Council to pay more than £7,000 to Year 10 pupil left without a school for more than a year – Local Government Lawyer

‘Leicestershire County Council has agreed to apologise and pay a teenager £7,200 after an investigation from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found it left her without an academy school place for nearly 14 months.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd February 2021

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Court draws adverse inferences from “deliberate destruction” of emails – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in electronic mail, estoppel, evidence, film industry, guarantees, news by tracey

‘A High Court has described the double deletion by a witness for the claimant of crucial emails on the eve of the trial of a film financing dispute as a “very serious misdeed”.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rfd February 2021

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Senior barrister rails against ‘direct access discrimination’ – Legal Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in barristers, diversity, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘Direct access barristers can be looked down on, and ignored by legal directories, because they do not have solicitors or other professional clients singing their praises, a leading family law specialist has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd February 2021

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Bar Standards Board publishes report on diversity of its members and staff – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in barristers, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report, Diversity of BSB Staff and Board Members 2020. It follows the publication of the Diversity of the Bar report 2020, which showed that while diversity in the profession was gradually increasing, further progress was needed.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd February 2021

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UK firms given six months’ grace on gender pay gap reporting – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in enforcement, gender, news, notification, remuneration, time limits by tracey

‘Companies that fail to meet the gender pay gap reporting deadline of 4 April will be given a six-month reprieve before any enforcement action is taken against them. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said companies should report by the deadline if possible, but confirmed it would not begin enforcement proceedings until 4 October.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

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MI6 ‘body-in-bag’: Spy Gareth Williams’ London flat death reviewed – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in DNA, evidence, inquests, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘The death of an MI6 agent whose naked body was found inside a locked holdall at his London flat is to be reviewed. Metropolitan Police investigators said new information about Gareth Williams, who died in 2010, had come to light.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2021

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Uber accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in compensation, holiday pay, minimum wage, news, self-employment, Supreme Court, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has been accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation for missed holiday and minimum wage payments after a landmark court ruling.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

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Ex-Labour staffer goes to court to try to identify leaker of antisemitism report – The Guardian

‘A former senior Labour staffer has taken the party to court in an attempt to force it to disclose the identity of the leaker of a report on antisemitism in the party that contained hundreds of private WhatsApp messages.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

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Leader of Islamist terrorist network jailed for over 3 years after sparking manhunt at UK borders – The Independent

‘A senior leader of a terrorist network has been jailed after sparking a manhunt that caused nine-hour tailbacks in Dover.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2021

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Uber drivers “set for £12k awards” after Supreme Court ruling – Litigation Futures

‘Tens of thousands of Uber drivers could be entitled to £12,000 in compensation, lawyers said today after the Supreme Court ruled they should be classed as workers.’

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Litigation futures, 19th February 2021

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European Commission approval for the ‘adequacy’ status of our data protection laws has been welcomed by the government. But is the UK making the wrong choice of regimes? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in brexit, data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘Last week’s news that the European Commission is to approve the treasured ‘adequacy’ status of UK data protection laws came as a relief to much of the legal sector. Apart from allowing businesses to continue sharing personal data across the EU when the current bridging agreement expires in June, adequacy status also helps with law enforcement and other matters where cross-border co-operation is vital.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd February 2021

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City watchdog halts new business at Buy2LetCars – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news by tracey

‘The City regulator has halted new business at a company that promises bumper returns from a car hire scheme aimed at people with poor credit ratings, prompting a backlash from the firm at the “bizarre” decision.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2021

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Fewer than one in six ‘hostile environment’ raids led to deportations – The Guardian

‘Fewer than one in six of more than 44,000 “intelligence-led” Home Office immigration enforcement raids on people’s homes since the introduction of the “hostile environment” policy have resulted in deportations, according to data obtained by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2021

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Fly-tipping: Licensing system failing to stop dumping, Panorama finds – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in enforcement, government departments, licensing, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘A BBC Panorama investigation has revealed how the government’s licensing system for waste carriers fails to stop fly-tipping. All businesses that transport and dispose of waste in England have to be licensed with the Environment Agency.
But there are few checks on who gets a licence and BBC Panorama found licensed firms can still be involved in the dumping of rubbish.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2021

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Christian group fined £10k for Bulwell car park meet Published15 hours ago – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in Christianity, coronavirus, fines, freedom of movement, news by tracey

‘Police have handed a £10,000 fine to the organiser of a church meet-up in a pub car park.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2021

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Brexit: DUP launches court challenge to Northern Ireland protocol – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in brexit, EC law, judicial review, news, Northern Ireland by tracey

‘DUP leader Arlene Foster has launched legal action to challenge the Northern Ireland protocol amid unionist anger over post-Brexit trade disruption. The judicial review proceedings will argue that the new checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland were imposed without the consent of the public.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2021

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Council misapplied its Allocation Scheme by treating a “preference” given to families with children as an automatic decision in their favour – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2021 in chambers articles, children, families, housing, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘The Claimant lived with her three adult children, one of whom (Zakiya) had cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. Due to her disabilities, Zakiya needed to live in a property with various adaptations, including a level-access shower, access to stairs with bilateral handrails, and (preferably) a downstairs toilet.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 17th February 2021

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Committal for contempt: CPR Part 81 and recent cases – Guildhall Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2021 in chambers articles, civil procedure rules, contempt of court, news by sally

‘As Foxton J observed in Integral Petroleum SA v Petrogat FZE [2020] EWHC 558 (Comm) at [26], applications for committal for contempt of court have become an increasingly common feature of High Court litigation, particularly in the Business and Property Courts.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 12th February 2021

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Contentious Wills & Probate Part III – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2021 in chambers articles, forfeiture, news, probate, wills by sally

‘Last year there were two reported decisions in respect of the forfeiture rule. These are worth mention given the rarity of reported cases in this area.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 17th February 2021

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Judge rejects use of frozen assets for legal expenses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 19th, 2021 in assets recovery, chambers articles, damages, enforcement notices, fraud, judgments, news by tracey

‘A recent ruling by the High Court in London has highlighted the benefits to businesses of using freezing orders to protect and recover assets, as well as the willingness of the courts in England and Wales to support the enforcement of judgments, experts in civil fraud and asset recovery have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2021

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com