Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in competition, media, mergers, news, public interest by sally

‘Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest on grounds of media plurality, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2018

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Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes – The Guardian

‘The government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been significantly curtailed by a tribunal ruling over targeted killings of British jihadists abroad.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Paradise Papers legal action against BBC and Guardian condemned – The Guardian

‘Two of the key media partners in the Paradise Papers investigation have condemned the legal action that is seeking to force the Guardian and the BBC to disclose documents used by reporters.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Asbestos documents must be disclosed to pressure group, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted December 13th, 2017 in asbestos, disclosure, news, public interest by sally

‘A huge collection of documents, including “those relating to the history and development of knowledge in the 20th century about the risks of asbestos”, must be disclosed to the public, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th December 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Jailed Whistle-Blower in Plea for Press Freedoms as Supporters Launch Crowdfunding Campaign – Garden Court Chambers

‘A prison officer who lost his freedom, home and livelihood after being jailed for exposing dangerous and life-threatening failures and cutbacks in the British prison system has spoken out over the “chilling effect” that his case has had on press freedoms in the UK.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

The data protection bill is yet another legal threat to UK press freedom – The Guardian

‘Proposals to allow the information commissioner to assess journalists’ use of private information before publication could let the powerful off the hook.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Aspects of burial law from Brady’s funeral judgment – Law & Religion UK

‘On 13 October, the High Court handed down the judgment Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council & Ors v Robin Makin & Ors [2017] EWHC Case No: HC-2017-002064 (Ch) concerning the arrangements for the disposal of the body of Ian Stewart-Brady, formerly Ian Brady (the “deceased”), one of the infamous Moors murderers. We posted some initial comments based upon the Court’s judgment and the Summary which it produced “to assist in understanding the Court’s decision”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th November 2017

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Fraud may justify ‘collateral use’ of documents in multiple sets of civil proceedings, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘The “strong public interest” in pursuing claims for fraud, bribery and corruption may justify allowing the use of documents obtained in one set of legal proceedings in a different set of proceedings, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Restrictive Covenants – can I build a house in the garden? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in enforcement, news, public interest, restrictive covenants, sale of land by sally

‘The lure of profit can make the construction of a new house in the back garden a tempting prospect. Surely with the constant cry for new homes, such development should be encouraged? Unfortunately, even if planning permission can be obtained for the construction of a “starter-home” in the grounds, it is not uncommon to find a restrictive covenant registered against the title which prohibits the erection of more than one dwelling-house on the plot. “Nimby” neighbours can be all too keen to rely on such covenants to try and stop the proposed works.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 12th October 2017

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

FRAND – NIPC Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in competition, EC law, inventions, licensing, news, patents, public interest, standards by sally

‘FRAND stands for “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. It refers to the terms upon which the owner of a patent for an invention that is essential to a standard (“standard essential patent” or “SEP”) should license its use.’

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NIPC Law, 8th October 2017

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Oliver Butler: The Data Protection Bill and Public Authority Powers to Process Personal Data: Resurrecting Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 28th, 2017 in bills, data protection, EC law, local government, news, public interest by sally

‘The Data Protection Bill currently before Parliament substantially resurrects the controversial clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009. Careful scrutiny of this provision is needed and it must not be lost in the legislative morass as the UK grapples with data protection reform.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th September 2017

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Song labelling gay couple ‘fairy’ and ‘fag’ is not homophobic, court rules – The Independent

‘A song labelling gay men as “fairies” and “fags” is not homophobic, a court has ruled.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Michael Duggan QC on Whistleblowing, Self Interest and Public Interest: Chesterton Global Limited v Mohamed Nurmohamed, Public Concern at Work – Littleton Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in appeals, news, public interest, unfair dismissal, whistleblowers by sally

‘Whilst the Taylor Review may be the talking point of the week, Michael Duggan QC writes that the case of Chesterton Global Limited v Mohamed Nurmohamed, Public Concern At Work (intervener) [2017] EWCA Civ 979, 10th July 2017 is perhaps the case of the week. It concerns the vexed question of good faith in public interest disclosures of whistleblowing.’

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Littleton Chambers, 19th July 2017

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Publishing salacious material as public interest besmirches press freedom – The Guardian

‘Seedy legal plea to name couple filmed having sex by police officer Adrian Pogmore is anything but a matter of high principle.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Family of Deepcut soldier can apply for fresh inquest – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 21st, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, inquests, news, press releases, public interest by tracey

‘Attorney General gives consent for the family of Private Geoff Gray to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into his death.’

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Attorney General's Office, 21st July 2017

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Supreme Court rules against the Home Secretary on ‘Deport First, Appeal Later’ – No. 5 Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has allowed appeals in R (Kiarie) and R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 by persons whom the Home Secretary wished to deport even before they had had a chance to appeal to a tribunal on human rights grounds against the deportation decision. It has concluded that the very system of appealing from abroad in such cases simply does not provide an effective right of appeal.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 14th June 2017

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Heart surgeon spared jail for molesting women after judge says it may be in public interest for him to operate again – Daily Telegraph

‘A world-renowned heart surgeon has been spared jail for molesting two women after a judge said it may be in the public interest for him to operate again.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2017

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Family life succeeds in defeating s.94B ‘deport first, appeal later’ certification – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2017 in appeals, children, deportation, families, immigration, news, public interest by sally

‘The judgment in OO (Nigeria), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 338 is one of a series of cases challenging the lawfulness of the certification regime under s.94B Nationality Immigration Asylum Act 2002 (as amended). The issue has been considered several times on Free Movement, and judgment is still awaited on the lead test case of Kiarie and Byndloss v SSHD [2015] EWCA Civ 1020, heard by the Supreme Court in March.’

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Free Movement, 15th May 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Free speech groups call for public interest defence for whistleblowers – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, public interest, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A public interest defence should be created to protect journalists and whistleblowers who disclose secret information that reveals serious criminal activity or widespread breaches of human rights, an alliance of free speech organisations has said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court refuses damages to refugee wrongly prosecuted for illegal entry – Free Movement

‘Shortly after Christmas in 2009, a young woman from Somalia flew into Stansted and claimed asylum. She had just turned 18. As later accepted by the Home Office, she had experienced severe depredations in her home country. This included her rape at the age of six in the presence of her disabled mother, and the murder of both of her parents. She fled Somalia in 2008, initially to Yemen, where she spent the next year. She was eventually able to fly to Europe with the help of an agent, who provided a British passport to facilitate her entry into the UK.’

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Free Movement, 26th April 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk