Claimant ordered to pay defence costs after fundamental dishonesty finding – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 5th, 2020 in appeals, compensation, costs, damages, deceit, indemnities, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The High Court has reversed a costs order on appeal after a successful defendant had initially been forced to pay most of the losing claimant’s costs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2020

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Home Office drops ‘racist’ algorithm from visa decisions – BBC News

‘The Home Office has agreed to stop using a computer algorithm to help decide visa applications after allegations that it contained “entrenched racism”.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2020

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SRA imposes ban on trainee solicitor jailed for rape – Legal Futures

‘A one-time trainee solicitor who violently raped one woman and attempted to rape another has been banned from the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2020

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Courts reluctant to strike-out negligence actions against the police – UK Police Law Blog

‘In Tindall v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police [2020] EWHC 837 (QB) — available on Westlaw but not yet Bailii or the ICLR, the courts have again demonstrated a reluctance to strike-out a police negligence claim. This shows the difficulty of trying to show whether the police have positively created a danger / made it worse or merely refrained from protecting someone. A claim against the police for negligence will usually arise in the first instance but not, subject to exceptions, the second.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 4th August 2020

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Another recusal refusal – but this time the Court of Appeal steps in – Transparency Project

‘In the second such case in a month, a judge has refused to recuse herself at the request of a litigant, but on this occasion the Court of Appeal has reversed that decision and ordered that she step down from the case and let another judge take over.’

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Transparency Project, 3rd August 2020

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Council charged over death of girl, 5, killed by playground swing faces £2m legal bill – Daily Telegraph

‘A council has reportedly been charged over the death of a five-year-old girl who was killed by a rotting playground swing, and faces a potential £2m legal bill.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2020

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PC Andrew Harper killing: sentences referred to attorney general – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2020 in attorney general, homicide, juries, news, police, sentencing, theft, young offenders by sally

‘The jail terms handed to three teenagers who killed a police officer as they tried to escape the scene of a crime have been referred to the attorney general, who will consider claims they are unduly lenient.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2020

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High Court rejects challenge to award by arbitrator favouring council in property lease dispute – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2020 in dispute resolution, landlord & tenant, leases, local government, news, rent by sally

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a bid by a landlord to have set aside an arbitrator’s award that favoured a council as tenant of a city centre property.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2020

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Autism in children: ‘Many families face council discrimination’ – BBC News

‘More than a quarter of English councils are acting unlawfully by discriminating against children with autism, according to a report by disability law experts.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2020

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Model Code of Conduct consultation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Most councillors work with tireless dedication to provide, promote and lead best-quality and responsive local services in their areas. But for their pains they can often be subject to rude abuse. Even Samuel Pepys, writing on 17 March 1662, recorded his Lord Mayor as “a talking, bragging Bufflehead” (blockhead) and was “confident there is no man almost in the City cares a turd for him”. On the other hand, the dark ghost of “Donnygate” haunts public perceptions of council members’ conduct. On 13 March 2002, the Guardian reported that: “The worst local government corruption case since the Poulson scandal of the 1970s ended yesterday” when former Doncaster planning chairman, Peter Birks, was imprisoned for four years and two former council leaders and two former mayors were among 21 councillors convicted of fraud.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd August 2020

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Judge dismisses legal challenge by humanists, finds weddings discrimination to be justified with Law Commission review – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge brought by six couples who are humanists and who complained that the legal recognition of different forms of religious wedding ceremony under English law does not similarly extend to weddings carried out in accordance with their humanist beliefs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2020

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Court rules £2.2m claim was abuse of process but will live on – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out a £2.2m personal injury claim, despite concluding it was issued inappropriately and there had been an abuse of process.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th August 2020

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Council wins appeal over order discharging interim care orders – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 4th, 2020 in appeals, care orders, children, local government, news by sally

‘Herefordshire Council has won an appeal from an order discharging interim care orders in relation to girls aged nine and seven.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2020

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CA reinstates £2.6m that languished in RTA portal for four years – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out a £2.6m personal injury claim which remained in the RTA portal for almost four years before the claimant’s solicitors sought to transfer it to the multi-track.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th August 2020

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Hakim Sillah death: Man guilty of knife awareness course murder – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2020 in murder, news, offensive weapons, young offenders by sally

‘A young offender who stabbed a man to death at a knife awareness course in west London has been found guilty of his murder.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2020

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Shirley Oaks: Care home survivors call for mandatory reporting of abuse – BBC News

‘Survivors of prolonged abuse while in the care of Lambeth Council have called for the failure to report abuse in children’s homes to be made a crime.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2020

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PC Andrew Harper killing: ringleader sentenced to 16 years in prison – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2020 in homicide, imprisonment, news, police, prisons, theft, young offenders by sally

‘Relatives of PC Andrew Harper, who was dragged to his death in August 2019, have spoken of their pain at his loss as his three killers were jailed on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2020

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Coronavirus: ‘Institutional racism left minorities exposed’ – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, equality, health, inquiries, news, race discrimination, racism, Wales by sally

‘Institutional racism may have contributed to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minorities in Wales, a top judge has claimed.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2020

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Landlords in England ignoring ‘no DSS’ ban, claim private renters – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2020 in benefits, charities, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Hundreds of private renters in England in receipt of benefits are still struggling to secure accommodation despite a landmark ruling saying that landlords are not allowed to discriminate against this group.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2020

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Former police chief convicted over child abuse video granted court of appeal hearing – The Guardian

‘A decorated former police chief has won two key battles in her fight to overturn her conviction for possessing a child abuse video and get her job back, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2020

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