Pupil brings legal action against school’s isolation policy – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, judicial review, news, school children by sally

‘Legal proceedings have been lodged in the high court against an academy trust for its use of so-called isolation units to discipline pupils.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2018

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Dublin returns to Italy give rise to an arguable breach of Article 3 ECHR – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, EC law, human rights, judicial review, mental health, news by sally

‘Judgment in the test case of SM & Ors v SSHD was handed down by the Upper Tribunal on 4 December 2018. The Tribunal quashed the decision to certify SM and RK’s human rights claims as “clearly unfounded” on the basis that their particular vulnerability, combined with the latest evidence of profound problems with the Italian reception system meant that that the Secretary of State should either exercise the discretion to consider their claims here or obtain an assurance that they would be provided with appropriate accommodation. The evidence before the Tribunal predated the latest Italian government’s anti-migrant policies.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th December 2018

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London boroughs win out-of-borough housing claim at CoA – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Two London boroughs have won in the Court of Appeal over challenges to their policies on out-of-borough accommodation placements for homeless people.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

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Brighton ‘babes in the wood’ killer Russell Bishop jailed for life – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in children, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘The “babes in the wood” killer, Russell Bishop, has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 36 years for the murder or two schoolgirls more than three decades ago.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2018

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A Comparative Perspective to Hybrid Dispute Resolution Fora: Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Enforcement of Judgments – 4 New Square

Posted December 12th, 2018 in courts, dispute resolution, enforcement, international courts, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘Lecture by Sir Rupert Jackson for the Qatar Conference on ‘The Promise of Hybrid Dispute Resolution Fora’ on 18th November 2018.’

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4 New Square, 19th November 2018

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Oxbridge applicants misled by personal statements company, Advertising Standards Authority rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, news, universities by sally

‘Oxbridge applicants purchasing £150 pre-written personal statement were misled after believing they could pass them off as their own work, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2018

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Deprivation of Liberty and Consent- the Supreme Court decides – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in consent, deprivation of liberty safeguards, detention, mental health, news by sally

‘The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the case of MM. This was an appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Secretary of State for Justice v MM [2017] EWCA Civ 194 (29 March 2017).Both PJ and MM appealed to the Supreme Court but for administrative reasons MM’s appeal was heard first. MM’s appeal has been dismissed.MM was detained under sections 37/41 Mental Health Act (“MHA”) and sought a conditional discharge from hospital to conditions which would objectively give rise to a deprivation of his liberty, to which he had capacity to consent. Although no placement had been identified the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (“the FtT”) was asked whether as a matter of principle it would be lawful to discharge him conditionally on such conditions. The FtT ruled that it could not. At the Upper Tribunal Charles J held that he could give a valid consent to this and as such Article 5 would not be engaged. (A similar issue was in play in Secretary of State v KC [2015] UKUT 0376 (AAC, where Charles J held that the FtT could impose conditions on a discharge that objectively deprived a patient of his or her liberty and that the Court of Protection and/or a decision maker could consent to).’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 28th November 2018

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Upper Tribunal Rules Home Office’s Removal of Disputed Minor to Germany Unlawful and Orders his Return to UK – Garden Court Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in asylum, children, EC law, judicial review, mental health, news by sally

‘Following a hearing that took place on 11 October 2018, Mr Justice William Davis, a High Court Judge sitting in the Upper Tribunal, ruled that the Home Office unlawfully removed ‘QH’, an exceptionally vulnerable young Afghan male, to Germany. As a result, the Court has today ordered the Home Office to take steps to return QH to the UK so that his asylum claim can be decided here.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th December 2018

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New rules spell out when doctors can let patients with brain damage die – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in codes of practice, doctors, food, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Guidance on when to withdraw food and water welcomed by many families. But some fear the ethical implications.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments

Posted December 11th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Short Selling (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

The Central Securities Depositories (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

The Trade Repositories (Amendment and Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

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High Court to scrutinise restrictions on areas where P has capacity – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2018 in autism, consent, Court of Protection, families, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Hayden has handed down a judgment concerning LC, a young woman with autism and significant learning disabilities. During the course of proceedings which had lasted five years LC was assessed as having capacity to consent to sexual relations, marry, and make decisions about contraception; but to lack the capacity to make other decisions such as to conduct the proceedings, make decisions about her residence and about her contact with men. As a facet of LC’s autism she was preoccupied with seeking out sexual encounters and a care plan was formulated which permitted LC to have unsupervised contact with others. As the judge observed with “the enormous benefit of hindsight” this led to LC’s safety and dignity being compromised and placed an intolerable burden on those supervising her. The plan attracted significant public criticism. LC now resides in a care home but is able to spend time with her husband. In a sensitive judgment Hayden J endorsed LC’s treatment plan and directed a report from a female clinical psychologist, noting the obligation under the Mental Capacity Act to take steps to promote decision making capacity.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2018

