£9.8 million to be seized from man who produced steroids on commercial scale – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Mohammed Afzal who was convicted as part of a conspiracy to produce commercial quantities of illegal medical drugs has been ordered to pay back millions of pounds or face 10 extra years in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th November 2023

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

‘True equality alongside excellence’: Jason Pitter KC – Counsel

Posted November 20th, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘The North Eastern Circuit Leader on his trailblazing career, turbulent early years of practice and his mission to equip all barristers, regardless of their characteristics, with the opportunity to thrive. Interview by Glenn Parsons.’

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Counsel, 13th November 2023

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

National firm win costs order over ‘vexatious’ employment tribunal claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2023 in costs, employment, employment tribunals, equality, law firms, news, vexatious litigants by tracey

‘A national firm has been awarded £20,000 in costs after an employment tribunal found the claimant was vexatious and conducted proceedings unreasonably “almost from their inception.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fixer for small-boat people smugglers jailed for seven and a half years – The Independent

‘An Albanian woman who acted as a fixer for people smugglers arranging small boat crossings to the UK has been jailed for seven and a half years, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2023

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Domestic abuse: Dyfed-Powys Police failed victims, report finds – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2023 in domestic violence, news, police, victims, Wales by tracey

‘Rapes, assaults and threats to kill – including a woman threatened with a blowtorch – were wrongly classed as “standard risk” by Dyfed-Powys Police, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revealed: 16 years in prison for stealing a bike and no hope of release – as 7 trapped in jail kill themselves – The Independent

‘Seven inmates trapped in prison under indefinite jail terms have taken their own lives since the government refused to resentence them, The Independent can reveal. The prisons watchdog has launched investigations into a string of self-inflicted deaths amid a “worrying rise” in incidents among imprisonment for public protection (IPP) prisoners – with campaigners warning the “hopelessness” associated with the controversial sentences is having tragic consequences.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2023

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Inquiry says Ofsted viewed as ‘not fit for purpose’ – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2023 in education, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, school children, teachers by tracey

‘Ofsted is in need of major reform and is seen as “not fit for purpose” according to an inquiry into the education inspectorate for England. The Beyond Ofsted inquiry called for “transformational change” and said it found Ofsted as “having a detrimental impact on schools which some perceive as toxic”.’

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The Independent, 20th November 2023

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High court to consider whether universities owe students legal duty of care – The Guardian

‘The high court is to consider for the first time whether universities owe a legal duty of care to their students, which campaigners argue would save lives and bring England and Wales in line with other countries.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2023

Source: www.theguardian.com

‘I paid £30k to protect my child from her paedophile dad’ – BBC News

‘When her daughter’s father was sent to prison for child sexual abuse, Bethan was horrified to discover he could still be allowed access to their child after he was released. It was a risk she wasn’t willing to take. Outside a Cardiff courtroom, a smartly dressed young woman sits waiting, anxiously. Bethan has never been inside a family court before, but she is here to try to protect her child – whose father has been convicted of paedophile offences and is currently in jail.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gracie Spinks inquest: Police admit failing woman killed by her stalker – BBC News

‘A police force has said it failed a woman who was stabbed to death by a former colleague who had stalked her.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 17th, 2023 in legislation by tracey

SI 2023/1217 – The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023

SI 2023/1215 – The Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 8) Order 2023

SI 2023/1213 – The Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (No. 4) Order 2023

SI 2023/1206 – The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2023

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted November 17th, 2023 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Azhar v All Money Matters t/a TFC Home Loans [2023] EWCA Civ 1341 (16 November 2023)

Campbell v NHS Business Services Authority [2023] EWCA Civ 1351 (16 November 2023)

Murugason, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 1336 (16 November 2023)

FN (Burundi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 1350 (16 November 2023)

LA (Albania), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 1337 (16 November 2023)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Brutnell, R. v [2023] EWCA Crim 1331 (15 November 2023)

