Injured off-road victims ‘sacrificed at hands of Brexit’, say lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in agriculture, brexit, insurance, motorcycles, news, personal injuries, sport by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have warned that the UK government’s decision to ditch a European ruling on private land vehicles risks sacrificing the rights of injured people “in the name of Brexit”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2021

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Jack Barnes: ‘I can’t breathe’ death reviewed three times – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in inquests, news, prosecutions, restraint, unlawful killing by sally

‘No-one was prosecuted over the death of a man who was restrained in the street by public transport workers despite the case being reviewed three times.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ep 137: The Law of Artificial Intelligence – Law Pod UK

‘In the latest episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English talks to Matt Hervey, co-editor with Matthew Lavy of a new practitioner’s text book on Artificial Intelligence. Matt is Head of Artificial Intelligence at Gowling WLG., and advises on all aspects of AI and Intellectual Property, particularly in relation to the life sciences, automotive, aviation, financial and retail sectors. Our discussion ranges across many areas covered by the book, including negligence, liability for physical and economic harm, AI and professional liability, and more on AI and intellectual property, a fascinating subject which Matt touches on in this episode.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st March 2021

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How Will Immigration Policies Impact Haulage? – EIN Blog

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in brexit, carriage of goods, immigration, news by sally

‘Brexit cannot be blamed for all the challenges the haulage industry is currently facing. On the other hand, it isn’t helping either. In particular, it’s making recruitment even harder.’

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EIN Blog, 1st March 2021

Source: www.ein.org.uk

Pupil barrister uses hemp to create first vegan wig – Legal Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in barristers, court dress, news, veganism by sally

‘A pupil barrister and animal protection activist has created what is thought to be the first vegan barrister’s wig, made from hemp rather than horse hair.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lawyers to argue for mother and baby’s right to Healthy Start in UK – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in benefits, children, food, health, immigration, judicial review, minorities, news by sally

‘An 11-month-old baby and her mother are bringing a case in the high court to try to secure the baby’s right to free vitamins, formula milk and nutritious food.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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A crucial and long-needed step against the devaluation of domestic work: ‘family worker’ exemption dis-applied in Puthenveettil v Alexander & ors – by Natalie Sedacca – UK Labour Law

‘On 15 December 2020, the London South Employment Tribunal gave its judgment in a claim brought by a domestic worker, Ms Kamalammal P K Puthenveettil, challenging her exemption from payment of the national minimum wage on the basis of the “family worker” exemption. The Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) accepted the Claimant’s argument that this exemption, stemming from the “family worker” exemption, was unlawful and indirectly discriminatory on the basis of sex. This exemption has meant that some live-in domestic workers – part of an overwhelmingly female and largely ethnic minority and / or migrant workforce – have been at worst denied payment of the national minimum wage (‘NMW’), and in other cases lacked clarity about their entitlement to this very basic right. After outlining the background to Puthenveettil, this post will explain the family worker exemption and its (mis-)application to some live-in domestic workers. It will then analyse the judgment in Puthenveettil, its significance in questioning the devaluation of domestic work, and the limitations of the legal framework for domestic workers in the UK.’

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UK Labour Law, 1st March 2021

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Supreme Court: Shamima Begum may be barred from UK – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Since 2019 when Shamima Begum was found in a camp in north Syria, her hopes of returning to the UK have ebbed and flowed (see here and here). Stripped of her British citizenship, she brought three sets of legal proceedings. Last week, after a ruling by the Supreme Court, her hopes receded once more. The Home Secretary was entitled to refuse her entry to the UK to pursue her appeal against the loss of citizenship, the Court ruled. So, Ms Begum’s appeal has been stayed, pending some change in her circumstances which will enable her to participate in a hearing – albeit from outside the UK.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st March 2021

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Briton jailed over plot to pay bribes for Iraq oil contract – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in bribery, conspiracy, contracts, news, sentencing by sally

‘A British businessman has been jailed for three and a half years after being convicted of conspiring to pay huge backhanders in one of the world’s biggest bribery scandals.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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A Campaign To Include Mx Title On All Forms Is Gaining Momentum. Here’s Why It’s Important – Each Other

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in electronic commerce, equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Include Mx, which was launched in November 2020, is a micro campaign that approaches businesses and organisations to ask them to include Mx as an option on forms. Mx is a gender neutral honorific that was first coined and used in the 1970s. It’s used by those who do not identify as a particular gender, as well as those who do not want to reveal their gender.’

