UK faces legal action over North Sea oilfield exploration plans – The Guardian

‘The government faces the threat of legal action over plans to allow exploration at the Cambo oilfield near Shetland after promising to put an end to new oil exploration licences that do not align with the UK’s climate goals.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

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Anarchy in UK court? Ex-Sex Pistols sue singer Johnny Rotten – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2021 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, licensing, news by tracey

‘Two former members of the Sex Pistols are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming television series about the anarchic punk rock icons.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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A reasonable excuse defence to an RRO – ‘they told me they’d tell me’ – Nearly Legal

Posted June 28th, 2021 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news, rent by tracey

‘D’Costa v D’Andrea & Ors (HOUSING – RENT REPAYMENT ORDERS – the defence of reasonable excuse) (2021) UKUT 144 (LC).’

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Nearly Legal, 27th June 2021

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Renewal of taxi drivers’ licences – Local Government Lawyer

‘Gerald Gouriet QC looks at the issues that arise with the late renewal of taxi drivers’ licences.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th June 2021

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Gambling Operating Licences – 11KBW

Posted June 18th, 2021 in appeals, chambers articles, gambling, licensing, news, tribunals by sally

‘In a wide-ranging decision, the First Tier Tribunal has brought clarity to several aspects of regulatory practice associated with gambling operating licences.’

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11KBW, 8th June 2021

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Greenpeace launch legal action against UK government over secrecy on deep sea mining – The Independent

‘Greenpeace has launched legal action against the UK government over ministers’ failure to disclose information over the first deep sea mining exploration licences to be made public.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2021

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Kate Shemirani: Nurse who claimed 5G caused Covid symptoms and spread vaccine misinformation struck off – The Independent

‘A leading figure in Britain’s anti-vaccination movement who repeatedly spread coronavirus conspiracy theories, and once called the NHS “the new Auschwitz”, has been permanently struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.’

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The Independent, 5th June 2021

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Banning Order? Simples – Nearly Legal

“LB Camden v 1) Simple Properties Management Ltd 2) Mr MIguel Cabeo Cespedes. A banning order! One of – if we are being honest – far too few to date (even taking into account the time lag for relevant offences, prosecutions and applications). But one that can be heartily celebrated as thoroughly deserved, featuring as it does Simple Properties Management Ltd and its sole director, Miguel Cabeo Cespedes. We have come across SPM a few times in the past, as will become apparent, and sometimes it is a pleasure to see such acquaintances get their just deserts.”

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Nearly Legal, 26th May 2021

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UK’s deep-sea mining permits could be unlawful – Greenpeace – The Guardian

‘Deep-sea mining exploration licences granted by the British government are “riddled with inaccuracies”, and could even be unlawful, according to Greenpeace and Blue Marine Foundation, a conservation charity.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2021

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Rent Repayment Order and legal costs – Nearly Legal

Posted May 10th, 2021 in costs, documents, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, rent by tracey

‘Leibel v Baird CHI/29UC/HMF/2020/0035 (4 May 2021). This was an application for a rent repayment order in respect of an unlicensed property. Unusually, it also featured a rule 13 costs application by the tenant.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th May 2021

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HS2: Judge orders pause on tree felling at wood that inspired Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – The Independent

‘A High Court judge has ordered HS2 to stop felling trees at a wood that inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox, ahead of a hearing into whether the government licences were issued legitimately.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2021

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Fly-tipping: Licensing system failing to stop dumping, Panorama finds – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in enforcement, government departments, licensing, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘A BBC Panorama investigation has revealed how the government’s licensing system for waste carriers fails to stop fly-tipping. All businesses that transport and dispose of waste in England have to be licensed with the Environment Agency.
But there are few checks on who gets a licence and BBC Panorama found licensed firms can still be involved in the dumping of rubbish.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2021

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TV licence fee decriminalisation decision shelved – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2021 in BBC, consultations, criminal justice, fines, government departments, licensing, news by sally

‘The government has decided not to move ahead with plans to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee, but said it would “remain under active consideration”.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2021

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Beyond regulation: controlling app-based private hire operators – 11 KBW

Posted December 7th, 2020 in chambers articles, internet, licensing, news, regulations, standards, taxis by sally

‘In former times, if you wanted to build a business empire, you needed bricks, mortar and time. It took twenty years for Marks and Spencer to move from their first covered market in Leeds to their first shop. No more. You can run the world’s largest holiday lettings company without owning a hotel, or the largest book retailer in the world without a bookshop, and you can revolutionise the global taxi industry without owning a car. And it all happens at a dizzying pace. The question arises whether these commercial leviathans can be regulated and if so how.’

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11 KBW, November 2020

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SRA eyes “activity based licences” and scheme for unregulated providers – Legal Futures

Posted October 29th, 2020 in legal services, licensing, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could offer “activity-based licences”, allowing lawyers to provide individual reserved legal activities instead of its current “all or nothing” approach to regulation.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2020

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UK faces new legal challenge over arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in international trade, judicial review, licensing, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by sally

‘Campaigners have filed for a judicial review of the UK government’s decision to renew arms sales to Saudi Arabia.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2020

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Doctor fined £4,000 for carrying out unlicensed circumcision – The Independent

Posted October 6th, 2020 in children, doctors, fines, licensing, medical treatment, news, penalties by tracey

‘A doctor has been fined £4,000 after carrying out an unlicensed circumcision.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2020

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Council to pursue Crown Court appeal over ruling that ex-policeman convicted of child abduction should be granted taxi licence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 24th, 2020 in children, kidnapping, licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has lodged an appeal with Liverpool Crown Court over whether a former policeman convicted 14 years ago of abducting a 15-year-old girl should be granted a taxi driver licence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd September 2020

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Outdated weddings laws of England and Wales face overhaul – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2020 in licensing, marriage, news by sally

‘Couples could soon be free to get married on the beach, in a private garden or at sea, according to proposed changes to outdated wedding laws.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2020

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COVID-19 – Enforcing safety guidelines in pubs and other licensed premises – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 27th, 2020 in coronavirus, health & safety, licensed premises, licensing, news, regulations by sally

‘On the 8th of August 2020, the Local Government Association (“LGA”) called for a new temporary public health or COVID-19 licensing objective to be inserted into the Licensing Act (“LA”) 2003.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 14th August 2020

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