Anger as man who abused girlfriend is spared prison by judge who told him there are ‘lots more fish in the sea’ – The Independent

‘A man who has been convicted of coercive control has been spared prison after a judge told him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone because there are “lots more fish in the sea”.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2019

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This week’s round up – Williamson fired over Huawei and the courts return after Easter – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Despite the return of the courts on Monday, it was another relatively light week in terms of decisions in the fields of public law and human rights. However, the High Court decided a number of interesting clinical negligence cases, whilst the Court of Appeal gave judgement in the case of TM (Kenya), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 784.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2019

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Why are rape prosecutions falling? – BBC News

‘Recorded rape offences have been rising in England and Wales, but the proportion of offences making it to court has fallen significantly over the past few years.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2019

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Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones – The Guardian

‘Victims of rape and serious sexual assault who refuse to give police access to their mobile phone contents could allow suspects to avoid charges, two top officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2019

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Retention of crime reports about alleged teenage ‘sexting’ did not breach Article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘In R (CL) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 3333 (Admin), the Divisional Court held that the retention by the police of crime reports which related to sexting incidents in which a schoolboy had allegedly been involved did not breach his rights under Article 8 ECHR.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 9th April 2019

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Tribunal unable to impose new Code agreement over occupied site – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has no jurisdiction to impose rights under the Electronic Communications Code (‘the Code’) in favour of an operator of telecommunications equipment, where a third party is currently occupying the land, it has concluded.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th April 2019

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A warning before bringing an appeal to the CAT? Costs after the BCMR decision – Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 15th, 2019 in appeals, competition, costs, news, telecommunications, tribunals by sally

‘The Court of Appeal’s judgment in the recent BCMR costs case is a stark warning to all those considering challenging a regulatory decision in the Competition Appeal Tribunal: even if you win, you may still face a big costs bill. See British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications [2018] EWCA Civ 2542.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 5th March 2019

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Winstone v MGN- 39 Essex Chambers

‘In this article Richard Spearman QC discusses the issues raised in Winstone and Others v MGN Ltd [2019] EWHC (Ch) 265 in which he represented the defendant. The application arose in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation, and concerned the extent to which materials subject to legal professional privilege remained susceptible to protection after they had been pleaded by claimants.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 28th February 2019

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BT advert banned for unsubstantiated broadband speed claims – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2019 in advertising, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘BT has been ordered not to run an ad which claimed that its broadband package featured the “UK’s most powerful WiFi”.’

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The Independent, 27th February 2019

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Supreme Court upholds estate agent contract formed over telephone – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 20th, 2019 in agency, contracts, estate agents, fees, news, remuneration, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK Supreme Court has upheld a contract concluded between a property developer and an estate agent over the telephone, including a disputed element of commission for the agent.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th February 2019

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Councils given new powers to block phone boxes being built – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2019 in local government, news, planning, telecommunications by sally

‘New phone boxes will be blocked from being built by councils for first time, following a landmark ruling from the High Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2019

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O2 rapped by Ofcom for slowing down video streaming – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2019 in consumer protection, internet, news, telecommunications, video recordings by tracey

‘One of Britain’s biggest mobile phone operators has been criticised by Ofcom for compressing the quality of pictures and videos on its data network for millions of customers, downgrading their quality against net neutrality rules. The telecoms and broadcasting regulator forced O2, which has 25 million UK users, to make changes to its service that managed its network traffic and affected the quality of videos that users streamed or downloaded.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2019

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Carol Boardman death driver jailed for 30 weeks – The Guardian

‘A driver who fatally ran over the mother of the Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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Woman prosecuted for making more than 200 fake calls to 999 – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2019 in emergency services, fines, medical treatment, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A woman has been fined for making 200 hoax 999 calls between Christmas and New Year.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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Newspapers secure summary judgment over libel claims brought by social worker – Local Government Lawyer

‘Two national newspaper groups have obtained summary judgment over libel claims brought by a former senior social worker.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2019

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Man wrong to think kisses in estranged wife’s texts were ‘flirtatious’, judge rules – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2019 in bills, divorce, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A woman who ended text messages with a kiss was not being “flirtatious” with her estranged husband, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2018

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Pension cold calling ban in force from 9 January – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 7th, 2019 in advertising, news, pensions, regulations, telecommunications by sally

‘Regulations banning ‘cold calls’ relating to pensions have been passed by parliament, and will come into force on 9 January 2019.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st December 2019

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Anti-drone technology could be introduced in English prisons – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2018 in aircraft, drug trafficking, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘The government could introduce an anti-drone system to stop drug smuggling in English prisons after a successful six-month experiment in Guernsey prompted ministers to consider a U-turn about the technology.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2018

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Director liability for nuisance calls introduced – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 18th, 2018 in company directors, news, nuisance, telecommunications by sally

‘Company directors in the UK can now be fined up to £500,000 if their businesses engage in unsolicited marketing activity.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th December 2018

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Nuisance call bosses face £500,000 fines – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2018 in bankruptcy, consumer protection, fines, news, nuisance, statistics, telecommunications by sally

‘Directors of firms that cold-call consumers can now be fined up to £500,000 under new rules that have come into force.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2018

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