Lord Sugar loses Apprentice tribunal legal costs bid – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2013 in costs, news, tribunals, unfair dismissal by sally

“Lord Sugar’s bid to recover costs from the winner of TV’s The Apprentice after she lost a constructive dismissal claim against him has failed.”

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BBC News, 25th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Changing rooms – NearlyLegal

“The bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decisions are coming in now. And they are intriguing. In some ways, not a surprise, in others somewhat opaque. As well as the first Fife decision, there are another four Fife decisions that I’ve now seen, and a rather frustrating one from Westminster.”

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NearlyLegal, 24th September 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

It cost you how much? – NearlyLegal

Posted September 24th, 2013 in costs, fees, housing, news, tribunals, valuation by sally

“Law can be expensive.

This is particularly so in relation to the process of law, i.e. the costs of going to the law. By this I mean things such as the court or tribunal fees, but particularly the costs of the lawyers. If you lose in civil litigation, the normal rule is that you’ve got to pay not just for your own lawyers, but for the other side’s too. Due to the way that costs are assessed and recovered, even the winner often has to foot the bill for some their own lawyers’ fees. It is fair to say that the general public doesn’t think too highly of the fees charged by lawyers. Now, a lot of the criticism is unfair (‘If you think a professional is expensive, wait ’til you try an amateur’) and based on misinformation and misunderstanding. Nonetheless, there is force in some of the criticism.”

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NearlyLegal, 24th September 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Preserving your right to claim elsewhere: new rule 52 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 19th, 2013 in courts, employment tribunals, estoppel, news, regulations, tribunals by sally

“Charles Crow considers how Claimants can move their cases between the Tribunal and the Court without getting caught by the doctrine of estoppel.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th September 2013

Source: www.no5.com

Robert Thomas: Immigration judicial reviews – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted September 13th, 2013 in government departments, immigration, judicial review, news, statistics, tribunals by tracey

“There is much current debate over judicial review, prompted in large part by successive government consultation papers. This note provides an overview of recent developments concerning immigration judicial reviews, which have, for many years, provided the bulk of all judicial review claims.”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 12th September 2013

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Claimants’ ability to pay tribunal fees will be based on combination of income and savings, Government confirms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 11th, 2013 in consultations, fees, news, remuneration, tribunals by tracey

“A single system of fee remission, based on a combination of claimants’ income and ‘disposable capital’, will be introduced across all courts and tribunals, including employment tribunals, the Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th September 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Flats less risky – NearlyLegal

Posted September 4th, 2013 in enfranchisement, interest, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

“At least less risky for property investors. That is the basis of the Upper Tribunal’s decision in Voyvoda v Grosvenor West End Properties, which we have managed to miss reporting because of the Summer break.”

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NearlyLegal, 3rd September 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

New term, new approach to social care costs in SEN appeals – Education Law Blog

Posted September 2nd, 2013 in budgets, education, local government, news, special educational needs, tribunals by sally

“We’re back to school with a bang with the decision of the Upper Tribunal in WH v Warrington BC [2013] UKUT 0391 (AAC) where Judge Williams declined to follow O v Lewisham [2007] EWHC 2130 (Admin) and instead held that the only relevant “public expenditure” for the purposes of section 9 of the Education Act 1996 is that which comes out of the local authority’s education budget.”

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Education Law Blog, 1st September 2013

Source: www.education11kbw.com

Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy – The Independent

“Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the ‘necessary information’ over their benefits or adverse effects.”

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The Independent, 27th August 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

ICO wrong to impose £250k fine on council for data breach, tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in appeals, data protection, fines, local government, news, tribunals, waste by sally

“The Information Commissioner’s Office should not have imposed a £250,000 fine on Scottish Borders Council for a data breach, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has ruled.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd August 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

“Back to the Future” – The Retrospective Variation of Leases of Flats under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 6th, 2013 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, tribunals by sally

“Sometimes the draftsman gets it wrong. Sometimes his only mistake is to fail to predict the future. Either way a landlord can face a serious shortfall if the combined percentages of service charges payable under the leases for the block do not add up to 100%. While at first blush, the landlord’s shortfall is the tenants’ windfall, defective leases can seem a much less attractive prospect if the result is that the landlord is reluctant to provide services.”

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Tanfield Chambers, 27th July 2013

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Hobbs v Financial Conduct Authority (formerly Financial Services Authority) – WLR Daily

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in appeals, financial regulation, law reports, notification, trials, tribunals by sally

Hobbs v Financial Conduct Authority (formerly Financial Services Authority) [2013] EWCA Civ 918; [2013] WLR (D) 328

“A decision by the Financial Services Authority to take no further action against the addressee of a warning notice or decision notice did not become irrevocable or take effect as a discontinuance of proceedings unless it had been communicated to that individual by a notice in accordance with section 389 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.”

WLR Daily, 29th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Sud v Ealing London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Sud v Ealing London Borough Council [2013] EWCA Civ 949; [2013] WLR (D) 320

“Although an award of costs against a paying party in the employment tribunal was an exceptional event, the tribunal should focus principally on the criteria established in rule 40 of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004. Where the tribunal concluded that the party’s conduct of the proceedings had been unreasonable it was necessary for the court to identify the particular unreasonable conduct, along with its effect. That was not a process that entailed a detailed or minute assessment, but instead the court should adopt a broad brush approach, against the background of the totality of the relevant circumstances.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Court of Appeal overturns tax tribunals’ findings in favour of SDLT avoidance scheme – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, leases, news, partnerships, sale of land, stamp duty, tax avoidance, tribunals by sally

“The Court of Appeal has ruled against a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance scheme involving the interaction of the sub-sale and partnership rules, overturning earlier decisions by the First Tier and Upper Tax Tribunals.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th July 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Woman jailed for child cruelty overturns deportation bid – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, child cruelty, deportation, EC law, news, tribunals by sally

“A German woman who was jailed for locking up her three children in squalid conditions has won a legal challenge against the Home Office’s bid to deport her, The Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health and others [2013] UKSC 53; [2013] WLR (D) 309

“The Secretary of State for Health had not acted unlawfully in refusing to exercise his statutory discretion to refer the case of a detained patient to a mental health review tribunal for review in circumstances where the patient had a right to make an application to the tribunal herself.”

WLR Daily, 24th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Water, water everywhere… – NearlyLegal

“There are those who say that service charges are a dry subject. To them I say, welcome to Wallace-Jarvis v (1) Optima (Cambridge) Ltd (2) Khazai [2013] UKUT 328 (LC).”

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NearlyLegal, 29th July 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

UK court ducks position on circumcision – UK Human Rights Blog

“This case concerns a hitherto little-explored aspect of the right to a private and family life: a parent’s opportunity to teach their offspring about their own religious faith.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th July 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

New Era or Plus Ça Change – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 19th, 2013 in consultations, news, regulations, tribunals by sally

“Following the long process of consideration and consultation, the new tribunal rules take effect from 29th July 2013. David Reade QC examines the new Tribunal and Fees regime in a paper entitled ‘NEW ERA OR PLUS ÇA CHANGE’ that he delivered at the ELA this month.”

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Littleton Chambers, 15th July 2013

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

High Court gets teeth into BSB disciplinary problems – Legal Futures

“The High Court has this week been hearing the first claim for judicial review arising from last year’s high-profile problems with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) tribunals which, if successful, would throw the barristers’ disciplinary regime into disarray.”

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk