Court rules woman can keep her red and white striped townhouse – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2017 in appeals, freedom of expression, housing, London, news, planning by sally

‘A woman who angered her neighbours by decorating her multimillion-pound townhouse with red and white stripes can ignore a planning order to repaint the property, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Devolution in England: a review – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted April 24th, 2017 in devolution, legal history, London, news by tracey

‘On Monday 10 April Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics (LSE) spoke at a Constitution Unit seminar on devolution in England. The talk covered the history of English devolution, international comparisons, and some thoughts for the future amidst the current Brexit-dominated political landscape. Kasim Khorasanee reports.’

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UCL Constitution Unit, 24th April 2017

Source: www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit

Council hails £222k confiscation order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 24th, 2017 in confiscation, local government, London, news, planning, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘Less than a month after local authority lawyers were told to consider the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) as a way to generate income, an East London council has announced its biggest court payout to date. The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham said that an east London landlord has been given a £222,000 confiscation order following a POCA application brought by the council before Snaresbrook Crown Court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Cressida Dick: Met chief will ‘bear down’ on violent crime – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2017 in crime, London, news, police, statistics, violence, weapons by tracey

‘The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has promised to “bear down” on large rises in violent crime in London.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Community contribution, priority stars and discrimination – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of Southwark’s allocation policy as it applied to transfers. Specifically, the issue was whether Southwark’s policy, in awarding ‘priority stars’ for ‘community contribution’ discriminated against women and the disabled.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th April 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Undercover policing inquiry ‘not sabotaged’ by Met Police – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2017 in anonymity, disclosure, inquiries, investigatory powers, London, news, police by tracey

‘The judge chairing a public inquiry into undercover policing has dismissed claims by campaigners that the Met Police have tried to sabotage it.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2017

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Decorator cleared of killing Czech man in London street attack – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2017 in homicide, London, news, self-defence by sally

‘A painter and decorator has been cleared of killing a Czech man in a street attack which sparked fears of post-Brexit violence.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Just too much effort… Barnet and homeless applications – Nearly Legal

‘The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a quite withering decision on a complaint about Barnet Council’s failure to make a formal decision on repeated homeless applications by a homeless woman.’

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Nearly Legal, 30th March 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Former Adams family gang boss loses cash case appeal – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2017 in appeals, certificates of inadequacy, confiscation, disclosure, gangs, London, news by tracey

‘Former gangster Terry Adams has lost his appeal over how much he must repay from his days of crime.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs launch unprecedented inquiry into air pollution amid Government delay and inaction – The Independent

‘In an unprecedented move, four House of Commons select committees are to investigate the state of air pollution in cities across the country.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ealing defeats latest challenge to siting of QPR training on metropolitan open land – Local Government Lawyers

Posted March 13th, 2017 in commons, local government, London, news, planning, sport by sally

‘The London Borough of Ealing has successfully defended its decision-making in the latest round of litigation over the proposed siting of training facilities for football club Queen’s Park Rangers on metropolitan open land (MOL).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

World enough and time – suitability, distance and time – Nearly Legal

Posted March 13th, 2017 in appeals, children, housing, local government, London, news by sally

‘A section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeal of the suitability of LB Brent’s offer of private sector accommodation to Mr B of a property in Birmingham. Mr B, his wife and three daughters were in temporary accommodation in Brent, a full s.193 housing duty having been accepted by Brent. In 2014, an offer of accommodation in Birmingham was made. Mr B sought a review, which upheld suitability. A s.204 appeal was settled on the basis of a fresh review. That review decision of May 2016, again upholding suitability, was the subject of the present appeal.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th March 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

London man jailed for killing friend with single punch after shoe prank – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, homicide, London, news, sentencing, violence by sally

‘A City worker who fatally punched a friend after his shoe was thrown out of a taxi window has been jailed for three years.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of World War I soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘London council is to be allowed to bury people in land on top of war graves after a Church of England court gave it permission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drug addict jailed for killing child actor in London car chase – The Guardian

‘A drug addict with more than 50 previous convictions has been jailed for 12 years for killing a child actor and his aunt when he hit them with a stolen car.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human Rights Act should not be used to sue police, Home Office to argue in landmark Supreme Court appeal – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims of serious crime should not be allowed to use the Human Rights Act to sue the police, the Home Office will argue on Monday in a landmark Supreme Court appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Met Police still don’t know where FGM is happening after 32 years without a conviction – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2017 in children, female genital mutilation, London, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘The police inspector in charge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) investigations in London said the Metropolitan Police still does not know where young women and girls are being cut and disfigured. Inspector Allen Davis’s comments came as the NHS revealed there were nearly 5,500 new FGM cases reported to hospitals, clinics and GPs in 2016.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2017

Source: www.indpendent.co.uk

Transport for London defeats Uber challenge over language test for drivers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 6th, 2017 in London, news, standards, taxis, transport by sally

‘Uber has failed in a High Court challenge to a requirement from Transport for London that the company’s drivers take English language tests, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Scotland Yard facing £3m legal threat over bungled VIP child abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, London, news, police by sally

‘The Metropolitan Police is facing legal action costing as much as £3million from three prominent members of society who claimed their reputations were tarnished over false sexual abuse allegations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Boy, 15, jailed for Notting Hill stab murder – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in London, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A 15-year-boy has been jailed for 13 years for murdering a teenager in an ambush in Notting Hill.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk