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New EU data protection regulation

8 February 2016By Ibrahim Hasan

The regulation will replace all data protection legislation in EU member states. What do practitioners need to do next to be ready?

Nottingham county council

PI: non-delegable duty of care

1 February 2016By Malcolm Johnson

The Court of Appeal dealt with the issue of vicarious liability after the foster child claimant suffered abuse.

Lambeth Council building, Brixton

Local government: consultation minefield

25 January 2016By Nicholas Dobson

Lambeth Council came unstuck for effectively moving the goalposts in relation to its published consultation arrangements.

British Airways

Civil procedure: expert evidence

18 January 2016By Masood Ahmed

A failure to control expert evidence will result in the court making adverse costs orders.

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Human rights

26 January 2016

The Divisional Court refused the claimant’s application for a declaration that the effect of the ‘householder’s defence’ in section 76(5A) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 was incompatible with article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.



8 January 2016

The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the defendant newspaper proprietor’s appeals against orders awarding substantial sums to eight claimants for misuse of private information derived from intercepting voicemail messages left on the claimants’ telephones.

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Bar urges CMA to include advocacy in legal review

8 February 2016By

The bar regulator has suggested the watchdog focuses on family law advocacy.

Neil buckley

Regulators will need to present 'sound evidence' for in-house reform

8 February 2016By

Legal Services Board says statement of policy will provide transparency about essential issues.

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Vara’s court fees defence is a charade

10 February 2016By

Why can’t the minister just admit what we all know? This was a policy pushed through at reckless speed.

Jonathan Goldsmith

What to do now on data protection

9 February 2016By

The question of legal liability still hangs over lawyers as a concrete solution is not yet forthcoming.

Roger Smith

Civil courts reform: learning from abroad

8 February 2016By Roger Smith

Briggs LJ needs to dig out his passport and investigate how overseas pioneers are reforming the civil courts.

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High courtbus

Appeal court rejects dishonesty finding against solicitors

8 February 2016By

Judgment says High Court failed to deal with two solicitors’ potentially good defence.

UK houses

Society proposes ‘single test’ to allay stamp duty fears

4 February 2016By

Higher SDLT rate on the purchase of additional residential properties comes into force on 1 April.

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Police accident

Firm’s ‘hopeless’ costs case thrown out

9 February 2016By

PM Law claimed £3m to recover sums 'due and payable' under insurance policies.


CFA ‘terminated’ before assignment, court rules

4 February 2016By

Case likely to have significant impact on the personal injury sector, where thousands of claims have been sold on.

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