Facial recognition tech ‘should be dropped over race issues’ – BBC News

‘Black and minority ethnic people in the UK could be falsely identified and questioned as police have not tested facial recognition systems on enough non-white faces, say campaigners.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2019

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Solicitors Can Recover VAT On Medical Reporting Organisation Fee: British Airways PLC v Prosser – Zenith PI Blog

‘Personal Injury analysis: Frances Lawley, barrister at Zenith Chambers, explores the decision in British Airways Plc v Prosser, which found that a solicitor can recover VAT on a medical reporting organisation fee.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th May 2019

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Sight impaired voters and the secret of the ballot box – UK Human Rights Blog

‘How can someone who suffers from severely limited sight avail herself of the process for making a mark on a paper ballot under the Representation of the People Act 1983?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th May 2019

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Hillsborough safety officer fined £6,500 over safety breaches – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2019 in accidents, duty of care, fines, health & safety, news, sport by sally

‘Graham Mackrell, the secretary of Sheffield Wednesday football club, has been fined £6,500 after he was found criminally responsible for the dangerous turnstile arrangements in operation on 15 April 1989 when 96 people were killed at its Hillsborough stadium.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 13th, 2019 in legislation by tracey

The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The Finance Act 2009, Sections 101 and 102 (Avoidance: Penalties) (Appointed Day) Order 2019

The Finance Act 2009, Sections 101 and 102 (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes: Penalties) (Appointed Day and Consequential Provisions) Order 2019

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted May 13th, 2019 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Maughan, R (On the Application Of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 809 (10 May 2019)

BIC UK Ltd v Burgess & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 806 (10 May 2019)

A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 799 (09 May 2019)

Persimmon Homes Ltd v Hillier & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 800 (09 May 2019)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Ors v Bamieh [2019] EWCA Civ 803 (09 May 2019)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

O & N v R. (Rev 1) [2019] EWCA Crim 752 (09 May 2019)

Lewis, R. v [2019] EWCA Crim 710 (08 May 2019)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Cleeland, R (On the Application Of) v Criminal Cases Review Commission [2019] EWHC 1175 (Admin) (10 May 2019)

Thyer v Public Prosecutor At the High Instance Court of Paris, France [2019] EWHC 1185 (Admin) (10 May 2019)

The Professional Standards Authority for Health And Social Care v Nursing And Midwifery Council & Anor [2019] EWHC 1181 (Admin) (09 May 2019)

Adamson, R (On the Application Of) v Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council [2019] EWHC 1129 (Admin) (09 May 2019)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Gap (ITM) Inc v Gap 360 Ltd [2019] EWHC 1161 (Ch) (10 May 2019)

Gracie & Anor v Rose [2019] EWHC 1176 (Ch) (10 May 2019)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Savchenko v Davletyarov [2019] EWHC 1186 (Comm) (10 May 2019)

High Court (Family Division)

Gloucester County Council v JD & Ors (Child Arrangements [2019] EWHC 1101 (Fam) (01 May 2019)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Thomas & Anor v Taylor Wimpey Developments Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 1134 (TCC) (09 May 2019)

Willow Corp SARL v MTD Contractors Ltd [2019] EWHC 1192 (TCC) (03 May 2019)

Walter Lilly & Co Ltd v Clin [2019] EWHC 945 (TCC) (17 April 2019)

Source: www.bailii.org

The Data Protection Act v Machine Learning Algorithms – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 13th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, computer programs, data protection, news by sally

‘Machine learning algorithms increasingly regulate our lives making decisions about us in finance, education, employment and justice. Ultimately, it will become pervasive in most, if not all aspects of decision making in the foreseeable future. But what is a machine learning algorithm? How does it decide? What rights do data subjects have? This article aims to answer all three of these questions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th May 2019

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Employment lawyers acknowledge place for further regulation of confidentiality agreements but express concern over lack of regulatory clarity – Local Government Lawyer

‘There is a place for further review and regulation of confidentiality agreements (or NDAs), particularly in settlement agreements, to reduce the risk that such agreements prevent proper reporting of sexual misconduct at work, the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2019

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Private jails more violent than public ones, data analysis shows – The Guardian

‘Private prisons are more violent than public jails, according to data analysis that raises questions over the government’s plans to pursue its prisons-for-profit model.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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Challenge to delegation of costs lawyer’s work fails – Litigation Futures

Posted May 13th, 2019 in costs, drafting, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘A challenge to a costs lawyer’s delegation of work to unqualified colleagues has failed, with a judge saying that to rule otherwise would make their work for members of the public “impossible”.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th May 2019

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Promoting cyber security for Internet of Things devices – Technology Law Update

‘The roll-out of 5G networks is ramping up with limited services available in parts of the US and South Korea. 2019 will see the launch of 5G in selected cities across the UK. This new, much faster, mobile connectivity will support a proliferation of internet-enabled devices. With expected benefits in terms of reduced latency and much greater capacity, many expect to see a proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices as 5G becomes a reality.’

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Technology Law Update, 10th May 2019

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

UK’s organised crime threat at record level, warns National Crime Agency – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2019 in brexit, budgets, crime prevention, gangs, internet, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Britain risks losing the fight against organised crime unless police receive significant new resources to tackle the “chronic and corrosive” threat from such groups, the head of the National Crime Agency has warned.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2019

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Lucy’s Law: Puppy farm ban set to be confirmed – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2019 in animal cruelty, animals, news, sale of goods, standards by sally

‘A new law aimed at cracking down on so-called puppy farms in England is being presented to Parliament on Monday.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2019

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PM vows to end postcode lottery for domestic abuse victims

‘The prime minister has vowed to end the postcode lottery for those escaping domestic abuse.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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Demand for commercial courts hits new peak as competition circles – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, Commercial Court, courts, jurisdiction, London, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of commercial cases heard in London grew significantly last year, according to new research which highlights the difficulties for new international courts to challenge the UK’s position post-Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Carl Sargeant: texts will not be heard at inquest, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2019 in coroners, evidence, inquests, news, suicide, telecommunications by sally

‘The former Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones, has lost a high court attempt to have text messages relating to the behaviour of a minister he sacked heard at his inquest.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Court can order costs in foreign currency on summary assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in costs, fees, indemnities, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The court has jurisdiction to make an order for costs in a foreign currency on summary assessment, a deputy High Court judge has ruled in what he said appeared to be the first case on the point.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th May 2019

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Extinction Rebellion founder cleared over King’s College protest – The Guardian

‘The founder of Extinction Rebellion has been cleared by a jury of all charges relating to a protest against fossil fuels in what campaigners say is a historic moment for the climate justice movement.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Impact of Brexit on UK courts “exaggerated”, judges say – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, courts, dispute resolution, judges, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The likely legal impact of Brexit on English law and the UK’s role in international dispute resolution, has been exaggerated, a Court of Appeal judge said yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk