Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, May 2019 – Family Law Week

Posted May 20th, 2019 in divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, news, pensions, reasons by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 14th May 2019

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Man who ‘confessed’ to raping woman in Facebook message was not prosecuted – The Independent

‘A man who “confessed” on Facebook Messenger to raping a woman in her sleep will not be prosecuted because authorities think there is “no realistic prospect of conviction”, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2019

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UK property register ‘needed urgently’ to stop money laundering – The Guardian

‘Proposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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Parents of student who died in suicide over anxiety attacks to sue Bristol University – The Independent

‘The parents of a student who took her own life because she was too anxious to make a public presentation are taking legal action against her university.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2019

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Judge spikes PI claim from ‘disabled’ victim over fundamental dishonesty – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has thrown out a personal injury claim – without letting the case go to full quantum trial – after the litigant presented an ‘egregiously untrue picture’ of his disabilities.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th May 2019

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Government announces new register for retail landlords – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2019 in landlord & tenant, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government says it will make it easier to find out who owns empty buildings on the High Street in a bid to revitalise the UK’s retail sector.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Jackson calls for overhaul of system for clinical negligence claims – Litigation Futures

‘Clinical negligence claims could be handled by a tribunal under a new test for liability of whether the patient has suffered ‘reasonably avoidable injury’, Sir Rupert Jackson has proposed.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th May 2019

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Takeaway boss has two-year manslaughter sentence overturned after death of schoolgirl with nut allergy – Daily Telegraph

‘A takeaway boss found guilty of the manslaughter of a schoolgirl who suffered an allergic reaction to a meal containing peanut proteins has won an appeal against his conviction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2019

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UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule – The Guardian

‘Government security decisions will in future be open to challenge in the courts after judges ruled that a secretive intelligence tribunal could not be exempt from legal action.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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“Impecunious” company with wealthy backers denied costs cap – Litigation Futures

Posted May 17th, 2019 in costs, costs capping orders, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘It would not be reasonable for an “impecunious” company to withdraw a crowdfunded claim for judicial review if it was denied a costs-capping order (CCO), because its shareholders have sufficient resources to back the case, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th May 2019

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Drivers to face automatic £100 fines for ignoring lane closures – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2019 in fines, news, road traffic offences, roads by sally

‘Drivers who ignore lane closures on smart motorways in England will face automatic £100 fines and penalty points on their licence, under new laws.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Man jailed for painting racist graffiti on family’s Salford home – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2019 in hate crime, news, racism, sentencing by sally

‘A man who daubed “no blacks” on the front door of the home of a Salford man and his 10-year-old son has been jailed for 12 months.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2019

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Employment Appeal Tribunal hears appeal from Christian ex-magistrate dismissed over adoption comments – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal is this week hearing an appeal from a former magistrate who was removed from the judiciary after he expressed the view that it was in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th May 2019

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Student Natasha Abrahart’s suicide: Neglect a ‘contributory factor’ – BBC News

‘A university student took her own life partly as a result of neglect, an inquest has ruled.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Solicitors call for more full-time employment judges – Litigation Futures

‘Employment tribunals are being forced to rush in part-time judges in order to try to clear the growing backlog of cases waiting to be heard, a specialist law firm has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2019

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Solicitor’s “atrocious” conduct over child contact case condemned – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off a solicitor whose conduct in a sensitive child contact case it described as “atrocious”.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2019

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MPs call for inquiry into how family courts treat rape and abuse survivors – The Guardian

‘More than 120 MPs have called for the family courts to be opened up to greater scrutiny and for those who father children through rape to be denied parental rights.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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Wartime Opt Out Of Human Rights Convention Will Hurt Soldiers And Civilians, Campaigners Say – Rights Info

Posted May 16th, 2019 in armed forces, criminal justice, human rights, Iraq, news, Northern Ireland, war by sally

‘Campaign groups are warning that the new defence secretary’s pledge to opt out of the Human Rights Convention in future conflicts will hurt soldiers and civilians.’

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Rights Info, 15th May 2019

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Call for curbs on Lord Chancellor’s power over online rule committee – Legal Futures

‘A future Lord Chancellor could impose “quite radical changes” on the court system unless changes are made to the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill, peers have warned.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2019

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New Judgment: Telereal Trillium v Hewitt (Valuation Officer) [2019] UKSC 23 – UKSC Blog

Posted May 16th, 2019 in appeals, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court, valuation by sally

‘This appeal considered whether regard should be given, when ascertaining the rateable value of a property under the statutory hypothesis in the Local Government Finance Act 1988, Sch 6, para 2(1), to general demand for comparable properties in the market. It also considered what the relevance is, if any, to the ascertainment of rateable value under the statutory hypothesis, of the absence of an actual prospective tenant who would pay a positive price in order to occupy the property at the valuation date.’

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UKSC Blog, 15th May 2019

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