Delivering justice during the COVID-19 pandemic – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Maintaining access to justice and enabling people to exercise their rights and have effective participation in the legal system has never been more important than now. The judiciary are quickly adapting their ways of working to deliver justice during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Infrastructure and the Environment – some learning from Heathrow – No. 5 Chambers

‘At present, the contest between need and the environmental effects of expansion of Heathrow has been settled by a virus. The Government advises against all international travel. In the minds of many, and in particular the media, R (oao) Planet B Earth v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 214, is a case about climate change and, of course, it is. But it is also a case which yields learning in a host of other areas. This short piece highlights one of them. It is this question: in a technical or scientific case, how closely will the court mark the parties’ homework? Is it ‘tick and flick’ or PhD viva? As always, lawyers have coined their own term – ‘intrusiveness of review’.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th March 2020

Source: www.no5.com

COVID-19: Competition and State Aid Law During the Coronavirus Crisis – St John’s Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, EC law, news, state aids by sally

‘This note reflects developments as at 26 March 2020. It provides an overview of how UK and
EU competition law and EU State aid law will apply during the COVID-19 crisis. It is not legal
advice and should not be relied upon as such.’

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St John's Chambers, 26th March 2020

Source: www.stjohnschambers.co.uk

Data Protection and Capital Punishment – The 36 Group

‘Case note on the Supreme Court’s judgment in Elgizouli (appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (respondent) [2020] UKSC 10.’

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The 36 Group, 30th March 2020

Source: 36group.co.uk

Covert recordings: does the end justify the means? – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘Covert recording is featuring increasingly in both employment and personal injury law – and the ramifications of recent decisions are yet to be fully played out. Two recent cases consider the issue from both sides in the workplace; Phoenix, featured covert recording by an employee and López considered covert surveillance by employers.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 25th March 2020

Source: www.12kbw.co.uk

Contracting with Coronavirus: the NEC contract terms – 39 Essex Chambers

‘This article, the second in a series of three articles, considers the effect of Coronavirus on the contract regimes applicable to NEC forms of contract. Other articles cover JCT terms, and the possible impact of the common law principle of frustration.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 27th March 2020

Source: www.39essex.com

Coronavirus and Child Arrangement Orders by John Myers – Broadway House Chambers

‘Much anxiety has been caused to parents by the impact of the Government’s Stay at Home Rules on Child Arrangement Orders, and particularly on the requirement for children to spend time with the non-resident parent.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 26th March 2020

Source: broadwayhouse.co.uk

Criminal Powers in response to Covid-19 – stay indoors instructions – 5 SAH

‘On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister instructed everyone to remain in their homes in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The overwhelming majority of individuals and businesses have taken steps to comply with that instruction. However, concerns remained about the large number of people continuing to use London Underground, groups of people congregating in public places and a small number of people steadfastly refusing to comply. From the off, law enforcement officials were asking to be furnished with powers to enforce compliance.’

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5 SAH, 30th March 2020

Source: www.5sah.co.uk

Most chambers “face collapse” without government cash – Legal Futures

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘More than half of barristers’ chambers will go out of business within six months if they do not receive financial support from the government during the coronavirus crisis, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Coronavirus: Single parents take government to court over welfare rules – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in benefits, children, coronavirus, families, immigration, news by sally

‘A group of single parents who cannot claim welfare payments because of their migration status are suing the government.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bomb hoax barrister fails to overturn law firm ban – Legal Futures

‘A barrister jailed in 2014 for a bomb hoax at the London Olympics has failed in his attempt to overturn an order imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that banned him from working for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Guidance to Appropriate Authorities: police misconduct hearings during the coronavirus restrictions – UK Police Law Blog

‘This note is intended to assist Appropriate Authorities (“AAs”), Professional Standards Departments (“PSDs”) and hearings units to progress misconduct proceedings[1] under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and 2020 (“PCR”), during the outbreak of COVID-19. We suggest that AAs should try to proceed with hearings by video and/or telephone where possible, and we explore the practical implications of doing so.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th March 2020

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Coronavirus: Man jailed for coughing on police officer – BBC News

‘A man who coughed on a police officer and claimed to have coronavirus has been jailed for six months.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Accountant severely reprimanded over SRA report – Legal Futures

‘An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Coronavirus: Man jailed after hospital visit social media boast – BBC News

‘A man who boasted on social media of visiting a hospital without a medical reason has been jailed for 12 weeks.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Couple who opposed council vaccinating their child lose appeal – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in appeals, children, families, local government, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A couple who tried to prevent the local authority from vaccinating their child, who is in care, have failed to overturn the decision by requiring courts to become routinely involved in such disputes.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Covid-19: Pay for working parents forced to look after their children – Cloisters

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, children, coronavirus, employment, families, news, remuneration by sally

‘Employers are making difficult choices at this time in situations which have never affected their workplaces before. Employment lawyers are having to advise in a context where the landscape is changing day by day. As fresh guidance is issued and new headlines emerge, the next legal queries evolve.’

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Cloisters, 27th March 2020

Source: www.cloisters.com

Coronavirus: ‘Lower priority’ crime cases put on hold – BBC News

‘Suspected fraudsters and gangsters should not be charged during the coronavirus outbreak to avoid “clogging up” courts, new guidance recommends.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council and police shut pub that held lock in during lockdown – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, health, licensed premises, news by sally

‘Ashfield District Council has used its powers working with Nottinghamshire Police to shut a pub under new rules introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak, after the licence holder held a lock in at her pub.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Covid-19: Furlough and job retention: Key issues for Employment Lawyers – Cloisters

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy, remuneration by sally

‘Employers are making difficult choices at this time in situations which have never affected their workplaces before. As fresh guidance is issued and new headlines emerge, the next legal queries evolve.’

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Cloisters, 30th March 2020

Source: www.cloisters.com