Guns imported using a legal loophole used for murder on the streets of Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2018 in firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Police have urged the Home Office to close a loophole which is allowing hundreds of unlicensed handguns to be brought into Britain legally.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2018

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Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firm – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2018 in conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, recusal, taxis by sally

‘The judge at the heart of tech giant Uber’s legal battle to operate in London has stepped aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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Service not included – Nearly Legal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in fees, housing, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The issue was the level of fees charged by LB Richmond on Thames for an HMO licence. LB Richmond maintained that the fee level could be set at a level designed to cover not only the costs of processing his application but also to contribute towards the costs of LB Richmond running its HMO licensing scheme more generally, including enforcement. Mr G, the landlord, maintained that the fee could only be set at a level covering the costs of processing the application.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th August 2018

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What’s the future for drones? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 10th, 2018 in aircraft, licensing, news by sally

‘Drones are finding increasing uses in a wide range of applications from life-saving delivery of medical supplies to remote locations, through filming, commercial deliveries, agricultural and construction monitoring, to military and surveillance operations. Innovation foundation Nesta has carried out an analysis of the future for drone technology in the urban environment. The research for this project involved partnership with five British cities to analyse the possible roles for drones in our towns and cities.’

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Technology Law Update, 9th August 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

R (Gaskin) v Richmond upon Thames LBC – Arden Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in fees, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news by sally

‘The Administrative Court has held that a person who owns, and lets out rooms in, a House in Multiple Occupation (“HMO”) provides a service for the purposes of EU Directive 2006/123/EC (the “Directive”) and the Provision of Services Regulations 2009, SI 2009/2999 (the “Regulations”), and that the HMO licensing scheme under Part 2, Housing Act 2004 is an “authorisation scheme” for the purposes of the Directive and Regulations. The decision of the CJEU in R (Hemming t/a Simply Pleasure) v Westminster CC [2017] 3 WLR 317, therefore applies to the fees that may be charged on a Part 2 licensing application, so that where a local authority demanded payment on application of an upfront fee which covered not merely the costs of processing the application, but also the costs of administering and enforcing the scheme, the fee was unlawful.’

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Arden Chambers, 31st July 2018

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Gambling licences to be tied to UK advertising and privacy rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 6th, 2018 in advertising, gambling, licensing, news, privacy by sally

‘Gambling providers in Britain could lose the right to operate if they fail to comply with UK advertising rules, privacy regulations or consumer protection law under new licensing requirements set to apply from later this year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Roofer fined £300 for carrying sandwich wrappers and crisp packets in his van – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in licensing, news, penalties, waste by tracey

‘A white van man has been hit with a £300 fine after sandwich wrappers and crisp packets were found inside his work van.
Roofer Stewart Gosling, 43, was punished with the on-the-spot penalty after a stash of waste he kept in a plastic commercial waste bag was found in the back of his vehicle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2018

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London’s black-cab drivers consider suing Uber for £1bn – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2018 in compensation, licensing, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘London’s black-cab drivers are considering legal action against Uber with potential plans to sue the US ride-hailing service for more than £1bn over their loss of earnings.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2018

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Prosecution of Uber driver dismissed amid claims app was plying for hire – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 13th, 2018 in internet, licensing, local government, news, taxis by tracey

‘The Chief Magistrate, Dame Emma Arbuthnot, has dismissed a prosecution of a driver using the Uber App, based on an allegation that the App was a form of plying for hire. Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Barristers, who appeared for the defendant, Mudassar Ali, said the judicial decision was the first on the topic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council defends decision to revoke premises licence after test purchase failures – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 9th, 2018 in licensing, local government, news by sally

‘A borough council in the North West has successfully defended a decision of its licensing sub-committee to revoke the premises for an off licence after a number of test purchase failures.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Council concedes in strip club policy legal challenge over equality duty failure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2018 in equality, licensing, local government, news, women by sally

‘Sheffield City Council last week (29 June) conceded in court that it had failed to properly discharge the public sector equality duty, after a campaigner challenged the lawfulness of the authority’s decision to adopt a policy of licensing unlimited strip clubs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Uber’s appeal over London licence ban begins – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2018 in licensing, London, news, taxis by sally

‘Uber’s appeal against the decision not to renew its licence in London will begin on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2018

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Home Office launches review into medical use of cannabis – Home Office

Posted June 21st, 2018 in drug offences, licensing, medical treatment, medicines, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Secretary today announced a review into the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes.’

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Home Office, 19th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Private hire vehicle operators lose High Court battle over TfL fee changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, fees, licensing, London, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by private hire vehicle operators over changes introduced by Transport for London to its licensing fees structure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

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Cambridge City Council secures injunction on punt operators using its riverside land – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2018 in canals, injunctions, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘Cambridge City Council has secured an interim High Court injunction to ban unauthorised punt businesses from using council owned land along the middle river to access the River Cam.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2018

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Court of Appeal clarifies right to relief from forfeiture – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 29th, 2018 in canals, forfeiture, licensing, news, water by sally

‘The High Court was entitled to use its discretion to grant Vauxhall Motors relief from forfeiture of its licence to discharge surface water into the Manchester Ship Canal, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th May 2018

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Incremental changes to alcohol licensing guidance take effect – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 11th, 2018 in licensed premises, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘Updated guidance setting out how licensing authorities in England and Wales should carry out their duties under the 2003 Licensing Act is now in force, following publication by the Home Office.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th May 2018

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Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets? – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in crime, firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Over the bank holiday weekend, a spate of shootings across England hit the headlines. They add to a picture of rising gun crime, after more than a decade of big decreases.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

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London borough wins appeal over body piercings and underage clients – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2018 in children, licensing, local government, London, news by sally

‘Carrying out body piercings on someone under the permitted age is a strict liability offence, the Divisional Court has said in a case punctuated by an unusual interruption by the respondent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th April 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Regulator Ofgem temporarily bans energy company Iresa from taking on new customers – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in complaints, energy, licensing, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Energy company Iresa has been temporarily banned by the industry regulator from taking on new customers or increasing existing customers’ direct debits for up to three months until it resolves a series of service issues.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk