Canals and Article 8 – again – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent years, the Courts have come up with a pragmatic resolution to the clash of property and Article 8 rights which typically occur in housing cases. Where the tenant is trying to use Art.8 to fend off a possession order, because he is in breach of some term of the tenancy, then the Courts, here and in Strasbourg, have resolved the issue in the favour of the local authority, save in exceptional circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th March 2017

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New costs cap regime in force for environmental cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘Courts in England and Wales have new powers to change the maximum cost liabilities that those challenging environmental decisions of public bodies’ through judicial review could be exposed to under new rules that are now in force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2017

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Jackson watch: fixed recoverable costs review – New Law Journal

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in budgets, costs, damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, proportionality by sally

‘David Pilling records the contributions & discussion points from Jackson LJ’s Manchester roadshow.’

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New Law Journal, 21st February 2017

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Costs judge issues strong proportionality warning over need to plan cases – Litigation Futures

‘A costs judge has emphasised the need for solicitors to plan their litigation so as to ensure that their costs are proportionate, after slashing a £72,000 bill for a low-value clinical negligence case by two-thirds.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Getting to grips with proportionality and additional liabilities – Litigation Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in costs, news, practice directions, proportionality by sally

‘Before the Jackson reforms, the relationship between proportionality and additional liabilities was clearly defined. Section 11 of the Costs Practice Direction in force before 1 April 2013 provided:

“11.5 In deciding whether the costs claimed are reasonable and (on a standard basis assessment) proportionate, the court will consider the amount of any additional liability separately from the base costs…

“11.9 A percentage increase will not be reduced simply on the ground that, when added to base costs, which are reasonable and (where relevant) proportionate, the total appears disproportionate.”’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Whole of split bill, less additional liabilities, subject to proportionality test, rules regional costs judge – Litigation Futures

Posted February 21st, 2017 in budgets, costs, news, proportionality by sally

‘A court faced with a bill of costs that straddles the Jackson reforms should consider both the pre and post April 2013 costs when deciding whether it is proportionate, but ignore any additional liabilities, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th February 2017

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Dawson-Damer: The Irresistible Rise of the DPA – Panopticon

Posted February 16th, 2017 in appeals, data protection, news, privilege, proportionality by sally

‘Hot off the presses comes the first of the Court of Appeal’s two forays into data protection law this term: Dawson-Damer v Tayor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74. It is an important decision and one well worth reading, particularly while waiting for round 2 (which has some overlaps) in Ittihadieh v 5-11 Cheyne Gardens / Deer v University of Oxford (likely to be handed down in the next month or so).’

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Panopticon, 16th February 2017

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Defamation and data protection: hand-in-glove – Panopticon

Posted January 30th, 2017 in data protection, defamation, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘Suppose you publish a statement about me to which I object. Can I sue you for both defamation and data protection breaches based on the same set of facts? Or should that sort of ‘doubling up’ be prohibited as a disproportionate attempt to achieve the same objective in different ways?’

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Panopticon, 27th January 2017

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Fixed costs would “encourage overseas competitors”, City lawyers warn Jackson – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2017 in costs, fees, news, proportionality by sally

‘City lawyers have warned Lord Justice Jackson that imposing fixed costs on commercial litigation would encourage “England’s competitors” at a time of uncertainty caused by Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th January 2017

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Proportionality – opening a can of worms – Litigation Futures

Posted January 18th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, proportionality by sally

‘In his final report, Lord Justice Jackson said: “Disproportionate costs do not become proportionate because they were necessary. In my view, that disproportionate element of the costs cannot be saved, even if the individual items within it were both reasonable and necessary”.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2017

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UK counter-terror laws most Orwellian in Europe, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2017 in investigatory powers, news, privacy, proportionality, terrorism by sally

‘The UK is leading a Europe-wide “race to the bottom” with Orwellian counter-terrorism measures that seriously threaten human rights, according to a comparative survey of security laws by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2017

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Unreasonable defendant must face costs consequences – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 4th, 2017 in budgets, costs, indemnities, news, proportionality by tracey

‘The High Court has sent another warning message to litigants that they should expect to face costs penalties for unreasonable conduct. In Barkhuysen v Hamilton, published just before Christmas, Mr Justice Warby said the claimant was entitled to more than budgeted costs due to how the case was handled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2017

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Re R (Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1016 and Relocations Within the Jurisdiction – Family Law Week

Posted November 25th, 2016 in child abduction, news, proportionality by tracey

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP, considers an interesting review and reiteration by the Court of Appeal of the approach to be taken in relocations of an internal nature.’

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Family Law Week, 24th November 2016

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Failure to pay correct Court fee leads to strike-out – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in courts, fees, news, proportionality, striking out by sally

‘Mr C claimed that he was injured as a result of a fall in a pub in November 2012. Proceedings were issued by Mr C four days before limitation expired in November 2015. The Statement of Value on the Claim Form limited the claim to £10,000 and the relevant court fee of £455 was paid.’

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Park Square Barristers, 17th October 2016

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Regina (Drax Power Ltd and another) v HM Treasury and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Drax Power Ltd and another) v HM Treasury and another [2016] EWCA Civ 1030

‘The claimants who were renewable source electricity generators brought proceedings for judicial review challenging the decision of the Government, announced in the Budget statement on 8 July 2015 and to take effect on 1 August 2015, to remove the exemption for renewable source electricity (“RSE”) from the Climate Change Levy (“CCL”), an environmental tax levied on electricity, gas, solid fuels and liquefied petroleum gas supplied to business and the public sector. Use by domestic consumers was excluded from the CCL. Article 15 of Council Directive 2003/96/EC permitted member states to apply exemptions or reductions in tax to electricity of renewable origin, and article 3 of the Parliament and Council Directive 2009/28/EC obliged them to ensure by 2020 at least 15% of all energy came from renewable sources. The removal of the exemption was provided in section 49 of the Finance (No 2) Act 2015, amending paragraph 19 of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2000. The judge dismissed the claimants’ claim for judicial review, holding that (1) the exemption fell within the scope of European Union law; (2) the claimants had failed to establish an express or inferred assurance that the Government had promoted a legitimate expectation not to withdraw the RSE exemption, that there was no basis for the contention that there had to be a two-year time limit for any withdrawal and that a prudent and circumspect operator should not have inferred that the exemption would not be removed without such a time limit; and (3) on the evidence the exemption’s removal had been justified in the public interest and, notwithstanding its evident harm to the claimants’ private interests and right to property in the form of concluded contracts to supply companies, came within the appropriate margin of discretion.’

WLR Daily, 21st October 2016

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Appeal judge dismisses challenge to removal of climate change levy exemption – OUT-LAW.com

‘A legal challenge to the government’s decision to end the climate change levy (CCL) exemption for renewable source electricity with only 24 days’ notice has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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Subsidy withdrawal from renewable energy entirely lawful – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In July 2015 the government announced that it was removing a subsidy for renewable energy. Its decision in fact was to take away the exemption that renewable source electricity enjoyed from a tax known as the climate change levy. We have covered previous episodes in the renewables saga on the UKHRB in various posts.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th October 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane – ‘Nothing Else Will Do’ – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 25th, 2016 in appeals, children, judges, proportionality, speeches, Supreme Court by michael

‘Over the past 3 years family lawyers, social workers, judges and magistrates have got themselves into a fair old spin over four short words. The words are “Nothing else will do” and they appeared, for the first time, in three of the judgments of the five Supreme Court Justices who presided over the case of Re B in 2013…’

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FLBA National Conference, Keynote Address, 22nd October 2016

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Does a judge have to consider Article 8 in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Fiona McDonald was a private sector tenant. The landlords were her parents who had purchased the property by obtaining a secured loan from a private company. They fell into arrears of the monthly payments, and the company sought possession pursuant to a s.21(4) Housing Act 1988 (‘HA 1988’) notice. The arrears were not substantial, but they had persisted for some time.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th August 2016

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Why a Tribunal has mis-applied human rights law in closing an independent religious school – Education Blog

Posted August 26th, 2016 in education, human rights, Islam, news, proportionality by sally

‘In a very recent appeal against a decision to deregister a school whose curriculum centred around the Muslim faith, the First Tier Tribunal has attempted to apply Article 9. It appears, however, to have got it wrong.’

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Education Blog, 25th August 2016

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