FCA flexes muscles with first ‘serious crime’ order – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in consumer credit, financial regulation, licensing, loans, news, sentencing by michael

“A money lender who ‘flouted the law’ to make more than £2 million from loan agreements despite being refused a credit licence has become the first person to be subjected to a serious crime order imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).”

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Law Society Gazette, 14th February

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Breaching licensing and proceeds of crime – Nearly Legal

Posted February 12th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘Brent Council v Shah and Others, unreported 29 January 2018 (Crown Ct (Harrow). The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’) has been successfully used by Brent Council against landlords for breach of licencing conditions.’

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Nearly Legal, 11th Febraury 2018

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Institute of Licensing consults on guidance on suitability of taxi, PHV applicants – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 5th, 2018 in consultations, licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd Februaru 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Taxi drivers admit licence regulation needs to be tougher – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in criminal records, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘Taxi and private hire drivers have admitted the regulation of licences needs to be tougher for public safety.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April – Local Government Lawye

Posted January 4th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd January 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Uber begins appeal against London license ban – The Independent

Posted December 11th, 2017 in appeals, licensing, London, news, taxis by sally

‘Uber will defend its right to operate in London in a court hearing on Monday after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its licence in its most important European market.’

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The Independent, 11th December 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Starham v Greene King – Falcon Chambers

‘In 2014, Starham bought a piece of land on the Harrow Road. Most of the land was being used as a beer garden by the Masons Arms pub, owned by Greene King. Starham claimed this use was a trespass. Greene King claimed it was entitled to use the land as a beer garden by virtue of a right created by a conveyance dated 24 August 1855 which it said was an easement or a restrictive covenant.’

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Falcon Chambers, November 2017

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

Scomadi v R A Engineering and Others – A Licence Agreement that went wrong – NIPC Law

Posted November 21st, 2017 in agreements, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘On 19 Sept 2017, I chaired seminars in the studios of Northern Ballet in Leeds and at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre in South Yorkshire at which Tom Duke, our intellectual property attaché in Beijing, spoke on “Succeeding in China – How to mitigate IP risk” as part of a China IP Roadshow (see Jane Lambert Meet our IP Attaché to China 21 July 2017 IP Yorkshire). One of the reasons why Tom made that tour is that an increasing number of British IP owners contract with manufacturers in China and other countries where production costs are lower than in the UK to make goods for them under licence. Often such arrangements work very well but sometimes they can go very badly wrong.’

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NIPC Law, 21st November 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 – Home Office

Posted November 7th, 2017 in licensing, parliament, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny.’

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Home Office, 6th November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Legal threat to NHS plans for cheap treatment to prevent blindness – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 1st, 2017 in licensing, medicines, news by sally

‘Two drug giants are threatening to take the NHS to court for plans to offer patients cheap treatment to prevent blindness.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Institute of Licensing warns ministers that licensing system putting public safety at risk – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 31st, 2017 in criminal records, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has written to the Government to raise concerns about failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system that it claims are putting public safety at risk.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute – The Guardian

‘Councils across Britain have been accused of letting rogue landlords off the hook, after new figures revealed that most have failed to secure a single prosecution.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Construction of Terms in Cross-Licensing Agreements: Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others – NIPC Law

‘In FRAND 8 Oct 2017 I discussed the terms upon which patents for inventions that are essential to a standard are licensed. I noted that courts around the world had held that those terms should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory – in other words, FRAND. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 1526 (11 Oct 2017) concerned the construction of a clause licensing such patents. It is important to note, however, that none of the judges who heard the appeal mentioned the acronym, FRAND, and it appeared only twice in the judgment of the trial judge.’

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NIPC Law, 13th October 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales – Home Office

Posted October 11th, 2017 in coroners, government departments, licensing, press releases, weapons by tracey

‘The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.’

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Home Office, 10th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

FRAND – NIPC Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in competition, EC law, inventions, licensing, news, patents, public interest, standards by sally

‘FRAND stands for “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. It refers to the terms upon which the owner of a patent for an invention that is essential to a standard (“standard essential patent” or “SEP”) should license its use.’

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NIPC Law, 8th October 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Illegal tongue splitting procedures exposed – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2017 in cosmetic surgery, licensing, London, medicines, news by sally

‘Body modification artists have been exposed carrying out illegal and potentially dangerous tongue splitting procedures.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court rejects booking claims and convicts cab driver of blagging – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 5th, 2017 in costs, fines, licensing, news, taxis, uninsured drivers by tracey

‘A private hire cab driver in Milton Keynes has been convicted of illegally plying for hire (blagging), with the magistrates’ court rejecting his argument that as he had make the booking on behalf of the customer the fare was lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Caseload almost doubles at UK antislavery body as remit widens – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2017 in forced labour, gangmasters, licensing, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The UK’s antislavery body has launched 185 investigations since May, nearly double its total for the whole of last year, after assuming powers that allow it to look beyond the food and farming sector.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

CMC that encouraged false holiday sickness claims thrown out by regulator – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2017 in claims management, compensation, fraud, holidays, licensing, news by sally

‘A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday sickness claims had its licence cancelled by the Claims Management Regulator (CMR) last week.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Licence stripped from holiday sickness firm – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 29th, 2017 in claims management, holidays, insurance, law firms, licensing, press releases by tracey

‘A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday-sickness claims has had it’s licence stripped by the Claims Management Regulator.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th August 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice