Conscience and cake: the final chapter – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Lee v. Ashers Baking Company Ltd. On Wednesday the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the ‘gay cake’ case. The Court unanimously held that it was not direct discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or political opinion for the owners of a Northern Irish bakery to refuse to bake a cake with the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’ on it, when to do so would have been contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th October 2018

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Supreme Court rules that hospital receptionist owes a duty of care to a patient — Owain Thomas QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeal of Michael Darnley in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50, holding that a hospital receptionist owed a duty of care to a patient at A&E, which was breached by providing him with incorrect information as to how long he was likely to have to wait before being seen or triaged.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th October 2018

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​Allen v Brethertons LLP (2018)- You’ve got to send a bill of costs to your client, even in fixed costs cases – Zenith PI

Posted October 15th, 2018 in accidents, costs, damages, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘This is a recent decision of the Senior Courts Costs Office which deals with the need for solicitors to provide their clients with a bill of costs, even in fixed costs case where the solicitors were instructed on the basis of a CFA and where costs were recovered from the other side.’

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Zenith PI, 9th October 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 15th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 15th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2234 (12 October 2018)

Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce [2018] EWCA Civ 2230 (12 October 2018)

Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd & Ors, R (on the application of) v Coventry City Council & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 2252 (12 October 2018)

Witley Parish Council v Cavanagh [2018] EWCA Civ 2232 (11 October 2018)

Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214 (11 October 2018)

Brangwyn v South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2235 (11 October 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

B & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2651 (Admin) (12 October 2018)

BVC v EWF [2018] EWHC 2674 (Admin) (12 October 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

ESO Capital Luxembourg Holdings II SARL v GSA Invest Management SA & Anor [2018] EWHC 2656 (Ch) (12 October 2018)

Cantt Pak Ltd v Pak Southern China Property Investment Ltd [2018] EWHC 2564 (Ch) (12 October 2018)

M&P Enterprises (London) Ltd v Norfolk Square (Northern Section) Ltd [2018] EWHC 2665 (Ch) (12 October 2018)

Hague Plant Ltd v Hague & Ors [2018] EWHC 2517 (Ch) (11 October 2018)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Mamancochet Mining Ltd v Aegis Managing Agency Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 2643 (Comm) (12 October 2018)

High Court (Family Division)

PM v CF [2018] EWHC 2658 (Fam) (03 October 2018)

High Court (Patents Court)

Parainen Pearl Shipping Ltd & Ors v Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS & Ors [2018] EWHC 2628 (Pat) (11 October 2018)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Ealing Care Alliance Ltd v London Borough of Ealing [2018] EWHC 2630 (TCC) (11 October 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

Lord Carnwath at the Justice Human Rights Law Conference 2018, London – Supreme Court

‘Lord Carnwath at the Justice Human Rights Law Conference 2018, London. Human Rights and the Environment.’

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Supreme Court, 10th October 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Judge who disparaged one party’s counsel “did not give appearance of bias” – Litigation Futures

‘A judge who was “snide” and disparaging to counsel for one of the parties before her did nonetheless not give the appearance of bias, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th October 2018

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: How can judges strengthen the rule of law? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 15th, 2018 in education, human rights, judges, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross: How can judges strengthen the rule of law?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th October 2018

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Barristers to face new standard of proof in disciplinary cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has granted permission for the bar regulator to change the standard of proof applied in disciplinary proceedings, a move which could make it easier for barristers to be sanctioned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th October 2018

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The Financial Remedies Court: Latest Developments – Family Law Week

Posted October 15th, 2018 in courts, families, financial dispute resolution, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Matthew Richardson, family barrister at Coram Chambers, provides an update on the progress of the Financial Remedies Court and highlights that rollout dates are soon to be announced.’

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Family Law Week, 14th October 2018

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Number of supervised offenders charged with violent crimes rises 21% – The Guardian

‘The number of offenders charged with serious crimes including murder, manslaughter and rape while they were being monitored in the community has jumped by more than a fifth in a year in England and Wales, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2018

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End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades – The Guardian

‘Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period, the Guardian can reveal. The police spies infiltrated the Socialist Workers party (SWP) almost continuously between 1970 and 2007, often with more than one undercover officer embedded within the party.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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HMRC seizes assets from almost 3,000 businesses as government ramps up pressure on late tax payment – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in assets recovery, debts, HM Revenue & Customs, news, repayment, statistics, taxation by tracey

‘HM Revenue and Customs seized assets from 2,833 businesses last year as the government ramps up pressure on firms not paying tax on time. The number of firms facing asset seizures jumped 45 per cent from 2016/17 and has increased more than fourfold since 2014/15.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2018

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Parents ‘weaponising’ domestic violence orders, claims charity – The Guardian

‘The number of non-molestation orders – issued by courts to prevent domestic abuse – has rocketed by 37% over the past five years because they are being exploited to secure legal aid, according to the charity Families Needs Fathers.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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Plans to stop house buyers being ‘exploited’ by ripoff leases delayed, almost a year after government promise – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in consultations, housing, leases, news, rent by tracey

‘Flagship plans to stop house buyers being “exploited” by ripoff leases have been delayed, nearly a year after the government vowed to act.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2018

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Supreme Court finds NHS trust liable for misleading info provided by receptionists – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in duty of care, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘An NHS trust was liable for incomplete and misleading information provided by two receptionists in its accident and emergency department, the Supreme Court has ruled, overturning a Court of Appeal majority decision.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Out of control’: prison watchdog warns of synthetic drug crisis – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2018 in death in custody, drug abuse, news, prisons by sally

‘An epidemic of synthetic drugs in prisons is “completely out of control” and the “new normal”, a prison deaths watchdog has warned, as signs emerge that the impact is spreading to immigration removal centres and bail hostels.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Council loses Supreme Court battle over HMO licence conditions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in housing, licensing, local government, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Nottingham City Council has lost a Supreme Court case over whether it was right to prohibit the use of two attics as bedrooms.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

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New law could force employers to reveal race pay gap figures – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2018 in employment, minorities, news, remuneration by sally

‘Employers could be obliged to release their race pay gap statistics under new plans to be unveiled by Theresa May to increase ethnic minority representation in the workplace.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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