “environmental information” under the EIR following the ‘guidance’ of the Court of Appeal in Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy v Information Commissioner & Henney [2017] EWCA Civ 844 (see here). And the judgment of Judge Markus QC in Cieslik is a genuinely important and valuable exercise in course correction.’

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Panopticon, 27th April 2018

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Councillor facing trial for destroying dog poo records – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2018 in disclosure, documents, dogs, freedom of information, local government, news by sally

‘A councillor is facing trial for destroying records about a system to catch fouling dog owners in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2018

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New Europe law makes it easy to find out what your boss has said about you – The Guardian

‘General Data Protection Regulation holds that anyone in Europe can ask any company for the data it has on them.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2018

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Prejudice to commercial interests – Local Government Law

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in disclosure, freedom of information, news, public interest by tracey

‘In Case No. EA/2017/0057, Hartlepool Borough Council v The Information Commissioner, the FTT was concerned with whether under FoIA Section 43(2) disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any party and if so whether the public interest in maintaining that exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The FTT upheld the Commissioner’s Decision that the disputed information must be disclosed. The Borough Council’s Appeal was dismissed.’

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Local Government Law, 18th April 2018

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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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Tribunal upholds council refusal to disclose information on ‘Twitter storm’ SEN law firm – Legal Futures

‘The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a council’s refusal to hand over information on its handling of a review into its dealings with a law firm that caused an uproar by sending out a series of tweets appearing to gloat over defeating cases brought by parents of children with special educational needs.’

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Legal Futures, 13th March 2018

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Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failings – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in fire, freedom of information, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Kensington and Chelsea council has been condemned by the information commissioner for failing to disclose information relating to the Grenfell Tower fire. Elizabeth Denham has made seven rulings against the council for failing to respond to freedom of information requests about fire safety, cladding and risk assessments at the high-rise block.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Malnick: section 36 reasonableness and the functus ICO – Panopticon

Posted March 8th, 2018 in appeals, freedom of information, news, tribunals by tracey

‘The Upper Tribunal’s most recent judgment – IC v Malnick and ACOBA (GIA/447/2017) – is a rare thing these days: a binding decision that makes a meaningful and general (rather than fact-specific) contribution to FOIA jurisprudence. In particular, it tells us (1) how to assess the reasonableness of a qualified person’s opinion for section 36 FOIA purposes, and (2) whether the FTT can remit a case to the ICO for a fresh decision if it allows an appeal.’

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Panopticon, 5th March 2018

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Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show – The Guardian

‘An award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as figures show 13,000 have been affected – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in care homes, elderly, freedom of information, inquiries, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Care home managers reported almost 13,000 concerns that vulnerable residents were experiencing financial abuse in the past four years, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2018

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Security bodies and legal advice: some Upper Tribunal droning – Panopticon

Posted January 19th, 2018 in aircraft, disclosure, freedom of information, news, weapons by tracey

‘The Times’ Lawyer of the Week this morning discusses an Upper Tribunal FOIA appeal brought by Rights Watch UK (for whom Daniel Carey, the Lawyer of the Week, acted pro bono), seeking disclosure of the Attorney General’s advice on drone strikes in Syria. The case was Corderoy & Ahmed v IC, AGO, Cabinet Office [2017] UKUT 495 (AAC). Whether you consider it a win, a loss or a draw (and if so for whom) will depend on which side you’re on here and, as counsel on all sides were colleagues at 11KBW, I will attempt a studied neutrality. I confess I have not found all aspects of the judgment easy to follow, but here you go.’

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Panopticon, 18th January 2018

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ICO backs refusal of council to supply legal opinion over certificate of lawfulness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 8th, 2018 in disclosure, freedom of information, local government, news by sally

‘The Information Commissioner last month upheld a decision by a London borough to refuse to supply a copy of a legal opinion obtained by the council relating to an application to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a property.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th January 2018

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