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UK government begins refunding Employment Tribunal fees

UK government begins refunding Employment Tribunal fees

The first phase of the scheme to refund Employment Tribunal fees has been launched by the UK government. Justice minister Dominic Raab said that the phase will last up to four weeks and will begin with refunds being issued to people who have contacted the Ministry of Justice since the Supreme Court’s judgment in R […]

England: CPS paying off bad lawyers with taxpayer money

England: CPS paying off bad lawyers with taxpayer money

Taxpayers’ money has been used to pay off prosecutors found guilty of misconduct, The Times reports. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has given taxpayer-funded redundancy payments to lawyers who have brought the body into disrepute and has also assigned underperforming prosecutors to complex cases. A former manager said she was told to give poor performing lawyers […]

UK: Supreme Court rules embassies’ immunity from employment claims unlawful

UK: Supreme Court rules embassies’ immunity from employment claims unlawful

Provisions of the State Immunity Act 1978 preventing employees of foreign embassies bringing claims for compensation again employer states are unlawful, the UK Supreme Court has ruled. Judgment was handed down yesterday in the case of Janah v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Libya, and Benkharbouche v SSFCA. The two claimants, […]

UK: Law firms not yet embracing ‘cutting edge’ technology

UK: Law firms not yet embracing ‘cutting edge’ technology

Law firms are embracing commonplace, but not cutting edge, technologies, according to a new study by PwC. The professional services network’s 2017 Law Firms’ Survey suggests that firms understand the value of technology, but many are not keeping pace with cutting edge technologies or growing client expectations. Over 70 per cent of UK law firms […]

England: Woman stole £525,000 from law firm for online dating scammer

England: Woman stole £525,000 from law firm for online dating scammer

A 54-year-old woman stole more than £525,000 from her employer, law firm Easthams, to pay a scammer who reeled her in through an online dating website. Pamela Wareing has been jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to theft in Preston Crown Court. She stole the money to pay a scammer who she had never […]

Lawyers seek judicial review over Vote Leave’s spending

Lawyers seek judicial review over Vote Leave’s spending

The Electoral Commission’s decision to abandon an investigation into Vote Leave’s Brexit campaign could see it face legal action, the BBC reports. Vote Leave paid £625,000 to settle bills with a Canadian digital agency that were run up by a student campaigner. But the commission has said there are no grounds to suspect any illegal […]

British authorities wrongly locked up torture survivors

British authorities wrongly locked up torture survivors

British authorities wrongly locked up abuse survivors in immigration centres, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled that parts of a Home Office policy introduced a year ago allowed for survivors of torture from overseas to be imprisoned, The Guardian reports. The policy narrowed the ambit of ‘torture’ to mean violence carried […]

Lady Hale calls for clarity on Luxembourg’s role after Brexit

Lady Hale calls for clarity on Luxembourg’s role after Brexit

Parliament should provide clarity on the relationship between the UK and the European Court of Justice after Brexit the President of the Supreme Court has said. Lady Hale, recently sworn in as the first female head of the court, said Parliament should give judges “as much clarity as possible” on the court’s role. She said: […]

England: Judge accused of insulting traveller community cleared

England: Judge accused of insulting traveller community cleared

A judge accused of insulting the traveller community has been cleared by a judicial watchdog, The Brief reports. Timothy Spencer QC made a “very damaging” statement according to the complaint when sentencing 11 members of the Rooney family at Nottingham Crown Court in September. As he jailed them for a total of 79 years, he […]

UK Supreme Court appointments mark new legal year

UK Supreme Court appointments mark new legal year

The President, Deputy President and three new justices were sworn into the UK Supreme Court this week, marking the beginning of the new legal year: Lady Hale of Richmond as President; Lord Mance as Deputy President; Lady Black of Derwent as Justice; Lord Lloyd-Jones as Justice and Lord Briggs of Westbourne as Justice.