Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry: IPCC delays corruption probe – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2017 in corruption, evidence, inquiries, London, murder, news, police by sally

‘An investigation into evidence given to the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry will only be concluded after a separate corruption investigation is completed, the police watchdog has announced.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2017

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Failure to pay correct court fee not an abuse of process – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has refused to consider a circuit judge ruling which held that failure by a solicitor to correctly value a personal injury claim and pay the right court fee did not amount to an abuse of process.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th June 2017

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Working in a heatwave: your legal rights – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘Have you been sweltering at work this week in a suit and tie? You may have already ditched the office dress code, but what does the law say about wearing a uniform during a heatwave?’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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Revealed: Jackson’s fixed fees pilot to cap costs at £80k – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2017 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Pointers for the potential level of fixed costs for civil claims have been revealed on the eve of a pilot scheme to test how the idea will work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th June 2017

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Law firms, legal executives and licensed conveyancers join forces to lobby for leasehold reform

Posted June 21st, 2017 in conveyancing, housing, law firms, Law Society, leases, legal executives, news by sally

‘A new property law alliance, the Legal Sector Group (LSG), has written to the government, with a detailed set of proposals on leasehold reform.’

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Legal Futures, 21st June 2017

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English courts’ willingness to uphold parties’ choice of law provides certainty in Brexit world, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘A Court of Appeal decision upholding the parties’ choice to use English law under a swap agreement will provide some relief to financial firms despite the ongoing uncertainty around the UK’s decision to leave the EU, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st June 2017

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Brexit: Butlins owner Peter Harris gets EU referendum fine – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2017 in advertising, elections, fines, news, Northern Ireland, political parties by sally

‘Millionaire Butlins owner Peter Harris has been given the Electoral Commission’s biggest financial penalty for breaking spending return rules during the EU referendum.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2017

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Bar aims to tackle pupillage crisis – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2017 in legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘More than 60% of students who completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fail to get pupillage, statistics from the Bar Standards Board have shown as the regulator ponders reforms to training.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th June 2017

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Cage director pleads not guilty to terror offence over privacy issue – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in confidentiality, human rights, news, privacy, search & seizure, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The international director of the campaign group Cage has pleaded not guilty to a terror offence after refusing to give police the passcode to his mobile phone at Heathrow airport last year.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Refugee campaigners launch legal challenge over Home Office ‘failure’ to implement Dubs scheme – The Independent

‘Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the Government over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2017

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Charlie Gard: Strasbourg Court imposes another stay on Supreme Court ruling to consider parents’ arguments – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Following the Strasbourg Court’s request for interim measures for the UK – which means the hospital may not take Charlie Gard off life support as the Supreme Court has allowed it to do – the Supreme Court arranged a short hearing to take place Monday 19 June, to give directions. The Strasbourg Court has now put in place a further request that treatment and nursing care be continued beyond its original deadline of 19 June (see the press release from Strasbourg here: Gard and Others v. the UK) . This is because that Court has to consider the parents’ application that the case does not just concern Charlie’s right to die with dignity but their rights under Article 8 as his parents to be afforded respect for their decisions as to what is in Charlie’s interests.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 2017

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Trans woman receives police payout after being forced to strip naked and sprayed with mace – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2017 in assault, damages, mental health, news, police, sex discrimination, transsexuals by sally

‘A trans woman has won “substantial” damages after police stripped her and sprayed her in the face with mace, forcing her to wash her eyes out with toilet water.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2017

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Privatised probation programme ‘could be dropped with negligible impact’ – The Guardian

‘A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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Council appeals £150k fine imposed over publication of sensitive data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Basildon Council has confirmed it is to appeal the imposition by the Information Commissioner of a £150,000 monetary penalty for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th June 2017

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Crufts flyball winner banned from keeping dogs for life after RSPCA investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 21st, 2017 in animal cruelty, charities, costs, dogs, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A former Crufts winner has been banned from keeping dogs for life after more than 30 animals were found living in “disgraceful” conditions at her home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2017

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Subject access requests: revised guidance from the ICO – Panopticon

Posted June 21st, 2017 in codes of practice, data protection, freedom of information, news by sally

‘As Panopticon devotees will know, the early months of 2017 brought a flurry of judgments about subject access requests – most importantly, in the Dawson-Damer and Ittihadieh/Deer cases. The principles from those judgments have now been incorporated into a revised ICO Code of Practice on subject access requests, published last week. The revised Code is important not only because it reflects up-to-date caselaw, but also because it tells us how the ICO expects to see subject access requests dealt with in practice.’

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Panopticon, 20th June 2017

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UK holiday fraudsters could face jail – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2017 in compensation, fraud, holidays, imprisonment, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘UK holidaymakers who make bogus food poisoning claims could go to prison, warns travel trade organisation Abta.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2017

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Government inspectors should enforce workers’ rights, says Law Society – The Guardian

‘Government-backed inspectors should be able to investigate companies and entire industries to prevent unscrupulous companies falsely labelling workers as self-employed, according to a leading legal body.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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‘Strong judiciary’ pledge as Lidington sworn in as lord chancellor – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2017 in judiciary, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘David Lidington MP today [19 June] told the most senior legal figures in England and Wales that he will be ‘resolute and unflinching’ as lord chancellor in upholding the rule of law and defending the independence of the judiciary.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th June 2017

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Post-separation accrual – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2017 in cohabitation, divorce, financial provision, married persons, news by sally

‘As Nicholas Cusworth QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, stated in JB v MB [2015] EWHC 1846 (Fam), where addressing post-separation accrual, he was dealing with a ‘lawless science’ and therefore the outcome he reached ‘may be arbitrary to a degree’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th June 2017

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