Government to consult on punishments for breaking online air fare rules –

Posted January 13th, 2010 in airlines, consultations, consumer protection, news, penalties by sally

“The Government will consult within weeks on new penalties for airlines that employ hidden charges to mislead consumers. The action will close a loophole by which airlines can avoid penalties for breaking the law.”

Full story, 11th January 2010


Half a million pound fines for serious breaches of data protection – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 12th, 2010 in data protection, fines, news, penalties by sally

“The Information Commissioner will soon be able to impose a penalty of up to £500,000 on data controllers who seriously contravene data protection principles.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 12th January 2010


TalkTalk threatens legal action over Mandelson’s filesharing plan – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2009 in copyright, human rights, internet, news, penalties by sally

“TalkTalk, the second largest internet service provider in the UK, has threatened to launch legal action if business secretary Peter Mandelson follows through with his plan to cut off persistent illegal filesharers’ internet connections.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th October 2009


Lord Mandelson sets date for blocking filesharers’ internet connections – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, warned internet users today that the days of ‘consequence-free’ illegal filesharing are over as he unveiled the government’s plan for cracking down on online piracy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th October 2009


Culture minister confirms court oversight for UK disconnections –

Posted October 27th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“UK internet users will not be disconnected from the internet for illegal file sharing without a court’s involvement, a Government minister has pledged. Culture minister Ben Bradshaw has told MPs that there would be a ‘strict’ process involving the courts.”

Full story, 27th October 2009


Government outlines increased penalties for data misuse –

Posted October 19th, 2009 in data protection, news, penalties, privacy by sally

“The Government has outlined its plans to jail people convicted of trading illegally in personal data or knowingly or recklessly disclosing it. Under the plans the jail terms would be introduced next April.”

Full story, 19th October 2009


Jack Straw signals rowing back on out of court fines – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 5th, 2009 in criminal justice, fines, news, penalties by sally

“A planned extension of on the spot fines has been scrapped in a Government about turn amid concerns that criminals are escaping with financial penalties instead of being dealth with by the courts.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2009


Interest rate of 15% was not a punishment, rules Court of Appeal –

Posted July 31st, 2009 in company law, contracts, interest, news, penalties by sally

“An interest rate of 15% agreed in a contract between two companies was not a penalty and was justified, the Court of Appeal has said. The interest, which had been ruled unlawful, can be charged, said the Court.”

Full story, 30th July 2009


Penalty notice for disorder scheme – guidance on retail theft and criminal damage – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2009 in penalties, press releases by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has made a statement announcing revised operational guidance for police on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder for retail crime and criminal damage.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2009


R v Gore; R v Maher – WLR daily

Posted July 16th, 2009 in abuse of process, grievous bodily harm, law reports, penalties by sally

R v Gore; R v Maher [2009] EWCA Crim 1424; [2009] WLR (D) 240

“The issue of a fixed penalty notice asserting one offence did not relieve the recipient of any possible further proceedings if and when it became apparent that a more serious offence had in fact been committed in the course of the same incident.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2009


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

On-the-spot points for careless driving – The Times

Posted February 20th, 2009 in news, penalties, police, road traffic offences by sally

“Thousands more motorists will lose their licences under plans to give police the power to issue penalty points for careless driving without evidence being heard in court.”

Full story

The Times, 20th February 2009


‘Summary justice’ soars as courts bypassed – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in criminal justice, fines, news, penalties, statistics by sally

“Out-of-court punishments accounted for more than half of all offences dealt with by the criminal justice system last year, according to figures published today.”

Full story

The Times, 27th November 2008


Warning over fixed penalty notices for violent crimes – The Times

Posted November 18th, 2008 in news, penalties, violence by sally

“Magistrates gave warning yesterday that the criminal justice system is being ‘undermined’ because thousands of serious offences are being processed by police using fixed penalty notices away from public scrutiny.”

Full story

The Times, 17th November 2008


Crackdown on those who don’t use seatbelts

Posted September 16th, 2008 in consultations, news, penalties, road safety by sally

“The Home Office has launched a consultation into increasing the fixed penalty for those who fail to wear a seatbelt.”

Full story

Home Office, 15th September 2008


Home Office: New powers proposed for security staff – The Guardian

Posted August 27th, 2008 in news, penalties, security companies by sally

“Powers for council wardens and private security staff to issue fixed-penalty notices and on-the-spot fines for disorderly behaviour are being considered by the police and Home Office ministers. Chief constables are also looking at using security staff to tackle community problems in places where police involvement might be seen as excessive.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th August 2008


Offenders ‘unpunished’ by courts – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2008 in news, penalties, police by sally

“Defence solicitors in England and Wales have warned serious offenders are getting off lightly because police are chasing performance targets.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st July 2008


Banks told to stop stalling and pay up after verdict on charges – The Times

Posted April 25th, 2008 in banking, news, penalties by sally

“Banks have been accused of trying to block compensation claims from customers, after they refused to accept the findings of a High Court test case on penalty charges.”

Full story

The Times, 25th April 2008


M. and J. Polymers Ltd v Imerys Minerals Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in contracts, law reports, penalties, sale of goods by sally

M. and J. Polymers Ltd v Imerys Minerals Ltd

Queen’s Bench Division

“A take-or-pay clause in a supply contract could, as a matter of principle, amount to a penalty.”

The Times, 2nd April 2008


Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Government consults on reform of Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 29th, 2007 in consultations, penalties, police, public order by sally

“This is a consultation on the proposal to allow police forces to design the format of their fixed penalty notices and remove obstacles presented by the issue of electronic tickets.”


Ministry of Justice, 29th August 2007