Ryanair faces legal action over refusal to refund cancelled flights – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2018 in airlines, compensation, complaints, EC law, industrial action, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority is taking legal action against Ryanair over the airline’s refusal to compensate thousands of UK customers affected by flight disruption over the summer.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

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Defamation and privacy case cost reforms earmarked for 2019 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 4th, 2018 in costs, defamation, fees, news, privacy by tracey

‘Publishers that lose defamation and privacy cases brought against them in England and Wales will not be forced to pay the “success fee” charged by lawyers of the successful party via so-called ‘conditional fee arrangements’ (CFAs) under cost reforms due to be implemented in April next year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd December 2018

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Fundamental dishonesty – you have been warned (hopefully) – Zenith PI

Posted December 4th, 2018 in contempt of court, costs, fraud, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘I recently represented a claimant at trial in relation to a personal injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident. The defendant indicated an intention to pursue a finding of fundamental dishonesty. There were certain aspects of the evidence that might have led to such a finding, but such an outcome was far from certain.’

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Zenith PI, 30th November 2018

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Article 50: Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit – BBC News

Posted December 4th, 2018 in brexit, EC law, news, references to European Court, treaties by tracey

‘The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer. The non-binding opinion was delivered by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2018

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Boxing guru loses £922k costs fight with former lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2018 in costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Boxing promoter Frank Warren has failed to persuade the High Court to order a detailed assessment of around £922,000 in costs rendered by his former solicitors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th December 2018

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Poppi Worthington: Abuse accused father says coroner ‘overstepped mark’ – BBC News

Posted December 4th, 2018 in child abuse, coroners, inquests, judicial review, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A coroner who concluded a father had sexually assaulted his daughter shortly before her death “overstepped the mark”, the man’s lawyer has claimed.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2018

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Ofcom investigates TV station over interview praising attack in Iran – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in complaints, Iran, media, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by tracey

‘A London-based satellite news station is being formally investigated by Ofcom after broadcasting an interview with an extremist group that claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Iran.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Westminster paedophile accuser ‘Nick’ identified as judge lifts legal restriction – The Independent

‘The man known as “Nick” whose allegations sparked the Westminster sex abuse probe can be identified after a judge lifted a legal restriction.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2018

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in bankruptcy, diplomats, immunity, news by tracey

‘The former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy. The three-time Wimbledon champion had argued his appointment by the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian attache to the European Union meant he could not be subjected to legal proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Triple child killer David McGreavy cleared for release by Parole Board – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 4th, 2018 in children, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘The man who murdered three small children and impaled them on ­railings has been cleared for release by the Parole Board.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2018

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Prosecutions of parents for child cruelty and neglect double in five years – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of parents prosecuted for child cruelty or neglect has doubled to almost 17,000 in the past five years amid concerns over rising drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill health, police figures reveal today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2018

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Police launch urgent review of child cadet programmes ‘being abused by officers for sexual purposes’ – The Independent

Posted December 4th, 2018 in child abuse, news, police, vetting, volunteers, young persons by tracey

‘Police forces are launching an urgent review of volunteer cadet programmes amid fears they are being used by paedophiles to gain access to children. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating several police officers who worked with cadet groups – which are for young people aged between 13 and 18 – in London and Manchester, and called for safeguarding checks across England and Wales.’

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The Independent, 4th December 2018

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Refugee families allowed to settle in UK after 20 years stranded at British military base in Cyprus – The Independent

Posted December 4th, 2018 in immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘Six refugee families who have been stranded at a British military base in Cyprus for more than 20 years are to be allowed to settle in the UK following a legal battle.
The government has granted the group indefinite leave to enter the UK for permanent residence, in a U-turn that comes shortly before a Supreme Court hearing on the case.’

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The Independent, 4th December 2018

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Met police driver faces criminal investigation after ramming moped – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in news, police, road traffic, road traffic offences, robbery, young offenders by tracey

‘A Metropolitan police driver is under criminal investigation after using a special tactic to deliberately knock a fleeing suspect off a moped, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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HMRC treating taxpayers unfairly, House of Lords report says – The Independent

Posted December 4th, 2018 in HM Revenue & Customs, news, select committees, tax avoidance, tax evasion by tracey

‘Taxpayers are being treated unfairly by HMRC, according to a new House of Lords report, which also warns that the government’s tax collection arm has become too powerful.’

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The Independent, 4th December 2018

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Online pleas and AI for judges: minister reveals UK law reform plans – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, electronic filing, electronic mail, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Court cases conducted by email, more pleas made online and judges helped by artificial intelligence are likely to feature in the next stage of digital law reform, the justice minister Lucy Frazer has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Owner of Grade II listed house loses appeal over removal of limestone piers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Being on the register of listed buildings is enough to give a structure protection and its validity cannot be challenged in disputes over enforcement, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Recovery of success fees in defamation cases to end – Litigation Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in costs, defamation, fees, freedom of expression, news, privacy, protective costs orders by tracey

‘The government is to abolish the recoverability of success fees in defamation cases – but retain it for after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums, it announced yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th November 2018

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Lawyers join forces to hold first London disputes week – Litigation Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in brexit, courts, dispute resolution, international law, jurisdiction, London, news by tracey

‘A host of top law firms, chambers, representative bodies and others are joining forces to launch London International Disputes Week (LIDW) next year.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd December 2018

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Grenfell fraudster jailed for claiming £88,000 worth of benefits – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in benefits, closed circuit television, fire, fraud, news, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘A man has been jailed after falsely claiming he was sleeping rough in the Grenfell Tower so he could access £88,0000 worth of benefits meant for genuine victims of the fire.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 30th November 2018

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