Cashman, R. v [2023] EWCA Crim 1349 (15 November 2023)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Hamilton v Government of the United States of America [2023] EWHC 2893 (Admin) (16 November 2023)

NRS Saredon Aggregates Ltd v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities & Anor [2023] EWHC 2795 (Admin) (16 November 2023)

Court (Chancery Division)

The Burke Partnership v The Body Shop International Ltd [2023] EWHC 2897 (Ch) (16 November 2023)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Chocolate City Ltd v WEA International Inc [2023] EWHC 2874 (Comm) (16 November 2023)

RSM Production Corporation v Gaz du Cameroun SA [2023] EWHC 2820 (Comm) (15 November 2023)

Source: www.bailii.org

Ofcom provides detail on Online Safety Act ‘illegal harms’ regime – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 17th, 2023 in children, codes of practice, internet, news by tracey

‘Online content platforms operating in the UK should study recent publications issued by Ofcom to get a better handle on how the Online Safety Act will apply to them, and what they can do to meet the new legal requirements around addressing illegal content.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th November 2023

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Leonid Sirota: (How) Can Big Government Be Kept Accountable? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 17th, 2023 in constitutional law, government departments, news, parliament by tracey

‘This project started from an experience that will be familiar to just about any law lecturer: persuading first-year students, bewildered in their first week at university, that your subject means something to them ― even if they don’t know that yet. In my case, one argument I came up with to sell my students on constitutional law was that government is a very big deal. I return to the question of just how big a deal it is presently. For now, suffice it to say that, although some public law rules (think of the Carltona doctrine, for instance) take this into account, on the whole, the size and also the shape of government go relatively unremarked upon in public law theory.

In this post I argue, however, that they matter for thinking about government accountability. They matter beyond this too, but accountability is my topic here. It is more difficult to keep a big government accountable than a small one. In particular, it is difficult and perhaps impossible to do so through political means. Political constitutionalists who want government accountability, primarily political control of government, and big government cannot have it all.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th November 2023

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Unanimous Supreme Court: Rwanda removals are unlawful – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R ((AAA) Syria and Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] UKSC 42. The Government’s flagship policy of removing individual asylum seekers to Rwanda for their claims to be decided under the Rwandan asylum system that was announced on 14th April 2022 has been found to be unlawful by a unanimous Supreme Court.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th November 2023

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Victims to be protected through Sentencing Reforms – Ministry of Defence

‘Cowardly domestic abusers will continue to face time behind bars under legislation laid in Parliament today which will also see the most horrific murderers face life behind bars and rapists locked up for longer.’

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Ministry of Defence, 14th November 2023

Source: www.gov.uk

High Court laments “wholly unacceptable” last-minute adjournment – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2023 in adjournment, arbitration, charging orders, Commercial Court, costs, news by tracey

‘A Commercial Court judge has blamed a claimant “in large part” for the “wholly unacceptable” last-minute adjournment of their case after he had begun pre-reading for it.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Far-right ‘reverend’ who exchanged letters with terrorists convicted of stirring up racial hatred – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 17th, 2023 in Crown Prosecution Service, imprisonment, news, public order, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘The editor of a far-right website has been convicted of possessing racially inflammatory material including stickers that had been posted in and around Liverpool in 2021 as part of a campaign directing people to a website calling for the establishment of a white master race.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th November 2023

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Supreme Court dismisses commercial lender’s appeal over PPI claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 17th, 2023 in appeals, disclosure, insurance, news, Supreme Court, time limits by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that a claim over the misselling of a payment protection insurance policy was not time-barred as the commercial lender failed to disclose that it was charging a “substantial commission” on the policy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

YouTuber sentenced for antisemitic abuse during livestream, CPS says – The Independent

‘A YouTuber who targeted antisemitic abuse at a Jewish woman during a livestream has been sentenced for a hate crime.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2023

Source: www.independent.co.uk