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UK: Huge Increase in Employment Tribunal claims

UK: Huge Increase in Employment Tribunal claims

According to UK government data published this week, there has been a 64 per cent overall increase in the number of employment tribunals in the two months since fees were abolished. Tribunal fees were introduced four years ago but were abolished in July this year following a Supreme Court ruling that said the government was […]

UK: QC warns against making judiciary political targets with ECJ consideration clause

UK: QC warns against making judiciary political targets with ECJ consideration clause

A QC has warned that judges are concerned they will be drawn into the Brexit debate by proposed measures that permit them to take account of European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings after the UK leaves the EU. The EU Withdrawal Bill provides that while UK courts will not be bound by Luxembourg after Brexit they can still consider […]

UK High Court rules deportation of EU rough sleepers from UK is unlawful

UK High Court rules deportation of EU rough sleepers from UK is unlawful

The UK High Court has today ruled that a Home Office policy of removing EU citizens found sleeping rough on UK streets is unlawful and must stop. A judge said the measures, which were introduced last year, were discriminatory and violated European law, following a challenge brought by campaigners on behalf of two Polish men […]

England: BME students less likely to secure pupillage than white students

New research from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed that BME students are less successful in obtaining pupillage than white students. The BSB said its two new reports offer important insights into current issues in education and training for qualification as a barrister. The first report examines students’ performance on the compulsory Bar Professional Training […]

Human rights commission to launch own Grenfell inquiry

Human rights commission to launch own Grenfell inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a new project to examine the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell Tower fire after its application to participate in the official inquiry was declined. The commission’s Following Grenfell project will attempt to determine if the State is fulfilling its duties under human rights and equality law, but will […]

England: Medical student spared jail after stabbing boyfriend to appeal suspended sentence

England: Medical student spared jail after stabbing boyfriend to appeal suspended sentence

A medical student who was spared a prison sentence after stabbing her boyfriend because of her “extraordinary talent” is appealing her suspended sentence. Aspiring surgeon Lavinia Woodward, a 24-year-old student at Oxford University, was handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September. Ms Woodward admitted punching and attacking […]

No ‘legal bar’ to Britain remaining in single market and customs union

No ‘legal bar’ to Britain remaining in single market and customs union

There is no “legal or logical bar” to the UK remaining in the EU single market and customs union after Brexit, The Bar Council of England and Wales has said. A report from the Bar Council’s Brexit working group, seen by The Times Brief, says there “is no logical or practical necessity for the UK […]

UK Lords: Is there is a role for the ECJ post-Brexit?

UK Lords: Is there is a role for the ECJ post-Brexit?

The UK government has said that leaving the European Union will “bring about an end to the direct jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union”. The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has this week launched a new inquiry on this issue and the question of enforcement and dispute resolution post-Brexit. Following […]

England: Drug dealers convicted of human trafficking in legal first

England: Drug dealers convicted of human trafficking in legal first

Two gangsters who operated a “county line” drug network have been convicted of human trafficking in a legal first, The Guardian reports. Mahad Yusuf, 20, and Fesal Mahamud, 19, both pleaded guilty to trafficking a woman, 19, who was used as a drugs mule between London and Swansea. The case is thought to be the […]

Maples and Calder to offer Irish transaction advice from London as Brexit looms

Maples and Calder to offer Irish transaction advice from London as Brexit looms

International law firm Maples and Calder has announced plans to provide Irish transaction advice to UK clients from its London office. Three key partners will provide advice from Aldersgate Street to meet the “international requirements of UK based clients in light of recent EU developments”, the firm said. Nicholas Butcher, managing partner of the firm’s […]