Legalising cannabis won’t tackle disproportionate policing outcomes for ethnic minorities, crime minister says – The Independent

‘Legalising cannabis won’t tackle disproportionate policing outcomes for ethnic minorities but the issue does need to be tackled, the crime minister says.’

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The Independent, 20th May 2022

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Lord Reed, London International Disputes Week – Supreme Court

‘Lord Reed, London International Disputes Week.’

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Supreme Court, 11th May 2022

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Commercial Court “actively looking” to hear cases outside London – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2022 in Commercial Court, judiciary, lists, London, news by sally

‘The judge in charge of the Commercial Court has said she is “actively looking” for cases that can be heard outside of London.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

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Case Comment: R (on the application of Z) v Hackney LBC [2020] UKSC 40 – UKSC Blog

‘The narrow result of this appeal is that, on the facts, it was proportionate and lawful for a charity to restrict the allocation of its housing stock to Orthodox Jewish families. However, in reaching that conclusion, Lord Sales, giving the leading judgment, made a number of points of wider importance.’

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UKSC Blog, 4th April 2022

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Child Q: Met Police changes strip-search policy in two London boroughs – BBC News

‘A strip-search of any child in two London boroughs will need approval from an inspector in the wake of the Child Q controversy, the Met Police says.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2022

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Judge lambasts parties’ animosity in latest ‘Dr Bitcoin’ ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 30th, 2022 in cryptocurrencies, duty of care, jurisdiction, London, news by sally

‘Parties in the latest round of litigation involving a controversial claim to have originated the Bitcoin digital currency have been warned by a judge against using the courts as a vehicle for their animosity. Ruling in an application over the choice of London as a jurisdiction, Mrs Justice Falk also set out what was hailed as a landmark statement of the law relating to blockchain encryption technology.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th March 2022

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Victory for claimants in Sarah Everard vigil case – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 15th, 2022 in coronavirus, demonstrations, freedom of expression, London, news, police by tracey

‘Leigh & Ors v (1) The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and (2) Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Interested Party) [2022] EWHC 527. A year after the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, the Divisional Court has given its judgment on the MPS response to the proposed vigil for Ms Everard organised by #ReclaimTheseStreets on Clapham Common, near where she was last seen alive.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th March 2022

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Met Police told to ‘publicly commit’ to being anti-racist organisation after report uncovers racism, misogyny and harassment – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2022 in bullying, harassment, London, news, police, racism, reports by sally

‘The Metropolitan Police has been told to “publicly” commit to being an anti-racist organisation after a string of investigations uncovered evidence of bullying, racism and misogyny within its ranks.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2022

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London borough’s housing allocation policy in breach of Equality Act, Ombudsman finds – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother of two disabled children has successfully brought a complaint against Greenwich Council after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation found the local authority’s social housing allocation policy disadvantaged the family.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2022

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Domestic abuse accounts for one in eight crimes in London – BBC News

‘Domestic abuse now accounts for one in eight crimes reported to the Met Police, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2021

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Review or repetition? – Nearly Legal

Posted November 12th, 2021 in electronic mail, homelessness, housing, judicial review, London, news by tracey

‘Ms Bereket applied to LBWF for homelessness assistance. The authority accepted that it owed her a duty and offered her temporary accommodation in Luton. She rejected the offer as it was too far from her friends and family. The local authority explained why the property was suitable and gave a deadline for acceptance. Ms Bereket refused it again for the same reasons. The authority then decided that their duties had been discharged. She was told of her right to a review and, in a subsequent telephone call, was told the email address to use in order to request a review. She duly wrote to that address. Her email did not refer to any review but explained why the property was not suitable by reference to her need to stay in the local area (including, now, that her son had started school). The LA decided this was not a request for a review and she sought judicial review. The issue, therefore, was whether there had been a request for a review.’

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Nearly Legal, 11th November 2021

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Anthony Adekola murder: Three gang members jailed over random M&S worker’s killing – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2021 in gangs, imprisonment, London, murder, news, sentencing by michael

“Three gang members who randomly murdered a Marks & Spencer worker in a postcode war have been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2021

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Council decision to keep asylum seekers who were putative children in hotel accommodation was unlawful, High Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Brent breached its section 20 duties under the Children Act 1989 when it chose not to provide proper accommodation to unaccompanied asylum seekers while awaiting an assessment of their age, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2021

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ULEZ: New pollution charge zone to begin in London – BBC News

‘In less than a week, ULEZ will become ULEX. If you live in London and drive an older diesel or petrol car, radical changes are just around the corner.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2021

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Metropolitan Police handed officer personal details of woman who complained about him – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2021 in complaints, data protection, London, news, police, standards by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police shared the full personal details of a woman who complained about a male officer’s aggression when arresting a vulnerable female with that officer – including her home address.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2021

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Council fails in bid for final injunction prohibiting defendants from anti-social behaviour in any public space in borough – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, injunctions, local government, London, news, nuisance by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by the London Borough of Hackney for a final injunction prohibiting a number of defendants until 13 September 2022 from engaging in various activities which were said to constitute anti-social behaviour and/or public nuisance in any public space in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2021

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Vernon Bogdanor: Reply to McHarg and Young – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 15th, 2021 in brexit, constitutional law, devolution, human rights, London, news, parliament by tracey

‘Aileen McHarg and Alison Young believe that the new British constitution, which I wrote about in my book of that name published in 2009 is less securely based than I suggested. The pillars of that new constitution were, I argued, the Human Rights Act, the devolution settlement, the referendum, and the new arrangements for the government of London which provided for Britain’s first directly elected mayor.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th September 2021

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London borough defends approach after report that family face eviction for failing to attend property viewing 200 miles away – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 30th, 2021 in families, homelessness, housing, local government, London, news, repossession by sally

‘Councils must balance the interests of those in housing need with that of taxpayers, the London Borough of Waltham Forest has said after becoming embroiled in controversy over a family facing homelessness.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th July 2021

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High Court judge finds for London borough in row with city council over calculation of age of asylum-seeker – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, London, news by sally

‘The London Borough of Croydon has won a High Court case brought against it by Birmingham City Council over how an asylum seeker’s age was calculated.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd July 2021

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Daniel Morgan case: Met accused of ‘betrayal’ over unsolved 1987 murder – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2021 in corruption, London, murder, news, police by sally

‘The Met Police has been accused of a “betrayal of the public” in its statements over the unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2021

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