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Each Other, 1st March 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

Campaigners welcome extra protections in domestic abuse bill – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in assault, bills, coercive & controlling behaviour, news, sentencing by sally

‘Campaigners have welcomed news that ministers will make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence punishable by five years’ imprisonment.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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Covid: Family camping on cliff edge fined for lockdown breach – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in coronavirus, fines, news, regulations by sally

‘A couple found camping “in a perilous position” on top of a cliff have been fined for breaching lockdown rules.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 1st, 2021 in legislation by tracey

The Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments (Revocation) Regulations 2021

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021

The Civil Liability Act 2018 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2021

The Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Official Controls and Phytosanitary Conditions (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021

The Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations 2021

The Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

The Carbon Accounting (Provision for 2019) Regulations 2021

The Airports Slot Allocation (Alleviation of Usage Requirements) Regulations 2021

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) (Fees for Requests for Planning Approval) Regulations 2021

The Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) and the Biofuel (Labelling) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

‘Failure to remove’ claims – the decision in HXA v Surrey County Council – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg analyses an important decision this month on “failure to remove” claims and also summarises the other case law to date, before looking at pending cases and the likely way forward to the higher courts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court rejects application by mother to prevent local authority from imposing vaccinations on child in foster care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has rejected a mother’s application, supported by the father, to prevent a local authority from imposing a programme of vaccinations on a child in foster care without their consent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court: Covid self-employed support scheme does not unlawfully discriminate against women – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (The Motherhood Plan and Anor) v HM Treasury [2021] EWHC 309 (Admin). In a judgment handed down on 17 February 2021, the High Court has ruled that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (“the Scheme”) introduced during the coronavirus pandemic does not indirectly discriminate against self-employed women who have taken a period of leave relating to maternity or pregnancy in the last three tax years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2021

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Unhappy judges not as dissatisfied as they were, research shows – Litigation Futures

Posted March 1st, 2021 in government departments, judges, judiciary, news, statistics by tracey

‘Judges are a bit happier in their jobs than they were five years ago but feel seriously undervalued by the government, the latest judicial attitude survey has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st March 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill – Home Office

‘A raft of new amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill will be presented, providing greater protections for victims and further clamping down on perpetrators.’

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Home Office, 1st March 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 1st, 2021 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Begum, R. (on the application of) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission & Anor [2021] UKSC 7 (26 February 2021)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Bhamani & Ors v Sattar & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 243 (26 February 2021)

Page v Lord Chancellor & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 254 (26 February 2021)

Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 260 (26 February 2021)

Page v NHS Trust Development Authority [2021] EWCA Civ 255 (26 February 2021)

Open Spaces Society v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2021] EWCA Civ 241 (25 February 2021)

Butters & Anor v Hayes [2021] EWCA Civ 252 (25 February 2021)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Patel & Ors, R. v [2021] EWCA Crim 231 (25 February 2021)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Chechev & Anor v Prosecutor’s Office In Kardzhali, Bulgaria & Anor [2021] EWHC 427 (Admin) (26 February 2021)

SM, R (On the Application Of) v Bail for Immigration Detainees [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin) (25 February 2021)

Zelenko v Prosecutor General of the Republic of Latvia [2021] EWHC 366 (Admin) (24 February 2021)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Davey & Anor v Bailey & Ors [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch) (26 February 2021)

Jones & Pyle Developments Ltd v Rymell [2021] EWHC 385 (Ch) (26 February 2021)

Capitol Records & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 409 (Ch) (25 February 2021)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 410 (Ch) (25 February 2021)

High Court (Commercial Court)

PCP Capital Partners LLP & Anor v Barclays Bank PLC [2021] EWHC 307 (Comm) (26 February 2021)

ABN Amro Bank NV v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 442 (Comm) (26 February 2021)

Rockliffe Hall Ltd v Travelers Insurance Company Ltd [2021] EWHC 412 (Comm) (25 February 2021)

Allianz Global Investors GmbH & Ors v Barclays Bank Plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 399 (Comm) (25 February 2021)

High Court (Family Division)

AB v CD [2021] EWHC 375 (Fam) (25 February 2021)

The London Borough of X v Y (Deprivation of Liberty in Scotland) [2021] EWHC 440 (Fam) (23 February 2021)

Source: www.bailii.org

Police boss wants to trial giving cannabis to prisoners – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2021 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, police, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Prisoners should be given cannabis to help deal with addiction problems and tackle violence, according to a police and crime commissioner (PCC) in Wales.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk