Tell me a storey – NearlyLegal

Posted March 26th, 2013 in housing, licensing, local government, news by sally

“This is an interesting appeal in relation to the counting of storeys for HMO licensing purposes. It actually repeats an argument dealt with in an appeal in a criminal prosecution of a Mr Williams by Cotswold District Council from way back in 2008 although the result here was different (see ‘Recount Your Storeys’ (2009) 12 JHL 1).”

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NearlyLegal, 22nd March 2013


NHS foreign doctors must speak English, say ministers – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2013 in doctors, EC law, immigration, licensing, news, professional conduct by sally

“Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.”

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BBC News, 24th February 2013


VLM Holdings Ltd v Ravensworth Digital Services Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted February 21st, 2013 in computer programs, copyright, law reports, licensing, subsidiary companies by sally

VLM Holdings Ltd v Ravensworth Digital Services Ltd [2013] EWHC 228 (Ch); [2013] WLR (D) 63

“Where the authority given by a head licensor to a sub-licensor was sufficiently wide in scope to allow the grant of a sub-licence which was capable of surviving termination of the head licence, the head licensor must be taken on normal agency principles as giving ultimate permission for the granting of the sub-licence.”

WLR Daily, 13th February 2013


Insolvency of software sub-licensor did not end firm’s rights of use under that licence, rules High Court –

Posted February 18th, 2013 in company law, copyright, insolvency, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

“Businesses can retain the right to use copyrighted software under sub-licences awarded by head-licensees in circumstances where those head-licensees are subject of a termination or become insolvent, the High Court has said.”

Full story, 15th February 2013


Back to school for the OFT? – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted January 21st, 2013 in competition, complaints, licensing, news, school children by sally

“On 25 October 2012 the Office of Fair Trading announced that it had written to the head teachers of almost 30,000 State schools to draw attention to the high price of school uniforms. The high price is caused in part by 74% of schools requiring parents to purchase uniforms from a single, named retailer or from the school itself. This has created a captive market for chosen suppliers, allowing them to charge an additional £52 million per year (see para 2.3 of the OFT’s 2006 school uniforms review).”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 20th January 2013


White and another v South Derbyshire District Council [2012] EWHC 3495 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 374

Posted December 13th, 2012 in illegality, law reports, licensing, local government, planning, ultra vires by sally

White and another v South Derbyshire District Council [2012] EWHC 3495 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 374

“A public authority which had acted ultra vires could not rely on the unlawfulness of its own act in order to found a criminal prosecution.”

WLR Daily, 8th November 2012


LSB responds to consultation by revising plans for regulation of special bodies – Legal Services Board

“Special bodies – including not-for profit agencies and community interest companies –
providing reserved legal activities will not become licensed under the Legal Services Act 2007
until at least April 2015, the LSB confirms today [5 December].”

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Legal Services Board, 5th December 2012


Plans unveiled for the future regulation of UK private security industry – Home Office

Posted November 21st, 2012 in licensing, news, professional conduct, regulations, security companies by sally

“Plans to make private security businesses across the UK more accountable for quality and standards were unveiled by the government today [20 November].”

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Home Office, 20th November 2012


Circuses blow their top at lion licensing plan – The Independent

Posted November 19th, 2012 in animals, licensing, news by sally

“A plan to force circuses to license all their lions, tigers and elephants – thrashed out after the Government shelved an outright ban on performing wild animals – could still drive many circuses out of business, owners have warned.”

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The Independent, 18th November 2012


IPCC report condemns police handling of killer’s gun licence – report – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in complaints, domestic violence, firearms, licensing, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

“A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and then threatening to shoot himself, according to a report seen by the BBC.”

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The Guardian, 19th Npvember 2012


CLA announces new code of conduct to govern its collective licensing activities –

Posted November 5th, 2012 in codes of practice, copyright, licensing, news by sally

“The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has established a new code of conduct that details the organisation’s obligations to its licence users.”

Full story, 2nd November 2012


Bilston Community College falls foul of ‘ever-changing’ UKBA regulations – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2012 in education, immigration, licensing, news, sponsored immigrants by sally

“Bilston is the latest institution to have its licence to sponsor overseas students withdrawn.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2012


Regina (Badger Trust) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – WLR Daily

Posted October 26th, 2012 in animals, environmental health, judicial review, law reports, licensing by tracey

Regina (Badger Trust)  v  Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: [2012] EWCA Civ 1286;   [2012] WLR (D)  287

“Section 10(2)(a) of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 empowered the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to proceed with a policy involving a grant of licences, whereby farmers and landowners, in areas said to be the worst affected by bovine tuberculosis in England, would be allowed to carry out controlled culling of badgers.”

WLR Daily, 11th September 2012


OFT sets out details of its new power to suspend consumer credit licenses –

Posted October 26th, 2012 in bills, consultations, consumer credit, consumer protection, licensing, news by tracey

“Consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set out details of how it intends to use a new power which will allow it to suspend the licenses of rogue lenders with immediate effect in some circumstances.”

Full story, 24th October 2012


Sky is a fit and proper broadcaster, rules Ofcom – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in interception, licensing, media, news, ombudsmen, professional conduct by sally

“The media regulator Ofcom has found that BSkyB remains a ‘fit and proper’ owner of a broadcast licence despite the phone-hacking affair which embroiled its parent company and during which, it said, James Murdoch’s conduct repeatedly fell short of the standard to be expected.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012


First badger cull licence issued – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2012 in animals, environmental protection, licensing, news by sally

“The first licence allowing farmers in England to shoot badgers in an attempt to reduce cattle TB has been issued.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2012


Regina (Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd) v Gambling Commission (People’s Health Trust intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted August 28th, 2012 in charities, gambling, health, law reports, licensing by tracey

Regina (Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd) v Gambling Commission (People’s Health Trust intervening): [2012] EWHC 2391 (Admin);   [2012] WLR (D)  253

“Societies were not precluded from being ‘non-commercial’ and eligible for the grant of lottery operating licences under section 98 of the Gambling Act 2005, as being established or conducted for the purpose of ‘private gain’ within the meaning of section 19 of the 2005 Act, on account of the lottery scheme having been proposed by the company appointed to act as their external lottery manager with a view in part to its making a profit from so doing. Their having the same directors and employing the same external lottery manager did not require aggregation of the proceeds of the lotteries for the purposes of section 99 of the 2005 Act.”

WLR Daily, 22nd August 2012


High Court dismisses Camelot action seeking removal of rival Health Lottery’s licence –

Posted August 28th, 2012 in competition, gambling, health, licensing, news by tracey

“The High Court has dismissed a court challenge by Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, which was seeking to have the gambling licence for its rival the Health Lottery revoked.”

Full story, 24th August 2012


OFT revokes payday lender licence, but firm continues to lend – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2012 in appeals, fraud, licensing, loans, news by tracey

“A payday lender has been fined and had its licence taken away by the Office of Fair Trading for the first time – but is still lending money at interest rates of more than 5,000%.”

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The Guardian, 9th August 2012


New UK ‘Copyright Hub’ would help address problems with copyright licensing framework, report says –

Posted July 31st, 2012 in copyright, licensing, news, reports by sally

“The UK should have a new ‘Copyright Hub’ to allow for rights holders to licence the use of their content through a simpler, more transparent and less costly system than currently exists, a report commissioned by the Government has said.”

Full story, 31st July 2012