UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2019 in benefits, disabled persons, housing, human rights, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The supreme court has ruled against the UK government’s attempts to force the bedroom tax on 155 partners of people with severe disabilities, in a decision that will hamper ministerial attempts to water down human rights legislation.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2019

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Police oppose Traveller and Gypsy camp crackdown, FOI shows – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2019 in consultations, equality, human rights, news, police, travellers, trespass by tracey

‘Proposals to criminalise unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments fly in the face of police recommendations to make more sites available to best tackle the situation, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2019

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Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to block potential strikes by postal workers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2019 in industrial action, injunctions, news, postal service by tracey

‘Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to block potential strikes by postal workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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Department for Education flouted rules when it secretly shared pupil data with Home Office, says watchdog – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2019 in data protection, government departments, immigration, news, school children by tracey

‘The Department for Education (DfE) flouted data protection obligations when it shared information about children with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes, a watchdog had said.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2019

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Police officers charged over Dalian Atkinson death named after force loses bid to protect their identities – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2019 in anonymity, contempt of court, death in custody, news, police by tracey

‘Two police officers charged over the death of the footballer Dalian Atkinson have been named after their force lost an “unjustified” attempt to protect their identities.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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Exclusive: ‘perverse incentive’ contributed to slump in rape charges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An undisclosed Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) target may be behind huge declines in numbers of rape suspects charged since 2016, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th November 2019

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Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court – BBC News

Posted November 14th, 2019 in appeals, benefits, news, statistics, tribunals by tracey

‘One in two people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits were successful, analysis of five years of data shows.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2019

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Thousands of children abused over witchcraft beliefs as number of known victims rockets by a third – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2019 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, news, witchcraft by tracey

‘The number of children known to have been abused in England over beliefs in witchcraft and possession has risen by a third in two years, figures show.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2019

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Solicitors “need to get out more” to boost profession’s image – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2019 in legal education, legal profession, news, pupillage, solicitors by sally

‘Sixteen-year-olds have been invited to compete in a competition aimed at educating them about the work of a solicitor and testing their aptitude, with the winner receiving financial support to become one.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2019

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Council vows to defend legal challenge over grant of permission for mixed-use scheme including football stadium – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 13th, 2019 in local government, news, planning, sport by sally

‘Luton Borough Council has said it will “vigorously defend” a legal challenge brought by a property investment company over the local authority’s decision to grant planning permission for a mixed-use gateway scheme that would help delivery of a new 23,000-seater stadium for Luton Town Football Club.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th November 2019

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New Judgment: R v TRA [2019] UKSC 52 – UKSC Blog

‘The appellant was arrested in the United Kingdom in 2017 and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit torture and seven counts of torture, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 134. The charges relate to events in the early stages of the first Liberian civil war in 1990 when an armed group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia took control of parts of Liberia. Its leader, Charles Taylor, subsequently became President of Liberia in 1997. The point of law raised in the appeal related to the correct interpretation of the term “person acting in an official capacity” in the CJA, section 134(1). The Court of Appeal held that CJA, section 134 is not confined to individuals acting on behalf of a State.’

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UKSC Blog, 13th November 2019

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Law firms’ “shocking” vulnerability to cyber criminals – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2019 in computer crime, internet, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The vast majority of major law firms still have significant unaddressed cyber-risk, despite repeated urging by regulators, insurers and others to shore up their defences, according to new research.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2019

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Man died in immigration detention after staff ‘dismissed’ stroke as sign he had taken spice – The Independent

‘A man died in immigration detention after medical staff “dismissed” signs that he was having a stroke because they wrongly presumed that he had taken spice, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2019

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Prescription drugs review call after Bedford man’s death – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2019 in coroners, inquests, medicines, news, prescription by sally

‘Prescription guidelines should be changed after a man died from using two medicines together, a coroner warned.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2019

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Royal Mail loses appeal over £50m fine for breaking competition law – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2019 in appeals, competition, fines, industrial action, news, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has lost an appeal against a £50m fine from media regulator Ofcom for anti-competitive behaviour against its largest competitor, the parcels business Whistl.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2019

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High Court recuses “organ grinder” circuit judge – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2019 in bias, delay, disclosure, documents, judges, news, professional conduct, recusal by sally

‘The High Court has ordered the recusal of a circuit judge who used “intemperate language” and told a barrister that he expected to see “the organ grinder” appear at the next hearing of a case.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2019

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Primark security guard who forced teenage shoplifters to perform sex acts convicted of rape – The Independent

‘A Primark security guard who forced young girls to carry out sex acts after they were caught shoplifting, has been convicted of rape.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2019

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City watchdog slams own staff’s ‘shameful’ toilet habits – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2019 in financial services ombudsman, news, ombudsmen, professional conduct, standards by sally

‘City of London regulators tasked with mucking out the financial stables have been making a “shameful” mess of their own, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2019

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Exhumation and the Permanence of Christian Burial: a review of recent consistory court judgments – Law & Religion UK

Posted November 13th, 2019 in burials and cremation, Christianity, ecclesiastical law, news by sally

‘The presumption of the permanence of Christian burial is well-known, as are the leading authorities on the test for granting a faculty for exhumation: In Re Christ Church Alsager[1] in the Province of York and In Re Blagdon Cemetery[2] in the Province of Canterbury. There have been a number of legislative[3] and common law[4] developments post these judgments, but they nevertheless remain the principal authorities on the topic.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th November 2019

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The future for me is already a thing of the past – Nearly Legal

Posted November 13th, 2019 in appeals, costs, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs, third parties by sally

‘This is an important Court of Appeal decision concerning Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, s.19(2) and the reasonable sum payable in advance on account of works where the landlord may be able in future to recover some of the costs from a third party.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th November 2019

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