MP Chris Williamson loses anti-Semitism suspension appeal – BBC News

‘An MP has lost his High Court bid to be reinstated to the Labour Party after he was suspended in an anti-Semitism row.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2019

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Batei Din and arbitration awards: Sterling – Law & Religion UK

Posted October 8th, 2019 in arbitration, contracts, Judaism, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘An interesting case involving the extent to which arbitration awards by religious courts are enforceable at civil law has recently come before the Chancery Division of the High Court.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th October 2019

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Non-disclosing husband fails in challenge to Court of Appeal – Family Law

Posted September 12th, 2019 in disclosure, divorce, financial provision, Judaism, news, periodical payments by tracey

‘A husband who failed to disclose all of his assets has failed in his appeal to set aside an order.’

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Family Law, 10th September 2019

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Moher v Moher: Non-disclosure leads to closure – Family Law week

Posted August 29th, 2019 in disclosure, divorce, financial provision, Judaism, marriage, news by tracey

‘Alexandra Goldrein, a solicitor with Irwin Mitchell, considers a recent Court of Appeal judgment concerning non-disclosure and the award of spousal maintenance to a wife pending the husband’s grant of a Jewish divorce.’

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Family Law week, 28th August 2019

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Neo-Nazi Daniel Ward who called for race war jailed – BBC News

A “fanatical” neo-Nazi who called for a race war has been jailed for three years for belonging to the banned far-right group National Action.

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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Social housing and religion: R (Z & Anor) – Law & Religion UK

‘A non-Jewish woman, Z, had four children, including a son with autism. She was at the top of Hackney Council’s list for a four-bedroom home in the area. The co-defendant, the Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA), was founded in 1986 to provide social housing for Orthodox Jews in north London: it does not accept applications from anyone outside the Orthodox community. Six four-bedroom properties owned by AIHA became available but Ms Z was not allowed to apply for one of them. She sought judicial review of that refusal, arguing that it was unlawful and discriminatory for the AIHA to refuse her a home. As we noted, in R (Z & Ors) v Hackney London Borough Council & Anor [2019] EWHC 139 (Admin), a Divisional Court dismissed her claim, holding that a Jewish housing association might legitimately refuse to rent houses to those who were not Orthodox Jews. Z appealed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th July 2019

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Court of Appeal rejects challenge to lawfulness of discriminatory allocation of housing on ground of religion – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal against a Divisional Court ruling that a charitable housing association’s arrangements for allocating housing, which amount to direct discrimination on the ground of religion, were lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th June 2019

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Equality body launches investigation of Labour antisemitism claims – The Guardian

‘Labour has been placed under formal investigation by the equalities watchdog over whether the party has unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it was launching an official inquiry under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006 after carrying out preliminary investigations since March.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2019

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Inquiry announces new investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings – Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has announced a new investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings. The investigation will be thematic and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales.’

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, 2nd May 2019

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Court of Appeal agrees to hear case on housing allocation policy and religion – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal a Divisional Court ruling that a housing association letting homes on the basis of religion was lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2019

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Equality watchdog to decide if Labour broke law over antisemitism – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog is close to deciding if it will launch an inquiry into whether the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism cases complies with equalities law.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Antisemitic incidents in UK at record high for third year in a row – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2019 in Judaism, news, religious discrimination, statistics by sally

‘Jewish community leaders and politicians have condemned a third successive year with a record number of antisemitic incidents.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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Judges reject bias claim against Jewish housing association – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2019 in bias, equality, housing, Judaism, news, religious discrimination by tracey

‘A row about allocation of scarce housing could be heading for the court of appeal after judges rejected a claim that a housing association broke equality laws with its policy of providing homes only to Orthodox Jews.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2019

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Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2018 in case management, health & safety, Judaism, judiciary, mental health, news, standards by sally

‘Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th November 2018

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Hate crime linked to religion doubled in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Hate crime has surged across the country, new figures have revealed, with those directed at people because of their religious beliefs doubling since 2015.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2018

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Does AYBS cue the introduction of a fast track approach for the Coroner? – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in burials and cremation, delay, inquests, Judaism, news by sally

‘Lorraine Harris looks at the recent case of Adath Yisroel Burial Society (AYBS) and its impact on how the Coroner should approach requests for the expedition of cases.’

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Park Square Barristers, 20th July 2018

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Don’t use ‘cab rank’ system for burials, coroners to be told – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 14th, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, delay, islamic law, Judaism, news by sally

‘Coroners across the country are to be formally instructed to take into account the religious requirements of families when deciding whether to prioritise the burial of their dead, in the wake of a High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2018

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ECHR Articles 9 and 14 – Local Government Law

‘In R (Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v Senior Coroner for Inner North London (2018) EWHC 969 (Admin) a Divisional Court (Singh LJ and Whipple J) observed (paragraph 94) that in Eweida v UK the ECtHR emphasized the importance of the rights set out in Article 9, and stated that there are several things of importance to note about the terms of Article 9.’

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Local Government Law, 1st May 2018

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Coroner defeated over controversial ‘cab-rank’ burial policy – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Divisional Court has ruled that the Senior Coroner for Inner North London acted unlawfully in adopting a policy that resulted in Jewish and Muslim families facing delays in the burials of family members, contrary to their religious beliefs. The policy was held to amount to an unlawful fetter upon her discretion, and also to be irrational, to breach Articles 9 and 14 of the ECHR and to amount to indirect discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (“EQA”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st May 2018

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Children: Private Law Update (Spring 2018) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 27th April 2018

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