September 2014 Archive

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations

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The Government's consultation on the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for non-domestic properties has now closed, and the regulations are being drafted ready to become law in early 2015. More …

Failure to enhance paternity pay could be indirect discrimination

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A recent Employment Tribunal case provides useful insight on how the law may be interpreted for Shared Parental Pay from April 2015. More …

Case Summary - R (Grace) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1091

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R (Grace) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1091 (Kay LJ, Sullivan LJ and Master of The Rolls) The Court of Appeal considered the approach which a judge of the Administrative Court or Upper Tribunal must adopt when deciding whether an application for permission to apply for judicial review should be certified as "totally without merit". More …

R (on the application of Hollis) v The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [2014] EWHC 2572 (Admin)

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The court provides clarification as to the extent to which a Disciplinary Committee can rely on evidence presented in related proceedings. More …

Case Summary - Bhatnagar v General Medical Council [2014] EWCH 2562 (Admin)

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The court issues a reminder that interim order reviews are not merely a nod to previous decisions made and undue reliance should not be placed on past decisions. More …

Muhwati v Nursing And Midwifery Council [2014] EWHC 2549 (Admin)

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The court upheld the decision of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, namely that the appellant knew her conduct was wrong, that her account of the incident was false, and that her actions amounted to dishonesty, all of which led to the appellant being found impaired and a sanction being imposed. More …

Norton v Bar Standards Board [2014] EWHC 2681 (Admin)

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The court remits a case for rehearing where the panel inappropriately decided to proceed in the absence of a registrant. The court reminds panels of the importance of dealing with each element of the Jones criteria and to reflect their decision on each element within their determination. More …

Mohammed Ashraf v General Dental Council [2014] EWCH 2618 (Admin)

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The court reaffirmed that the principle of double jeopardy does not apply to disciplinary proceedings even where the registrant has been acquitted of criminal charges of a similar substance. More …

Counterfeiting – protecting your intellectual property rights

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Counterfeit goods and illicit trade severely impacts legitimate business and is an increasing problem across the world. More …

Meeting the needs of the modern family

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The Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ("the 2014 Act") is the result of a 6 year project by the Law Commission, and private client practitioners should be well aware of its provisions. More …