A judge has discretion to grant relief from sanctions without a formal application or any application at all, Court of Appeal reaffirms- Farrar’s Building

‘In Park v Hadi and Another [2022] EWCA Civ 581, the Court of Appeal (Holroyde, Stuart-Smith and Warby LJJ), reaffirmed the principle that a judge may, of her own discretion, grant relief from sanctions without formal notice or without any application at all. The Court went on to issue guidance as to how this judicial discretion ought to be exercised, observing that a judge should always act in accordance with the overriding objective and will likely only exercise her discretion to grant relief sparingly.’

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Farrar's Building, 5th May 2022

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UK lawyers still able to work for Russian clients despite new services sanctions – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2022 in export controls, legal services, news, Russia, sanctions, Ukraine, war crimes by sally

‘The UK has said it will ban the export of services including accountancy, consultancy and PR advice to Russia in the latest attempt to isolate the country’s economy after the invasion of Ukraine – but lawyers will still be able to service Russian clients.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2022

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Choose your submissions wisely, says judge in time-estimate warning – Legal Futures

Posted March 31st, 2022 in case management, news, practice directions, sanctions by sally

‘The judge in charge of the Commercial Court has complained again about inadequate time estimates, telling advocates they cannot ask judges to read authorities after the hearing as a shortcut.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2022

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Enacting ECHR compliant measures to confiscate property: imposing sanctions on Russian oligarchs for the invasion of Ukraine – Property Law Blog

‘In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there have been widespread calls to expand the sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs linked to President Vladmir Putin. According to reporting by the Financial Times, civil servants are currently “examining very carefully” what powers are needed to “swiftly acquire specific land and property owned by a sanctioned person, without the need to pay them compensation.”’

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Property Law Blog, 11th March 2022

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UK law firms aiding Russian oligarchs could face penalties, No 10 suggests – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2022 in law firms, news, penalties, Russia, sanctions by sally

‘Law firms and PR outfits working to stop Russian oligarchs from being hit by UK sanctions could themselves be targeted by financial curbs, No 10 has suggested, as it warned them to “think very carefully” before propping up those allied to Vladimir Putin’s regime.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Russian oligarchs in UK face new laws tackling ‘dirty money’ – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson has said that Russian oligarchs will no longer have a hiding place for their “ill-gotten gains” in the UK under legislation being introduced in parliament this week.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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England given one-match stadium ban following unrest at Euro 2020 final – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2021 in news, public order, sanctions, sport by tracey

‘England have been ordered to play one match behind closed doors as a punishment for the unrest at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final. Uefa also imposed a ban for a second game, which is suspended for two years.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2021

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Judge warns parties to expect sanctions for incorrect e-bundles – Legal Future

Posted August 10th, 2021 in case management, documents, electronic filing, news, sanctions by sally

‘Judges’ patience with parties that fail to prepare electronic bundles with consistent page numbering is over and they can expect sanctions, the High Court has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2021

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BTAS rejects calls to soften sanctions for ‘low level’ sexual misconduct – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (BTAS) has rejected the argument that a starting point of 12-months’ suspension for sexual misconduct is too much for some less serious types of behaviour.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2021

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Bar Council urges limits to mitigation in sexual misconduct cases involving barristers – Legal Futures

Posted June 22nd, 2021 in assault, barristers, disciplinary procedures, harassment, news, sanctions by sally

‘Issues such as provocation, spontaneity and whether an incident was a “one-off” should not be factors that reduce sanctions for sexual misconduct by barristers, the Bar Council has urged.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2021

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Workers watchdog launched to clamp down on abuse – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2021 in employment, enforcement, forced labour, news, remuneration, sanctions by sally

‘The government has announced the creation of a new workers’ watchdog to take over protecting the rights of UK workers.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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Boris Johnson flat inquiry: what sanctions can watchdog impose? – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson is bracing for an investigation by the Electoral Commission into payments covering renovations to his Downing Street flat. What will the process will look like and what sanctions could the Conservative party face?’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2021

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Court hearing over UK’s £400m tank deal debt to Iran postponed – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2021 in debts, detention, international trade, Iran, news, sanctions, weapons by sally

‘A high court hearing designed to resolve the UK’s non-payment of a £400m debt to Iran has been postponed again, leaving the families of dual nationals detained in Iran distraught since they believe the debt is critical to their release of loved ones.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2021

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Principle of finality in litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2021 in delay, enforcement, judgments, jurisdiction, news, sanctions by sally

‘A judgment made in open court takes effect when it is made and not when it is subsequently sealed. The lapse of time between the making of an order in open court and sealing it may be taken by the unsuccessful party as an opportunity to rehearse legal arguments or to produce new evidence to persuade the court to revisit and amend its order before it is sealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th January 2021

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Three for the Price of One: A Case Note on Diriye v Bojaj – Ropewalk Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in delay, news, personal injuries, postal service, sanctions, service by sally

‘Diriye v Bojaj [2020] EWCA Civ 1400, handed down on 4 November 2020, was a procedural appeal in a credit hire case. It raised a point about pleading allegations of impecuniosity in such cases alongside two points of wider application: whether the Royal Mail “Signed For 1st Class” service is covered by the description “First class post (or other service which provides for delivery on the next business day)” in CPR 6.26; and the proper approach to applications for relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 5th November 2020

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UK’s Magnitsky law does little to stem flow of dirty money from Russia – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2020 in human rights, news, Russia, sanctions by sally

‘He is known as Vladimir Putin’s enforcer. Almost every criminal case in Russia – from Pussy Riot to anti-government street protests – passes his desk. But as of last week Moscow’s top law officer, Alexander Bastrykin, is no longer welcome in Britain. He is banned from owning property, opening a bank account or popping over from Moscow for a weekend jaunt.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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UK Sanctions regime targets Human Rights abusers – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted July 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, human rights, news, sanctions by sally

The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has finally introduced a long awaited equivalent to the US Magnitsky Act.

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Doughty Street Chambers, 7th July 2020

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New UK law could challenge China over Hong Kong, but will it go far enough? – The Guardian

‘New UK human rights sanctions legislation set to be published in the next few weeks is being touted as a possible tool with which to confront Chinese officials over Hong Kong, but questions loom about whether the law’s range and impact can meet such high expectations.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2020

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Claimant loses all costs after assessment misconduct – Litigation Futures

Posted June 22nd, 2020 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, law firms, news, sanctions, solicitors by sally

‘A claimant has lost all of his remaining entitlement to costs because of misconduct during the assessment process.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th June 2020

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Relief from sanctions overturned for “egregious” conduct – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has overturned relief from sanctions granted to a claimant in a medical negligence case, partly because of her solicitor’s “egregious” conduct.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th June 2020

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