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Month: May 2012


Divisional Court divided on Twitter bomb hoax case

The appeal by way of case stated in the “twitter bomb hoax” case has ended in stalemate and a new appeal being ordered.  Nearly months after the hearing the Judicial Office has announced that the two judges hearing the case – Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Irwin – are unable to agree on a decision.  stalemates such as…

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Claim against bank arising from suspicious activity reports fails

Mr Justice supperstone has handed down judgment in favour of the defendant bank in the trial of shah & Anor v HsBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd [2012] EWHC 1283 (QB). The parties had already made two trips to the Court of Appeal on preliminary arguments – judgments which have provided some helpful guidance on the friction between…

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Admin Court declines to quash Warning Notice that relied on privileged material

In R (Ford) v the Financial services Authority and Anor [2012] EWHC 997 (Admin) Burnett J declined to quash a Warning Notice issued by the FsA that had partly relied on privileged material.  The claimant stewart Ford had been an executive at the company Keydata Investment services Limited which had gone into administration.  The administrators had passed various documents to the FsA.  This included documents…

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Thousands of websites unprepared for new EU cookie law

Privacy regulations that cover the use of cookies and similar technology for storing and accessing information on a users computer or mobile came into force on 26 May 2011.   Cookies are small files placed on a user’s computer when he/she visits a particular website.  Typically they record user choices which are then referenced when the user returns to the website.  Cookies…

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Ban on filming in court to be relaxed

A Crime and Courts bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech that will partially lift the ban on filming in court.  Broadcasting will be introduced initially at the Court of Appeal, where filming will be permitted of opening and closing legal arguments and the judgments handed down.  The Government has said that it will also consider allowing…

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