Law Pod UK Ep. 36: Secrecy, anonymity and public information – 1 COR

Posted June 18th, 2018 in anonymity, freedom of information, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon discusses the challenges around secrecy, anonymity and public information in major inquests and inquiries in a talk recorded at One Crown Office Row’s 2018 seminar.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th June 2018

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Landmark Judgment for Women’s Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 18th, 2018 in abortion, human rights, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom concluded on the 7th June 2018 that Northern Ireland’s laws on termination of pregnancy are incompatible with human rights. More specifically, in situations of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality a majority of the judges concluded that the law breaches the right to private life protected by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court highlighted the disproportionate nature of the interference, which stresses and humiliates women and girls experiencing a time of crisis. It further recognised the possibility that individual cases, in the three circumstances, may fall within the scope of article 3 and reach the threshold of severity required to be considered inhuman and degrading.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 14th June 2018

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

CoA awards £60k damages against ‘unscrupulous’ fake firm fraudsters – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 18th, 2018 in damages, fraud, law firms, misrepresentation, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that an insurance company is entitled to exemplary damages against fraudsters whose conduct was described as ‘outrageous’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th June 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law Pod UK Ep. 35: Lessons from Bloody Sunday and Hillsborough – 1 COR

Posted June 18th, 2018 in armed forces, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘Matthew Hill discusses the lessons and warnings from the Bloody Sunday inquiry and the Hillsborough inquest in this talk recorded at One Crown Office Row’s 2018 seminar.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th June 2018

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‘Grenfell’ cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, mortgages, news, valuation by sally

‘A family who have seen the value of their London flat slashed from £600,000 to just £90,000 because of Grenfell-style cladding could sue a government agency that helped them buy their home.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Brighton student jailed for freshers’ night rape – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A student from the University of Sussex has been jailed for raping a fellow student at her flat in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

League Against Cruel Sports in legal battle with vegan ‘whistleblower’ – The Guardian

‘A leading animal welfare charity is locked in an acrimonious legal dispute with a former employee who claims he was dismissed for telling colleagues that its pension fund invested in companies that have been involved in animal testing.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Do Children Have a Right to Privacy? – Rights Info

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, data protection, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘In the age of the internet, privacy is an important and controversial issue. But what do privacy rights mean for children? RightsInfo takes a look.’

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Rights Info, 15th June 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Costs can be proportionate even if they exceed damages, Senior Costs Judge says – Litigation Futures

Posted June 18th, 2018 in costs, damages, interception, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘The proportionality test does not prevent the recovery of costs that are higher than the sums at issue in litigation, the Senior Costs Judge has said in allowing such a recovery by a host of celebrities awarded damages in the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) phone hacking litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th June 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

ICO hits police force with £80k penalty for revealing identities of abuse victims – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, data protection, electronic mail, fines, news, police by sally

‘A police force has been hit with an £80,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it sent a bulk email that identified victims of non-recent child abuse.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The law must change on upskirting. One Tory MP won’t stop us – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in bills, news, outraging public decency, photography, sexual offences by sally

‘Upskirting is a depraved violation of privacy. It is outrageous that a single Tory MP has been able to derail a much needed and universally supported change in the law. But that is exactly what has happened.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Grooming cases soar under new law, as police reveal 3,000 crimes against children as young as five in just a year – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 18th, 2018 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, statistics by sally

‘More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Care Crisis Review publishes report setting out options for change – Family Law

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, family courts, news, reports, social services by sally

‘The Care Crisis Review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by the Family Rights Group, has published its report. The report considers how to address the crisis in children’s social care and the family justice sector, and explores the factors which have contributed to it.’

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Family Law, 13th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Child prisoners ‘held in solitary confinement’ – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, imprisonment, news, young offenders by sally

‘At least 40 children have been held in solitary confinement in young offenders institutions in the past year, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Smoke and mirror’ tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised – The Guardian

‘The “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Parachute murder bid: Emile Cilliers jailed for life – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2018 in attempts, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘An Army sergeant has been jailed for life for trying to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachutes.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Supreme Court restores avoidance finding in Project Blue SDLT case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2018 in news, sale of land, stamp duty, Supreme Court, tax avoidance by tracey

‘A stamp duty land tax (SDLT) claim by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with the purchase of the former Chelsea Barracks in London, worth a potential £50 million, has been restored by the UK Supreme Court.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2018

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Appeal court restores public sector pensions investment guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2018 in local government, news, pensions, sanctions by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the government in a legal challenge to its guidance preventing the local government pension scheme (LGPS) from pursuing boycotts as part of its investment strategy’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th June 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Appealing adjournments in misconduct hearings – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 15th, 2018 in adjournment, appeals, case management, news, police, tribunals by tracey

‘Challenges to a failure to adjourn seem to be popping-up at the moment. There was the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Solanki v (1) Intercity Telecom Ltd (2) Guidinglight Finance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 101 – where a judge had failed to give adequate reasons for rejecting medical evidence justifying an adjournment. By contrast, in the recent decision of Lindsay v Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority [2018] EWHC 1275 (Admin), the respondent in misconduct proceedings failed to advance adequate evidence to support such an application. What lies deeper beneath, however, is whether an appeal against a decision not to adjourn requires the appellate court or tribunal to consider whether the original decision lay within the range of reasonable responses open to the decision maker below or, alternatively, has to determine the question of fairness / correctness itself.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th June 2018

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted June 15th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Commencement No. 18) Order 2018

The Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure 2018 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2018

The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 (Commencement and Transitional Provision) Order 2018

The Housing Administration (England and Wales) Rules 2018

The Statute Law (Repeals) Measure 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018

The Pensions (Pre-consolidation) Measure 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Amendment) Order 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk