Bart Casella writes about Unexplained Wealth Orders and changes to applications for Account Freezing Orders – 23 Essex Street

Posted November 7th, 2019 in accounts, HM Revenue & Customs, London, money laundering, news by sally

‘Before UWOs came into force on 31 January 2018, I provided seminars to solicitors on the potentially far reaching effects that the orders could have, including on mortgagees and trustees of property held by individuals who qualified for an order or in relation to enforcement by HMRC in respect of inappropriate tax planning. The reality is that the investigating authorities in the UK have thus far concentrated on the ‘low hanging fruit’.’

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23 Essex Street, 4th November 2019

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Extinction Rebellion London Ban: What Is A Section 14 Order And Is It Lawful? – Rights Info

‘Police have banned climate campaigners Extinction Rebellion (XR) from protesting in London, a move that human rights groups have condemned as “chilling”. What power does the police have to do this, and is it lawful? RightsInfo explores.’

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Rights Info, 15th October 2019

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More police officers to be armed with Tasers in London – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2019 in London, news, police, weapons by tracey

‘More police officers in London are to be armed with Tasers following calls for the weapons to be rolled out for their own protection, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has said.’

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The Independent, 17th september 2019

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Only 3% of rape claims in London result in convictions, study says – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2019 in London, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, statistics, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Only 3% of rape allegations in London result in convictions, a study has found, prompting the capital’s victims’ commissioner to call for an end to the “excessive intrusion into personal data” demanded when a person makes an allegation.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2019

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Rise in knives and blades found at London family courts – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2019 in family courts, London, news, offensive weapons, statistics by sally

‘Thousands of knives and sharp objects are being confiscated annually at London family courts, with campaigners saying it showed how “desensitised” some people were to carrying weapons.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2019

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Ombudsman urges councils to check procedures when dealing with people with ‘hidden disabilities’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in disabled persons, local government, London, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman has called on councils to check their procedures to avoid disadvantaging people with ‘hidden disabilities’, following the publication of three separate investigation reports into London councils.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2019

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UK property register ‘needed urgently’ to stop money laundering – The Guardian

‘Proposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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Demand for commercial courts hits new peak as competition circles – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, Commercial Court, courts, jurisdiction, London, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of commercial cases heard in London grew significantly last year, according to new research which highlights the difficulties for new international courts to challenge the UK’s position post-Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Speech by Chancellor of the High Court: The effect of Brexit on Financial Services Disputes in London – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 8th, 2019 in brexit, judges, jurisdiction, London, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Chancellor of the High Court: The effect of Brexit on Financial Services Disputes in London.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th May 2019

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Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Hamblen: Litigating financial disputes in London and the Financial List – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Hamblen: Litigating financial disputes in London and the Financial List.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th May 2019

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Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal – The Independent

‘Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2019

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Councils fail in legal challenge over Heathrow Airport expansion – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Divisional Court has dismissed a legal challenge brought by five councils, the Mayor of London and a number of other claimants over the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”), which sets out that the Government’s preferred location for additional airport capacity in the South East of England is a new runway at Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st May 2019

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Liverpool judge refuses to move huge claim to London – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court in Liverpool has refused to transfer one of the biggest claims ever filed in this country to the Rolls Building in London.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2019

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Give local authorities extra powers to curb junk food ads – report – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2019 in advertising, children, enforcement, food, health, local government, London, news by sally

‘Local authorities should be given greater powers to make it easier for them to impose restrictions on junk food advertising in their areas, a report has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2019

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Regulator warns policy makers to “think very carefully” before setting up charity for singular public project – Local Government Lawyer

‘The fact that more than £50m of public funds was spent by the Garden Bridge Trust without producing demonstrable public benefit or impact represented “a failure for charity which risks undermining public trust”, the Charity Commission has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2019

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Garden Bridge which cost the taxpayer more than £50m was ‘a failure for charity’ that undermines public trust, commission rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2019 in budgets, charities, Charity Commission, London, news, taxation, transport by sally

‘The London Garden Bridge, which cost the taxpayer more than £50 million, was “a failure for charity” that undermines public trust, the Charity Commission has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2019

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London borough secures temporary injunction prohibiting illegal encampments at 350+ sites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 10th, 2019 in injunctions, local government, London, news, travellers, waste by sally

‘Hillingdon Council has secured a High Court injunction until 18 June that prohibits illegal encampments on more than 350 sites across the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2019

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ULEZ: New pollution charge begins in London – BBC News

‘Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2019

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Uber drivers sue Sadiq Khan for discrimination against ethnic minority drivers – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2019 in congestion charges, equality, London, news, race discrimination, statistics, taxis by tracey

‘Private hire vehicle drivers are mounting a legal challenge against London mayor Sadiq Khan after he proposed new rules which require minicab and Uber drivers to pay the congestion charge.’

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The Independent, 1st March 2019

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Equality Act – Local Government Law

‘McNutt v Transport for London [2019] EWHC 365 (Admin) was an appeal by way of case stated against a decision of Hendon Magistrates Court to find Mr McNutt, guilty of the offence contrary to Section 165(7) of the Equality Act 2010 (“the EA 2010”). It raised an important point of statutory construction in relation to the duty, pursuant to Section 165(1)(a) and Section 165(4)(b) of the EA 2010 on the driver of a taxi which has been hired by or for a disabled person in a wheelchair “not to make any additional charge for doing so”. By Section 165(7), it is a criminal offence to make such an additional charge.’

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Local Government Law, 25th February 2019

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