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Restraint order for man who accused solicitors of fraud – Legal Futures

7 hours 19 min ago

‘The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order (ECRO) on a man who claimed the application was an attempt “to legitimise” a law firm’s attempt to defraud him.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2018


Tests see 90% of pubs fail to stop children accessing 18+ gaming machines – Local Government Lawyer

8 hours 5 min ago

‘Tests on a sample of pubs in England indicate that almost 90% failed to prevent children accessing 18+ gaming machines, the Gambling Commission has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th November 2018


Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support” – Litigation Futures

8 hours 7 min ago

‘Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th November 2018


International law regarding use of force – OUP Blog

8 hours 12 min ago

‘Through the power of precedent, international incidents involving the use of force help to clarify the meaning and interpretation of jus ad bellum, the corpus of rules arising from international custom and the United Nations Charter that govern the use of force. UN Charter Article 2(4) forbids states from using force in their international relations. Exceptions to this prohibition are acts taken in self-defence under UN Charter Article 51 or under the auspices of a UN Security Council authorization to use force under Article 42. States can also consent that another state use force in its territory, for example to combat rebel or terrorist actors. In certain cases, state practice gives rise to new interpretations of existing rules or novel exceptions emerge. Through the study of precedents scholars often consider whether or not there has been a shift in the legal landscape. To give but a few illustrations, commentators have questioned if States take measures of self-defence under Article 51 to protect nationals abroad (a justification that has been invoked at various moments, for instance by Russia in the context of the crisis in Georgia in 2008), if a right to humanitarian intervention has emerged (a discussion triggered by the Kosovo crisis in 1999), or if self-defence under Article 51 can be invoked against non-state actors (a topical debate in the post 9/11 era). Consequently, depending on the precedent’s facts and the arguments invoked by the main protagonists different legal issues can be triggered.’

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OUP Blog, 19th November 2018


NHS bosses failed to act over scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, report finds – Daily Telegraph

8 hours 24 min ago

‘NHS bosses failed to act over a scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, a report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2018


Rotherham child sexual abuse: Six men jailed – BBC News

8 hours 31 min ago

‘Six men have been jailed for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham who were gang-raped and abused by them.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2018


Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle death: ‘Cage bed’ couple jailed – BBC News

8 hours 43 min ago

‘A woman and her ex-partner who strapped a toddler face down in a “monstrous cage bed” have each been sentenced to 10 years.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2018


BAILII: Recent Decisions

8 hours 59 min ago

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Lucas, R (On the Application Of) [2018] EWCA Civ 2541 (16 November 2018)

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWCA Civ 2565 (15 November 2018)

High Court (Administrative Court)

The Government of India v Chawla [2018] EWHC 3096 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

Shumba & Ors v Public Prosecutor In Nanterre County Court, France & Ors [2018] EWHC 3130 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, R (On the Application Of) v Highways England [2018] EWHC 3059 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

R v Warwick District Council [2018] EWHC 3123 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

Kotsev v The Sofia District Public Prosecutor’s Office (A Bulgarian Judicial Authority) [2018] EWHC 3087 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd v Crown Prosecution Service [2018] EWHC 3122 (Admin) (16 November 2018)

EU Lotto Ltd & Ors v Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [2018] EWHC 3111 (Admin) (15 November 2018)

Finney v Welsh Ministers [2018] EWHC 3073 (Admin) (15 November 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Network Homes Ltd v Harlow [2018] EWHC 3120 (Ch) (16 November 2018)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Philcox v Wilson & Anor [2018] EWHC 3138 (QB) (16 November 2018)

Bot & Anor v Barnick & Ors [2018] EWHC 3132 (QB) (16 November 2018)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Synergy Gas Services Ltd v Northern Gas Heating Ltd [2018] EWHC 3060 (TCC) (15 November 2018)


Noel Edmonds likely to file £60m Lloyds lawsuit on Wednesday – The Guardian

9 hours 2 min ago

‘The TV and radio star Noel Edmonds, who is expected to join ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here jungle camp this week, is also likely to fire the starting gun on a £60m lawsuit against Lloyds Bank.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2018


Prosecutor wants more convictions for crimes against elderly – BBC News

9 hours 23 min ago

‘The head of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales says he wants to see more prosecutions of people who commit crimes against older people.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2018


Fake psychiatrist case puts thousands of doctors under scrutiny – The Guardian

9 hours 53 min ago

‘The records of up to 3,000 doctors are being reviewed after it emerged that a woman worked as a NHS consultant psychiatrist for 22 years with fake qualifications before she was convicted of trying to defraud a patient.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2018


Supreme Court: grant of recreational rights over land can be easement –

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:47

‘The right to free use of sporting and recreational facilities provided in a country club environment can be an easement, providing that certain conditions are met, the UK’s highest court has confirmed.’

Full Story, 15th November 2018


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:05

Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn – Supreme Court

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:52

‘Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn.’

Full speech

Supreme Court, 8th November 2018


Party awarded 2% of value of claim “was not winner” – Litigation Futures

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:47

‘A claimant that recovered just 2% of the sum it originally claimed at trial was not the successful party, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2018


Law firm pays £20,000 compensation for unfair dismissal – Legal Futures

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:45

‘A law firm accounts clerk who faced false allegations of sexually harassing a fellow employee has accepted damages of £20,000 after winning his claim of unfair constructive dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2018


Courts to pilot more flexible hours for the benefit of the public – Ministry of Justice

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:40

‘Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts, giving people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 16th November 2018


Ian Naude: Cheshire PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl – BBC News

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:36

‘A policeman described as a “committed paedophile” has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2018


Charles Bronson cleared of prison governor attack – The Independent

Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:28

‘Notorious inmate Charles Bronson has been cleared of trying to cause grievous bodily harm a senior prison officer.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2018