Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 13th, 2017 in barristers, family courts, news, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers’ services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th July 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Chair: Time to admit flexible court hours is a bad idea – The Bar Council

‘Two things are on a collision course. The first is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMTCS) plan that courts operate on a shift system – so called “Flexible Operating Hours”.The second is the determination of the legal profession and many within the judiciary to do whatever it takes to retain talented women at the Bar so that the senior Bar and the judiciary at all levels exhibit a stronger representation of women.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Burglar who targeted the elderly jailed for longer – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 13th, 2017 in appeals, burglary, elderly, news, press releases, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A burglar who targeted the elderly has sentence increased to 7 years and 6 months following ULS referral.’

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Attorney General's Office, 7th July 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

‘Ventilator error’ killed woman at Oxford hospice – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, negligence, news by tracey

‘A 21-year-old woman with a rare disease died when staff at a hospice failed to replace part of her breathing tube, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

PM orders inquiry into intimidation of MPs during general election – The Guardian

‘Theresa May has ordered an investigation into intimidation experienced by candidates during the last election after a barrage of complaints by MPs about death threats and harassment.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Outdated law of wills needs “overhaul” to reflect modern world – Law Commission

Posted July 13th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, legislation, news, wills by tracey

‘The outdated law of wills needs an overhaul according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 13th July 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

David Miller murder: Four jailed for killing ‘vulnerable’ man – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in conspiracy, homelessness, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Four homeless street drinkers have been found guilty of killing a “vulnerable” man who was attacked in his own home.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nottingham woman jailed for 1,800 ‘abusive’ 999 calls – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in assault, emergency services, news, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘An abusive caller who rang 999 more than 1,800 times has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Uber driver who waited outside bars to pick up and rape drunken women is jailed for 12 years – The Independent

Posted July 13th, 2017 in news, rape, recidivists, sentencing, taxis by tracey

‘An Uber driver who waited outside London bars and targeted drunk women to rape, has been jailed for 12 years.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted July 12th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Alteration of Coroner Areas) Order 2017

The Electricity (Exemptions from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) Order 2017

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Application to Revenue and Customs) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Criminal Justice (European Investigation Order) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

“Perception” of high cost discouraging family law clients from going direct to barristers – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2017 in barristers, family courts, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘There is a “clear perception” among most family law clients that barristers are more expensive than solicitors and other legal services providers, major research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board has found.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Reform of the ePrivacy rules – will your business be affected? – Technology Law Update

Posted July 12th, 2017 in data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘Alongside data protection law runs a set of rules relating to electronic communications – the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (EC Directive) 2003, or PECR. Data protection law reform has been centre stage recently, with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in May 2018. But plans to reform EU legislation underlying PECR have not been widely discussed. EU law-makers intend to introduce the changes along with the GDPR next May. The details of the changes are not hammered down yet. This presents a problem for any organisation that uses technology to communicate with the public. In this blog, we take a look at the existing rules, and the likely changes that will (or may) come in next year.’

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Technology Law Update, 12th July 2017

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

Lawyers ‘overly cautious’ anonymising family judgments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 12th, 2017 in anonymity, family courts, news by sally

‘Lawyers erring too much on the side of caution when anonymising family judgments could undermine judicial efforts to increase transparency in the family courts, a campaign group has warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 12th, 2017 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions

High Court (Chancery Division)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Source: www.bailii.org

Burger van owner prosecuted after going on anti-Islamic rant and refusing to serve a sausage sandwich – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2017 in fines, hate crime, Islam, news, racism, religiously aggravated offences by sally

‘A burger van owner has been prosecuted after he refused to serve a sausage sandwich to a customer who argued against his anti-Islamic views.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man wins equal pension rights for husband at supreme court – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2017 in homosexuality, married persons, news, pensions by sally

‘A gay former cavalry officer has won a legal battle to provide his husband with equal pension rights in a landmark discrimination case at the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Grenfell judge bows to pressure to extend inquiry consultation period for survivors – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2017 in consultations, fire, inquiries, judges, news, time limits by sally

‘The judge presiding over the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry had bowed to pressure from campaigners to extend the consultation period for the families involved.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High Court allows UK government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 12th, 2017 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by sally

‘A challenge to the legality of UK’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia has failed. The claim sprang from the conflict in Yemen and the border areas of Saudi Arabia. It focussed on airstrikes conducted by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in support of the legitimate government of Yemen against the Shia-led Houthi rebellion. UK arms export policy states that the government must deny licenses for sale of arms to regimes if there is a ‘clear risk’ that the arms ‘might’ be used in ‘a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. This in turn is based on the EU Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms export control, which explicitly rules out the authorising of arms licences by Member States in these “clear risk” circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th July 2017

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Disclosure of judge’s handwritten notes – the ICO speaks – Panopticon

Posted July 12th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Some of you may have read in last week’s Guardian of an ICO ruling which resulted in the Ministry of Justice handing over a judge’s handwritten notes under data protection legislation (if not, see the article here). If you did read the article, it may be that you are now scratching your head trying to work out why and how the notes came to be disclosed. Well you need scratch no longer – here is the ICO decision letter (for which thanks to Mrs Percival).’

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Panopticon, 11th July 2017

Source: panopticonblog.com

Permission for judicial review fails in diverted profits tax case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 12th, 2017 in appeals, judicial review, jurisdiction, news, subsidiary companies, taxation by sally

‘Permitting judicial review of the issue of a diverted profits tax (DPT) charging notice would “undermine parliament’s intent”, the High Court has decided in a case concerning oil and gas distributing company, Glencore Energy.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com