November 2012 Archive

Possible reforms to the Licensing Act 2003

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Following on from the publication of the Governments alcohol strategy a new consultation was published on the 28.11.2012 by the Home Office allowing anyone to make representations within the 10 week period set. More …

New international children's law

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From 1 November 2012 the 1996 Hague Convention has taken effect, following ratification by the UK Government. More …

The use of data protection claims in defamation cases

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An interesting development that is now being seen more and more is the use of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) in defamation cases. The recent decision in Desmond v Foreman and Others [2012] EWHC 1900 (QB) is a useful example. More …

First squatter convicted under the new offence of squatting

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Squatting in a residential building became a criminal offence on 1 September 2012 when section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (the Act) came into effect. More …

Subject access requests: Some goods news for data controllers?

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The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) gives individuals the right of subject access. More …

Employees given up to six years to bring equal pay claims

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A recent case involving Birmingham City Council saw the Supreme Court confirm that equal pay claims may be brought in the civil courts, even if the six month time limit in the Employment Tribunal has expired. More …

Time for application for permission to appeal

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On 25 October the Privy Council delivered a judgment in the case of Carlos Hamilton v The Queen (2012) UKPC 37. More …

Machine Games Duty - A change in the taxation of revenue from gaming machines

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Here our Licensing team outlines ten things you need to know... More …