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Where are we now with the Criminal Finance Act 2017 – The New Tax Evasion Offence – Drystone Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2018 in financial regulation, news, tax evasion by sally

‘The Criminal Finance Act 2017 introduced two new offences: some eighteen months on I consider below how it is being used. The offences were first mooted after the panama papers scandal, prompted by the then Prime Minister’s involvement in it. Due to this the offences were considered to be largely politically motivated and the practicalities of using them were not really considered. In my view they will very rarely be used, if at all, but that does not mean that companies do not have to monitor the measures they have put in place to comply with the legislation. The majority of prosecutions are going to come from self disclosures or whistle blowers, if at all.’

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Drystone Chambers, November 2018

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Red line crossed? The Withdrawal Agreement’s arbitration clause – 4 New Square

‘Ending the jurisdiction of the CJEU over the UK is one of the highest-profile ‘red lines’ drawn by Theresa May and emphasised since the Brexit vote in June 2016, under the mantra of “taking back control of our laws”. Since the notion of a two-year transition period was introduced into negotiations between the UK and the EU, it became clear to most that this red line would be crossed for this period at the very least. It may be that the draft Withdrawal Agreement’s arbitration clause is the escape mechanism by which the UK can avoid the jurisdiction of the CJEU and gain a political win, but it might represent a red line crossed for the CJEU itself.’

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4 New Square, 22nd November 2018

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Faraday Development Ltd v West Berkshire Council: Court of Appeal gives important guidance on development agreements and options, and declares contract ineffective – 11 KBW

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, competition, drafting, local government, news, public procurement by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has given judgment in Faraday Development Ltd v West Berkshire Council [2018] EWCA Civ 2532 . The main judgment was given by Lindblom LJ. The claimant’s appeal against the first instance judgment of Holgate J was allowed, and the Court made the first declaration of ineffectiveness seen in an English public procurement case since the remedy was introduced in 2009 (there has previously been one such declaration in Scotland).’

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11 KBW, 15th November 2018

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How has the Wessely Review grappled with the CRPD? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2018 in disabled persons, human rights, interpretation, mental health, news by sally

‘A couple of weeks ago we held a seminar on how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”) could be argued in UK courts and tribunals. The seminar explored the approach that courts around the world have taken in citing and interpreting the CRPD. The judicial route is only one way for international law to trickle down into domestic law. Another obvious way to implement human rights is via law and policy reform.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th December 2018

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High Court rejects challenge by motorcyclists over ban on use of three ‘green lanes’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2018 in local government, motorcycles, news, roads by sally

‘Hampshire County Council has successfully defended a legal challenge brought by trail riders over its decision to prohibit the use of three linked ‘green lanes’ by motor vehicles and motor cyles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2018

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Richard Slade & Co v Boodia: Court of Appeal rules in favour of solicitors’ practice on billing – 4 New Square

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘Yesterday [27 November], the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Richard Slade & Co v Boodia [2018] EWCA Civ 2667, resolving much of the confusion and concern that had fomented around the now reversed High Court decision and the issue of interim statute bills generally.’

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4 New Square, 28th November 2018

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New Judgment: London Borough of Southwark & Anor v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, local government, London, news, roads, Supreme Court by sally

‘This appeal considered whether the effect of a Transfer Order, which transferred to Transport for London certain roads in London, was only to transfer the surface of the highway and sufficient sub-soil (normally called the two top spits) as is necessary for the maintenance of the surface, or whether it was to transfer to TfL the entire interest held by the council in the land on which the highway ran.’

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UKSC Blog, 5th December 2018

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Judgment handed down in the case of O’Brien v Ministry of Justice – Cloisters

‘The case concerns discrimination against part-time judges in the calculation of pensions. The issue is whether periods of service as a part-time judge prior the coming into effect of Part Time Workers Directive (97/81/EC) should be taken into account in calculating the amount of pension to be paid upon retirement.’

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Cloisters, 7th November 2018

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2017 reforms to the NHS charging regime for ‘overseas visitors’ upheld – 11 KBW

Posted December 11th, 2018 in equality, fees, health, holidays, judicial review, news by sally

‘Judgment was handed down today in R (MP) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2018] EWHC [3392] (Admin). Lewis J upheld the changes to system of charging ‘overseas visitors’ (those not ordinarily resident in the UK) for use of NHS services brought about by the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment Regulations 2017 (“the 2017 Regulations”).’

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11 KBW, 10th December 2018

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