February 2017 Archive

How to avoid legal hot water when hiring

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Two thirds of employees are considering moving jobs this year, but even with a competitive market to recruit employees with the right skills, rushing the recruitment process could land employers in hot water. More …

Energy Solutions is entitled to recover damages from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

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In this case the NDA's failed to award Energy Solutions a contract despite them being the most economically advantageous tenderer. The High Court has delivered a judgment that they are entitled to damages from the NDA. More …

Litigation Funding now "mainstream" in the UK

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Litigation can be very expensive and the English courts have embraced 'no win no fee' which provides access to justice for those who cannot fund litigation. Our expert Nicola Diggle explains how Litigation funding is now mainstream in the UK. More …

Commercial agents and software – goods rather than services?

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Since the introduction of the Regulations, there has been considerable uncertainty as to whether transactions involving computer software can be categorised as "sale of goods" for the purposes of the Regulations. The position has now been clarified - read our article to find out if software comes under gods or services. More …

The Housing White Paper

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Tim Miles discusses the Housing White Paper that was released in Feb 2017 and the impact that this will have on the housing market. More …

Summary of the interview with Keith Conradi

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In a recent interview, the new head of the body being created to investigate healthcare safety incidents has spoken out about how it will relate to healthcare regulators, and the controversial topic of "safe space". More …

Squire v R (on the application of the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police) and the Police Appeals Tribunal [2016] EWCA 1315

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A complaint was made against Detective Inspector Squire ("the Appellant") by Ms Jaimie Evans, a fellow police officer. More …

R (on the application of Mandic-Bozic) v British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy [2016] EWHC 3134

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The Claimant, a psychotherapist sought a judicial review of the decision of her professional body (the British Associate for Counselling and Psychotherapy or 'BACP') to initiate disciplinary proceedings against her. More …

Habib Khan v General Pharmaceutical Council [2016] UKSC 64

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The Registrant was convicted in 2011 and 2012 of domestic assault, breaching bail conditions, behaving threateningly and abusively and damaging his wife's property. The Registrant pleaded guilty to all matters and was subsequently sentenced to a community payback order, whereby he was required to be supervised for 18 months, complete 180 hours of unpaid work and attend a 6 month domestic violence programme. More …

Kamberova v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2016] EWHC 2955

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This appeal highlights the importance of disposing of cases in a timely fashion and sets out the need for Regulatory panels to take any period of time served by a Registrant under an interim suspension order into consideration when considering the proportionality of sanction. More …