Solicitor General: Asian gangs must be handed longer sentences for targeting white girls – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges must give longer sentences to Asian Muslim grooming gangs who abuse white teenage girls when there is evidence of racism, the Government’s senior legal advisor has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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Richard Susskind on the future of law – OUP Blog

Posted August 14th, 2017 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘In the latest episode of the Oxford Law Vox podcast Richard Susskind talks to George Miller about the gaining momentum of technology and AI in the law profession. They discuss just how vital it is that lawyers learn to reinvent themselves and work alongside technology.’

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OUP Blog, 13th August 2017

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Prisoner ‘suicidal’ 11 years into 10-month jail term – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in arson, imprisonment, news, prisons, self-harm, sentencing by sally

‘In 2006, James Ward was given a 10-month minimum jail sentence called an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) for arson.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2017

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New law could criminalise uncovering personal data abuses, advocate warns – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in anonymity, bills, data protection, fines, identification, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A new law proposed to protect the privacy of British internet users could end up criminalising the only people working to uncover abuses of personal data, a leading privacy researcher has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Reuse of graves – further considerations – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 11th, 2017 in burials and cremation, faculties, news by tracey

‘Re St Peter Terwick [2017] ECC Chi 2 is a relatively straightforward case concerning the development of a churchyard through the re-use of land formerly used for burial. However, it is important since in addition to the Chancellor’s summary of the diminishing availability of space for burial, the judgment records “the exemplary manner in which the parish has set about converting its aspiration into reality”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th August 2017

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What Does the New Data Protection Bill Mean for Human Rights? A Q&A of Everything You Need to Know – Rightsinfo

Posted August 11th, 2017 in bills, data protection, human rights, news by tracey

‘The UK government recently released their proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill. However, since much of the Bill will simply copy EU law into UK law, how important are the Data Protection Bill proposals to human rights?’

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Rightsinfo, 9th August 2017

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Lawfulness of search warrant and detention irrelevant to forfeiture of cash – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 11th, 2017 in forfeiture, money laundering, news, proceeds of crime, search & seizure, warrants by tracey

‘In Campbell v Bromley Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWCA Civ 1161 the Court of Appeal has confirmed that that there are no “fruits of the forbidden tree” consequences when it comes to the forfeiture of cash seized in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”).’

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UK Police Law Blog, 10th August 2017

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Employment tribunal president stays fees challenges in wake of Supreme Court ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted August 11th, 2017 in case management, employment tribunals, fees, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘The president of employment tribunals in England and Wales, Judge Brian Doyle, has issued a case management order staying claims brought on the basis of the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that the current fees regime is unlawful.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2017

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Lawyers face prosecution threat over financial sanctions compliance – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2017 in disclosure, financial regulation, legal profession, news, privilege, sanctions by tracey

‘Lawyers are among those who could face prosecution if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions, after a change to the law that came into force this week.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2017

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LegalUK: The strength of English law and the UK jurisdiction – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 11th, 2017 in choice of forum, dispute resolution, enforcement, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice and the Chancellor of the High Court have recently spoken about the need to counter misperceptions surrounding the certainty of litigating, arbitrating or otherwise resolving disputes in the UK. This booklet emphasises the unique strengths of English law and the high quality of dispute resolution services in the United Kingdom.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th August 2017

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted August 11th, 2017 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

General Medical Council v Nwachuku [2017] EWHC 2085 (Admin) (10 August 2017)

Verdin (t/a the Darnhall Estate) v The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors [2017] EWHC 2079 (Admin) (10 August 2017)

High Court (Family Division)

Joy-Morancho v Joy (Dismissal of Variation Application) [2017] EWHC 2086 (Fam) (11 August 2017)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Dacorum Borough Council v Bucknall (aka Acheampong) [2017] EWHC 2094 (QB) (10 August 2017)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted August 11th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Order 2017

The Merchant Shipping (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions) and the Port State Control (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Court rules on fixed costs for interim applications – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 11th, 2017 in advocacy, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘A regional costs judge has ruled in favour of claimants in the latest hearing to consider the issue of fixed costs for interim applications.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th August 2017

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TalkTalk fined £100,000 for putting customers at risk from scammers – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2017 in consumer protection, data protection, fines, fraud, news by tracey

‘The UK’s data watchdog has hit TalkTalk with its second major fine in a year for failing to protect customers’ information from scammers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2017

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HMP Aylesbury officer jailed over sex texts to inmate – BBC News

‘A prison officer has been jailed after she had an inappropriate relationship with a young inmate.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2017

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Ex-MI5 chief warns against crackdown on encrypted messaging apps – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in encryption, intelligence services, internet, news by tracey

‘A former head of MI5 has spoken out against curtailing use of encryption in messaging apps despite warning that Islamist terrorism will remain a threat for up to another 30 years.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Urgent research needed into ‘boyfriend model’ of sex abuse, say experts -The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in child abuse, news, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Calls are being made for urgent research into the “boyfriend model” of sex abuse that was used by the Newcastle sex trafficking network and others in high-profile grooming scandals.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2017

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Newcastle sex ring victims suffered ‘profoundly racist crime’, says former CPS chief – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2017 in child abuse, drug abuse, news, racism, sexual grooming by tracey

‘Britain must confront the scourge of “profoundly racist” crime exemplified by the Operation Shelter grooming case, a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Independent, 10th August 2017

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Safeguarding our young people from becoming radicalised is difficult but vital work: article by Amber Rudd – Home Office

Posted August 11th, 2017 in press releases, terrorism, young persons by tracey

‘An article by Home Secretary Amber Rudd on the Prevent strategy, published in the Sun.’

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Home Office, 10th August 2017

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Tens of thousands of modern slavery victims in UK, NCA says – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in forced labour, news, statistics, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Modern slavery and human trafficking is far more prevalent than law enforcement previously thought, with a recent crackdown lifting the lid on the “shocking” scale of the crime and potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2017

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