News August 2016

30 Aug 2016

Corner cutting landlord jailed for fire safety breaches when prosecuted by Pascal Bates

A Grimsby and Cleethorpes landlord, Keith Newsum, with a portfolio of about 20 properties, has been jailed for five months for fire safety breaches after a fire swept through two terraced houses which he had joined together and laid out as ten or more bedsits for occupation by housing benefits

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30 Aug 2016

Anne Williams appointed to the Lexis PSL Planning editorial board

Anne Williams has been appointed to the Lexis PSL Planning editorial board. Along with other experts in planning law she will advise on the Lexis PSL Planning service and be involved in selecting future topics, plans and strategy for the product. To view more on the Lexis PSL planning product

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30 Aug 2016

Company fined over £100,000 for food safety and hygiene offences

Birmingham Crown Court imposed a total fine of £105,000 on a major corporation with an annual turnover of £1.6 billion on 19 August 2016 for three breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. Richard Barraclough QC prosecuted the case for Birmingham City Council and David

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15 Aug 2016

Richard Barraclough QC defends teacher against allegations of historic child sex offences from 1990’s

Richard Barraclough QC, leading Stephen Betts, has just finished the defence of a teacher before the National College for Teaching and Leadership, charged with matters of the nature of historic sex arising mainly from a school trip in 1998. The College, basing its decision on the civil standard

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09 Aug 2016

Clandestine entrants into the UK and the transportation industry - significant Appeal Court judgment

In a ruling handed down last month, the Court of Appeal made an important judgment on the law relating to civil penalties and clandestine entrants to the UK. Bolle Transport BV and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 783 involved an appeal against a civil penalty imposed

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03 Aug 2016

Teenagers prosecuted for rape and sexual assault of 'comatose' victim

Nina Ellin has prosecuted a trial which resulted in the conviction of a young man for rape and another for sexual assault. The facts were significant because the actual incident was filmed on the victim's friend's phone, as her friend came into the room and caught them in the act. The victim

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01 Aug 2016

Nina Ellin prosecutes two men for smuggling 18 Albanians into UK

Nina Ellin has prosecuted two men in a case which concerned the smuggling of 18 Albanians into the UK. The two men attempted to smuggle the Albanians, including two children, into the UK on an inflatable boat in May this year. They had to be rescued when the boat began to take on water just off the

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