Number of PI claims “largely static” over past year – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in news, personal injuries, statistics by sally

‘The number of personal injury claims registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) increased marginally over the last year, but still remain low compared to recent history.’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2019

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UK’s Top Spy Watchdog Steps Down, Commits To Review ‘Torture Loophole’ By October – Rights Info

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, torture by sally

‘The UK’s top spy watchdog has announced he will be stepping down in October, a week after a secret policy allowing ministers to approve actions that could lead to torture was revealed.’

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Rights Info, 31st May 2019

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Solicitor hit with £500k POCA fine for using house as office – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in confiscation, enforcement, news, planning, proceeds of crime, solicitors by sally

‘A West London solicitor has hit with a £500,000 confiscation order for repeatedly disregarding warnings from his local council to stop using a home as an office for his firm.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2019

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National Action trial: Jurors unable to reach verdicts – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in news by sally

‘Jurors have failed to reach verdicts against four people accused of being in neo-Nazi group National Action.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2019

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Blood products and Jehovah’s Witnesses: DE – Law and Religion UK

‘In Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v DE [2019] EWCOP 19, DE was a 49-year-old woman who suffered from autism and mild learning difficulties: she and her mother were Jehovah’s Witnesses [3]. In April 2019, DE broke her leg, and the medical evidence was that she needed surgery and that there was a risk that she would require blood transfusion or blood products during the operation [4]. If she did not have the operation, her mobility would be impaired [5] and the need for an operation was urgent.’

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Law and Religion UK, 29th May 2019

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HMRC wins ‘unallowable purpose’ case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 31st, 2019 in interest, news, taxation by tracey

‘A UK company had an “unallowable purpose” in issuing a promissory note and therefore could not deduct the interest payable to a US group company, the First-tier Tribunal in the UK has decided in a case concerning a company in the Oxford Instruments group.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th May 2019

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Withdrawal of life support: minimally conscious patients – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 31st, 2019 in consent, Court of Protection, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A Clinical Commissioning Group v P (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) and TD [2019] EWCOP 18. The lesson to be learned from this case is to be careful of the hands into which you may fall, should you become incapacitated and end up in a vegetative or minimally conscious state.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th May 2019

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Proselytising nurse’s dismissal upheld by the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 818. The Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that a nurse’s dismissal for improper proselytising was not unfair and that the hospital trust’s decision was not in contravention of the claimant’s rights as guaranteed by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th May 2019

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Anti-abortion activists launch legal challenge against council over public spaces protection order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2019 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news, public order by tracey

‘The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames faces a legal challenge from anti-abortion activists over a public spaces protection order (PSPO) it has imposed to restrain their protests.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2019

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Couple jailed for harassing judge after birthday card sent to her home – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2019 in family courts, harassment, judges, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A couple involved in contentious litigation sent a birthday card to the home address of the family judge hearing their case, telling her to “keep up the good work stealing for profit”, it has emerged. The incident was one of five highlighted in a High Court judgment handed down last month.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2019

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Criminal bar opens second front in fees dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2019 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has shifted its focus from low prosecution fees onto “unacceptable flaws” in the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2019

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Report raises alarm over police detention of vulnerable suspects – The Guardian

‘Police officers detained and interviewed vulnerable suspects without an appropriate adult present more than 100,000 times last year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2019

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Sajid Javid accused of ‘human fly-tipping’ in Shamima Begum case – The Guardian

‘A lawyer for Shamima Begum’s family has accused Sajid Javid of cancelling the citizenship of the teenager who joined Islamic State to further his ambitions of becoming prime minister, describing the case as “human fly-tipping”.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2019

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Minstrel singer Brian Davies wins race case appeal – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2019 in appeals, harassment, news, racism by tracey

‘A man who dressed as a black and white minstrel and directed a “racist” song at a black colleague has had his racial harassment conviction quashed.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2019

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Police recruit rejected because he was a white heterosexual male joins force which discriminated against him – Daily Telegraph

‘A university graduate will finally get to “follow in his father’s footsteps” as he joins the same police force which rejected him for being a white heterosexual man.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2019

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Rape victims’ therapy guidance needs urgent review – Labour – BBC News

‘Labour is calling for an urgent review into therapy for rape victims, amid claims the current guidance discourages people from seeking counselling.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2019

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Two experts added to Grenfell inquiry to broaden oversight – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2019 in expert witnesses, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Grenfell survivors have welcomed the UK prime minister’s decision to appoint two more people to oversee the public inquiry into the disaster that claimed 72 lives, after raising concerns their interests risked being overlooked.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2019

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Victims in religious institutions less likely to report sexual abuse, says inquiry – The Independent

Posted May 30th, 2019 in child abuse, Christianity, clergy, news, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Children who suffer sexual abuse are significantly less likely to report it if it is being perpetrated in a religious institution, according to a major analysis of survivors’ experiences. A study by the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), drew upon the experiences of 183 individuals who were abused as children in religious institutions, or by clergy or church staff in other settings.’

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The Independent, 30th May 2019

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 30th, 2019 in legislation by tracey

The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019

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Possession and the PSED (again) – Nearly Legal

‘London and Quadrant HR v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263 (QB) follows hard on the footsteps of Powell v Dacorum BC [2019] EWCA Civ 29 and Forward v Aldwyck Housing Group Ltd [2019] EWHC 24 (QB) (our note here), with Turner J making some fairly caustic observations about the use of the public sector equality duty in possession cases. He ended his substantive judgment with the observation that, “I note that the decision in Forward is under appeal to the Court of Appeal. It is to be hoped that, whatever the outcome, such guidance as may be given will significantly reduce the risk that, in future, possession applications are subject to protracted delays and uncertainty which are highly prejudicial to all of those affected”.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th May 2019

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