Employment, freedom of speech and Evangelical views on sexuality: Walters – Law & Religion UK

‘In Rev Keith Walters v The Active Learning Trust Ltd & Anor [2022] UKET 3324619/2019 the claimant, the minister of an independent Evangelical congregation, supported himself by working as full-time caretaker at the Isle of Ely Primary School [34]. When the dispute arose, the parties agreed that Mr Walters believed that his role as a minister took precedence over his employment and that there might be times when he would need to be released from school to fulfil his ministerial duties such as funerals [37]. The Trust, however, disputed his contention that it had been agreed that, so long as he was present at the start and end of the day, there was no issue with how he spent his time and, further, that he reserved his right to be “unequivocal in publicly stating the Christian doctrine on various issues, some of which may be unpopular” [38]. The ET accepted that there was an agreement to be flexible but did not accept that Mr Walters was either free to do what he wanted during work time or had carte blanche to make public statements against the school’s policies [39]. Further, he had agreed to the Trust’s policies and procedures, including the staff Code of Conduct [40 & 41].’

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Law & Religion UK, 29th August 2022

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Tribunal upholds fixed penalties imposed on HMO landlord for property management failures but reduces amount payable – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 30th, 2022 in houses in multiple occupation, local government, news, penalties, repairs by tracey

‘A landlord has been ordered to pay £23,000 for failing to maintain two Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) after Tendring District Council took action.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th August 2022

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When Code and RAMS Collide – Local Government Lawyer

‘James Nelson takes a look at the High Court’s decision in Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited v London Borough of Hackney.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th August 2022

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Rwanda asylum deal not legally binding: Law Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 30th, 2022 in asylum, foreign jurisdictions, human rights, Law Society, news by tracey

‘The UK “asylum partnership” with Rwanda is not legally binding, has not been scrutinised by parliament and does not protect the rights of asylum-seekers, the Law Society has said in evidence to the House of Lords on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the provision of an asylum arrangement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th August 2022

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Court ‘chaos’ seeing criminals go free, victims’ commissioner warns, as barristers strike – The Independent

‘Court “chaos” is resulting in criminals going free, the victims’ commissioner has warned, as barristers move to an all-out strike. Record backlogs, which are already seeing cases scheduled late in 2024, are expected to be worsened significantly by a continuous walkout starting on Tuesday that will bring most crown court hearings to a halt in England and Wales.’

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The Independent, 29th August 2022

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UK fertility watchdog considers laws for gene editing and lab-grown eggs – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2022 in anonymity, assisted reproduction, embryology, news, regulations by tracey

‘Human genome editing and lab-grown eggs that could theoretically allow same-sex couples to have biological children are among the anticipated scientific advances being discussed by the fertility watchdog to “future-proof” any prospective laws.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2022

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Stephen Port murders: Families of victims receive Met pay-out – BBC News

‘The families of three men murdered by Stephen Port have received payments from the Met Police over its “investigatory failings”.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2022

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Disclosure: a guide to seeking Norwich Pharmacal orders – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 26th, 2022 in disclosure, news, third parties, victims by tracey

‘A Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO) is a disclosure order available in England and Wales which allows information to be obtained from third parties who have become ‘mixed up’ in wrongdoing, helping victims to investigate, pursue those ultimately responsible and recover their losses.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th August 2022

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Cladding and fire safety: more reaction to Martlet v Mulalley – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted August 26th, 2022 in building law, construction industry, fire, health & safety, housing, news by tracey

‘At the end of last month, Tom Coulson and Amy Armitage discussed the decision of Martlet Homes Ltd v Mulalley & Co Ltd, the first decision from the TCC on fire safety defects following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This decision is highly significant for the construction industry, given the number of similar cases which are either progressing through the courts or at the pre-action stage. Although the judge emphasised the fact-specific nature of the dispute, this decision provided some insight on the court’s likely approach to some of the significant issues that affect cladding disputes.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog , 24th August 2022

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Sony could face £5bn in legal claims over PlayStation game charges – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2022 in appeals, competition, consumer protection, damages, news, video games by tracey

‘Sony has been overcharging PlayStation gamers for six years, a new legal claim alleges, and could be forced to pay almost £5bn in damages if the claim succeeds.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2022

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Public law children case update: August 2022 – Local Government Lawyer

‘Jaime Turner rounds up the most interesting and relevant public law cases.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th August 2022

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Proportionality in adoption cases – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lisa Edmunds summarises four decisions about proportionality in adoption cases and sets out the takeaway points for everyday practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th August 2022

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Firm fails in bid for injunction to stop use of letter it disclosed in error – Legal Futures

Posted August 26th, 2022 in disclosure, evidence, expert witnesses, injunctions, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘The High Court has refused a leading law firm an injunction to stop an opposing party making a use of a document it disclosed by mistake that cast doubt on an expert’s independence.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2022

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In conversation with Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 26th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, news, women by tracey

‘Inspired by the centenary of Dr Ivy Williams, the first woman to be called to the Bar in England and Wales, we interviewed Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman as they spoke with one another about their experiences as women in the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd August 2022

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Financial Remedy Update, August 2022 – Family Law Week

Posted August 26th, 2022 in bills, divorce, families, family courts, financial provision, Law Commission, marriage, news by tracey

‘Nicola Rowling, Professional Support Lawyer, Emily Elvin-Poole, Associate and Caitlin Levins, Trainee Solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP consider the most important news and case law relating to financial remedies during July 2022.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd August 2022

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IOPC rules out inquiry into armed police stop of Ricardo dos Santos – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has ruled out an investigation into the Metropolitan police’s treatment of an athlete who was pulled over in his car by seven armed officers.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2022

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Dominic Raab made Parole Board’s ‘difficult job next to impossible’ – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2022 in Ministry of Justice, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘Dominic Raab was accused by a senior Parole Board official of making a “difficult job next to impossible” after making big policy changes without notice, newly uncovered documents show.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2022

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Only 21 foreign nationals removed from UK under post-Brexit asylum rules – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2022 in asylum, brexit, deportation, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Only 21 foreign nationals have been removed from the UK under post-Brexit “inadmissibility” rules on asylum, Home Office figures show.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2022

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14,000 online whistleblowers prompt HMRC crack down on furlough fraud – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 25th, 2022 in benefits, coronavirus, fraud, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘UK businesses have been warned to expect a crackdown on furlough fraud by one legal expert, after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) revealed that almost 14,000 whistleblowers had come forward with information about misuse of the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th August 2022

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Sceptical crime lawyers lambast Raab’s plan to “extend” higher rights – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers have reacted with scepticism at the suggestion that Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab wants to “extend” higher rights of audience to more criminal defence solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 25th August 2022

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