Costs protection still in place for last-minute discontinuance, rules CoA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2023 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries, striking out by tracey

‘A claimant who discontinued his personal injury case on the morning of trial should still be entitled to costs protection, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2023

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SRA imposes record £20,000 fine for AML failings – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2023 in fines, law firms, money laundering, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined a firm a record £20,000 for failing to have anti-money laundering training and systems in place.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2023 in Church of England, clergy, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘The Church of England has rejected demands to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages but is proposing that couples who married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2023

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Paula Leeson: Father of drowned heiress wins legal challenge – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2023 in evidence, inquests, married persons, murder, news by tracey

‘The father of a wealthy heiress who drowned while on holiday in Denmark has won a High Court challenge over the scope of an inquest into her death.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Eamonn Holmes in challenge to tax tribunal ruling over ’employee’ status at ITV – The Independent

Posted January 19th, 2023 in appeals, income tax, media, national insurance, news, self-employment, tribunals by tracey

‘Television presenter Eamonn Holmes is challenging a tribunal ruling that concluded he should be treated as an ITV employee for tax reasons when he presented This Morning.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2023

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Inquiry launched into corruption claims after crowd crush at O2 Academy Brixton – The Independent

‘The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching an inquiry into corruption allegations made following the crowd crush at the O2 Academy Brixton last month when two people died.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2023

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Mental health racial bias in England and Wales is ‘inexcusable’, says report – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2023 in bills, detention, medical treatment, mental health, minorities, news by tracey

‘Ministers must use legislation to address an “unacceptable and inexcusable” failure to address racial disparity in the use of the Mental Health Act, MPs and peers have said.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2023

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Gender row legal challenge likely to fail – judge – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2023 in bills, birth certificates, devolution, equality, gender, news, Scotland, transgender persons by tracey

‘The Scottish government’s chances of winning a legal challenge over the gender reform row are “very low”, a former Supreme Court judge has said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Illegal vapes are biggest threat on High Street, say Trading Standards – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2023 in advertising, children, health, news, smoking, standards by tracey

‘Shops selling illegal vapes and the sale of vaping products to children are the top threats on the UK’s High Streets, according to Trading Standards officials.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2023

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LawtechUK: Regulatory risks of AI “inhibiting law firm adoption” – Legal Futures

‘Hesitation about adopting artificial intelligence (AI) by law firms nervous of the risks presented by a regulatory grey area is causing a bottleneck that needs to be cleared, according to LawtechUK.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2023

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Law firm fined record £20,000 for “reckless” AML breaches – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has fined an Oxfordshire law firm £20,000 after finding it “reckless” in failing to comply with the anti-money laundering (AML) requirements.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2023

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Jailed accountant who defrauded NHS ordered to pay back nearly £240k – Crown Prosecution Service

‘An accountant who was jailed for defrauding the NHS, companies and individuals, has been ordered to pay back nearly £240,000 and faces an additional 20 months in prison if he fails to pay.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2023

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Don’t meddle with law officers, thinktank warns government – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Ministers should resist calls to end the political role of government law officers, a centre-right thinktank argues today in the run-up to publication of an influential parliamentary report. In a paper “Between Law and Politics: The Future of the Law Officers in England & Wales”, published by Policy Exchange, Dr Conor Casey of the University of Liverpool School of Law argues that the current configuration of the attorney general and solicitor general as law officers with legal and political dimensions works well. Moving to an alternative model of, for example, law officers without any political involvement is not worth it and has potential serious downsides, Casey states.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th January 2023

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TonyBet fined £442,750 and warned on failure to have fair and transparent terms – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2023 in consumer protection, fines, gambling, money laundering, news, unfair contract terms by tracey

‘TonyBet has been fined 442,750 and warned about its failure to have fair and transparent terms, and for failing to follow social responsibility and anti-money laundering rules, the Gambling Commission said.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2023

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Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy cleared of six rape charges – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2023 in news, rape, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘French player will face another trial after no verdicts reached on one charge of rape and one of attempted rape.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2023

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Sudden unexplained death in childhood debated in Parliament – BBC News

Posted January 18th, 2023 in bereavement, children, families, news, parliament by tracey

‘The issue of children dying unexpectedly and without any known cause has been debated in Parliament for the first time.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – BBC News

‘Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources have told BBC News. The Church of England’s bishops met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church’s position on sexuality.
Their proposal will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament – the General Synod – next month.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Legal experts call for new UK offence of inducing sexual activity by deception – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2023 in consent, criminal justice, deceit, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A new criminal offence of intentionally deceiving a person into engaging in sexual activity should be created to address confusion in the law around consent, legal experts and lawyers have said.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2023

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Tech bosses face jail if children not kept safe online after UK parliament deal – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2023 in amendments, bills, children, internet, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Tech executives whose platforms persistently fail to protect children from online harm will face criminal charges after ministers reached a deal with Conservative backbenchers.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Ministry of Justice to launch call for evidence on open justice – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2023 in courts, electronic filing, media, Ministry of Justice, news, remote hearings, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to launch a “wide-ranging” call for evidence on open justice, access to information and transparency across the courts and tribunals.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2023

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