Covid-19 could herald reform of reserved legal activities – Legal Futures

‘Changes to the list of reserved activities that only authorised lawyers can do has been floated as one way the ways legal regulation could be flexed to help the profession recover from the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2020

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Solicitor “dipped into” divorce client’s funds – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who “dipped into” a divorce client’s money, repeatedly lied about it and warned her not to complain to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) or Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2020

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Lucy’s Law – Pump Court Chambers

Posted April 17th, 2020 in animals, chambers articles, licensing, news by sally

‘On Monday 6 April 2020, the Government brought into force new legislation in England to ban the commercial third-party sale of puppies and kittens, under six months old, by anyone other than a registered breeder.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 7th April 2020

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Institute of Licensing issues protocol for licence applications and hearings under Licensing Act 2003 during COVID-19 pandemic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 7th, 2020 in coronavirus, licensed premises, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The Institute of Licensing has published a Protocol designed to assist licensing authorities in complying with their obligations and duties under the Licensing Act 2003 during this emergency period.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd April 2020

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Council launches judicial review over government decision not to renew city-wide landlord licensing scheme – Local Government

‘Liverpool City Council has launched a judicial review challenge of the government’s decision not to renew its landlord licensing scheme.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2020

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Landlord fails in Upper Tribunal appeal over requirement to attend training on tenancy management – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 26th, 2020 in appeals, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has rejected an appeal by a landlord over the imposition of a condition on his licence requiring him to attend training on how to manage tenancies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th March 2020

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Oh! What a tangled web we weave… – Nearly Legal

Posted March 4th, 2020 in company directors, damages, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news by sally

‘In the case of Lifestyle Club Ltd, and its director, Gian Paulo Aliatis, that is what eventually happened in August 2019, with a £42,273 penalty in fines and costs (despite their policy of targeting overseas students as potential tenants on the basis that they wouldn’t understand the legal problems – this targeting is standard for all these ‘accommodation club’ companies). Unsurprisingly, Lifestyle Club Ltd opted for voluntary strike off of the Companies House register during the prosecution, in February 2019.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd March 2020

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“Careless” solicitor who practised unauthorised struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who carried on practising for almost five months after his practising certificate (PC) and indemnity insurance expired has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2020

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Patents – Conversant Wireless Licensing v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and Others – NIPC Law

Posted February 24th, 2020 in case management, costs, disclosure, licensing, news, patents, proportionality by sally

‘This was an application by the claimant, Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL for disclosure of the licence agreements and assignments relating to 3G and 4G patents that had been entered by the defendants, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd., ZTE (UK) Limited and their British subsidiaries. Substantially the same application had been made to His Honour Judge Hacon at the case management conference in the action which took place in July 2019. The later application was heard by Mr Justice Birss who delivered judgment in Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and others [2020] EWHC 256 (Pat) on 10 Feb 2020. The reference to the CMC in the transcript of Mr Justice Birss’s judgment is [2009] EWHC 1982 (Pat) but I think that must be a misprint for [2019].’

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NIPC Law, 22nd February 2020

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TV licence convictions hard to justify, says MP scrutinising BBC – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2020 in BBC, civil justice, criminal justice, enforcement, fines, licensing, news, select committees by sally

‘The Conservative MP tasked with scrutinising the BBC has said it is hard to justify enforcing the licence fee through the criminal courts, suggesting the corporation is losing support in its battle to prevent the decriminalisation of the £154.50 charge.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2020

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Judge says cowboy traders can be ‘professional, legitimate and hard working’ as he jails rogue plumber – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2020 in building law, health & safety, licensing, news, sentencing by sally

‘A judge has said cowboy traders can be “professional, legitimate and hard working”, as he jailed a rogue plumber.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2020

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Solicitor’s “manifest incompetence” in employing banned barrister – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who employed a banned barrister as a consultant without checking his identity or his record with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been fined £20,000.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2020

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Criminal legal aid solicitor struck off for accounts rule breaches – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor has been struck off after nearly 40 years in practice after admitting that the difficulties of relying on payment from criminal legal aid work overwhelmed him.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2020

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Rent Repayment Orders, criminal standard, and new evidence on appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted January 20th, 2020 in appeals, evidence, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, rent, tribunals by sally

‘This was the appeal of a First Tier Tribunal decision on Ms Salva’s application for a rent repayment order.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th January 2020

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Uber driver banned after passengers hold ladder out of window – BBC News

‘An Uber driver caught on camera carrying passengers holding a ladder out of the window of his car has had his licence suspended.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2020

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Dog walker in Sutton Coldfield faces missing pets prosecution – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2020 in animals, dogs, licensing, news by tracey

‘A dog walker accused of losing several pets in her care is to be prosecuted for animal welfare offences.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2020

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by council over bid to include cost of supervising driver conduct in fees for taxi and PHV vehicle licences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2019 in appeals, fees, judicial review, licensing, local government, news, professional conduct, taxis by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a council’s appeal over whether it acted unlawfully when it resolved to fix the fees for vehicle licences for taxis and private hire vehicles at an amount which included recovery of all or part of the cost of supervising the conduct of drivers licensed to drive such vehicles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2019

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Solicitor who felt “intimidated” by clients struck off – Legal Futures

‘A partner who said she felt “threatened and intimidated” by clients who would not accept her advice to discontinue has been struck off for lying about the progress of their cases.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2019

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FTT fails natural justice on tenant’s RRO application – Nearly Legal

Posted December 6th, 2019 in houses in multiple occupation, licensing, news, rent, repayment by sally

‘In which the Upper Tribunal gives the First Tier Tribunal a thorough ticking off over its decision on a rent repayment order application.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th December 2019

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Partner “too embarrassed” to tell clients truth is struck off – Legal Futures

‘A partner who misled beneficiaries about the progress of a case to resolve a dispute over estate assets and then found himself “too embarrassed” to tell them the truth has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk